The Executive Director of Power Smart, Mr Deji Sura, has said solar energy is the cheapest means to light up Africa and an uninterrupted power supply to homes.
“ The mobile phone revolution is forcing millions of poor Africans to demand for electricity as more people now depend on their mobile phones to contact relatives, obtain general news and information. Small towns and villages that were not considered a priority by governments now have a huge demand for electricity,’’ he said.
He stated that what Africa needed now was an alternative that was cheap, easy to deploy, decentralised and effective enough to provide electricity to millions of people in the shortest possible time.
Sura said solar power was abundant and free because most of Africa sits on the earth’s equator which makes the sun’s radiation reach many parts of the continent including the remotest parts.
He also called on the government to adopt a more rational approach in order to make effective use of the energy from the sun and urged the government to synergise with solar energy entrepreneurs to improve production of more solar panels.
Sura said government could further accelerate the adoption of solar power by going into partnership with real estate agencies.