"Renewables are clean. They free a country from balance of payments burdens. They generate employment. They enhance energy security."

Quick facts from Trading Economics:

Madagascar has an abundance of renewable energy sources in the form of sun, wind or water.

Developing countries can accelerate their industrialization by leap-frogging over the fossil fuels stage with all its environmental drawbacks, and invest directly in renewable technologies.

The Fandroakando NGO is looking at alternatives to reduce the locals' dependence on charcoal for cooking, such as mini-solar grids, or solar cookers.