African engineers and entrepreneurs will soon have the skills needed to develop solar power technologies.
Senegalese-American singer Akon has launched an academy in Africa which aims to help bring electricity to 600 million people in the continent.
The project comes under the ‘Akon Lighting Africa’ initiative and is scheduled to open this summer in Bamako.
European experts will help supply training equipment and programmes.
The academy will aim to teach people how to install and maintain solar-powered electricity systems as well as micro grids, which is said to be taking off in rural Africa.
The group announced the launch of the academy at the second United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York.