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—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…

By 2017, 1 million of India’s most impoverished residents will have new access to energy, in the form of solar power systems. A social enterprise called ONergy will boost its current operations in the country to establish 50 new Renewable Energy Centres throughout East and Northeast India, creating 100 permanent jobs and training entrepreneurs in rural areas to offer customized solutions to local residents. The company is focusing on strategies to reach some of the most remote, impoverished areas. Their…

— Senegalese-American hip hop artist Akon, whose Akon Lighting Africa initiative has provided solar street lamps, micro-generators, charging stations, and home kits to rural villages in 14 African countries. In Guinea Conakry, the company is employing 5,000 people to install solar systems. ALA plans to expand to all African countries by 2020. VIA AWAKEN and WALL STREET JOURNAL (Photo: DAGENCY)

— Lungela Vongu, a resident of Cookhouse in South Africa, on the large wind project there that provides electricity to local villages. With wind energy from new projects roughly half the cost of new coal, low cost is driving rapid renewables expansion in the country. In fact, a coal company is soon to break ground on a $300m wind energy project in the Eastern Cape. “On the continent, there really is the opportunity to leapfrog the old centralised large scale…

— Tahaguas Andemariam, consultant engineer and professor at the University of Adama, on the recent completion of the Adama II wind farm in Ethiopia, which generates enough power for 10 million efficient light bulbs. “Within 24 months we have constructed this big wind farm of 153 megawatts — hydro would have taken much longer,” Andemariam said. Adama II is the third large wind farm in Ethiopia. Its construction employed 900 Ethiopians. Project engineer Solomon Yismaw noted the country’s abundant hydro…

— SunEdison Asia-Pacific president Pashupathy Gopalan, commenting on the company’s recent completion of the 50-megawatt Dammakhedi solar farm in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. SunEdison reports that the project was completed two months ahead of schedule and created more than 1,000 jobs during construction. VIA ENERGY MATTERS (Photo: Christopher Kray via Flickr/cc)