Africa’s Solar Industry Needs More Sustainable Solutions

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The United Nations Millennium Development Goals may pledge to achieve universal access to electricity by 2030, but nearly half of Africans lack access to energy. With inconsistent or non-existent access to the grid, solar services in Africa have taken off as nearly 10 percent of the continent now use off-grid clean energy to light their homes.

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Green Trust Consultancy is specialized in many different aspects of renewable energy, providing first class results to our customers due to extensive experience and highly motivated and qualified people. Green Trust is based in The Netherlands but also has participation in Green Trust Energy ltd in Ireland. Both companies are working with a professional approach and share their knowledge if necessary.

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