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Why Africa needs to invest more on solar energy

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So where is the solar power potential in Africa? If there is any special thing gotten directly from the sun, then Africa should benefit more from it. This includes solar power. It is ironical, that Africa is not ranking first in continents that make use of solar energy to meet their electricity need. Am I even kidding, Africa is not even taking the whole solar system serious. This I understand, might be as a result of misinformation, or underdevelopment. But in this article, I will open our eyes, to the numerous benefits of harnessing this solar power in Africa and what it can do for us. It has been noted that solar energy is now cheaper than normal electricity gotten from non renewable energy sources. Because of this, most countries are embracing this cost effective form of energy. Not only because of the energy it will provide, but all because of the great positive shift it will give to their various economies. So if underdeveloped countries should embrace this, they will also see a significant shift, both in the energy sector, and economy sector too. Africa as it stands now, spends a great deal in the current energy system. How will solar power increase African economy? Apart from providing a clean energy, solar power will go a long way in improving our economy. This will open a wide range of opportunities for entrepreneurs both in Africa and beyond. Most of the continents asides looking to harness the energy, are also building infrastructures to support it. What this means for Africa is that, once we fully embrace this energy, it will attract so many foreign and local investors. This is because, they know that we already have all it takes to support their ideas and innovations in terms of energy. This will obviously increase our economy with a rocket speed. So securing a trusted energy source is a sure way to bring Africa out of poverty, and believe me this trusted energy source is solar power. Impact of Solar Power on water supply in Africa. Although, Africa is blessed with abundant water supply, it should still be managed carefully, because the use of water will never decline. Rather it will continue to increase over the years. What this means is that we should invest in energy systems that will help conserve water. Solar energy is highly recommended in this care, because it generates electricity without making use of water in any form. Also, for home user and business owners, having a solar panel in your home, covers every other thing. Pumping water from existing water source even becomes easier, and cost effective as it is already covered by the electricity generated by the solar energy. So countries that are water stressed in Africa can embrace this opportunity and leverage, provided by solar energy. Solar energy and schools in Africa. One of the major problems Africa face is poor education system. We also deserve to have a very efficient working school system where the students can enjoy learning with the maximum comfort you can ever imagine. But as long as we keep having insufficient power system, getting to that level will be quite difficult. Utility bills are one of the budgets in our various institutions that can’t be trimmed without negatively affecting the school system and the students experience at large. Because of this high cost utility bills, schools does not provide everything for the students. If they attempt to provide it all with the limited electricity available now, they will definitely run low on funds. Installing solar panels can easily offset the monthly utility bills. If the installation is much larger, it will make it possible for the school to change to 100% renewable energy. This no doubt will present the real world class experience that the students desire while studying in the most conducive environment. This will also help the students to harness their potentials to the highest maximum as they have everything needed for them to delve into development. And we all know that once our education system is fixed, Africa will be one step away from attaining maximum development. Solar energy and business owners in Africa I am now talking to us as individuals inside Africa. If you are a business owner then you should pay close attention here. As a business owner in Africa, one of the highest over head cost facing you is the cost of electricity bills. You will agree with me that this often sets limitations on the things we wish to achieve in our business. Now if you want to take your business to that desired feat then you should go solar. Before you start objecting to this, it will interest you to know that the cost of solar panels has been reduced significantly. Asides using energy directly from the sun, solar energy will help you get an excellent financial return on your business over time. Solar power industries are significantly increasing by the day, and solar energy is now a reliable alternative energy option. So if you are in Africa and you are running a business, you should look at the bright side that this solar power provides to take your business to the next level. So you need to access your current energy condition and compare it to where you want your business to be in the future. So for your business, this is the summary of why you need to consider solar energy. • It will help you cut overhead business cost. • Have future longevity • Creates energy independence • It is an investment with continuous commercial and environmental returns. Solar energy will improve the living cost in Africa. It is very certain that the present energy system in Africa is not effectively serving us well. It is still very alarming that some people in some parts of Africa still trek a reasonable distance to get their mobile phones charged. The rate of electrocution keeps increasing by the day because people without electricity try to connect illegally to their neighbours grid. Life without electricity is quite unbearable. It might be sounding quite unachievable after considering the cost and every other thing that follows installing a solar. But Africans have gone from the post office method and phone centers, to having mobile phones then we can actually take this leap to going solar. Going solar will definitely improve the living conditions in Africa. It can improve the hospitals, schools, churches, and also make life very easy. New inventions are going on in the solar world. By this I mean that every home can actually have solar power installed even if it is the smallest solar with a phone charging capacity, it will go a long way in providing a good living system and it frees the citizens from inhaling the toxic smoke of paraffin wax. Examples of this new inventions in question, is the Solar start-up M Kopa that developed an 8 watt solar panel that comes with two light bulbs, a torch, mobile phone charger and a radio. So solar also makes room for the poor. Conclusion If Africa decides to fully go solar now, it won’t be so hard as we will take our models from countries that has already adopted it. We really deserve a good living here In Africa. I personally can’t wait to detach from the issues this present energy system provides. We really need to be saved from constantly worrying about what the next utility bill will provide.

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