The African Development Bank is set to unveil its power plan that will see 29.3 million people in the continent get connected to power by 2020. The bank is investing heavily in ways to help the estimated 640 million Africans who lack access to energy, as well as protecting them against climate risks. As part of its Desert to Power initiative, the bank sees a pivotal role for solar power in this ambitious plan by building 10,000MW of new capacity in the 1,000km Sahel region, close to the Sahara desert. This project could eventually provide electricity for up to 250 million people, with 90 million currently living off-grid. The President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, made the announcement this week at a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.