Posts Tagged “Africa”

Solar PV Poised to Boom in Africa Thanks to Declining Costs

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Solar PV Poised to Boom in Africa Thanks to Declining Costs

September 22, 2016 by IRENA Press Release Falling technology costs make solar PV one of the cheapest ways to meet power needs and increase energy access on the continent The business case for solar photovoltaics (PV) in Africa is stronger than ever thanks to rapidly declining technology costs, according to a new report released today…

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COP 21: WHERE LIES AFRICA’S PRIORITIES?

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COP 21: WHERE LIES AFRICA’S PRIORITIES?

September 20, 2016 by Editor Originally published on Nigerian Tribune. Climate change poses complex challenges for Africa, and as such, addressing climate change issues has become central to the continent’s development agenda. The realisation of a need for an international political response to climate change started more than a decade ago with the ‘Rio Earth…

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Cheaper energy sources needed for rural dwellers

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Cheaper energy sources needed for rural dwellers

August 30, 2016 by Charles Benoni Okine Originally published on Graphic Online. African governments have been urged to devise a more pragmatic approach towards making renewable energy sources, particularly solar, available and at a cheaper cost to rural areas. Such a move would improve their quality of lives and ignite vibrant economic activities in all facets…

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A green path to industrialisation

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A green path to industrialisation

August 15, 2016 by Kingsley Ighobor Originally published on The New Times. For environmentalists and development experts, green is not just a colour it also refers to activities that benefit the environment – the careful use of the earth’s finite resources. Africa’s policy wonks are already on the green bandwagon, having identified “green industrialisation” as…

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Nigeria, Solar power top investment opportunity ranking in Africa

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Nigeria, Solar power top investment opportunity ranking in Africa

August 15, 2016 by Mariyana Yaneva Originally published on See News. Solar power topped the ranking of most promising investment opportunities in Africa as the energy sector was considered to be the main driver of economic growth within the 2020 horizon, according to survey among top finance institution. The survey was carried out among 55…

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Waiting for Bill Gates’ miracles: debunking his climate and energy policy

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Waiting for Bill Gates’ miracles: debunking his climate and energy policy

August 11, 2016 by Alex Lenferna Originally published on The Daily Vox. After listening to Bill Gates delivering this year’s Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, ALEX LENFERNA believes that Gates’ approach is misguided and demonstrates a misunderstanding of the current energy landscape, as well as the urgency of transitioning to clean energy technologies. He says Gates’ view…

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Africa has potential to become a world reference in renewable energy, new study

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Africa has potential to become a world reference in renewable energy, new study

August 9, 2016 by Editor Originally published on African News. According to a new survey, international investors say Africa’s renewable energy industry is the most promising on the continent. The survey which was conducted by a French research agency Havas Horizons, indicates that investors believe in the ability of Africa to become a world reference…

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Precision farming – the way to go for Africa

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Precision farming – the way to go for Africa

July 25, 2016 by Magreth Nunuhe Originally published on Southern Times. Windhoek – It is not wise and sustainable to continue practising conventional agricultural methods, such as ploughing and loosening the soil before planting as it puts stress on land resources and is worsened by effects of climate change, says global agricultural experts who convened…

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From basket weavers to salt farmers: the women leading a renewables revolution

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From basket weavers to salt farmers: the women leading a renewables revolution

July 9, 2016 by Katharine Earley Originally published on The Guardian. “People call us Mama Solar,” says Solar Sister entrepreneur Hilaria Paschal. In her native Tanzania, Paschal and her fellow basket weavers buy solar lights and clean cookstoves from Solar Sister, a social enterprise empowering women to bring clean energy to rural African communities, and…

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Engie Seeks to Tap Off-Grid Solar to Power Millions in Africa

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Engie Seeks to Tap Off-Grid Solar to Power Millions in Africa

June 23, 2016 by Anna Hirtenstein Originally Published on Bloomberg. Engie SA is seeking to become a player in the off-grid solar industry, one of the first major utilities to work directly in that niche of the energy system. “It could be a sizable part of the market,” Bruno Bensasson, chief executive officer of Engie’s Africa…

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