RnB singer and the ‘Play Hard’ hitmaker Akon is launching a huge new initiative called ‘Akon Lighting Africa’. This programme is expected to provide electricity to over 600 million residents in the continent of Africa. This powerful scheme plans to take flight through the singer’s ‘Solar Academy’.
If you are not aware of what is Akon’s Solar Academy, it’s basically been put in place to support African engineers and green energy entrepreneurs, generating resources needed to produce sustainable solar power enterprises that actually work. The Solar Academy will equip the ambitious African engineers with all the necessary facilities, training, and equipment training, with the guidance and help from high level experts.
Reports from Mintpress News state: The Akon Lighting Africa initiative begins with the launch of a new ‘Solar Academy’, which will open this summer in Bamako, the capital of Mali. The academy will teach solar engineers how to install and maintain solar panels and “micro-grids,” small electrical grids that provide power to a very limited region. “Micro-grids” are increasingly popular in rural Africa, where conventional, large-scale power infrastructure is unavailable.
Africa is one of the biggest ‘sun-rich’ continents of the world. This has a huge potential to solve many problems.
The 42-year old, Senegalese-American singer Akon’s Solar Academy wants to generate that power through Micro- grids and solar supported electricity systems and bring light to over half a billion residents in Africa.
A spokesman from the Akon Lighting Africa organization – Thione Niang, explained, “We expect the Africans who graduate from this centre to devise new, innovative, technical solutions.”
She added, “We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise.”
Joseph D’Urso, of the Reuters reports:
“Africa has 320 days of sunshine a year, the organization said in a statement, so harnessing solar energy is an ideal way to enable those without electricity to get it. We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise,’ said Samba Baithily, who founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang.”
Writing on Wednesday in Tech Times, Mark Lelinwalla, called Akon’s scheme an “incredible effort.”
Lelinwalla continued, “According to multiple reports, Akon Lighting Africa has received a credit line of line of up to $1 billion from construction juggernaut China Jiangsu International and will begin work with the most low-resource, remote areas,” he wrote. “Already revered in his native Senegal, Akon’s level of love and respect worldwide will sky-rocket if his ambition generates massive results.”
Further reports by Mintpress news states: With an estimated 600 million Africans lacking electricity, the initiative is poised to tackle a daunting problem. But they’re far from alone in seeking to change lives through this energy source — solar is increasingly seen as both a viable alternative and a business opportunity on the continent.
Many African women seem to be at the core of this great plan. Another one of the Reuters piece highlights how Green Energy Africa helped over 200 Maasai women from Kenya become solar power entrepreneurs. The report mentions that women are leading a “solar revolution” in Africa, the reports mentions.
“The women, trained in solar panel installation, use donkeys to haul their solar wares from home to home in the remote region, giving families their first access to clean and reliable power. For us, the impact of solar technology is unparalleled,’ said Jackline Naiputa, who heads the Osopuko-Edonyinap group, one of the five women’s groups leading the alternative energy charge in the area.”
A Kenyan solar power vendor told the BBC back in February 2015: “If we can get more solar we can grow together.”
Saying that, it’s not just Africa that is expected to see the benefits of the solar energy, the same report explains, “By 2050, analysts from the International Energy Association (IEA) believe the sun could be the world’s largest source of power”.
Akon speaking about ‘Akon Lighting Africa’ Initiative:
Another clip in which the singer talks about his project: