Gonser Zou | U.S.-based Liberian Installs Solar Lights in Kpalay, Nimba County

By FrontPage Africa

In an effort to bringing electricity to people of portion of Liberia’s improverished and remote communities, a young US-based Liberian has installed floating solar energy lights in his native Kpalay Town in Nimba County.

The venture led by a local team back home on behalf of Gonser Zou has installed solar panels throughout his home town of Kpalay which is providing a steady supply of power during the night hours in that rural side of the country.

 Liberia has one of the lowest access rates for electricity in the world. According to the UN-backed organisation Sustainable Energy for All, just 26% of the population have access to electricity.

In rural areas, only 6% of people have electricity and most people rely on solar lanterns and dry-cell batteries as they cannot connect to the national grid.

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Others need to purchase costly charging services for their phones, expensive batteries for their lights, or kerosene, which when used indoors have negative health impacts.

Walking in Kpalay Town nowadays following the recent installation of the solar lights will give you the distinct feeling of being in a place that is very different to the several villages you have passed on the way over. Apart from the dense greenery, what would catch your notice is all the energy – solar lights, that is.

The entire Kpalay Town (silently) hums with solar power. This is not just unique, but nothing short of a revolution.

Making remarks at the dedicatory ceremony of the solar energy lights through a proxy, Gonser Zou admonished other Liberians and  Africans living in the diaspora not to depend on their governments alone to provide social services to their people because they cannot do all.

“I think it is about time that we come together as Africans to make our African continent a better living place on planet Earth, I can assure you if each country in Africa get advance in development no one will want to travel to Europe or America”, he urged.

“My brothers and sisters who are in a better position please let each one of us under take one project every year in our country, you do not have to do this only in the city but you can help your people in the interior by taking the initiative to build school, hospital or other essentials things for your people in your home town.”

He added: “Doing this will beautify your country and put African countries on path with western countries.”

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