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Smart Villages: New thinking for off-grid communities

Off-grid lighting Africa

“Smart Villages: New Thinking for off-grid communities worldwide” is a collection of opinion pieces in renewable energy. It is a chronicle of ideas by experts aimed at tackling the issues of energy as a catalyst for sustainable development – health, food security, education gender equality, governance, security and employment. The 124-page book, which is comprised of 16 essays written by ...

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N9.2bn cookstoves: Lawsuit is a distraction


Hamzat Lawal’s Follow The Money, in a recent reaction to the saga, says the lawsuit involving government and the contractor is an unnecessary distraction    In November 2014, the Federal Government of Nigeria approved a N9.2 billion initiative aimed at providing healthier, cleaner cooking alternatives to rural women in Nigeria and curbing the spread of desertification caused by excessive firewood ...

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Prof Eli Bala: How cheap, renewable energy is transforming rural lifestyle


Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Professor Eli Jidere Bala, in an interview, sheds light on the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, which the ECN is implementing in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). According to him, the aim is to ensure that rural dwellers have access to modern energy ...

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Renewable energy scheme to boost Kenya’s power grid

Jay Ireland, president and CEO of GE Africa

Project follows a successful run of more than $2.5 billion worth of booked orders across Africa in the last year General Electric (GE) Africa has announced that it is partnering with Kipeto Energy Limited to build a new wind farm in Kenya’s Kajiado County. GE will be the sole equipment supplier for the 100MW project, some 50 kilometres from the ...

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Mali to install West Africa’s largest solar grid-connected power plant

Power plant construction Rwanda

An historic agreement to Build, Own and Operate (BOO) West Africa’s first utility-scale solar power plant has been signed by Norwegian company Scatec Solar and the Malian Ministry of Energy and Water and Electricité du Mali (EDM), the electricity utility of Mali. To be located near the ancient city of Segou in South-East Mali, 240 kms from Bamako, the 33 MW solar project ...

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Pathway to affordable, sustainable energy in Dominican Republic unveiled


An efficient, renewable-based energy system could save the island nation up to US$25 billion over the next 15 years The Worldwatch Institute has presented analyses and recommendations to government officials and energy stakeholders to support a transition to a sustainable energy system in the Dominican Republic. The presentation was made during the week at the Energy Ministry in Santo Domingo. Minister ...

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Rethinking nation’s energy strategy towards off-grid


 Energy is the Golden Thread that connects economic growth, social equity and environmental health. – Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General …Energy is a prerequisite for sustainable rural development. – UNESCO Energy touches everything…Our mantra going forward is very simple: converting commitments to kilowatt hours for real people. – Kandeh Yumkella If the only future we can see for villages ...

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Renewable energy: Global economy grows, CO2 emission drops

Arthouros Zervos

Record installations for wind and solar PV in 2014; Renewable energy targets created in 20 more countries, new total: 164; Renewables account for over 59% of net additions to world’s capacity; Policy-makers more attentive to green energy heating/cooling; Developing world investments on par with developed world, total $301 billion Renewable energy targets and other support policies, now in place in ...

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New 110m euro Mali hydro-electric project to dam Niger River


Hydro-electric power is one renewable energy source that is in abundant supply in Africa The Eranove Group, a major pan-African player in the electricity and water sectors, on Thursday June 18, 2015 in Bamako signed a 30-year concession agreement with the government of the Republic of Mali through its subsidiary Kenié Energie Renouvelable. Under the agreement, which is effective from ...

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Hidden threats of the rising energy costs


Although gas prices are temporarily low at the pump, long-term energy costs are on the rise. According to State of the World 2015 contributing author Nathan John Hagens, a former hedge fund manager who teaches human macro-ecology at the University of Minnesota, nations are papering over those costs with debt. Higher energy costs are leading to continued recessions, excess claims ...

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