With an average of more than 3,000 hours of sun per year, solar power could be the way forward for the African continent’s energy problems, with analysts believing it could be the world’s largest source of power by 2050.
While there has been a marked increase in solar infrastructure, it just isn’t enough, considering that 90 percent of people in rural Kenya do not have access to mains electricity. This is where we see African solar energy entrepreneurs joining the fray, bringing with them their own solar-related businesses to cater for the growing demand for energy.
“The sun is very high here, more and more people want the panels. If people have no light, life would be impossible. If we can get more solar, we can grow together. The government has helped us – they have removed the VAT from solar, so the solar has become cheaper,” Mr.Jugano says.
Analysts from the International Energy Association (IEA) believe the sun could be the world’s largest source of power by 2050, depending on a number of factors, such as cohesive government policies that promote clean energy and continued investment in solar energy.
Projects such as these have given new hope to villagers who once had to travel many miles to find water, which would often be contaminated.
“The project has saved lives and now we have fresh water, we have something to smile about,” says Joseph Lopeta, one of the local villagers.
While a solar revolution may be some way off yet, solar power is certainly beginning to make a difference and change lives across Africa.
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