The State of Solar Energy in Africa

Solar energy has found a very promising home in Africa. The continent has massive solar potential, receiving as much as 4,300 hours of sunlight every year. Many African countries also receive the world’s highest levels of solar radiation, making them ideal locations for solar farms. Solar products are beginning to flood into Africa, providing countries with the ability to tap into a resource that is in vast abundance but very rarely used to generate electricity. Currently, the distribution of solar energy systems throughout Africa is uniform. Countries that experience more…

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New program seeks to expand access to solar energy in Africa

Africa Solar Energy

AYUNI Systems to launch ambitious new solar energy program AYUNI Systems has announced that it plans to launch a new solar energy program in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program, called Solar Energy Rent to Own – Pay as You Go, is meant to make solar power more accessible to consumers. AYUNI believes that the program could reach millions of people in the region. If successful, the program could help ensure that consumers have reliable access to solar energy, representing yet another step forward for the region’s efforts to become more environmentally…

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Google invests more in Africa’s wind energy market

Google invests in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya Google has shown a great deal of interest and support for wind energy in Africa. The company recently invested in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya, which represented the largest investment in wind energy Africa has seen to date. Wind is not the only form of clean power that Google is supporting in Africa, as the company has also invested in solar energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Google invested some $12 million in the Jasper Solar Power…

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Solar energy creates new opportunities in Africa

Falling cost of solar power makes it more available to consumers in Africa The cost of solar energy is plummeting, which is giving some countries an opportunity to embrace clean power more aggressively. In Kenya, several rural residents, particularly farmers, relied heavily on kerosene and conventional forms of energy to get the power they need. This is quickly changing, however, as the country becomes more focused on renewable energy, particularly solar power. This is due to the falling price of photovoltaic technology, as well as its growing efficiency. Farmers are…

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M-Kopa is making solar energy more available in Africa

Solar energy is beginning to see impressive growth throughout Africa Africa has become a very popular home for renewable energy projects. To date, sub-Saharan Africa has attracted more than $25 billion in clean energy investments. Solar energy, in particular, has become quite popular in the region, where M-Kopa, a prominent solar developer, is working to make this form of clean power available to more consumers. The company recently finished its latest financing round, where it attracted $19 million in investments that will help M-Kopa expand its operations. M-Kopa expands the…

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Ghana to be home to ambitious new solar energy projects

New solar projects are coming to Ghana this year Ghana is set to see a major increase in its installed solar energy capacity. The African country has been showing strong support for solar power for both economic and environmental purposes. Solar power could help the country reduce its reliance on fossil-fuels, thereby lowering its energy costs in the future. International Solar Utilities has plans to bring ambitious new projects to Ghana that are expected to increase the country’s solar power production as well as its manufacture of photovoltaic products. International…

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Solar energy comes to Tanzania

New solar energy system taking form in Tanzania A new solar energy system is beginning to take form in Tanzania, located on the eastern shore of Africa. The system is meant to combine the potential of geothermal and solar energy, providing significant amounts of power to communities in rural areas, much of which currently goes without access to electrical power of any kind. According to the World Bank, approximately 3% of people in rural Tanzania have access to electricity, with 95% relying on firewood to provide heat. World Bank invests…

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New solar energy system taking form in Ghana

Blue Energy brings solar energy to Africa Blue Energy, a solar energy developer based in the United Kingdom, has been intimately involved in bringing solar power to Africa for the past two years. In 2012, the company revealed that it was working to build Africa’s largest solar energy system, which would be based in Ghana. Plans for this system are now beginning to show some progress as Blue Energy announces that construction on the project is expected to begin in early 2014. Africa continues to show promise for clean energy…

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Ethiopia makes progress in solar energy initiative

Solar energy brings power to Ethiopian communities Throughout Africa, many communities exist without a connection to a dedicated energy grid. For many of these communities, electricity is an expensive luxury or otherwise inaccessible. Despite this, however, the demand for energy has been steadily growing, especially as access to clean water becomes more strained. In Ethiopia, solar energy may be able to help bring electrical power to grid-less communities. According to the Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Energy, some 13,200 solar energy systems have already been installed across the country. Funding…

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Blue Energy brings solar energy to Ghana

Solar Energy Ghana

Blue Energy reveals plans for solar energy in Africa Blue Energy, a renewable energy group based in the United Kingdom, has revealed plans to build a massive 155 megawatt solar energy system in Ghana. Once completed, the solar energy system is expected to be the largest of its kind in Africa. The continent has become a very popular location for solar energy projects, though relatively few of these projects have managed to take root in the region. Blue Energy has managed to acquire a strong backing that has helped it…

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