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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Wind energy is gaining ground in Morocco

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Massive wind energy project is yielding results for Morocco Morocco is home to the largest onshore wind energy system in Africa and it has offset a massive amount of emissions produced over the past two years. In 2015, the Tarfaya wind farm began operation and began changing the way Morocco received its electrical power. Previous to the wind farm providing energy, the country received 97% of its electrical power from fossil-fuels. Now, however, Morocco intends to focus more heavily on renewable energy in order to become more environmentally friendly and…

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New program seeks to expand access to solar energy in Africa

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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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A solar rental system may solve Nigeria’s energy woes

New payment structure for solar energy could accelerate the adoption of clean power in Nigeria Renewable energy in Nigeria could benefit from a pay-as-you-go structure. Nigeria, one of Africa’s largest economies, is home to a notoriously unreliable energy grid. Approximately only 18% of working grid connection are reliable. The demand for electricity has been growing throughout the country, but many people are being forced to generate their own energy. This means that many people have had to rely on expensive gasoline generators, but solar energy systems can resolve this issue.…

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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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Global project aims to determine potential of wind energy in Africa

DNV is helping develop an atlas that will provide valuable information concerning wind energy The World Bank is backing a global program that is designed to study and determine the wind energy potential in countries throughout the world. The program has begun to focus its efforts on African countries, which have begun showing strong support for wind power. Through the project, DNV GL, a leading technical assessment and classification organization, is examining the wind potential that can be found in Zambia, Tanzania, and the Maldives. Project has successfully uncovered promising…

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Google invests in Kenya’s largest wind energy system

Google is investing in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project Google has announced that it will be investing in a wind energy project in Kenya, which is one of the largest of its kind in Africa. The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project first broke ground in July of this year. The massive energy system is expected to become a very valuable resource for Kenya, which has been working to become more environmentally friendly and embrace clean energy in recent years. Renewable energy may also help the country reduce its reliance…

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Hydrogen fuel cells may be a boon for the platinum industry

Fuel cells continue to grow in popularity, which may increase the demand for platinum The growth of the fuel cell industry may also lead to the rise in demand for platinum. For Vodacom, a mobile communications company based in Africa, some 300 fuel cells are being used to power telecommunication sites where access to conventional power in unreliable. These fuel cells are expensive, as the catalysts that they use are primarily comprised of platinum, but they have proven that they are very proficient at generating electrical power. As such, more…

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New campaign aims to bring renewable energy to all

Power For All intends to bring electricity to communities that have limited access to power Power For All has launched a campaign that aims to bring electricity to hundreds of millions of people in several parts of the world. It is estimated that more than 1 billion people do not have reliable access to energy. In order to remedy this issue, Power For All will focus on promoting renewable energy, which may make it possible for communities in rural areas to have access to the electrical power that they need.…

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China leads the way in planting biomass

Biomass is increasing throughout the world, offsetting carbon emissions A new study from the University of New South Wales’ Center of Excellence for Climate System Science shows that, globally, the amount of carbon stored in all living biomass above soil has increased by 4 billion tons since 2003. The study highlights China’s contribution to this, as the country is responsible for the largest increase in living biomass. The increase in biomass has had a significant impact on carbon emissions, which is helping improve the global environment. Increase in vegetation is…

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Renewable energy adoption accelerating in Africa

More clean energy to be installed throughout Africa this year than from 2000 to 2013 Africa is set to see more growth in the entirety of its renewable energy sector this year than it had from 2000 to 2013. According to research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the continent is approaching an energy tipping point, where clean power is becoming more popular among African countries than traditional forms of energy. Several countries have begun to turn to clean energy in order to find economic prosperity and become more environmentally friendly.…

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China invests in Tanzanian wind energy project

Renewable energy gains ground throughout Africa thanks to investments coming from China Renewable energy has become a hot topic in China, but the country is not only looking to embrace clean power for itself. China has been playing a major role in bolstering the clean energy infrastructure throughout Africa. The country’s investment banks have been funding many infrastructure projects throughout the continent for some time, supporting endeavors that focus on solar, wind, and various other types of clean power. China’s Export-Import Bank has chosen to back a new wind energy…

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Hydrogen fuel cells could help solve African energy crisis

Fuel cells could be used to bring reliable electrical power to many African communities Hydrogen fuel cells may be able to resolve the energy crisis in Africa, according to Intelligent Energy, a prominent developer of clean technology. The company has extensive experience in the hydrogen field, having designed fuel cells and hydrogen production systems for several years. Fuel cells are often overlooked as primary energy systems because of their high cost, but the benefits of using fuel cells may be too great to ignore. These benefits may be especially attractive…

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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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Report sheds light on growth of wind energy in emerging markets

New report shows that developing countries are targeting wind power Navigant Research, a leading market research firm, has released a new report that highlights the growth of wind energy in emerging markets around the world. Developing countries are beginning to show a great deal of support for renewable energy because of the economic progress that it represents. Many of these countries have begun turning to wind and solar power in order to reduce their consumption of fossil-fuels, thereby cutting down on their energy costs. While the adoption of clean energy…

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