Launched in London last month with prominent Ghanaian and former United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, the Energy Africa Campaign will speed up access to household solar energy and lighting for people across Ghana and wider Africa.
While solar technology and mobile payment systems exist in Ghana, less than 1% of households use solar energy.
During a visit to Ghana, the United Kingdom’s minister of state for international development, Grant Shapps, said: “The time is right to kick-start a solar revolution in Ghana and across Africa. It is not acceptable that two out of out three people in Africa simply do not have access to electricity. Without a reliable energy supply at home people simply cannot go about their daily lives. Children cannot do their homework after dark, men and women are unable to charge their mobile phones, and families are forced to inhale the toxic fumes of kerosene lamps.”
Minister Shapps and Ghana’s president, John Dramani Mahama, agreed to work together to power up the solar market in Ghana, giving millions of people in urban and remote areas access to clean, reliable and affordable energy.
Source: Renewable Energy Focus