Solar Energy to Provide More Electricity to Africa?

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Africa to get more electricity

It is a well-known fact that most of the African villages and, some cities, sustain themselves without electricity, affecting their day-to-day living as well as many other industries.

World Energy Outlook report

Confirming this fact is the World Energy Outlook report, which states that more than two-thirds of the cities and villages in Africa do not have electricity. This shows why there is illiteracy, dearth of investment affecting various industries, bad health conditions and pollution. The report echoes the need for solar energy revolution in the country to fill these energy gaps and help Africa progress in ways that any other country would usually progress.

Present Situation in Africa

More than 621 million in Africa live without electricity and this number, unfortunately, seems to go up and not down. Health is affected owing to the fact that medicines cannot be refrigerated and thus making it impossible to vaccinate children. This leads to infant deaths or poor health in other kids who manage to live through these poor conditions. Most of the households depend on kerosene, charcoal and candles for energy, and other energy-providing materials.

Electricity shortage also affects the certainty of profits for investors, translating into no or inadequate investment in growth and industries.

Solar Power in Africa

Africa solar power

Most of the African countries receive more than adequate amount of solar energy, which if taped could solve a lot of critical issues faced by these countries. If renewable energy sources are tapped, African countries could go ahead in progress without much depending on any other source of energy.

What is required in Africa?

As we have seen before, political support and support from the governing bodies is essential for any kind of growth-supporting initiatives. The local governments and other countries will have to support the initial planning and investment for sufficient boost to the plan in Africa.

As the price of solar power panels are plunging, it is easier now to invest and promote the usage of solar energy resource, and this could also help to connect many homes through a grid system.

Progress in Other Poor Countries

As per the reports, over 3.5m off-grid power systems tapping the solar energy has been installed in Bangladesh. This is only the beginning and the country is set to install more such power systems in the coming years. Quite evidently, this has only been possible with the sheer enthusiasm from the Government and firms that were ready to invest.

History has it that electricity has positively influenced the growth, reduced poverty and improved quality of life. If only Africa could tap on one of its natural resources, it could be on the path of development, like several other countries. Many countries in Africa could very well follow the success path set up by Kenya and Ethiopia. More than expertise or finance, it is the Government support and foreign-aid that influences progress. Slowly and steadily, Africa could reduce the declining annual growth percentages.

Also, opting for alternative energy resources is a suitable choice for curbing pollution and promoting clean energy usage mission.

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