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The Small Enterprise Finance Agency will have access to R1.4-billion in funding for South African small businesses over the next three years, with input from the Industrial Development Corporation being crucial to its effectiveness, says Economic ...
"I’m not saying that the private sector is the only option - but the sector that knows how to initiate projects and drive them efficiently is the private sector. You want to have the government involved but not leading it (...)"
The Federal Government has commenced the process of establishing hydro-power plants in strategic areas in the country as part of efforts to reduce the operational costs of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.
Economic growth, plunging PV prices and an improving business ecosystem could spark the long-awaited takeoff of off-grid renewables in sub-Saharan Africa (...) An increase in private sector involvement is widely seen as essential to unlocking Africa’s potential in off-grid renewables. Bhattacharyya sees a place for both governments and NGOs, but unhesitatingly hands the lead role to commercial organisations.
According to the United Nations, access to reliable and sufficient sources of energy will be critical to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing poverty and hunger by 2015. Many of the world’s poorest people are rural farmers with no connections to power grids or large-scale energy sources. Most of their day-to-day energy currently comes from the burning of wood and charcoal, practices that contribute to air pollution, deforestation, and the loss of precious time and energy collecting firewood.
Today, Nourishing the Planet introduces five sources of renewable energy that are meeting the demands of poor farmers and allowing them to improve their harvests and their lives.
For many developing countries cooking and heating needs in rural areas are met by traditional cookstoves reliant on biomass fuels. This month, GVEP International was invited to present at a Clean Cookstoves Workshop aimed at engaging the support of Government of Malawi .
A key challenge facing developers of small hydro projects in Tanzania is the lack of access to finance. To help counter this, GVEP is implementing a Pre-Investment Technical Support programme in collaboration with the World Bank and Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency (REA).
All schools, clinics, market places, churches and households within an identified radius in the rural areas will be electrified within the next five years as part of government's five-year Rural Electrification Distribution Master Plan which was launched last month, President Hifikepunye Pohamba has said.
Kenya is set to become the first African country to establish an independent Climate Change Authority through the enactment of a law this year, the Parliamentary Network for Renewable Energy and Climate Change (Panerecc) has said.
Not so long ago, Mozambique was written off as a basket case now it's on the cusp of energy riches as the region becomes the world's hottest oil and natural gas zone and is likely to become a major gas exporter.
In Kalalé, Benin, a man tends to a photovoltaic panel that powers a solar drip irrigation system. The project by the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) greatly improved food production in the arid village. Now SELF aims to expand solar electricification to clinics and schools.
KENYA -- Take an exponentially rising need for clean, reliable energy; add a new renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFITT); and then consider erratic weather conditions that have affected over-relied upon hydropower generation in Kenya and you get an influx of interest in renewable energy by Independent Power Producers (IPPs).
The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) is one IPP that has decided to venture into wind energy generation. General Manager of KTDA Power Company, Lucas Maina, said in an interview that the decision to venture into wind energy production was based on the fact that wind power is cheap to produce compared to hydropower
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves led by Radha Muthiah, Executive Director convened a four-day regional workshop in Nairobi to deliberate on how to scale up clean cooking solutions across East Africa. The Alliance through the partnership of development partner like United Nations industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP international) and The Paradigm Project seek to improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance is targeting 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020 from 2.5 million currently. To achieve this the Alliance is working with its public, private and non-profit partners to help overcome the market barriers that currently impede the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves in developing countries.
Which continents have the highest number of mobile phone subscribers? The answer isn’t Europe or the Americas, where mobile phones first took off, but Asia and, as of 2011, Africa. By the end of last year there were over 600m mobile phones subscribers from Cairo to Cape Town, according to research by the GSMA.
This is great news for the fight against poverty. For decades, Africa’s governments pledged to connect people through landlines – with few results. Now mobile phones are enabling people not just to connect but to access financial, medical and other services; Kenya’s M-Pesa is the global leader in mobile banking.
But using a handset is one thing; charging it is quite another. How can a Nigerian villager or a small farmer in Madagascar top up their battery when they have no access to the electrical grid? 1.3 billion people, don’t have access to mainline electricity. Connecting them will cost $48bn a year, every year, until 2030, according to the International Energy Agency: several times the UK’s international aid budget.
African Utility Week is perfectly poised to help governments; business and end-users meet and find solutions to the challenges facing all stakeholders in the renewable energy fields. Speakers include experts from around the globe who bring broader insights in to how Africa's challenges can be addressed.
Govt to Focus On 600MW Karuma Power Project in Next BudgetAllAfrica.comShe added that the Government will also increase access to modern energy services through rural electrification and renewable energy development.