640 million in Africa are living in the dark, Bluetti is now doing its part
Two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. Bluletti is trying to change that.
More than half of the 1.2 billion people without access to electricity live in Africa. African countries have the lowest electricity access rate in the world, with over 640 million people without access to electricity. In sub-Saharan Africa, the average annual energy consumption per capita (excluding South Africa) is 180 kWh, compared to 14,000 kWh in the United States and 7,500 kWh in Europe.
Energy poverty in Africa keeps its people poor. In addition to negatively impacting the attainment of health and education outcomes, it increases the costs of doing business and makes it more difficult to unlock economic potential and create jobs.
Thousands of deaths are attributed to inadequate energy access due to use of wood-burning stoves for cooking (Carbon monoxide poisoning or fire); it impedes the operation of hospitals and emergency services; compromises educational attainment; and raises the cost of doing business. Access to energy for all is therefore one of the key drivers of inclusive growth, since it opens up opportunities for women, youths, and children in both urban and rural areas.
Africa has enormous energy potential, especially renewable energy, but only a fraction of it is being utilized currently. That is why BLUETTI, the renewable energy pioneer, is now making their move.
Bluetti, a rising star of the off-grid power industry, is well known for its highly recognizable portable power stations and portable solar panels. Customers all over the world love their products, but mainly in developed regions like the U.S. and Europe. Despite this, Bluetti has been committed to bringing power to every corner of the globe. And in the year of 2021, they set foot on African soil.
Bluetti has announced a 5-year plan in Africa called Project LAAF (Lighting an African Family). In other words, the company’s strategy is to provide lighting and power to African families who do not have access to electricity. The ultimate goal is to power over 1,000,000 families by 2026.
The first family in Nigeria was powered up in September, 2021. Jane Adona, a poor woman living in the Soweto Kibera informal settlement, has five children. Several years ago, she lived in a shanty without electricity. Since those responsible keep asking for money, her efforts to connect have been fruitless.
Nevertheless, she now has light on the ceiling, solar panels on the roof, and a whole set of power storage systems for free, all from Bluetti.
This project aims to facilitate access to electricity for as many families as possible by 2026 with a strong focus on clean and renewable energy sources. A 10 GW new capacity, a million new off-grid connections and clean cooking solutions for 1 million households are needed to accomplish this.