Today President Obama announced Power Africa, a new initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. More than two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is without electricity, and more than 85 percent of those living in rural areas lack access. Power Africa will build on Africa’s enormous power potential, including new discoveries of vast reserves of oil and gas, and the potential to develop clean geothermal, hydro, wind and solar energy. It will help countries develop newly-discovered resources responsibly, build out power generation and transmission, and expand the reach of mini-grid and off-grid solutions.
Learn more at any of these websites:
- Power Africa Announcment: www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/07/02/powering-africa
- Power Africa Fact Sheet: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/30/fact-sheet-power-africa
- Power Africa at USAID: www.usaid.gov/powerafrica