Last week at the United Nations sustainable energy for all forum, Senegalese-American music star Akon announced his 'Akon Lighting Africa initiative'- the "Solar Academy". The initiative is set to provide electricity to 600 million Africans who currently do not have it. The academy is scheduled to open this summer in Mali. African engineers and entrepreneurs will be trained on the skills required to develop solar-powered electricity systems and micro grids. European investors will assist in supplying the training equipment and programs
”We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise.” – Samba Baithly, co-founder of Akon Lighting Africa.
Since Africa has 320 days of sunshine a year (
wow), obtaining energy through solar is a great way to get those, without, electricity.
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