Applaud Akon, everyone.
His new initiative “Akon Lighting Africa” is aiming to bring solar power to over 600 million Africans through the launch of a Solar Academy in Bamako, Mali.
The additional info, via GOOD Mag, explains it in more detail, which only widens the smile:
The Academy will train local African engineers and entrepreneurs in order to teach them how to produce solar power.
Lighting Africa noted that solar power electricity and micro-grids are already “really taking off in rural Africa.” The continent, their statement argues, has over 120 days of sun a year, making it that much easier to harness solar power. Akon’s goals are two-fold: both to provide clean alternative energy and great, meaningful jobs. The Academy will help empower people all across educational levels to build the electricity that’s going to light their homes.