European energy giant inks three year partnership with leading distributed solar charity to help boost clean energy access across Africa. Europe’s largest renewable energy supplier has announced a new partnership with international development charity SolarAid, which will see it donate £2m over a three year period to help provide access to solar light and power to families and communities in sub-Saharan Africa affected by Covid 19. Over half a billion people currently live without access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa and development experts fear that for the first time since 2013 the number of people who do not have access to electricity in the region is set to increase, due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Analysts have warned the number of people without access to power could rise to 630 million in the coming years if swift action to tackle the spread of the virus is not taken and the continent’s economy endures a prolonged hit. Statkraft said its new partnership with SolarAid would help support progress to reach the seventh UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), which aims to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”.
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