Moving Africa AHEAD on Energy Issues
A quarter of the world's population lacks access to grid electricity. Access to energy is vital for health, education, and economic development.
Two million die prematurely each year as a result of diseases caused by indoor use of wood for cooking and kerosene for light; about half are children. Excessive use of wood as fuel causes deforestation, which is a major source of climate change and conflict.
Green development of coal and natural gas resources with sequestration to provide self-sufficient energy infrastructure for transportation, agriculture, and electricity generation.
Facilitating local production and distribution of bio- and synthetic fuels (as an alternative to wood); powering small generation systems to supplement renewables and meet peak demands.
Design and deployment of hybrid energy systems for off-grid areas; using a cost-effective mix of renewables and small generation systems.
Where we work:
Sub-Saharan Africa; current focus on Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, and Ghana.
AHEAD helps schools and hospitals to install and operate grid-independent green energy systems. This becomes a model to be widely deployed in remote and under-served areas, leading to improved quality of life and economic development.
A world in which universal access to energy, as well as its wise stewardship, enables all people to attain a high quality of life on a thriving planet.
Hybrid system at Machubo
A hybrid (wind and solar) electricity generating system has been installed at Machubo Primary School in rural Mozambique. The project, that also includes 90 rechargeable lights for students' home use was made possible by a generous donation of equipment from Jetpro Technology. Read more here.
What people are saying...
Nate Lindsey: The lessons I learned as an AHEAD Energy volunteer speak to this organization's mission to assist communities in Africa. AHEAD invited me to travel to Uganda to assess needs at a primary school. The experience was transformative.