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  • Why Pay-As-You-Go Solar Companies Are Raising Big Bucks In Africa

    pay-as-you-go By Tom Jackson, 5:02 am AFKI Original

    A number of African pay-as-you-go solar companies have attracted investment in recent times, and continue to grow at a fast pace. East African company M-KOPA Solar is amongst the best funded, and recently raised another $80 million to be used over the next three years to finance installations in one million homes, on top of the 500,000 already connected. But what makes solar companies in Africa so attractive to large-scale investors.

  • Cape Verde To Launch Solar Energy System Project

    Solar Energy System By Staff, 9:30 am

    Cape Verde has received a grant from the World Bank, to finance the distributed solar energy system project.
    It is i ntended that part of the proceeds of this grant will be used to pay the contractor for supply, installation and commissioning of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems for self-consumption of the central and regional hospitals of Cabo Verde. The Ministerio de Economia e Emprego invites sealed bids from interested bidders for the supply of the goods and related services.

  • 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.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant In Morocco

    concentrated solar power plant By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:27 am AFKI Original

    Morocco will be home to the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant when it is fully built in 2018, producing enough energy to power over a million homes in the country once it is completed. The Noor Complex will lower carbon emissions by an astonishing 760,000 tons per year when it is fully operational. The first of four phases was completed in February 2016, with the Noor 2 CSP and Noor 3 CSP still under development – it is around 75 percent built at this stage. The fourth phase of the project was launched by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI this month.

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

    importing power from South Africa By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:25 am AFKI Original

    Many of us take access to electricity for granted, but only two out of every five people in Africa have decent access to energy to power lights and other electrical appliances throughout the day. Around 625 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. We take a look at 12 Sub-Saharan African countries with the best access to electricity.

  • Energy In Africa: A Ground Floor View Of The Crisis In Tanzania

    By Kevin Mwanza, 6:26 am

    Africa has had a long standing energy crisis and it one of the least connected region in the world. Although this is changing slowly with the advent of renewable energy sources like solar that has connected many people living off-the grid, the challenge of over reliance on hydro-power electricity is still at large. It’s estimated that some 600 million people across sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to reliable energy.

  • Opinion: How Inga Dams Are Holding Congo’s Energy Future Hostage

    By Staff, 9:06 am

    World Bank and government officials like to describe the proposed Grand Inga dams on the Congo as a “dream for Africa”, which could electrify the whole continent at low cost. Instead, the world’s largest hydropower scheme risks turning into a nightmare which crowds out better solutions and pulls the Congo’s energy sector down the drain.

  • African Investments On The Rise In Mozambique

    By Staff, 9:50 am

    Most of the approved projects are for the management and development of ports, construction of new railways, energy, mining, and natural gas. Despite African countries increasing investments in Mozambique, United Arabic Emirates topped the list of major investors in 2014.

  • Renewable Energy Firms Find Boon In Poisonous Weed

    By Frank Mutulu, 1:21 pm AFKI Original

    U.S. and African renewable energy investors have found a way to capitalize on a poisonous plant introduced into Kenya in the ’80s to stop erosion. The plant’s aggressive expansion had unintended consequences in Kenya, destroying grazing grounds used by livestock, and choking out native species.
    Kenya’s government has ambitious plans to add 5,000 megawatts by 2017 and has sweetened the deal for investors, drawing companies like U.S.-based Cummins and Nairobi-based Viability Energy to put up power plants in remote areas of Kenya. The plan is to burn the invasive weed at some of the planned power plants and generate power from them.

  • Building Bridges With Light: Does Africa Need A Synchrotron?

    By Dana Sanchez, 5:31 pm

    Africa is the only habitable continent on Earth without a synchrotron and a physics professor at Stanford University in the U.S. wants to change that. A synchrotron is a light source — a machine that accelerates electrons to high energy, allowing them to emit powerful X-rays that can be used to study the structure and properties of all kinds of things. It could help African researchers tackle some of the continent’s big issues such as Ebola, says physicist Herman Winick. Winick wants researchers throughout Africa to get behind the project. “They need to get involved and take ownership of it,” he told PhysicsWorld.

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