Saturday, May 23, 2015

Singer Akon to open Solar Academy in Africa

Senegalese-American singer Akon, whose Akon Lighting Africa initiative aims to bring electricity to some of the 600 million Africans who lack it, announced on Thursday the launch of a new "Solar Academy" for the continent.
The institution, scheduled to open this summer in Bamako, Mali's capital, will try to give African engineers and entrepreneurs the skills needed to develop solar power. European experts will help supply training equipment and programs.        
According to the group, investing in solar power for the future can help in more ways than one and harnessing solar energy is an ideal way to enable those without electricity to get it.
"We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise," said Samba Baithily, who founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang.
The academy will aim to teach people how to install and maintain solar-powered electricity systems as well as micro grids, "which are really taking off in rural Africa," Akon Lighting Africa said.


  1. I hope it will not turn out to be an abandoned project..nice initiative tho

  2. thoughtful of him