Increasing Energy Access in Sub-Saharan Africa: Exploring Public-Private Models for Intervention

Jacquelyn Pless

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This report, by Morgan Bazilian and Jacquelyn Pless, examines ways that Energy+ could make a large impact in providing energy access to the poor, focusing on four promising models. While there remains a focus on a technology (PV), and a region (SSA) in this report, the models the authors explore are amenable to other specifications as well. Thus, the models presented provide an opportunity for stakeholders and the international community to collaborate and leverage capacities, resources, and networks. Of course, these models are only a few of the very wide range of possible mechanisms. They also are somewhat focused on engaging the private sector. The report does not provide a full context for the complex landscape of energy access and energy poverty. Rather, the paper is focused around the specifics of the interventions. It remains the case that the fundamental building blocks of capacity building, good governance and planning, and the ability to find funding for 'upfront' due diligence and analysis remain critical. Those items are, however, largely outside the scope of this short report.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages40
StatePublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Available on the Energy+ Technical Working Group website:

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A50-61030


  • energy access
  • energy poverty
  • renewable energy


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