I spent 10 days in Cape Town in August. The water crisis was apparent everywhere. It was one of the main topics of conversation amongst friends. Notices pinned up at tourist attractions, shopping centres and restaurants encouraged you to save water.
We can capitalize on the co-benefits of micro-grids to both combat climate change and reach our global SDGs. Micro-grids provide so much more than illumination. Every new micro-grid increases GDP, powers cell-phone towers, provides communities with the means to store vaccines and provide lifesaving health services, illuminates streets at night to increase safety for women and girls, and prevents respiratory illnesses caused by biomass cook-stoves.