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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

Phumzile-Mlambo-Ngcuka-UNWomen

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

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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Africa will lose billions if energy transition is delayed, warns report

Rachel Kyte

Rural and vulnerable populations in developing countries could miss out on multiple wide-ranging benefits if they are forced to wait years, or even decades, to get access to electricity through first-ever power from the grid instead of through quicker to deploy decentralised renewable energy solutions, according to a report announced by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Power for All ...

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Energy activism to go global in 2018

Lidy Nacpil

On the sidelines of the UN Climate Summit (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, an unprecedented global alliance of civil society groups warned on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 that 2018 would see an escalation of activism against polluting dirty energies. The alliance, known as Reclaim Power, sports representatives from over 75 countries across every continent and has already coordinated on over 2000 ...

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Energy initiative to advance social inclusion, gender equality

Rachel Kyte

The  Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and partners on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 launched the new People-Centred Accelerator – a voluntary partnership led initiative that aims to advance social inclusion, gender equality and women’s empowerment in sustainable energy. Announced on Gender Day at COP23, in Bonn, Germany, the People-Centered Accelerator has been developed with over 40 organisations from across government, civil society, private ...

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Accelerated action on energy needed to implement Paris

Rachel Kyte

Leaders from a wide range of sectors came together on Friday, November 10, 2017 at COP23 Energy Day to announce a new set of initiatives to transition to renewable energy and to show that more ambitious clean energy development can quickly become a bigger part of national climate plans submitted under the Paris Agreement. “With the price of renewable and ...

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