100% urban electrification doesn’t necessarily deliver 24/7 power in some developing countries.
Sohail is a firm believer that the solution to climate change lies in new technology, and has applied new technology to many ADB projects as an energy specialist since 2001 in Afghanistan, Cambodia, PRC, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Mongolia, among other Asian countries. With an academic background in engineering, business and entrepreneurship, before joining ADB he worked on wholesale electricity market design, pricing regulation, energy efficiency and demand management for the state power utility and independent regulator in Melbourne, Australia.
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The ADB-financed upgrade of a Soviet-era power plant in the Kyrgyz Republic is a continuous logistical nightmare.
This is how we can link the large number of electric vehicles in developed countries with the off-grid solar market in developing countries.
We learn the story of a Kyrgyz small business that could benefit tremendously from off-grid electricity.
Countries in developing Asia only require a basic electric vehicle, not a fast-moving, high-end model like the ones being sold in the developed world.