working inside toilet (Galliot, 2015). Despite this relative prosperity, Noah and her family lacked one of the most important basics (electricity) of modern life until 2013 (2015). In an interview with the author, Noah explained how she and her family waited for 10 years for the government of Tanzania to turn on their power, but after the 10 years nothing happened. Puzzled by what the next step would be, Noah and her family heard an unexpected knock on their door. It was an agent from a new electric company called M-Power. This agent told Noah that she could install a fully functioning solar home system in their home if she could sign up with 10, 000 shillings, an equivalent of $6.00. The solar energy, at this price, would have enabled…show more content… In order to promote energy supply and economic development, which is the core of this paper, the author argued that the idea behind the project was not to tap the energy from the sun to electrify these remote communities. Rather, it was geared towards installing small solar panels that were not much bigger than an iPad to power the basic appliances (light bulbs, cell phone, and other basic necessities that can alter people’s lives) in those homes (2015). This demonstrates the economic as well as the energy efficiency side of this study, which I believe Hallett will accept. The author also argues that going small better fits the budget of rural Tanzanians and the money saved from buying kerosene and other oil to lighten their homes were used for other things. This concept is known as pay-as-you-go. This concept was far cheaper and affordable than what the government of Tanzania and some big energy companies were offering, the author claimed (2005).
In the final analysis, some energy experts raised economic concerns that solar installations in rural communities were costly and that the power offered by grids is too limited to meet the growing needs of African countries (Galliot, 2015). For example, a senior fellow (Mwangi Kimenyi) with the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institute in Washington claimed that Africa must not be