The growth in solar generation is a common headline in the energy news of most of the world’s biggest economies. What was for decades a niche industry is now found at the center of energy strategy and trade negotiations at the highest levels of international affairs. But while the most industrialized nations build out thousands of megawatts of new generation capacity, there also a smaller scale solar story that has the potential to impact billions of people living in the developing world. For residents of countries that lack reliable energy infrastructure, small scale, off-grid solar generation can be a life-changing technology. Today we’re looking at some of the factors affecting the growth of solar energy in developing countries.