The off-grid solar energy industry is generating thousands of jobs across East, West and Central Africa as well as South Asia. GOGLA's latest report Off-Grid Solar. A Growth Engine for Jobs estimates the sector currently supports 370,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs across these four regions. The research was realized with support from GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and vivideconomics.
- Out of the estimated 370,000 FTE jobs the off-grid solar industry has generated, 56% are currently based in rural areas.
- With investments and the right policies, the off-grid solar sector could create 1.3 million FTE jobs across East, West and Central Africa as well as South Asia by 2022.
- Out of the estimated 1.3 million FTE jobs to be generated by the off-grid solar sector, women will account for 350,000 jobs by 2022.