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COVID-19 could (and should) be addressed as an amazing opportunity for the solar sector, not a threat

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Head of Innovation Ignite Power

Gil Karie is the Director of Innovation of Ignite Power, a leading Pan-African developer and financier of solar solutions, providing more than a million users through Africa with sustainable and...

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  • May 19, 2020

Many executives are concerned about the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, warning that the solar sector is facing an unprecedented threat. Do you also think that it can actually be the other way around?


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Matt Chester on May 19, 2020

With many investors affected by the global economic crisis, donations and investments are likely to be cut. This might have a devastating effect on large grid projects for massive infrastructure that cost tens of millions of dollars.

Off-grid companies will be able to fill in the gap quickly and affordably with their on-the-ground operations and solar energy systems to claim a massive chunk of the market.

I can see the value of this in the immediate terms, but will it be a long-term plan? I'd have to imagine the best possible electrification of these areas will still come with investment in grid infrastructure, would it not?

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Bob Meinetz on May 19, 2020

Agree, Matt. And in more immediate terms: maybe our attention should be more focused on mitigation of COVID-19 and making a vaccine available, than viewing it as an amazing opportunity to sell solar panels.

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