Chart: Globally, Over 1 Billion People Lack Access to Electricity


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In 2014, around 15 percent of the world’s population, or 1.1 billion had no access to electricity. Nearly half were in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa and around a third were rural dwellers in South Asia. Just four countries - India, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Bangladesh are home to about half of all people who lack access to electricity. Read more in the 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals and in a new feature on "Solar Powers India's Clean Energy Revolution"


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Wilner Timolien
July 07, 2017

Too many people in the world living without electricity we have to apply sustainable renewable energy solutions solar photovoltaic, wind and hydro to resolve these issues.

Mr Pie
July 14, 2017

Nice chart, Tariq!

Faisal shaikh
April 01, 2018

If their were compact solar panels already attached to light bulbs and a small portable battery which could carry an outlet would bring electricity to rural areas in an inexpensive manner. It should be in a small box and easy to disperse. Using the new technique of layering solar panels instead of silicone would drastically reduce the cost of said panels while achieving the same output as current solar panels. Providing clean energy to people and reducing the carbon footprint at the same time. This also reduces the need to have a grid system. Arguably it doesn’t give electricity at all times, these are emerging markets and should be engaged. Fossil fuels and natural gas systems will cause greater harm to the environment even if you only use electric generators.