Statistics from the United Nations have it that, close to 95% of the Sub-Saharan population suffers from energy outages and poor electrification. The African Network for Solar Energy (ANSOLE) in partnership with the Faculty of Engineering and Technology of the University of Buea, plus the PK Fokam Institute and others have launched the second international summer school on sustainable energetics for Africa (SE4A), within the context of the global energy challenge. According to ANSOLE president Egbe Daniel Mbi, there is a never-ending need for interaction with other African countries so energy insufficiency is brought to book.

 The ANSOLE network at six continues to promote research activities among African researchers and offers a platform for vocational education and training; reason why, any experts have come together to discuss front line strategies and pave a way forward by  accompanying the various masters and PHD student researchers with innovative ideas.

During the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Buea, the Vice Chancellor Horace Ngomo Manga thanked the steering committee for such an honour but however observed the urgency of the focus given that, 16% of the world’s population has no energy.

 Representing the Mayor of the Buea municipality, the second deputy Mayor, Dr. Lyonga John Effande hopes the international workshop on renewable energy yields positive seeds in the paradoxical phase of depleting traditional resources amidst the abundance of alternative sources of energy.

 Matching actions with words, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology Professor Emmanuel Tanyi confirms as part of their outreach activities, UB can now boast of a considerable amount of solar panels along its stretch of road. In his words, “there is so much to do in renewable energy; this is just the beginning and I hope that if we sustain the impetus with ANSOLE in 2yrs time we will not only be talking about one project but dozens of such”.

Making allusion to the second law of thermodynamics which says we should not be selfish Prof. Tanyi concludes there is pride in giving back to our society. By the close of the training session it is believed according to Lopez Aguera Angeles a facilitator, women embrace the change and replicate the lessons learnt back home. With close to one thousand members, ANSOLE operates in 44 African countries and as a reference, seeks to push forward the African North exchange with women at the fore front. Renewable energy experts say has the ability to lift the poorest nations from nothing to something.

There is no doubt, the 80% of rural areas which are renewable energy undersupplied benefit from the European Union largesse as is the case with UB.