Solar energy brings power to the African community.
According to the United Nations report, approximately 1.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity. Without electricity, there is no light; and without electricity, there is no means to preserve food and medicine.
In the rural communities in Africa where the majority of homes have no power, solar energy can play an important factor in not only the health and safety of the community, but the growth of the community as well.
The few who are able to afford limited power have to trade in time and a lot of money just to fuel their kerosene lamps or charge their batteries. If this type of measure is needed just to support 5% of this population, these rural communities will not be able to progress. If solutions are not set forth, the people will continue to live in a physical state void of good nourishment and appropriate medical care, to name a few.
With solar power introduced, people in Africa can have access to low-cost solar gadgets and systems as well as light bulbs that are brighter and more efficient.
Solar energy can help communities grow by producing more opportunities for employment. Light bulb availability can enable children to study and read when it’s dark. If the children’s education can be expanded by allowing more time for reading and writing, then the future of the communities will also have higher hopes for development. A more expansive wealth of knowledge provides for more skills, more creativity, and thus more success.
Solar energy can also help the communities by giving the families access to the news via radio and television. If emergency notifications need to be sent out, having access to these information transmission devices can give people time to evacuate or be aware of any illnesses or outbreaks that may be occurring. This type of information is extremely valuable and can help with the sustenance of these rural communities.
Information is power.
If the rural communities of Africa have a way to access light and electricity, then that means they’ll also have access to more time for studying and learning. In turn, more education can lead to more knowledge. More knowledge can lead to greater skills. More skills can lead to more jobs. More jobs can lead to a reduction in poverty. It’s amazing and gratifying to know that having a new source of low-cost energy can provide so many benefits that can enhance the economic condition of an entire society.
In addition, the health of these populations can be greatly improved by having access to clean drinking water as well as powered refrigerators to keep medicine from losing its effects and food from spoiling quickly. Poor health affects the ability to think at maximum capacity. It also inhibits thinking skills that would otherwise be stimulated and used with great potential for ideas and logic. Having greater quality in health can improve all of these inhibited potentials for growth, so it’s nice to know that solar can give people dual power – power to live and power to think.
Third world countries are benefiting from solar energy, no doubt. This proves that solar provides a better quality of life not only for developed countries, but also for our poorer friends across the globe.