African Communities looks to Solar Technology

Solar Technology in Africa
Solar Energy in Africa

Africa is the sun continent where the sun’s influence is the greatest. Communities are hence moving to solar technology as new sources of energy to substitute the limited electrical energy.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates 585 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity, with the electrification rate as low as 14.2% in rural areas.

With half of sub-Saharan Africa’s power coming from south Africa, the rest of Africa is going off- the grid to save of energy and embrace the new solar technology. According to International Energy Agency projections, almost one billion people in sub-Saharan Africa will gain access to the grid by 2040, but by that time 530 million will remain off-grid, almost comparable with the 600 million who cannot access power today.

With candles , Kerosene and other sources of energy proofing to be expensive to most Africans, the solar technology comes in as a cheap solution. The solar technology lights up every home while aiding in other services that require electricity.

This trend clearly indicates that technology in Africa is unstoppable as people become more innovative. Creativity in return is increasing to solve Africa’s daily challenges. This is a good sign that the African population is catching up with the global technological trends. This promises that Africa will someday stop just importing foreign technology create a new industry that can level the playing field between Africa and the rest of the world.

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