Israeli entrepreneur wants to bring light to those in darkness

Thursday, November 29, 2012 |  Israel Today Staff

An Israeli entrepreneur and innovator is launching a new initiative to provide electricity to central Africa and other parts of the world where electric-powered conveniences are insanely expensive and virtually unknown to average residents.

"For Africa and other parts of the Third World, where a billion-and-a-half people still live without power, electricity is the key to solving a myriad of problems," energy expert Yosef Abramowitz told the Times of Israel.

Abramowitz has made a name for himself by developing an innovative and cost-effective method of turn solar power into electricity. His Arava Power Company was the first in Israel to win a government contract to provide solar-generated electricity on the commercial market.

Now he wants to take that expertise to those most in need of it.

Abrahmowitz believes his solar power program could turn on the lights for the first time for hundreds of millions in impoverished areas.

In related news, the Israeli government has provided a $217 million loan to the University of Ghana to build a 600-bed teaching hospital in the city of Legon.

In addition to training a new generation of doctors, the hospital will provide a new level of medical care to those living in the region.

Israelis have a long history of humanitarian activity in Africa that often goes unreported.

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