SUN ENERGY – IS THERE

theguardian/eric kabendera:

How Tanzania plans to light up a million homes with solar power

In a country where only 40% of people have access to grid electricity, the government is looking to sunshine to power health centres and homes



“Before solar panels were installed at Masaki village’s only health centre, doctors, nurses and midwives had to use dim flashlights or the glow from their cellphones to deliver babies and treat night-time emergencies.”…..

The challenge across Africa is daunting. Earlier this year, a report by Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel spelled out that excluding South Africa, which generates half the region’s electricity, sub-Saharan Africa uses less electricity than Spain. It would take the average Tanzanian eight years to use as much electricity as an average European would consume in a single month.


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