A shocking percentage of the people in Africa lack electricity. 85.8% of people in rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have electricity. In a world and time where electricity is crucial to innovation and economic advancement, it is imperative that more of Africa "is on the grid." Solar power has been identified as a possible solution. Solar energy can be harnessed practically anywhere, which means that even remote African villages can have electricity. The solar harnessing panels can be scaled in size to meet the needs of the number of people that they serve. "Solar is modular so it can be sized to fit the needs of anywhere, from a light to a business, household to an entire village," said Sachi DeCou, co-founder of a company that operates a network of solar charging stations in Tanzania. Solar is a great option because it is a renewable resource- it will never run out as long as the sun is shining! It is also cheaper than the current price that people in Africa pay for kerosene lighting and basic electrical needs (of the people that actually have electricity).
The video below describes the new spread of solar energy across Africa. It gives evidence as to what is causing this change, as well as the beneficial impacts that are being made by this transition.