In Africa, more than 1 billion people have little or no access to electricity. People rely massively on alternative means of energy, with solar as the most harnessed. Off-grid communities are now able to switch to Solar Home systems which serve as an affordable alternative. Recently, companies like Azuri Technologies, Salpha Energy and the Innovation: Africa, are spearheading solar electricity distribution in Africa.
Salpha Energy set to impact 20,000 off-grid Nigerian families through Solar Home Systems deployment. https://t.co/a04Z89eZzz
— Techpoint Africa (@Techpointdotng) June 6, 2019
One of the recent initiatives is the Light for All Nigerians Initiative (LITAN). It is the brainchild of Salpha Energy, supported by the Nigerian government. The initiative seeks to provide solar home systems to 80 million Nigerians living in off-grid communities. It can power three LED bulbs for 24 hours, a radio set, and a mobile phone. Salpha has deployed nearly 1500 solar home systems across several off-grid communities in Borno, Lagos, Oyo and Abia States.
Innovation: Africa is an Israeli nongovernmental organization which aims to bring solar and water technology to rural communities in Africa. Together with UNICEF, they have installed solar and clean water solutions in more than 250 rural communities across 10 African countries. Their latest product, “Energy Box” comprises an inverter, lithium-ion batteries, control chargers, and LED bulbs. It can power an entire school or a medical clinic got more than 10 years with no maintenance required.
.@Azuri_Tech is excited to announce the strategic investment of US$26 million, led by Fortune Global 500 company #Marubeni Corporation with additional participation from existing shareholders, including FTSE 250 company @IPGroupplc #solarpower #energytransition #Africa pic.twitter.com/4labjF7e5z
— Azuri Technologies (@Azuri_Tech) June 4, 2019
Another active distributor of solar energy in Africa is Azuri Technologies. The pay-as-you-go solar company has raised $26 million to expand existing solar electricity services in sub-Saharan Africa and to also roll-out in new markets.
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