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UCSD School of Global Policy and Strategy alum involves students in energy access venture (GPS NEWS)

July 20, 2017 | By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News

How Jeff Rector ’97 is making a point to involve GPS in a new venture erecting energy microgrids in off-grid communities of Sub-Saharan Africa

Dust can settle on a lot of things over 20 years, but as Jeff Rector ’97 can attest, quantitative training from the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) is not one of them.

It’s probably why the statistic that two out of three Sub-Saharan Africans lack access to electricity startled him so. “That’s roughly 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Rector enlightened.  “A large portion of them can be most economically or sustainably served with clean energy microgrids. We don’t need some technological breakthrough for this to work.  Renewable energy is finally cheaper than conventional energy. We know that. So why aren’t these being built? They should be.  Read full article.