Ethiopia

Time to Go Solar

Solar energy in Africa is useful (also) to charge phones and extract water

Solar energy arrived in Ethiopia. In Addis Ababa, the capital, photovoltaic panels are still rare and expensive, but they’re quite common in the poor, drought-stricken Southern areas. Here, the lack of electricity and the high costs of fuel for the generators made the use of solar energy compulsory to recharge lamps and mobile phones, pump the water from the wells and power refrigerators used to preserve the vaccines. These panels arrive here from China, Korea and Germany and they are distributed through international organizations which entrust the village committees with the photovoltaic management. Giving energy has also become a business: in the Somali region those lucky ones who hold a solar panel allow the other people to use it. By paying a fee.

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