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While most businesses remain unprofitable and the market is immature, it is clear that the off-grid and embedded solar industry has made hugely important strides in Africa over the past year or so. Every week sees new rooftop facilities at shopping centres and warehouses, containerised solutions at universities and hospitals, small ground-mounted plants supplying airports and mines, household systems and mini-grids supplying the continent’s richest and poorest people, and an array of solar powered gadgets and lighting solutions.