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GHANA: Active Citizen Discuss “Ban on Plastics”

Dumpsite Dominated with Polythene Bags Set on Fire to Burn. Akrofuom, Ghana.

A number of active citizens from all parts of Ghana gather to discuss whether the country should place a complete ban on plastic bags.

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Scatec Solar Project in Jigawa State – Nigeria, attracts USD 150 million investment

Nigeria, one of the largest economies in Africa, is continue to face challenges with energy access and power supply. As the country gears towards increasing employment by providing jobs, and strengthening the economy for youth. The Scatec Solar project has attracted new investors who will support the project with an estimated USD 150 million which will boost the 100 Megawatts Scotia project in Nigeria. Additionally, the project is also targeted to setting Nigeria on their commitment to the Paris Agreement as the project is estimated to prevent 120,000 tons of CO2 emissions every year as a renewable energy power source.

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Crowding the private sector into Africa’s climate action

Mohamed Beavogui, Director General at African Risk Capacity (ARC) and Akinwumi ADESINA, President of the African Development Bank

The global community for climate action was spooked by the November 8 election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States. The US President-elect had earned the sobriquet of “climate denier,” for his claim that climate change is a hoax. However, there is cautious optimism that his presidency will not overturn the global agenda on climate change. Hopefully, his views on climate change will change and align with reality when he settles into the Oval Office. Policymakers also believe that global climate agreements cannot be reversed easily.

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UK DFID Signs Energy Compact Agreement To Alleviate Energy Poverty In Uganda

Last week, the UK DFID committed to support Uganda in its quest to access clean, reliable, and affordable energy. The agreement which was signed and termed as the Energy Compact is geared towards assisting the East African country to improve its energy access. As East Africa is on the edge of development, there are over 30 million, or four out of every five people in Uganda who do not have electricity. It is essential for the country to increase its energy availability to enhance production and development. In the remarks of the head of the Department for International Development (DFID) Uganda office – Jennie Barugh, at the signing event, she mentioned that alleviating energy poverty will enhance productivity, create jobs, improve livelihoods, enhance the capacity of the state to provide basic services to its people, and directly affects the health and education sector. Additionally, availability of electricity reduces the disproportionate impacts of education and health on women and girls in the absence of electricity.

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Project for solar-powered electric boat transport in the Middle East and North Africa receives US$1 million UN Energy Grant

The project “Solar Fuelled Electric Maritime Mobility” by SINTEF, an independent non-profit research institute based in Norway, seeks to demonstrate the feasibility and the social, economic and environmental benefits of solar-fuelled electric boat transport in Tunisia and the wider region

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East Africa’s Largest Solar Plant Starts Operations

Soroti Power Plant

Made up of 32,680 photovoltaic panels, the new 10 megawatt facility is the country’s first grid-connected solar plant and will generate clean, low-carbon, sustainable electricity to 40,000 homes, schools and businesses in the area

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Inner Dimesions of Climate Change Unveiled by GPIW during COP22

Photo Credit: Reinhold Mangundu.

Photo Credit: Reinhold Mangundu.

Every year parties of the UNFCCC meet to dialogue on several protocols regarding climate change and carbon reduction. This year, a new noesis of climate action was unveiled by the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW) in Marrakech, Morocco. Termed as the “Inner Dimensions of Climate Change,” the concept sees purity from the heart as the means to harmonize humanity with Mother Earth. Other aspects of the inner dimension of climate change included preservation of indigenous knowledge and also the role of spirituality in solving the climate crisis.

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UAE undergoing major energy changes to face the future

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The retrofitting of existing buildings to greener standards is widely recognized as a key step in the sustainable development of a nation’s economy.

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Solar and renewable energy trends in 2017

  • as seen by Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer

The solar and renewable energy industries are constantly evolving – and sometimes changing abruptly – and this will continue in the new year that is soon upon us. Sven Lindström, CEO of Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer, outlines what can we expect from 2017:

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Tesvolt and Africa Green Tec to provide solar power to 250,000 Malians

Mobile solar containers with battery storage systems reduce energy costs by over 75%

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PI Berlin and IRESEN join forces to promote PV in Morocco

Dr. Paul Grunow, Co-founder and Board Member of the Photovoltaik Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) and Mr. Badr Ikken, General Director of l’Institut de Recherche en Energie Solaire et Energies Nouvelles (IRESEN) signed a cooperation agreement at the COP 22 climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco. The agreement defines a partnership to consolidate the engineering expertise of the two institutes to provide technical consulting services for solar PV projects in Morocco.

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Spotlight on regional achievements as West African Power Industry Awards finalists are announced

Industry pioneers and projects recognised and celebrated

Genesis Energy, Aggreko, GRIDCo, Eko Disco and several innovative renewable projects are just some of the who’s who in the region’s energy industry who have made the coveted list of finalists for the upcoming West African Power Industry Awards.

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Orange and ENGIE pursue their Commitment to the Electrification of Rural Africa

Orange (www.Orange.com) and ENGIE (www.ENGIE.com) have today launched a plan to deploy nearly 1,000 solar kits in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon. Several villages in rural areas have been identified to participate in the first phase of this pilot program, prior to deployment on a larger scale.

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Shoprite Urged to Show Love to Renewable Energy

Photo credits to Greenpeace/ Shayne Robinson; Greenpeace activists  displaying shopping on sunshine placards at Spar.

Photo credits to Greenpeace/ Shayne Robinson; Greenpeace activists
displaying shopping on sunshine placards at Spar.

With the increasing knowledge and quest for a sustainable future for all, environmental activists across the globe have been pushing industries and other business sectors to go green. In April, Greenpeace launched the ‘Renewable Energy Champions’ campaign in a report tagged ‘Shopping Clean: Retailers and Renewable Energy’. The campaign looks at pushing companies to reinforce their operations and switching to renewables as South Africa has quiet an enormous renewable energy potential.

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“Tesla’s and SolarCity’s launch of multiple styled solar roof tiles is great news”: Midsummer CEO Sven Lindström

Sven Lindström, CEO of solar tech company Midsummer, today says that he finds Tesla’s and SolarCity’s launch of multiple styled solar roof tiles replicating original tile aesthetics very encouraging: “This is great news and exactly what the solar energy, roofing and building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) industries need! As Musk points out, it’s not that complicated. Tiles with integrated PV have been around for years and may now finally take off in a big way”, comments Mr. Lindström. Midsummer is the leading technology provider of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of flexible CIGS thin film solar cells.

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Oikocredit supports expansion of home solar in West Africa with PEG Ghana

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Financing from Oikocredit, responsAbility and SunFunder will support PEG’s goal of supplying 500,000 households with off-grid energy by 2020

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Bringing Renewable Energy to Businesses in Rural Areas in Africa

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Investors have identified opportunities to develop renewable energy in rural areas in several African countries, bringing power to small and medium-size businesses and the communities that surround them.

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