The call was made in the southwest region by Terence Bumah of Solarlinx group on April 14 2016 in a workshop attended by representatives of schools, hospitals, businesses, and communities from the Southwest region.
The workshop that was aimed at educating and helping participants to set up clean energy platforms focused on solar energy as the best and cheapest means to have access to renewable energy. Terence Bumah regretted that although Africa is known as the sun the sun continent, they still suffer a lot when it comes to energy which they have in abundance.
On the case of Cameroon, Terence Bumah noted that over 45 percent of Cameroonians live without electricity. In his view, efforts aimed at electrifying the community should be pushed towards acquiring and using energy from the sun through solar panels that assures continuity as well as it is environmentally friendly. To him, instead of relying on generators that rely on the use of fuels that are not environmentally friendly, thereby having a negative impact on health and the environment, people should use solar energy as a main source or backup source in cases where there is use of heavy appliances.
On their mission, the group says they are out to improve the standards of living for Cameroonians by revolutionizing and providing better access to clean and affordable energy together with good water purification systems that are uninterrupted. The solarlinx group that has embarked on the job to provide cheap and affordable energy to Cameroonians is operating in the Southwest and littoral regions of Cameroon and has existed for about over a year. According Terence Bumah and co, over six months were used carry out research on the needs of Cameroonians and reality on the ground in order to come up with a better solution to the problems faced by Cameroonians when it comes to having access to energy that is sustainable.
Amongst some of the solutions solarlinx say it is out to provide are solar electricity, solar water supply, solar street lighting and solar rural electrification. On affordability of its services, the group says it has provided different financing options to reduce upfront costs, making solar energy more affordable for Cameroonians. As they say, there are also out to provide Cameroonians with high quality training and after sales services to ensure continuity so that people can take care of their solar panels without necessarily consulting experts or any third party for repairs.