The recent announcement of a ‘Powerwall’ by Tesla may seem as though it has little to do with development in Africa or Asia, or alleviation of poverty. At $3500 dollars per unit for what the press are calling ‘very expensive electricity’, it may seem that this high tech management of power loads within a household is far removed from the slums of Kibera in Kenya or the rural areas of Uganda that have no access. However, yesterdays announcement is actually really good news and a good step forward in a potentially new transformative story being written about cooking.
20 months ago I as a researcher noticed the price trends in Solar Photovoltaics and Batteries. I projected forward to 2020, and something wonderful happened on paper…….