The Academy will teach African residents how to install and maintain solar-powered electricity systems and micro grids to continually produce electricity.
"We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise," Samba Baithily, a co-founder of the project, told Reuters.
The hope is that the continent's population – 70 percent of which is under the age of 35 – will help boost the economy, provide opportunities to future generations and just flat-out increase the overall quality of life.
According to multiple reports, Akon Lighting Africa has received a credit line of line of up to $1 billion from construction juggernaut China Jiangsu International and will begin work with the most low-resource, remote areas. Already revered in his native Senegal, Akon's level of love and respect worldwide will sky-rocket if his ambition generates massive results. Incredible effort.
Afrika’s abundance of sunlight demands the development of solar energy. Every Afrikan government should dedicate research and development to this field of endeavor.
The U.S.A. will have to develop solar energy for domestic, industrial and, if need be, military power. As we further industrialize, and our various nations begin to come together toward a unified Afrika, we will need to secure our resources. Consequently we will have little choice but to maintain military preparedness for defense against aggressor nations.
P.S. During the colonial era, European countries set up outposts in Afrika where they could get cheap labor and natural resources. And today Europeans build solar farms in Afrika, extracting sunlight from the Sahara to power high-tech cities in the north.
If just one percent of the Saharan Desert were covered in concentrating solar panels it would create enough energy to power the entire world . . . The EU has a mission to take at least 20% of their entire energy from renewable resources by 2020. Last year they announced that they would lay a series of highly-efficient cables across the Mediterranean, build a series of solar power plants in the Sahara, and import renewable energy from across the sea. The initiative is being financed by a group of European companies and is supported by the EU government. The plan is to cover 6,500 square miles of the desert in photovoltaic systems and wind parks.
Supposedly the energy-extraction could start as early as 5 years from now, but the project as a whole probably won't be finished until 2050. No word on how much of the energy from these solar farms will be used in Afrika.