One-fourth of the planet goes to the polls

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The leadership of roughly a quarter of the world will be decided as three of the seven largest countries by population — Nigeria, Indonesia and India — will hold general elections in the next four months. They follow Bangladesh, the eighth largest, which went to the polls last Sunday.

Why it matters: It's a big moment for global democracy.

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Nigerian off-grid solar market poised for growth

A tailor uses a generator for power due to the epileptic public power supply in Lagos on September 27, 2016.
A tailor uses a generator for power in Lagos, Nigeria, on September 27, 2016. Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images

Over 75 million Nigerians lack electricity access — including nearly 60% of those in rural areas — and development of the off-grid solar (OGS) market there seriously lags behind other African countries, notably in East Africa.

Yes, but: Factors that have impeded the Nigerian OGS market appear to be changing and the sector is poised for substantial growth in the coming years. Widespread deployment of commercial OGS technology across the country could not only address the harmful energy-access shortfalls but also provide a catalyst for job growth and investment.

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