Electrical energy supply has been, and is still a major challenge in Africa. The endless blackout in the continent has caused citizens to find pleasure leaving and investing outside Africa. Most African countries have seen the need to overcome this challenge with the help of solar energy. Soon, most African countries like Morocco and Zimbabwe will be saying goodbye to blackout as they embrace this new initiative.
State of Solar Energy in the world
As the earth continues to revolve around the sun, countries, like China, Japan, and United States, etc., have been relying on the sun for electricity supply. On the list of solar energy producers, African nations are out of the reach.
For over ten years, China has been leading the way in the global solar energy sector. In 2016, China installed nearly 40 GW of new solar projects and was expected to install more at the end of 2017 in order to strengthen its top position.
With many countries known for their strong desire for solar technology, what the future holds for African nations is still to be determined.
Africa’s solar energy turn around
Globalization and population growth have brought about the increasing demand for energy especially, in Africa.
Things are fast changing and the continent, unexpectedly, has taken its place in the world of solar energy. According to the 2017 global solar records, Africa had no place on the list. Surprisingly, Africa has turned to be at the top of the list for 2018.
Morocco, located at the heart of Northern Africa has made a great difference in the sector. Presently, the country is producing one of the highest rates of solar isolation among other countries.
How true this claim?
The North African nation recently launched the world’s largest solar plant. Through this, she has successfully turned the Sahara desert into a solar energy generator.
— Mongoose Energy (@MongooseEnergy) April 25, 2018
The country did launch the first stage of the project in February, followed by the second stage in May 2018. Head of the Moroccan Agency for sustainable Energy, Mustapha Bakkoury, believes that the solar power plant will go operational in October 2018.
Africa, therefore, waits to experience great transformation in the solar energy sector. This is corroborated by the fact that African countries like Zimbabwe and many others are embracing the solar energy drive.