The benefits of solar power in rural Africa cannot be understated.
A great deal of progress has been made to date across the continent and it is critical to keep building momentum.
The Global Off-Grid Lighting Association, (GOGLA) have published a range of reports on industry progress and the impacts of off-grid solar solutions.
Some of the impacts include:
When eliminating the use of harmful fumes from the use of kerosene and fuel-wood
Improved educational attainment
In children of school age no longer relying on inferior light options such as candles when studying at night
Increased disposable incomes
In the medium to long term when using solar energy products, no longer needing to spend money on alternatives to light
In local communities, for people becoming sales agents to distribute solar products
With less black carbon emissions from kerosene lamps and a decrease in deforestation if less fuel-wood is used