What it's about:
Women must be included in plans to provide renewable energy to rural communities in Africa, a non-profit working to end energy poverty says.
The distribution of clean energy to remote African villages requires female participation, writes Fid Thompson from Solar Sister in an article for The Beam magazine.
In remote areas, more and more women are turning to “solar entrepreneurship”, by running small enterprises selling solar-powered lights.
Their local expertise and connection with their communities makes them powerful ambassadors for renewable energy, according to Thompson.
But a lack of financing and training is preventing them from reaching the poorest and most isolated in their communities and achieving sustainable energy for all, one of the global goals to be reached by 2030, Thompson argues.
Why it's noteworthy:
Renewable energy is experiencing an investment boom worldwide. From India to Nigeria, investors are seeing the light on clean power.
Solar is one of the fastest-growing renewable energy sources, accounting for over 74 GW of global power capacity in 2016.
Despite this global progress, there is still a huge need for green energy access in rural sub-Saharan Africa, where just nine percent of people are connected to an electricity grid, says Thompson.
Many villages remain off-grid and rely on costly, fume-belching generators for electricity. These remote communities are hard to reach, but local women can help bridge the gap and bring affordable, clean energy to those who need it most, Thompson says.
“By supporting women entrepreneurs, we help them to reinvest in the wellbeing of their families and their communities,” she writes.
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