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Mercedes unveils new electric car, EQC

Mercedes-Benz eqc

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its new electric car which is set to launch in 2019. The company is investing more than £9 billion in the expansion of its electric range. By 2022, they will offer 10 pure battery electric vehicles, this starts in 2019 with the launch of the EQC. Mercedes said: “To support the shift away from fossil fuel powered ...

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Nigeria gets $2.7m grant for clean energy, GEF de-risks off-grid lighting

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has started the process of removing the risks that may stand in the way of sustainable off-grid lighting solutions in Nigeria, with the country getting a $2.64 million grant. In collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Federal Ministry of Environment, GEF gathered stakeholders from the private and public sectors in Lagos ...

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UK aid to support 11m Africans to access solar electricity

Theresa May

The UK Government has said it is supporting the growth of solar technology companies to help more than 11 million people across Africa have access to solar electricity. A statement from the British High Commission in Abuja noted that the UK Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, made the announcement on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Baldwin, who accompanied Prime ...

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Facebook to run on 100% renewable energy by 2020


Facebook on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 committed to powering its global operations on 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020. The company is also promising to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 75 per cent in the same time frame. They have already met their target of being powered by 50% renewable energy one year early and they aim to double ...

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All On partners with GEF, AfDB, others to launch $58m off-grid energy facility

Akinwumi Adesina

Nigerian off-grid energy investment company, All On, has announced its partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Calvert Impact Capital (CIC) towards a $58 million first close for the Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (OGEF). The OGEF, which is managed by LHGP Asset Management (LHGP), an alternative fund manager with offices ...

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Groups slam inclusion of new coal in S’Africa’s electricity plan

Melita Steele

The inclusion of new coal in the updated draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) will cost South Africa close to R20 billion more than is needed to spend and will make electricity more expensive for all South Africans. If the Department of Energy were to publish the least-cost plan that civil society organisations have been demanding, it would not ...

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NISER wants more rural electrification projects to boost power supply

Ijan-Ilupeju Rural Electrification project

Nigerian Social and Economic Research Institute (NISER) in Ibadan on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 called for more rural electrification projects to boost power supply across the country. Dr Femi Ogundele of the Agriculture and Food Policy Department in NISER made the call while delivering a lecture at the NISER Research Seminar Series (NRSS). Ogundele spoke on the topic “Electricity Consumption ...

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Australia updates energy emissions audit

Dr Hugh Saddler

The Australia Institute’s Climate & Energy Programme has released a special update of the country’s National Energy Emissions Audit (The Audit), authored by renowned energy expert, Dr Hugh Saddler. The special update, titled: “What AEMO’S Integrated System Plan Report implies about the National Energy Guarantee”, shows there are multiple scenarios in which much larger emission reductions and levels of renewable energy generation ...

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Germany tests solar car with built-in panels

Sion solar car

A Munich-based start-up has taken advantage of the strong Bavarian sun this summer to test the final development of the charging system of its Sion car, an all-electric solar vehicle that lets you charge as you drive. Germany will likely miss its target of putting one million electric cars on the road by 2020 but the government said in April ...

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Odyssey’s 21-nation mini-grid schemes seek over $500m

Off-grid lighting Africa

Platform connecting private mini-grid developers and investors, Odyssey Energy Solutions, announced on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 that its pipeline had surpassed 550 projects, requiring a total estimated investment of more than $500 million. Decentralised renewable energy solutions like mini-grids are said to be the least-cost option for bringing electricity to over 70 percent of the world’s one billion people currently ...

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