AFRICA’S FUTURE IS RENEWABLE ENERGY- GLOBAL COMMISSIONS EXPECT A SOLAR BOOM IN THE CONTINENT
Africa’s population is expected to soar up to double by 2050. It will ultimately increase the daunting demand for energy on the continent. African countries need sustainable sources of energy to provide for the growing population. A large part of the population is still devoid of electricity.
With the economic expansion, more people are expected to shift to cities, suburban areas & towns. As a result, there will be a rise in demand for housing and infrastructure. Therefore, more sources of energy need to be devised to provide electricity.
Solar Energy- Sustainable & Affordable
According to the IEA, International Energy Agency, ‘Solar Energy’ will play a major role in the coming decades. The IEA officials are highly hopeful of Africa’s Solar Energy future. They expect Africa to utilize the opportunity and bring a transformation by generating energy through renewable sources.
Africa is the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. It is despite the continent contributing only 2% to the greenhouse gas emissions in the world. With more renewable sources and implementation of the right business models, Africa can provide for its vast demand for power through minimal contribution to climate breakdown.
Global Commissions and Foundations Work to Build a Renewable Energy Grid
More than a billion people in Africa are still living without electricity, especially in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The global commissions working in these areas are continually accelerating renewable energy initiatives. It will help to bring out from the dark, these billions of people. As part of their goals to ensure affordable & sustainable energy to all, MIT Energy Initiative & Rockefeller Foundation plan to set up small scale solar projects. These will connect to homes, schools, and businesses to provide electricity and help local economic growth.