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Modern energy is crucial to well-being and economic development; yet globally over 1.3 billion people live without access to electricity. Even though the grid is expanding, off-grid solutions are crucial in meeting people’s electricity needs. Small, affordable solar lanterns can provide basic light and phone charging to people in off-grid areas. However, they can’t provide enough power for other services that many people want – like refrigerators, power tools and TVs. Larger solar home systems and micro-grids can offer this level of electricity service but remain out of reach for many. How can people in off-grid areas get access to these higher levels of energy service? And how can these off-grid systems integrate effectively with the grid expansions that we are expecting to see? This is the focus of the 2016 Ashden International Conference.