Lighting Africa solar lantern project in Burkina Faso

Last updated: 2 August 2023

The Lighting Africa initiative was set up to address the limits to education and economic opportunity that come with lack of access to modern energy services. Part of the World Bank Group’s contribution to SEforAll, Lighting Africa has expanded basic electricity access through off-grid solar solutions to 32.3 million people across the continent, starting with pilot projects in Ghana and Kenya in 2009. Part of the Lighting Africa’s USD 1.5 million effort to expand off-grid solar access in Burkina Faso is a programme to offer solar lanterns to libraries in rural schools through partnerships with local distributors. The project has benefited over 400 schools throughout the country, and is accompanied by a consumer education campaign on energy efficiency and off-grid solar lamps. 

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