The night-time lighting across a region can be used as a proxy to gauge the level of electrification in that region and as a consequence the development in that area. We have produced a server and client application to visualize the growth in electrification and population across the globe. Our initial observations are:
1- Most areas register an increase in access to electricity (shades of blue). A few areas, mostly rural and very remote, have reduced access (shades of red).
2-Highly populated area in developing countries register a high growth in access to electricity. The demand of electricity promotes the growth and not the other way around.
3- There are areas where the amount of lighting is not suitable to be a proxy for access to electricity. For instance, rural Australia is almost universally electrified but has a very low population density, so that lighting is a poor indicator of development.