Could Africa skip Pipelines straight to Solar Panels?
Nearly a 340 billion of investment will be needed to achieve universal access to electricity across Africa by 2030, the World Energy Network forecasts. That is a tall order.
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#1 Nov 24, 2017
"Mobisol offers 40, 80, 120 and 200-watt programmes including lighting, TVs and fridges. Its customers pay between 99 Kenyan shillings (€0.70) and 200 ksh (€1.50) per day via their mobile phones for a three or four-year term loan. At the end of the loan payment, they own the system outright."
This type of pay as you go seems very effective. Much more effective than billions of dollars spent building 'centralized' generation equipment and then having to construct miles and miles of power poles and string wires from substations to communities along the grid power corridor. Saving over $200 a year on kerosene helps the family budget and also helps respiratory health from not having to breath fumes. Because of the relative ease installing cell towers, miles of wiring doesn't need to be part of the information infrastructure. Due to this jump in technology, the citizens can stay informed, search for information, pay bills. With the Mobisol solar PV plans, they can also add lighting for security and charge their cell phone from their solar PV system.
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