In the rural communities of South Africa, access to electricity was a luxury. But that changed after the department of science and technology initiated a programme in 2007 to address the power crisis.

Workers install solar panels at a photovoltaic solar park situated on the outskirts of the coastal town of Lamberts Bay, South Africa, Tuesday, March. 29, 2016.
Workers install solar panels at a photovoltaic solar park situated on the outskirts of the coastal town of Lamberts Bay, South Africa, Tuesday, March. 29, 2016. (AP)

South Africa has been rationing electricity since 2015 as the country struggles to meet demand. 

The situation is worse in rural areas, where communities are not connected to the national grid. 

But innovations in renewable energy and the use of alternative sources of power could make a big difference. 

TRT World's Adesewa Josh explains.