Could the Tesla Powerwall be the catalyst for Africa to leapfrog the electric grid?

The new Tesla Energy Powerwall home battery

The African continent is revolutionizing itself as the place where no infrastructure is no problem.

This began in the telecommunications field: Africa lacks a robust system of landlines, which traditionally enable better access to desktop computers, online services, and financial institutions.

However, the emergence of cellular telephony has allowed individuals across Africa to bypass this infrastructure deficiency.

Today, the Pew Research Center estimates that over two-thirds of Africans own cell phones, with adoption nearing 90% in some countries.

Now, Africa may be on the path to revolutionizing itself in a second field: electricity.

Decentralized energy storage options, like those announced by Tesla, General Electric, Samsung, LG Chem, and others, could play a significant role in enabling that revolution.

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