A startling percentage of the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) population does not have electricity – 620 million out of 1 billion people. Add another 100 million and you get the number of people in SSA who cook with firewood that is depleting forest cover. Meanwhile, solar energy is increasingly becoming a solution on other continents – but not nearly as widespread in Africa. The continent lags far behind the developing world in the uptake of solar energy due to three factors: 1) innovative public policy is not robust; 2) not enough private sector champions; 3) African masses cannot afford the up-front solar installation costs.
- The church is where most people go for council, self reflection, and community solidarity;
- The church is a community meeting place, in which the church is regarded as a neutral referee, mediator, and reconciler.
- The church is a proven community-mobilizing institution for solutions;
- The church is influential with leaders from government, business, and civil society;
- There is a church in African village;
- There is usually a school attached to the church;
- The church itself needs electricity, as does the affiliated school.