Knowledge Note

Sub-Saharan Africa’s electrification market is huge! Yet, more than 500 million of its consumers are waiting for modern off-grid lighting. Even though majority of these consumers are in the sub-continent’s resource-constrained settings, it still accounts for a — market opportunity worth $10–17 billion annually. Moreover, the technology solutions are ready to meet the need. Even in countries where grid access has soared, millions are still waiting to be connected. South Africa, for example, has a backlog of 3.4 million off-grid households. World Bank Group advisory and investment projects are helping governments and private companies make significant inroads into this vast market—and having a dramatic impact on development and quality of life