Id Mjahdi Is Africa's First Fully Solar-Powered Village

Id Mjahdi Is Africa's First Fully Solar-Powered Village

A small village in Morocco, Id Mjahdi, has become the first village on the entire continent of Africa to become completely powered by the warm rays of the sun. Africa contributes to less than 1% of global solar power capacity, according to the International Energy Agency, but solar is very competitive there.

The International Energy Agency thinks that solar power could be one of Africa’s main energy sources, but right now the holdup is due to not having enough infrastructure to support this.

Morocco meets 35% of its electricity needs from renewable energy and hopes to increase this to 52% within the next 10 years.

How Id Mjahdi Was Chosen

Id Mjhadi was chosen by Cleanergy, a solar power company in Morocco, simply because this village literally needed everything. It was chosen to be the site for testing a sustainable model for electrifying remote communities. Villagers relied on candles for light and could typically only afford an hour of candlelight for working or studying in the evenings. As for heating their homes or cooking meals, villagers would burn tree bark, which is really bad for your health. Imagine camping, but inside. Where is all that smoke going to go?

This community didn’t even have a water tower and didn’t have a nearby source of water.

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