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Designing sustainable subsidies to accelerate universal energy access

Key principles for the design of pro-poor subsidies to meet the goal of sustainable energy for all

2020 Available in English

Man positions a solar panel on the roof of his house in Tanzania.

Man positions a solar panel on the roof of his house in Tanzania. Photo: Tom Price/Tearfund

In rural areas, many communities cannot afford even the most basic modern energy services. Sustainable subsidies are needed to bridge affordability gaps and ensure that the poorest and most remote communities are not left behind. This briefing paper explores how to design and deliver subsidies for distributed renewable electricity and clean cooking, and is aimed at policymakers who are increasingly financing them.

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