Solar-powered PUE systems unlock more revenue, lower costs for African farmers, SMEs

The Africa Solar Industry Association (Afsia) on May 4 published its ‘Productive Use Catalogue’, which unpacks the definition of PUE, as many stakeholders have varying definitions; its different applications; how beneficial it has been for many companies and end-users; and what could be expected in the near future.

Afsia’s catalogue distinguishes between solar home systems (SHSs), mini-grids and PUE systems through its ability to contribute to direct income generation.

While SHS and mini-grid systems mainly provide electricity for households, hospitals and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), PUEs such as solar-powered refrigerators and irrigation systems facilitate remote business activities and enable, facilitate or contribute to revenue generation.

Depending on its final use, a specific solution can be considered as PUE or not.