Tem 292015

Solar power revolution in Africa

Solar power revolution

Credits: businesstech.co.za – Jasper solar power project

Ninety percent of people in rural Kenya, and 585 million people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to mains electricity.

Kenya: 23%, Tanzania: 14.8%, and Rwanda: 10.8% of their population have electricity.

People use kerosene lamps for lighting and in average they pay about $0.50-$0.60 per day for it.

But now, a photovoltaic revolution started to enlighten the darkness of Africa.

A solar PV (PhotoVoltaic) power plant near the diamond mining center Kimberley produces 96 megawatt energy. The system contains 325,000 photovoltaic modules, and supply electricity for about 80,000 houses.

In Garissa, Kenya a 50 MW solar power plant is expected to produce 76,473 MWh/year.

In Ghana, a 155 MW solar power plant will be completed in 2015.

The sun, which is the best renewable energy source gives us some new clues to solve the atmospheric pollution. Instead of using carbon-based or nuclear energy, the sun serves us its clean energy.

Maybe it will be the best for us, and for our next generations to use that solar energy all around the world, instead of other risky energy resources.