Sub-Saharan Africa's 910 million people consume less electricity each year than the 4.8 million people of Alabama.
Remote areas in Africa have become accustomed to living without electricity, as the type of infrastructure necessary is very sparse and costly throughout the entire continent. However, as the price and efficiency of solar technology steadily improves, the African market has been quick to catch on and take advantage of this cleaner form of energy.
This year, a number of solar upstarts have broken new ground in Africa, and some foreign investors are even moving in to help make solar technology a more widespread possibility.
Clean Technica recently reported that “a new $500 million investment vehicle for the funding of renewable energy projects across the continent of Africa, by the name of Access Infra Africa, was recently revealed by the founding firms Access Power MEA and EREN Développement.”
While the possibility of a solar power grid is becoming more possible in Africa, people are already taking advantage of decentralized devices which allow them to control their own energy use. With solar technology, a power grid is actually not necessary and people all throughout Africa are utilizing small solar panels to take care of all of their energy needs.
In recent months at True Activist, we have been reporting on the solar revolution and calling attention to the fact that solar energy will finally become cheaper than the power grid in many areas throughout the world this year.
In fact, a new Deutsche Bank report suggests that solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in 47 U.S. states by the year 2016.
Also, a recent estimate released by the International Energy Agency, solar will be the world’s primary source of energy by 2050.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.