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SENEGAL: Going solar could help poor

IRIN - Investing in solar energy could bring electricity to millions of Senegalese, significantly reduce electricity bills in the long term, and attract millions of dollars in development funding under the UN-brokered Clean Development Mechanism, says the UN, but only if investors step in.

Spiralling fuel costs, with oil prices at US$90 a barrel increase the urgency to go solar. “If you reduce these [fuel] oil… Continue

Added by Bas Vlugt on October 10, 2008 at 8:04am — No Comments

Asola creates Moroccan solar joint venture

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc.'s German solar photovoltaic partner Asola signed an exclusive agreement to establish a joint venture in Morocco, to ensure availability of solar photovoltaic modules in support of the growing demand for renewable energy in Northern African countries.... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on October 10, 2008 at 8:01am — No Comments

EU gives conditions for intervention in Nigeria’s energy crisis

THE European Union (EU) has given con ditions that must be met if Nigeria is to enjoy intervention in the energy sector from its member countries... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on October 10, 2008 at 7:59am — No Comments

Ethiopia signs deal for largest wind farm in Africa

Ethiopia on Thursday signed a 220-million-euro (300 million dollar) deal with a French company for the construction of Africa's largest wind farm. The contract was inked by representatives of the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPC) and French wind turbine manufacturer Vergnet... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on October 10, 2008 at 7:58am — No Comments

Nigeria’s energy mix and climate change

The energy crisis in Nigeria is one of the many areas where the failure of government to address the needs of the governed has created real confidence problem for successive administrations... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on October 9, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

Renewal Energy Initiatives in West Africa

James Ogunleye writes on the renewable energy issue which has now become a household name in Africa, with each country trying to find an alternative to the use of fossil fuel in generating electricity, transportation, and to meet other increasing demand of energy needs... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on October 7, 2008 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Kenya turns to green sources for energy security

Kenya is turning to cheaper geothermal power generation to deal with the biting energy crisis brought home by high fuel prices and thinning electricity reserves... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on October 7, 2008 at 10:38pm — No Comments

The biofuels question

Summit TV speaks to Ernst & Young sector head of power and utilities Norman Ndaba about why South Africa is being left behind in the global race to develop a biofuels industry... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on October 7, 2008 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Sun-drenched Africa Not Reaping Benefits of Solar

It is not a hard proposition to imagine that the continent of Africa has a large potential for being a generator of solar power. Just the ads from eager humanitarian organizations would shed a measure of light on the apparent vast stretches of nothing being drenched in sunlight.... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on October 2, 2008 at 8:07am — No Comments

Morocco: 2.2bn euros for energy sector

By Merième Addou, AfricaNews reporter in Rabat. Morocco plans to invest some 2.2 billion euros in renewable energies over the next five years. The Moroccan National Electricity Office, ONE, clearly shows its intention to be one of the global players operating in the development of renewable energy and thereby increase its energy production.

The country plans to increase its production of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, thermal or wave, to 10 percent in… Continue

Added by Bas Vlugt on October 1, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Sahara solar scheme could power poor West Africa

West African legislators worried by climate change and soaring energy costs want regional leaders to back plans to harness sun and wind energy that experts say could bring electricity to some of the poorest people on earth... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on September 24, 2008 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Africa, EU develop energy cooperation actions

On Sept. 8 the African Union Commission and the European Commission jointly established an Africa-EU energy partnership that could attract more than €1 billion in EU funds for concrete energy investments in Africa... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on September 24, 2008 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Climate change can create new job opportunities in Africa

Utilizing the many sources of energy in Africa is the best safeguard against the negative effects of climate change. This was a key message from the international conference on climate change and employment in Nairobi, staged by The Africa Commission... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on September 24, 2008 at 5:52pm — No Comments

African mobile providers collaborate on renewable energy

African mobile operators are collaborating with the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) to launch a green power initiative, said GSMA CEO and board member Rob Conway in a statement... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on September 24, 2008 at 5:50pm — No Comments


You are very wellcome to my blog!!

In the following posts you will get to read more of my ideas and what I think about issues, especially issues that relate to Sustainability in Africa with emphasis on Nigeria. I am most interested in Nigeria first and foremost because i am Nigerian, then I think Nigeria has a big role to play in terms of championing the Sustainability course in Africa.

I do not think one would talk about Africa (in terms of the economic, social, political… Continue

Added by Chijioke Dike Uba on September 18, 2008 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Africa’s first ethanol refinery flagged off in Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Segun Oni recently flagged off Africa’s first multi-billion naira ethanol refinery at Iyamore, a village in Ikole Local Government Area of the State... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on September 18, 2008 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Use of hydrogen in producing energy attracts interest

By Nthambeleni Gabara. Johannesburg - The use of hydrogen as an energy carrier, combined with fuel cell technologies to produce energy, has attracted considerable interest from government.

This is according to the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development and Innovation Strategy (HFCT and RDI) which was launched by Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Hydrogen and fuel cell technology promises a cleaner, more… Continue

Added by Bas Vlugt on September 18, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

UK firm plans 5,500 ha biofuels project in Tanzania

Britain's Sun Biofuels plans to grow about 5,500 hectares of the biofuel plant jatropha in Tanzania in the next 10 years, the firm's local subsidiary said on Thursday. Sun Biofuels Tanzania is in the final stages of acquiring 8,000 hectares of land west of the commercial capital Dar es Salaam... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on September 18, 2008 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Residential energy use in South Africa

It is rather sad that we are still engaging in ad-hoc small community surveys to understand energy consumption patterns for the residential sector in South Africa. This results in a large number of assumptions when one does energy demand analysis for mid-to-long term planning.

Added by Jongikhaya Witi on September 17, 2008 at 6:50pm — No Comments

African Renewable Energy Gains Attention

The potential for renewable energy development in Africa is experiencing an increase in attention lately as investors and world leaders seek a new clean energy frontier... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on September 14, 2008 at 8:10pm — No Comments

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