Energy

Solar power could be the solution to energy penetration into Africa

Summary

The director of commercial activities and development at NORCAP, Stine Horn, held a virtual conference to discuss humanitarian activities’ essence due to the ongoing global pandemic, political transitions, economic realignment, and climatic problems. NORCAP is devising resolutions for these problems […]

The director of commercial activities and development at NORCAP, Stine Horn, held a virtual conference to discuss humanitarian activities’ essence due to the ongoing global pandemic, political transitions, economic realignment, and climatic problems. NORCAP is devising resolutions for these problems through its projects and collaborations to cater to marginalized communities’ needs. The agency intends to send over 1000 experts to 80 countries to respond to the issues they are facing and offer expert opinion in addition to starting programs that can alleviate the crises. 

NORCAP will be utilizing three strategies to counteract these problems. First, the agency will offer access to renewable energy by identifying the needs of the refugees. Secondly, the agency will educate the locals on the essence of discarding fossil fuels and start utilizing the renewables that are developing in the countries. Finally, the agency hopes to invoke its diplomatic skills to enhance industry coordination and promote good leadership. The energy analyst for NORCAP, Lama Gharaibeh, emphasized the essence of knowing the communities’ needs and customizing a solution around these problems. Another strategy that NORCAP has been utilizing to meet the communities’ needs is the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) initiative, which was instrumental in resettling the people in the Malakal refugee camp in South Sudan. This initiative revived the operations of the biogas plant in the region, which was stagnant because of ethnic indifferences and technical problems. 

Gharaibeh demonstrated how cultural differences interfere with the implementation of specific solutions that would accelerate the transition to clean energy. Additionally, the agency is advocating for the empowerment of women and girls. The agency started an initiative called the Female Accelerator programme to train the women to take advantage of the job offers in the solar energy industry. This year has witnessed a 21% increase in female participation in solar projects. The Energy Programme Manager of NORCAP in Norway, Borja Gómez Rojo, detailed the report showing the efficiency of this strategy once implemented by the experts. Rojo outlined that the agency has taken an interest in clean energy since over 600 million people in Africa have no electricity in their homes or habitations. Another intriguing fact that he stated is that 25 million refugees have no access to electricity in Africa, which couples up with health problems and economic backwardness. 

Finally, a NORCAP associate energy expert, Rebeca Solis del Campo, defined three strategies as key in facilitating clean energy access. First is the spread out of the investments in clean energy for an extended period. The second is integrating the humanitarian, development, and peace negotiations in these countries. The last is the inclusion of locals in the development of the energy utilities. These strategies worked fine for the experts that deployed them in the countries they were working. 

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