Pop Star Akon’s Ambitious Solar Plan Could Revolutionize Africa

The R&B singer’s “Solar Academy” will train engineers to provide clean eco-energy for hundreds of millions.

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Most people know Akon for his hit singles “I Wanna Love You” or “Smack That,” not his devotion to alternative energy. But just recently, the singer announced that he would be launching a Solar Academy in Bamako, Mali. The Academy will train local African engineers and entrepreneurs in order to teach them how to produce solar power. The initiative, called “Akon Lighting Africa,” aims to bring solar power to over 600 million Africans.

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