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BoI/UNDP initiative retrofits rural homes with solar systems

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Foremost development finance institution, Bank of Industry (BoI) in a collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), recently commissioned 48KW pilot model off-grid solar home systems in two rural communities in the North-East and South West zones of the country. Olufemi Adeosun writes that the initiative will not only help to cater for the energy needs of the people in ...

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New Nairobi centre opens new vista for continental energy access

Akinwumi Adesina

A major step was taken on Monday, November 2, 2015 towards greater access to electric power, safer electric and electronic products and overall better conditions for economic development, with the official opening of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) Africa Regional Centre (IEC-AFRC). The official opening ceremony took place in Nairobi, Kenya in the presence of high level government officials of ...

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Flagship Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the Caribbean unveiled


The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has received recommendations for reaching an ambitious regional target of 48% renewable energy generation by 2027. The Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report and Assessment, released on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 by the Worldwatch Institute, also suggests a 33% reduction in the region’s energy intensity. Achieving these sustainable energy goals would result in a 46% ...

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SAIREC: Greenpeace upbeat on Africa’s renewable energy prospects

Melita Steele, Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager for Greenpeace Africa

The opening of the four-day South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) offers African states an opportunity to increase their renewable energy targets and make commitments towards building decentralised energy systems, which could take millions on the continent out of poverty, according to Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo. “Countries in Africa have ever-growing energy needs, and in terms of ...

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President Buhari urged to probe N9.2b cookstove deal


Abuja-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Connected Development (CODE), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to probe transactions related to the N9.2 billion National Clean Cookstove Scheme (NCCS). In a statement issued on Monday, September 28, 2015, Chief Executive of CODE, Hamzat Lawal, stated that, after over six months of frequent engagement with stakeholders both in private and public sector on the ...

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Micro-hydro scheme to transform Malawian communities


Fifty-year-old Martha Mwalabu travels eight kilometers to have her maize grounded so she has food for her husband, six children and grandchildren. Mwalabu also spends most of her time fetching firewood in the prohibitive Mulanje Mountain, Southern part of Malawi, due to conservation rules. She is occasionally being forced to source money to buy paraffin and candles so her children ...

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How renewable energy can save Chilean lives, create jobs, by study


A new study has been launched by the Chilean Citizens’ Committee on Climate Change showing that, by switching to 100% renewable energy by 2050, the country could: avoid spending $5.3 billion a year on fossil fuels, save 1,500 lives a year due to reduced air-pollution in Santiago alone, and create 11,000 green jobs. The study, conducted by the NewClimate Institute, is ...

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Fresh RUWES scheme targets women, girls displaced by insurgency


Following the weeklong Capacity Enhancement Workshop that held in Abuja last week, the Rural Women Energy Security (RUWES) will now embark on a campaign to solely focus on women and girls in Internally Displaced Camps (IDPs). Supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the RUWES initiative aims at promoting access to clean energy technologies and develop market and entrepreneurship ...

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Dreams, hope as solar powers century-old Lagos island

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For the first time in his 30 years of residence on Sagbo Kodji Island, Friday Onos has electricity in his home. To him, it is a dream come true – and one that will likely make him dream again. “I had big dreams of setting up businesses but the lack of power supply to this Island kept extinguishing my dreams ...

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Flagship energy scheme to empower, lift rural women


In the bid to promote inclusive clean energy access and empower rural women to rise out of poverty, a special training and skill acquisition workshop will hold in Abuja from Tuesday, 25 to Friday, 28 August 2015. It is the Maiden Edition of the Rural Women Energy Security (RUWES) Initiative Capacity Enhancement Workshop. It has “Unveiling the Potential of the ...

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