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UK electrifies marginalised African communities through solar

Last week, UK International Development Minister, Nick Hurd, visited a solar venture in Chiswick, UK, to see first-hand how the energy start-up facilitates energy access in Africa.

This visit forms part of the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Energy Africa campaign, which aims to light up Africa by helping to power businesses and homes to make sure the poorest people in the world have access to reliable and affordable energy, Get West London reported.

Co-founded by three college friends, BBOXX, which is a DFID funded business, delivers clean power systems to marginalised communities in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.

Solar technology crosses borders

[quote]CEO of the solar venture, Mansoor Hamayun, said: “Over one billion people have absolutely no access to electricity.

“We at BBOXX are providing energy access through our solar home systems to over 100 households every day, and have reached over 70,000 homes so far.

Hamayun added: “There are many more families for us to bring electricity to and it is very encouraging to see DFID and Minister Hurd actively supporting the growth of energy access through their Energy Africa campaign.”

UK driving universal electrification

According to Hurd ventures such as this are developing much needed innovative solar energy products that is enabling some of the world’s poorest people access to clean, reliable and affordable energy.

“It is totally unacceptable that in this day and age more than 600 million people in Africa do not have access to electricity, which is why the UK’s Energy Africa initiative is encouraging a solar revolution to transform lives across the continent.

“From Rwanda to Zambia, I’ve seen the life-changing effect solar energy can have for families – saving money that can be spent on basic essentials, making women and girls safer after dark and enabling children to study after school, giving the next generation an opportunity to contribute to their country’s economic growth and success.”


Featured image credit: BBOXX

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.