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Rwanda builds utility-scale solar farm in 1 year

Rwanda builds utility-scale solar farm in 1 year

From hip-hop star Akon training African solar engineers to remote villages abandoning kerosene in favor of solar LED lanterns , there's been a lot of talk about how solar could help Africa leapfrog over fossil fuels while still bringing electricity to those who don't yet have it. Often, much of the focus is on distributed renewables — meaning solar lanterns and phone chargers and/or small-scale rooftop solar power arrays on individual homes and businesses. Until the industry cracks the holy grail of affordable energy storage , however, there's still much to be said for the economies of scale and the reliability of a supply that can be achieved by centralized, grid-based generation, at least where the infrastructure exists to make that possible. PHOTO BREAK: 8 amazing structures with mysterious origins Here, too, solar can play its part, and it has many advantages over conv...

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