New EADP White Paper Provides a Unique Analysis of Yemen’s Solar Revolution
Yemen’s protracted war has taken its toll on the electricity sector. The country’s power grid, devastated by decade-long mismanagement, collapsed entirely after the military intervention started. Furthermore, frequent diesel shortages have turned most private generators unfeasible. The developments have left most Yemenis in literal darkness. However, they also gave rise to an unprecedented increase in solar energy, which has become the country’s most significant electricity source.
Dawud Ansari and Hashem al-Kuhlani–the directors of EADP–and DIW Berlin department head and energy professor Claudia Kemfert analyse these developments in our newest white paper. “Yemen’s solar revolution: Developments, challenges, opportunities” provides a unique account of the collapse and the rebirth of Yemen’s electricity sector. The work investigates why the solar revolution has come to a halt, and it formulates bold recommendations on how international actors can support the young industry. Broad capacity building among local resellers and service providers, increased competition, and a turn towards local mini-grids will be crucial.