Solar powering 100,000 rural homes in Ghana

We at Community Renewable Energy believe in the promise of Power Africa– an initiative designed to help African nations capitalize on their enormous solar power (and renewable) capacity. Recently, we heard about an initiative to take solar power to rural homes in Ghana.

Cocoa is one of Ghana’s most important exports, and the nation is looking to improve the lives– and efficiency– of the rural community members in regions that produce cocoa.

The households are off-grid, which means that connecting them with energy is more challenging than it is for those in cities. The goal of the program is to provide low-cost, pay-as-you-go systems capable of producing 200 megawatts of total energy every day.

“[The systems] will be distributed in association with agricultural co-operatives and women-based organisations,” according to Ghana Web.

“Crucially, instead of an upfront cost, the system can be purchased through a pay-as-you-go model. This model allows you to use the systems while paying for it by the regular purchase of top-up credit, typically costing less than the lighting costs and phone charging fees being replaced,” said Simon Bransfield-Garth, of partnering Azuri.

Learn more about solar and rural Africa.

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