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Akon Lighting Africa Initiative Boosted

Solektra Solar Academy has been launched to support the Akon lighting Africa initiative that is meant to drive Africa’s growth with a new solar generation.

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Akon, Samba Bathily and Thione Niang, co-founders of Solektra International, the company that launched the Akon Lighting Africa program marked the historic day in Bamako.

The training center which is expected to open in January 2016 will be the first institute in Africa entirely dedicated to solar technologies.

Patrice Dangang, Director of the Academy announced an ambitious program to train annually 200 skilled workers, technicians and engineers from all over Africa.

The courses, she said, will include both theoretical and practical classes meeting best standards and using the latest generation simulation equipment.

“With a duration of 2 weeks up to 3 months, the different modules will focus on issues specific to the continent, such as the development of decentralized rural electrification systems. Some courses on the general dynamics of the solar market will also be proposed.”

Trainees will acquire genuine technical expertise in a fast-growing sector. As explained by Akon, “solar technologies are now cost-effective and can be deployed massively to support Africa’s economic development. Our continent will thus be in the position to drive global growth in the near future.”

The Solektra Solar Academy has already concluded partnerships with world-class institutions, such as the German electrical technology and training solution specialist, Lucas Nuelle.

Samba Bathily also noted that “We need a sufficiently large and qualified workforce to address the energy crisis that has impacted Africa for years.”

However, Solektra International will need new resources to run.

The Akon Lighting Africa initiative, now operating in 15 African countries, allows the three co-founders to consider an ambitious business plan for 2016.


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