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renewable energy: Latest News
Mongabay, 9:25 am
There’s a mistaken belief that Africa is a continent of empty, freely available land open for development. Companies investing in land in Africa feel they can cut a deal with the government, raze the land, and create vast plantations. “No land is unclaimed,” a stakeholder said. “Uprooting communities without their consent from their lands and traditional livelihoods creates conflicts and social unrest.” Most disputes involving private investments in Africa – 63 percent – relate to local people being displaced off their land. These disputes affect sugarcane and palm oil production, mining for gold, diamonds and coal, and green energy to harvest wind and solar power.
Dana Sanchez, 4:55 pm
In Burundi, where just 5% of people have electricity, a new 7.5-megawatt solar power plant is under construction. It’s expected to add 15% power generation capacity to the East African country. The groundbreaking was held Thursday in Mubuga. The solar plant will be built on 42 acres, 65 miles from the capital of Bujumbura. Mubuga has never had electricity and is 6.8 miles away from the power grid. Its residents have depended on candles, lanterns, firewood and charcoal since time immemorial.
Global Risk Insights, 12:13 pm
While the world electrification rate is roughly 84 percent, only 19 percent of the sub-Sahara Africa population is connected. The grid is unlikely to expand fast enough to satisfy demand. Pioneering business models relying on pay-as-you-go could push off-grid solar energy to reach 9 million African households by 2020. Despite the early success of off-grid solar energy access through pay-as-you-go payment models, challenges remain.
Dana Sanchez, 10:46 am AFKI Original
Currency depreciation and rising inflation have made investing a challenge in some African countries. A global private-sector development group identifies four African countries that have potential for climate-smart investment. These investments will make energy more accessible and infrastructure more resilient as climate change threatens to undermine developmental gains. South Africa is ahead of the game. With 90% of its electricity from coal, SA has approved 79 renewable energy projects by independent power producers. The cost of wind and solar has decreased more than 70%, and is now competitive with new-build coal, IFC reported.
Dana Sanchez, 7:13 pm AFKI Original
Angolan attorney Zandre Campos quit his job with Sonangol, Angola’s giant state-run oil company, to start a private international investment firm. He wants to bring the best of the world to Africa. “We want to participate in the future of this continent. We’re talking about international standards,” he told AFKInsider. His latest investment is his company’s first in the U.S. He’s investing in U.S. technology. “Most of our investors are local Angolans — young guys like us,” Campos said.
Staff, 4:03 pm
The Africa Energy Forum isn’t happening in Africa but 75 percent of Africa’s energy regulators, utilities bosses and ministers will be there, according to event organizers. The 19th annual conference is scheduled for June 7–9, 2017, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Participants travel from Africa to Europe to meet and do business with power investors from around the world. The goal? To capitalize on the wealth of Scandinavian companies investing in Africa’s power sector.
Staff, 12:01 am
The cost of wind and solar energy has fallen so dramatically that wind and solar plants can now be built in South Africa at nearly half the cost of new coal, according to the country’s main research organisation. A request for proposals for 9.6GW of nuclear power has been put off indefinitely. South Africa’s most recent competitive tender in November 2015 for large-scale solar was one sixth the cost of its first tender in 2011. The cost of wind energy has also fallen by 60 percent.
Dana Sanchez, 9:52 am
South Africa is pioneering renewable energy in tourism. Solar power-run airports are planned in Port Elizabeth, East London and Bloemfontein. In an effort to step off the grid, South African attractions will be converting to solar power. Installing renewable energy has environmental and cost benefits and it’s in line with South Africa’s Tourism Incentive Program.
Dana Sanchez, 9:54 pm
Tesla recently announced several huge Powerpack projects, but all were tied to the grid. The Singita project in South Africa’s Kruger Park is a rare off-grid installation for Tesla. It’s an opportunity to showcase the potential of Powerpacks for off-grid systems with solar in remote areas. Tesla’s rechargeable Powerpack battery systems are designed to store energy for large off-grid and grid-tied power systems. They’re adapted from the technology used in Tesla’s electric cars.
Dana Sanchez, 4:03 pm
Fifty years of uninterrupted democracy have inspired confidence in landlocked Botswana. Its 2.6 million people live in a semi-desert, rich in sunshine and diamonds. But failure to diversify the economy means 20% unemployment among youth. The government is preoccupied with having state-owned resources which stifles economic activity, an economist said. Then there’s the matter of “creeping authoritarianism.” Botswana needs to invest in renewable energy, a stakeholder said.
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