The Senegalese-American singer/rapper Akon is planning supplying 600 million people in Africa with electricity. The project is titled Akon Lighting Africa, he’s teaming up with Solar Academy to make this great gesture come true.
“We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities,” said Akon Lighting Africa co-founder Samba Baithily. “We now need to consolidate African expertise.”
The initiative’s founder added that 70% of Africans are aged under 35, making the creation of sustainable jobs vital for the continent’s economic future. Solar’s viability in many parts of Africa make it a sound investment in more ways than one.
“We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions,” added Niang. “With this academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go further.”
Akon Lighting Africa is now present in 14 African countries and has provided solar power to more than 1 million households by subsidizing the cost of installation for consumers keen on replacing kerosene with solar energy.
The scheme has also secured a $1 billion credit line from Chinese construction firm China Jiangsu International Group to help fund the development of the solar energy project.