Akon to bring solar power to 600 million Africans

Applaud Akon, everyone.

His new initiative “Akon Lighting Africa” is aiming to bring solar power to over 600 million Africans through the launch of a Solar Academy in Bamako, Mali.

The additional info, via GOOD Mag, explains it in more detail, which only widens the smile:

The Academy will train local African engineers and entrepreneurs in order to teach them how to produce solar power.

Lighting Africa noted that solar power electricity and micro-grids are already “really taking off in rural Africa.” The continent, their statement argues, has over 120 days of sun a year, making it that much easier to harness solar power. Akon’s goals are two-fold: both to provide clean alternative energy and great, meaningful jobs. The Academy will help empower people all across educational levels to build the electricity that’s going to light their homes.

*standing ovation*