Category: speed

—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…

— 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)

Thailand has been shifting away from natural gas as reserves are depleted. By December 2015, Thailand is expected to have more solar power capacity than all of Southeast Asia combined. Most will be from solar farms, but experts say distributed solar over the next five years could supply a quarter of a million households. The cost of rooftop solar has dropped 90% since 2010. VIA REUTERS and SIAM REAL ESTATE (PHOTO: 53338296 via Flickr/cc)

— 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)