Congo-Kinshasa: First-Ever Solar-Powered Radio Launched in Oshwe

By allAfrica.com:

Today, Greenpeace launched Africa’s first solar-powered radio station in Oshwe, in the DRC. Hundreds of community members and leaders came out to witness the event. Authorities applauded efforts to increase this remote community’s access to basic information.

To overcome the challenge of on-again-off-again fuel supply, Greenpeace and the community decided to equip the radio station with solar energy. A clean and stable energy supply, the solar panels will allow uninterrupted broadcasting.

Loan Tran Thanh, Greenpeace’s DRC Country Manager said this was “a perfect example of the renewable energy opportunities that are a solution for communities like this.”

In addition to the uninterrupted power supply, the antenna of the radio station was also raised in order to reach all the villages within a 100km radius, giving many more forest communities access to the vital news and information that the radio broadcasts… Read more

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