U.S. Congress Passes Bill to Bring Electricity to 50 Million in Africa

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Congress on Monday passed the Electrify Africa Act, which aims to bring electricity to 50 million Africans by the year 2020.

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Capital Hill, Washington D.C. Source: Wikipedia.org.

The act was under deliberation for two years and now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed, according to news reports.

The bill will provide a framework for a major public-private partnership between the United States and sub-Saharan African countries to help millions of people gain access to reliable electricity.

In 2013 Obama outlined a Power Africa Initiative that aims to get electricity to 50 million people by 2020. The act should help achieve that goal by by providing a framework for companies to invest in promoting energy solutions in Africa, according to news reports.