The demand for energy in Africa is escalating, spurred on by population growth and expanding economies. It is estimated that 600 million people living on the African continent do not have access to electricity, and that on average the entire continent only produces enough electricity to power one 60 W light bulb per person for three hours a day. Because solar energy is a cost-effective solution to replace expensive diesel generators used to supplement electricity in many countries and enables the production of electricity close to where it is consumed, solar power is quickly gaining traction in this emerging market.
Of growing concern to the burgeoning solar industry in Africa is the increasing influx of very low cost solar panels and the lack of appropriate standards to ensure their quality, reliability and durability for their expected 25 year lifetime given the region’s challenging climate. Read on ESI-Africa >