Columbia Data Science Institute discusses bringing affordable solar energy to Sierra Leone with the Easy Solar team

February 27, 2016


The West African nation of Sierra Leone has one of the lowest electrification rates on the planet. When night falls, most of the country turns to battery-powered flashlights or kerosene lamps 



Amid these challenging conditions, social entrepreneurs at Columbia University see opportunity. A team of students is developing plans to bring low-cost, solar-powered energy to Sierra Leone. Through their startup, Azimuth, they hope to offer solar-powered lamps, payable in installments on a mobile phone, to millions of people with no access to credit or a conventional grid.


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