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Five African Countries That Want to Charge the Mobile and Much More

Dean Rachel Kyte speaks with El Pais about renewable energy accessibility and affordability.

By profession, mobile charger. In some regions of African countries there is such a figure, that of someone who is in charge of traveling to the nearest town or village, where there is electricity, to facilitate communication and connectivity of those neighbors who lack power. Charging the phone is one of the reasons why many people in developing countries, such as Senegal, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Mali, want and need electricity. Many now turn to diesel drums whose energy unit is 300 times more expensive than in Spain.


Rachel KyteDean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a former spokesman for the United Nations Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All , says that with technology - whose price goes down endlessly - and a decentralization of the network, The inequality gap can be closed in 2030. Reaching rural areas is the main problem and the proposal of the University of Loyola provides an option. “Deploying micro networks locally using solar energy is cheap and these countries can afford it,” concludes the expert.

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