Decentralized sustainable energy technologies—both at the individual systems level, such as solar home systems, and at the mini-grid level servicing 50 to100 households—are the cheapest solutions for energy access in an increasing number of locations. That’s the finding of a new report by the International Energy Agency. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report has shown that the entire global economy by the end of the century could be decarbonized at low costs. But decentralized sustainable energy initiatives cannot only designed by and for men and male entrepreneurs in developing countries. Women entrepreneurs in developing countries need to be welcomed into the cultural and financial systems, structures, and institutions that promote sustainable energy initiatives.

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