Faster than you think: Renewable Energy and Developing Countries

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    1201 Eye St. NW, 12th Floor Conference Center, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Large and rapid declines in costs for renewable energy systems, particularly solar and wind power, and efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions are reshaping energy systems globally. Expanding renewable energy systems have great potential to achieve widespread electricity access, improve food security, and reduce emissions. Developing countries with high solar potential have a significant opportunity to leapfrog directly to more advanced energy technologies that are low cost, reliable, environmentally more benign, and well-suited to serving dispersed rural populations.

This seminar will discuss the broad changes occurring in renewable energy and the implications and opportunities for developing countries.

This research was supported by the Towards Inclusive Economic Development in Southern Africa program and by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM).


Keynote Speaker

  • Channing Arndt, Director of Environment and Production Technology Division, IFPRI


  • Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute


Breakfast will be available starting at 9:00am. Event begins promptly at 9:30am.