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Over 80m Nigerians lack access to electricity – World Bank

Rachid Benmessaoud

The Federal Government of Nigeria seems to have more work to do in the area of provision of electricity. No thanks to fresh revelations from the World Bank that over 80 million Nigerians have no access to electricity. World Bank Country Director in Nigeria, Mr. Rachid Benmessaoud, disclosed this on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in Abuja at the 4th Action Learning ...

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Power generation: Government told to adopt safe, clean alternatives

power generation

The Federal Government has been asked to diversify from fossil fuels for power generation to safe and clean alternatives which solar panels, wind and hydro offer. Additionally, the authorities were called upon to halt and completely discard ongoing plans to build nuclear reactors in the country, and that details of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with nuclear firm, ROSATOM, and ...

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Firms announce $3m partnership for off-grid energy investment

Off-grid lighting Africa

The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) and All On on Thursday, December 7, 2017 announced the creation of a $3 million partnership with the goal of expanding access to energy for underserved and unserved markets in Nigeria. Over the next three years, both parties will jointly provide funding for up to 30 Nigerian small and medium enterprises that improve energy ...

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African ministers launch energy entrepreneurship framework for women

Pacôme Moubelet-Boubeya

African women attending the ongoing 3rd UN environment assembly (UNEA-3) had cause to erupt in rapturous applause as the long-awaited energy entrepreneurship framework for women was launched. President of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and Gabonese Minister of Forest, Sea and Environment, Pacôme Moubelet-Boubeya, launched the African Women Energy Entrepreneurs Framework (AWEEF) on the side-lines of the Global ...

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Sierra Leone Parliament ratifies hydropower project documents

Ernest Bai Koroma

Following on from the Government of Sierra Leone’s signing of the 25-year Power Purchase and Implementation Agreements with Joule Africa in August 2017, project documents have now been ratified by the Sierra Leone Parliament. The development is said to mark another important milestone in the development of the Bumbuna II hydropower project which, when completed, will provide much-needed all-year round ...

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UN, AU launch energy access framework for African women


A framework aimed at expanding the frontiers of African women’s involvement in renewable energy was launched on Sunday, December 3, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The launch comes ahead of the UN Environment Assembly, the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, which holds December 4 to 6, 2017. The framework, which seeks to reduce the access to energy deficit suffered ...

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Companies to get $48m SIDA facility for off-grid clean power

Dr. Paul Greener

A Swedish development agency has released a challenge fund worth $48 million to help over 50 private companies with innovative ideas reach the market with various off-grid power products and clean cooking solutions for poor rural families in seven African countries. The Sweden International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), on November 30, 2017 signed an agreement with the Africa Enterprise Challenge ...

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Environment minister makes case for `Made in Nigeria’ clean cookstoves

Clean Cookstoves

The Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, has called for the collaboration between government and private sector to develop domestic market for “Made in Nigeria” clean cookstoves. Jibril made the call on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the 2017 Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum in Abuja, the Federal Capital City. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ...

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Stakeholders seek to promote local production of clean cookstoves


Efforts to scale up domestic production of clean cooking solutions in Nigeria commences on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in Abuja, courtesy of an initiative involving the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. The endeavour will be kicked-off at the 2017 edition of the Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum, described as a landmark, annual gathering of government, ...

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Two off-grid projects to electrify rural communities in Nigeria

Off-grid lighting Africa

Two off-grid projects were recently announced in Nigeria, one consisting of a partnership between Pan Africa Solar and BBOXX (PAS BBOXX), adding to the growing momentum of the off grid sector across Africa. The first project, headed up by Pan Africa Solar, is an 80MW utility scale Photovoltaic Power Plant located in Katsina State, near the town of Kankia. The ...

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