Sparta's Christopher Onwuasoanya using solar energy to make a difference
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Sparta resident Christopher Onwuasoanya is not just talking about a problem, he is doing something about it. In Nigeria, where his parents and siblings live, much of the country relies on private generators for power. Onwuasoanya said, “Individuals, businesses, everyone has two, three, four generators.”
At $560 billion, Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and the 26th largest economy in the world, yet it is not uncommon for the average Nigerian citizen to only see power for two hours of the day, supplied by the national grid. Some villages go for weeks or months without being able to turn on a light without first powering up a generator.
Onwuasoanya found himself out of a job in March 2013. He decided to use his skills to try to make a difference in people’s lives. By May he launched Atlantic Waste and Power and began selling and installing solar power generation systems to people in Nigeria. So far he has been able to do six installations.
With each effort there have been lessons to be learned. Learning the logistics of getting the equipment not just to Nigeria, but then to the final destination, has been challenging. He said, “I would not be able to do this if not for having my family there to help.”