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Biomass Plant Lights Up Rural Senegal

Biomass Plant Lights Up Rural Senegal | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

A new power plant in the eastern Senegalese village of Kalom is generating more than just electricity. Powered by agricultural waste, the station has lit up homes, lightened women's domestic burdens and even put a little money in some residents' pockets.

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Finding a solution for Africa's energy gap at the BoP

Finding a solution for Africa's energy gap at the BoP | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it
In advance of the World Economic Forum on Africa, Sameer Hajee, CEO of Nuru Energy, discusses the need for a new approach to energy poverty.

 

To start the discussion, let me debunk a few myths that we have come across in the past four years:

 

Myth: The base of the pyramid (BOP) should enjoy the same access to electricity that we do in the developed world.


Reality: In an ideal world, this would, of course, be the ultimate solution. But let’s face it, access to grid electricity for the majority of rural Africans is a distant proposition, and there are insurmountable costs and logistical problems. If we want to address the issue immediately, we need to start focusing on hyper-local solutions that get people access today (tonight!).


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CARIBBEAN: Turning Landfills into Energy

CARIBBEAN: Turning Landfills into Energy | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

Now there is a glimmer of hope. A United Kingdom-based Waste to Energy firm is partnering with some Caribbean countries to set up plants that will convert garbage into electricity and potable water, and in the process transform the region from its dependence on fossil fuel.

 

"The Caribbean is a wonderful area but what you haven't got is the land or the resources," Tony Fiddy, the President of the Waste to Energy Division and the Regional Vice President for Europe and Africa of Naanovo Energy Inc., told IPS.

 

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Innovative Africa: using solar power phones

Innovative Africa: using solar power phones | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

“We talk with the bank or microfinance institution to encourage them to lend to the entrepreneurs,” said Collings, chief operations officer at Global Village Energy Partnership, a non-profit organisation that tries to harness entrepreneurship to open up energy for the poor. The main challenge is sourcing the start-up capital to purchase the solar panels. “Persuading banks and microfinancing institutions has not been an easy task for GVEP. Despite this challenge, there are steps ahead being made.” Hopefully, this and other organisations will make a visible change and the technology will spread around more as from the examples it is visible that it can become a running change in all Africa.

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Eight19 begins organic solar trials in Africa

Eight19 begins organic solar trials in Africa | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

Based on Eight19’s Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) technology, the Indigo solar home systems have been deployed in South Sudan in order to evaluate the performance of the new solar technology in the challenging environmental conditions that are found close to the equator.

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