Most African families struggle to provide for their children, put food on their tables and electricity in their houses. One of the things that are in abundance in Africa is sunlight.
A brave African housewife dared to try and install one solar panel in her house. The price was hefty yet doable, and the children are ecstatic that they wouldn’t have to eat dinner in the dark, they can complete their schoolwork, and the mother can continue her housework after dark.
This is the story former president Barak Obama remembers after his visit to Kenya. However, this happy story is incomplete, the power that one installed panel provides is a bare minimum of what an average family in Africa would need, the rest is very expensive and there’re no payment plans to ask for.
The obstacle most Kenyan families face is lack of access to the national grid, and the US president also sat down to discuss how this problem could be solved as soon as possible.
In the developed countries, solar power already goes beyond and above its maximum capacity; the prices of solar cells are dropping because the production technology cost, e.g. the tools to monitor the deposition rate, is dropping. The West can help Africa find the balance between integrating both solar panel electricity and connecting people the grid. Right now there’s disparity, and the people of Africa have very limited access to the grid. When this problem is resolved, more and more families can enjoy the advantages of electricity.