let there be light: how britain is taking electricity to the most remote parts of africa using solar panels paid for by text message

by:Tunto     2020-03-12
Earth photos taken at night show that most countries are illuminated by bright white light.
But much of Africa is still in the dark, and 2 out of 3 people on this vast continent live in an environment without electricity.
This stunning image has inspired African minister Grants Shapps to support an ambitious mini-plan
By 2030, each family had a solar kit and the family paid the electricity bill by text message.
Scroll down the video oats current rate and every family in Africa will not be able to access the Internet until 2080.
About 0. 6 billion people live in sub-
Sub-Saharan Africa without electricity is equivalent to 70 of the population.
Half of the companies claim that the lack of electricity will prevent them from doing business.
According to the data, the poorest people in Africa have 80 times the cost of household electricity in Britain.
African minister Grant Shapps told the Daily Mail that he hopes to quickly \"affordable, reliable and clean energy\" across Africa by 2030 \".
He started a campaign today.
Energy Africa-The British government will support efforts to accelerate the use of solar energy.
The price of solar panels fell,
Energy led lights mean small kits for less than £ 100 can bring light to families in the most remote villages.
Wall-mounted devices also have charging points for mobile phones, which can pay for services by SMS.
Mr. Shapps wants to use the impact of the UK aid budget to eliminate the deficit.
Tape and forcing countries to work together to help companies raise money
Launch the technology faster.
It is essential that this means using the international development budget to make the African economy safer but easier to do business.
In writing for mail online, Mr. Shapps said: \"Africa will not be able to achieve universal electricity consumption until 2080.
Edison invented the light bulb after 200.
That\'s why we launched the UK energy Africa campaign today.
I want to quickly provide affordable, reliable and clean energy to Africa as a whole by 2030.
\"The empty space on earth needs to be lit up at night.
Energy Africa will achieve this with the ingenuity of the UK to help create Africa\'s largest mobile payment system.
The technology now helps the least affluent buy cost-effective, safe solar energy.
According to the plan, a company called Off-Grid Electric installed solar panels and charging points and then paid for them using text messages.
It also means that families do not need to use expensive and dirty kerosene lamps.
He recently went to Tanzania, where he met Elizabeth, 62?
Old farmers now have solar lighting and electricity in their homes, thanks to a program backed by British aid.
\"Solar energy has a great impact on my life,\" she said.
I live in a visible world now.
When I was in the dark, I saw everything compared to before.
It really helped me.
\"Due to my past expenses on kerosene and matches, my stress was relieved.
I feel that my body is getting better and better because I am not too worried about things.
\"We are making progress.
I remember the houses were originally built with mud thatched roof.
Now we turn the roof into iron sheet.
We will have brick walls soon.
In less than two years, off-grid power has installed solar systems in more than 22,000 homes in Tanzania
Less than one population has access to the grid.
The magnificent view of the Earth at night shows that when the sun goes down, our world still shines.
Or at least for most of us, it sparkles.
What impressed me with this picture was not the flashing light from the electricity covering our planet, but the huge unlit space left behind.
Africa is about three times the size of Europe, almost completely in the dark.
This is a clear reminder that two of the three people in Africa still do not have electricity.
I visited Tanzania in last May and soon realized that life
Thanks to an extraordinary woman I met named Elizabeth, she changed her power.
Elizabeth used to buy toxic kerosene to meet her energy needs.
Now, she uses a home solar system to pay for energy through her mobile phone.
Elizabeth, 62, is one of thousands of people who have been transformed by solar technology.
Her new energy system is healthier and cheaper than kerosene, which means that the future prospects for her family have improved.
For millions of people, electricity means the opportunity to start a business at home, the ability to help children do homework at night, especially for women and girls, which means safety after dark.
In addition, they do not have to breathe in the toxic smoke of kerosene or rely on flashing candlelight.
However, electricity is not universally available in Africa until 2080.
Edison invented the light bulb after 200.
That\'s why we launched the UK energy Africa campaign today.
I want to quickly provide affordable, reliable and clean energy to Africa as a whole by 2030.
In order to promote industrial and commercial growth in Africa, we clearly need
Extend the solution to connect to the grid, but there is now another solution to power when the community waits for the grid to arrive.
Off-grid home solar energy can provide large-scale services to millions of people.
The empty space on earth needs to be lit up at night.
Energy Africa will achieve this with the ingenuity of the UK to help create Africa\'s largest mobile payment system.
The technology now helps the least affluent buy cost-effective, safe solar energy.
Soon hundreds of millions of Africans will no longer need to live in the dark.
So all I can say is look at this space.
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