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Africa is lighting up the night with distributed solar.

The short version:

  • Companies are working hard to bring off-grid solar power to Africa.
  • Africa currently has 600 million people without access to electricity.
  • Many people rely on generators, kerosene, and torches to create light.
  • Lumos, one company that is trying to bring solar access to Africa, has over 100,000 customers.
  • Typically their customers were paying $70 to keep their generators running. They now pay $15 a month, plus a $40 startup fee.
  • Lumos has a goal of adding another 100 million customers in the next 5-7 years.
  • Due to Africa’s poor infrastructure, distributed solar power seems to be the way to go. 

Fast electric cars are exciting and reducing automotive pollution is important, but stories like this remind me that there is a whole different side to solar power. It’s why I started The Mighty Electron. The more people who can produce their own energy the better. I hope Lumos hits their goal, and I hope 100 other companies follow right behind them. 

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