Photo Gallery: How solar energy gave a village new life

Kids at school

In June 2011 Canadian energy analyst Stephanie Dei travalled to the village of Tomefa in Ghana, about an hour outside of Accra.

Her aim was to chronicle a solar energy project recently established in the village, and explore what this could mean for villages and communities not only in Ghana but across the continent.

The Japanese government through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has funded the solar  project in Tomefa, which provided the equipment and basic training for: a solar powered mobile charging centre, school and health centre.

The Ministry of Energy in Ghana has embarked on a project to provide renewable energy to communities that are off the national grid system. These projects have largely been financed through donations from the Japanese and Spanish governments.

The following pictures demonstrate the impact solar energy has had on a small community, improving the quality of life, enabling the provision of medical treatment and ensuring children receive a full education.

Stephanie currently lives in Geneva and works for the UN. You can follow her on Twitter @AkosuaDeizee


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