Akon Launches Solar Academy That Will Supply Electricity to 600,000,000 People in Africa
The Senegalese-American singer’s initiative, appropriately called Akon Lighting Africa, aims to supply electricity to 600 million people in Africa who lack it with the launch of the Solar Academy.
Located in Bamako, Mali, the Solar Academy will help African engineers and entrepreneurs develop skills that will enable to them to produce solar power. Aliaune Thiam, better known as Akon, said ” installing utility-level street lights in villages boosts public safety, while systems in homes and businesses allow children to study at night and entrepreneurs to stay open later, changing fortunes in areas that opportunity has so far passed by.
“We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions,” said Niang.
“With this Academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go further.”