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Harvesting energy with locally produced solar panels

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🗞️ Driving the news: South Africa, blessed with abundant sunshine and raw materials, has been importing a significant number of solar panels at a high cost; however, a local company run by women is now producing these solar panels at a reduced cost

🔭 The context: Despite the natural advantages South Africa possesses for solar energy, the reliance on imported solar panels has been a financial burden
• The emergence of local production not only reduces costs but also supports the local economy

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Local production of solar panels ensures better access to legal electricity for all, including underprivileged communities while promoting sustainable energy solutions and reducing the carbon footprint associated with importing goods

⏭️ What's next: The initiative by the women-run company showcases the potential for local industries to drive sustainable change and emphasizes the importance of harnessing local resources and expertise for a greener future

💬 One quote: "South Africa has abundant sunshine and raw materials, but still imports lots of solar panels — at great expense. A women-run company produces them locally and at lower cost, providing jobs and better access to legal electricity — also for poor communities" (Jason Bosswell, reporter)

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