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Mozambique, firm to build $80m solar plant


Mozambique has reached an agreement with a private enterprise towards the development of the country’s first large scale solar plant. Scatec Solar and Norfund signed the Power Purchase Agreement securing  the sale of solar power over a 25-year period to the state owned utility Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM). The agreement was signed at a ceremony in Maputo on Monday in ...

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Woolworths, Massmart, Pick n Pay emerge tops on renewable energy

Penny-Jane Cooke

In order to fully benefit from the potential of abundant renewable energy in South Africa, companies need to step out of their comfort zones and send clear signals to the markets by committing to an ambitious 100 percent renewable energy future. This is the resounding message in an updated report “Shopping clean: Retailers and renewable energy – An Update” released ...

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IEA raises five-year renewable energy growth forecast


The International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday that it was significantly increasing its five-year growth forecast for renewables, thanks to strong policy support in key countries and sharp cost reductions. Renewables have surpassed coal last year to become the largest source of installed power capacity in the world. The latest edition of the IEA’s Medium-Term Renewable Market Report now sees renewables ...

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Boosting renewables in cities deemed vital for Paris goal

Adnan Z. Amin

Cities now have an unprecedented opportunity to transform and decarbonise their energy supply and use, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “Renewable Energy in Cities”, released on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador estimates energy use in 3,649 cities and explores their potential to scale-up renewable energy by ...

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Renewable energy campaign surpasses 100 partners


Power for All, a global campaign to radically accelerate the adoption of renewable, decentralised energy solutions and eradicate energy poverty, announced on Friday that it surpassed its pledge to recruit 100 civil society and private sector partners. The achievement, it added, signifies the increasingly important role that rooftop solar and renewable energy micro-grids will have in achieving universal energy access ...

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How to refocus nation’s renewable energy drive, by stakeholders


The Nigerian government has been told to prioritise national and community energy needs over global economic models that promote inequalities. This submission formed part of a set of demands made by a gathering of industry stakeholders on Wednesday in Abuja, the federal capital city. Participants at a daylong Renewable Energy Conference organised by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth ...

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First wave-produced power in US goes online


Off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity. The current travels through an undersea cable for a mile to a military base, where it feeds into Oahu’s power grid – the first wave-produced electricity to go online in the U.S. By some estimates, ...

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EU home owners to benefit from energy efficiency


Home buyers across the European Union (EU) could be offered better borrowing rates on mortgages in return for purchasing more energy efficient homes or committing to implement energy saving work within properties, under a ground-breaking project being pioneered by a unique partnership of banks, property valuers, energy efficiency businesses and utility providers. The European Energy Efficiency Mortgage initiative, launched a ...

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LDC group champions renewable energy initiative

Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu,

Ministers and Heads of Delegation from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group have welcomed a new initiative designed to scale up renewable energy and energy efficiency for the world’s poorest and least developed countries. The new initiative, called the “LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEEI) for Sustainable Development”, is to be launched at the next UN climate change ...

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East Africa records surge in renewable energy investment

solar power

The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), in cooperation with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), on Thursday published the latest in its series of regional reports on the state of renewable energy. The East African Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report reveals that the off-grid market is firmly established in the region and is ...

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