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  • Former Morgan Stanley Exec Plans To Invest $800M In African Solar-Powered Telecom Towers

    To Invest $800M In African Solar-Powered Telecommunications Towers By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:53 am

    Renewable energy firm, GreenWish Partners, which is run by former Morgan Stanley executive Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian, has announced plans to invest $800 million on solar-powered telecommunications towers to be built throughout Africa. GreenWish will partner with telecoms provider Orange to implement hybrid telecommunication tower systems that are completely off-grid thanks to the combination of a solar panel, a battery and a diesel generator.

  • US Solar Startup Partnering With MTN To Give Zambians Access To Electricity

    U.S. solar startup Fenix International partners with MTN to provide electricity to Africans. Photo - fenixintl By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:53 am

    U.S. solar startup Fenix International is expanding its partnership with Africa’s largest telecommunications provider MTN in order to provide electricity to Africans who do not have access to an electricity grid. The San Francisco startup brings power to under-served areas thanks to the provision of their solar-power systems, and their extended partnership with MTN Group in Zambia will mean electricity access for an additional million new users in the country over the next three year period.

  • 12 Sub-Saharan African Countries With The Poorest Access To Electricity

    poorest access to electricity By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:57 am AFKI Original

    Many of the countries with the poorest access to electricity are in Africa, with around 625 million people in sub-Saharan Africa devoid of any access to electricity whatsoever. Due to issues such as insufficient capacity, poor reliability, and high costs, only around 32 percent of the population within sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity. We take a look at 12 Sub-Saharan African countries with the poorest access to electricity.

  • 17 Things You Didn’t Know Were Invented By South Africans

    By Keren Mikva, 1:11 pm AFKI Original

    In the developing world, many water-fetchers — often women and children — do the back-breaking work of lugging water buckets over their heads or by hand. The Hippo Water Roller won the 1997 South Africa Design for Development Award. The 90-liter drums can carry 90 kilograms (198.4 pounds) of water and can be pushed or pulled across rough terrain. Check out these 17 things used across the globe that were invented by South Africans.

  • Opinion: Why South Africa Is Finding It Difficult To Wean Itself Off Coal

    By Staff, 5:53 am

    South Africa has made domestic and international commitments to climate change mitigation. But the country continues to depend on coal-fired power plants, which provide 92% of its electricity. A key challenge for the country in dealing with electricity shortages is that the bulk of power comes from coal, which is harmful for the environment and local communities. The electricity sector is responsible for almost half of South Africa’s carbon emissions.

  • Business Opportunity: Butterflies Give Tanzanian Farmers Alternative To Deforestation

    By Dana Sanchez, 10:52 am

    Many types of agriculture require clearing forests. Butterfly farming requires intact forests and is providing an economic incentive to conserve them in Zanzibar and other parts of Tanzania. Butterfly farmers can earn up to $250 a month and some are giving up charcoal production. Butterflies are a non-traditional product for export. They generate foreign exchange income for economies starved of hard currency.

  • Opinion: 12 Things Obama Should Do In Africa Before He Leaves Office

    U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a town hall-style question-and-answer session with participants from the Young African Leaders Initiative Mandela Washington Fellowship Presidential Summi, Aug. 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty By Staff, 6:27 pm

    Obama traveled to Africa five times during his presidency but not to Nigeria, the continent’s largest Muslim country, largest democracy and largest economy. Nigeria’s economy is almost twice the size of South Africa’s and 30 percent larger than Egypt’s. Here are 12 things Obama should do in Africa before he leaves office in January 2017.

  • U.S. Funds Netherlands Firm To Provide Solar Electricity In Nigerian Homes

    Nova-Lumos solar electricity in Nigerian homes By Dana Sanchez, 11:36 am

    Nova-Lumos created what it calls a “home power station in a box.” The technology includes a solar panel activated by text messaging that can supply enough electricity to charge a cell phone, operate a radio and illuminate a home. Customers use a pay-as-you-go model in small amounts. The U.S. government describes the technology as affordable and highly innovative.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa Growth To Slow To 3.7% In 2015, Says World Bank

    Sub-Saharan Africa Growth To Slow By Staff, 5:11 pm

    Economic slowdown in China, lower commodity prices, and electricity supply challenges in South Africa and Zambia are among factors responsible for slower growth. But some economies could grow by 7 percent and more, including Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania.

  • Opinion: Despite $7 Billion To ‘Power Africa,’ Why Is The Continent Still In The Dark?

    By Staff, 3:25 am

    When President Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to Kenya over the weekend, he visited not just his ancestral home, but one of the target countries in his $7 billion signature foreign aid initiative, Power Africa. Launched in 2013, Power Africa aims to boost electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative has prioritized expanding the continent’s capacity to generate electricity,

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