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Off-grid options could help end Africa's power crunch - PwC

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Traditional power utilities could face a very real challenge from new technologies. (iStock)
Traditional power utilities could face a very real challenge from new technologies. (iStock)

Cape Town - It's time to ditch old-fashioned concepts of energy access and embrace new technologies which can help propel South Africa into an era of universal access to electricity, according to PwC.

In its report Electricity beyond the grid: accelerating access to sustainable power for all, PwC on Monday said the time is right for policymakers to take a fresh look at energy access which gives greater recognition to off-grid technology.

On current trends, the International Energy Agency estimates that two-thirds of the world’s population will remain without electricity by 2030, the United Nations' target year to achieve its goal of universal access to energy.

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