640 MILLION IN AFRICA ARE LIVING IN THE DARK, BLUETTI IS NOW DOING THEIR BIT.
On this planet, about 1.2 billion people are lacking access to electricity and more than half of them are living in Africa.
Over 640 million Africans have no access to energy, corresponding to an electricity access rate for African countries at just over 40 percent, the lowest in the world.
Per capita consumption of energy in sub-Saharan Africa per year (excluding South Africa) is 180 kWh, compared to 14,000 kWh per capita in the United States and 7,500 kWh in Europe.
The poverty of energy in Africa is keeping its people poorer.
Not only does it affect the attainment of health and education outcomes, but it also increases the cost of doing business which makes unlocking economic potential such as creating jobs, difficult.
Insufficient energy access manifests itself in hundreds of thousands of deaths annually due to the use of wood-burning stoves for cooking (Carbon monoxide poisoning or fire); handicaps the operations of hospitals and emergency services; compromises educational attainment; and drives up the cost of doing business.
Energy access for all is therefore one of the key drivers of inclusive growth as it creates opportunities for women, youths, children both in urban and rural areas.
Africa’s energy potential, especially for renewable energy, is enormous, yet only a fraction of it is currently being used. For this reason, the renewable energy pioneer BLUETTI is now making their move.
As a rising star of the off-grid power industry, Bluetti is well known for their highly recognisable portable power stations and portable solar panels.
Their products are well received by their customers all over the world, but mostly in developed regions like the U.S. and Europe.
Yet Bluetti has been dedicated to bringing easy access of power to every corner of the world. And in the year of 2021, they set foot on African soil.
Bluetti has launched a 5-year plan in Africa called Project LAAF (Lighting An African Family).
Literally the company’s strategy is giving lighting and power supply to African families that are living without electricity. The ultimate goal is powering over 1,000,000 families by the end of 2026.
In September, 2021, Jane Adona, a woman living with 5 children in the Soweto Kibera informal settlement of Nigeria was powered up with solar energy.
She has been living in a shanty room without electricity for several years. And her effort to get connected has been fruitless as those who are responsible keep asking for money.
But now, she’s got light in her home, a solar panel on the roof, and an entire portable power storage system, all from Bluetti, for free.
The aspirational goal of this project is to help as many families as possible to achieve relatively easy electricity access by 2026 with a strong focus on encouraging clean and renewable energy solutions.
Doing this, will require providing 10 GW of new capacity, one million new off-grid connections and supplying one million households with access to clean cooking solutions.