Across the globe, 1.2 billion people do not have access to electricity, with a very high percentage (57%) of such people being Africans. About 68% percent of these Africans live in sub-saharan Africa and this adds up to about 625 million people without power, according to the International Energy Agency. Cutting close to home, it is quite shocking to discover that only 45% of Nigeria’s population is currently connected to the national grid, yet regular supply is still restricted to just about 25% of the population. The question now is, why are 55% of Nigerians living off the grid? And on a larger scale, why do 1.2 billion people not have access to electricity?
Lack of electricity in most developing countries can be tied to endemic corruption on the parts of the leaders and policy makers, inconsistent government policies, non prioritization of electricity by the government and inadequate gas supply to thermal generation plants/transmission infrastructure. What those in these key positions do not know is that, lack of electricity is the major cause of the underdevelopment that has engulfed Africa.
Without stable power supply, systems cannot work as they should. Development projects, public and private investments cannot run and achieve their intended goals. Lack of electricity has its implications at all levels; from the simple household level to the national and international levels.
At the lowest level, which is the household level, a child that has access to stable electricity is productive in everything he does, and this gives him a fair chance at succeeding in all he does. This way, he is useful to his family, friends and society at large.
The flipside of scenario one is that, lack of electricity can make a child become a nuisance and if care is not taken, such child becomes a nonentity in the society.
There are several other consequences of lack of electricity and most man-made calamities in African countries can one way or another be linked to lack of electricity.
It is our objective at Salpha Energy to eradicate energy poverty, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. In doing this, we are offering easier access to clean energy by first reaching those at the end of the rope (off-grid) at very affordable costs, while educating them on this alternative; a sustainable source of energy, whose benefits are numerous. Our vision is to bridge the gap between the well-developed urban areas and the underdeveloped rural places. We are starting with those at the grassroots; the ones that are easily forgotten, the ones with no access whatsoever to energy. This is why we are introducing cheap and easy-to-use home appliances, so that even the poorest can afford them.
Every person or household is presently at one tier or another. We aim to ensure that every individual or household continuously upgrades to the next tier until everyone reaches the peak and enjoys the full potential of clean energy.