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Deployment of Renewable Energy creates Access and Jobs in Rural Areas

Deployment of Renewable Energy creates Access and Jobs in Rural Areas | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

Reaching the UN goal of providing sustainable energy for all by 2030 would create up to four million direct jobs in the off-grid electricity sector alone, according to a report released last week by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the main platform for intergovernmental cooperation for accelerated deployment of sustainable energy. 


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Training of energy operators will boost rural electrification efforts in West Africa

Training of energy operators will boost rural electrification efforts in West Africa | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

A programme designed to support the development of energy services and build the capacity of energy operators in West Africa, is now entering its operational stage. Funded by an EU Energy Facility grant, and managed by Électricité de France (EDF), with local partners, the programme has already provided training to the first group of energy operators in Burkina Faso. GVEP supports this initiative by sponsoring the participation of the Malian rural electrification agency in the programme. 

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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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Green energy financing for five Caribbean countries from the IDB and government of Japan

Green energy financing for five Caribbean countries from the IDB and government of Japan | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has signed a co-financing agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to make funds available for green energy development in the Caribbean and Central America: The Inter-American...
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East Africa is world's new energy frontier

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.

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Cobs and Stalks: India Looks At New Biofuels

Cobs and Stalks: India Looks At New Biofuels | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it
As consumers struggle to cope with rising petrol prices, India is looking at a new generation of biofuels derived from agricultural waste to revive an ambitious program for blending ethanol with gasoline.
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Submit your business concept to GVEP International

GVEP International engages with entrepreneurs, management teams, and project developers through a variety of donor-funded and commercial investment activities. We manage and cooperate with other providers on programmes which support enterprises and projects focused on increasing access to clean energy in Sub-Saharan Africa. These programmes provide business support as well as access to finance across the capital spectrum (grants, debt and equity).

To help us better understand your business or business concept, and identify ways we may be able to support you, please fill out the form below. We will review your submission, and if there may be potential to work together, we will get in touch.

Please note that only submissions for projects based in Sub-Saharan Africa will be considered at present.

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Ethiopia, Nigeria Get Financial Boost for Clean Energy From the Climate Investment Funds

Ethiopia's efforts to increase energy efficiency and diversify its hydro-dependent energy mix through renewable energy got a USD 50 million boost from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) committee meetings last week when Ethiopia's investment plan under the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program for Low Income Countries (SREP) was endorsed in full by CIF committee members.

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Conférence de l’Energie en Afrique de l’Ouest les 23 et 24/05/12 à Saint-Louis, Sénégal

Organisateur : Association pour le développement de l'énergie en Afrique (ADEA).

Dates : mercredi 23 et jeudi 24 mai 2012
Lieu : Saint-Louis, Sénégal
Site web : www.energy-for-africa.fr

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A 'snapshot' energy outlook - Trinidad & Tobago

BY sheer coincidence, while Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada are seeking; to resolve a disagreement over the boundaries limiting their common continental shelf in the exploration for oil, there has come quite an interesting article on the future of oil and natural gas that has implications for Trinidad and Tobago.

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