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Energy systems rather than just the technology behind them must be the focus if we're to make a dent in the problem of supplying adequate energy in developing countries, says Nathan Johnson of Colorado-based HOMER Energy. A more holistic approach is necessary, one that takes into account user-friendliness and knock-on effects as well as the central problem being addressed, he contends. "Whether we're powering the green-energy revolution or powering the transition out of poverty, these are really one and the same problem," Johnson says.

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