Category: convenience

—Twaha Twagirimana, plant supervisor at East Africa’s first major solar energy installation, occupying more than 42 acres. How long did it take Rwanda to construct this new solar farm with over 28,000 solar panels, providing 350 local jobs and energy for 15,000 residents? It’s been called “the fastest project in Africa,” because the build-out took just five months. Bella Kabatesi is a teen who lives in Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, which shares space with and leases land to the solar farm…

–Sachi DeCou, whose company provides solar charging kiosks throughout Tanzania. Her firm is among many “solar-preneurs” working to provide energy to the 621 million Africans who lack electricity access. While renewable energy has already grown swiftly in the Middle East and North Africa, Tanzania is now one of several East African nations experiencing a boost in solar energy development. VIA FROST ILLUSTRATED

— Jackline Naiputa, with the Osopuko-Edonyinap group, a Massai women’s group in Kenya supplied by Green Energy Africa with solar panels, lights and batteries that the group in turn transports and sells to residents in remote areas. Naiputa explains that with solar lamps around her homestead, her son no longer has to spend cold nights in the cattle enclosure to guard their herd of goats from predators. “The nearest market where one can charge a cell phone or buy kerosene…