The U.N. Has A Plan To Give 90 Million People Electricity For The First Time

It would change Africa forever.

The International Solar Alliance is aiming to give 90 million people electricity for the first time by 2030. 

Last year, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres unveiled his plan to use $1 trillion to try to bring solar power to the Sahel region encompassing Senegal, Nigeria, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea, according to ISP News. Those projects are now underway, and the aim is to make Africa a "renewable power-house."

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"It is clear that we are witnessing a global renewable energy revolution," Guterres said last year. "However, what we still lack is the political commitment to meet the targets, for which more ambition and more action is needed. ISA represents exactly what needs to be done to address this challenge."

Now, it looks like they have the ambition and political commitment.

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Altogether, the project is hoping to provide 250 million people with renewable, solar energy by harnessing the powerful and constant sun the region gets year-round. Right now, 64 percent of the people in the Sahel region live without electricity. Many of the people who do have electricity are living off of diesel generators. If the project hits its goal, it will give 90 million people electricity who have never had it before. 

"Energy is the foundation of human living – our entire system depends on it," Magdalena J. Seol, who works on global development, said of the African Development Bank Initiative. "For Africa right now, providing and securing sustainable energy is in the backbone of its economic growth."

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