Obama's Power Africa initiative short of goal despite gains
Wednesday August 23 2017
US President Barack Obama talks with June Muli, head of customer care at M-Kopa, about solar power during the Power Africa Innovation Fair on the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi on July 25, 2015. PHOTO | AFP
But about two-thirds of those new connections take the form of solar lanterns.
Power Africa touts the lanterns as “a critical first step [that] results in dramatic livelihood improvements” for households in remote and impoverished areas.
It says the US initiative has so far helped connect more than two million homes and businesses to such sources.
East Africa has enormous geothermal resources, the report adds, with Power Africa supporting more than 20 projects intended to tap this form of energy.