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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Solar power 'could become world's biggest source of electricity'

Level: Intermediate B1

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The Sun could become our biggest source of energy by 2050.

Here is an short video (two and a half minutes) looking at the benefits of solar energy for the poor in Africa.

Watch the video and then answer the following questions:

1) How far are the Lodio family from mains electricity?
2) Complete this piece of text with the adjectives used by the reporter (from 00:57 seconds into the report):
''... a solar revolution. Standing here that looks like a                 ambition. But this                 continent has a            advantage when you consider the potential of one of its                 resources.''
3) How many people are without electricity in sub-Saharan Africa?
4) What does Joseph Lopeta's village now have thanks to solar power?
5) Which country is the reporter in?

Answers below!


1) 200 km
2) ''... a solar revolution. Standing here that looks like a  distant  ambition. But this  vast  continent has a  big  advantage when you consider the potential of one of its  greatest  resources.''
3) Half a billion
4) Clean fresh water
5) Kenya