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Africa Aims to Combat Climate Change By Greening the Desert

Africa Aims to Combat Climate Change By Greening the Desert | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Senegal’s capitol city Dakar sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean on a peninsula. It’s at least a thousand miles to the Sahara desert yet the air today is so thick with sand that the tops of buildings disappear in a sandy haze. It’s the worst sand storm in a year and people here are worried that climate change will cause these events to be more common. Seasons are shifting across the region. In Senegal the rainy season used to start in July or August but now it doesn’t start until September. Decreased rain – along with over grazing of land – is causing an increase in deserts across the Sahel.

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Rural Electrification in Zambia through Mini and Pico hydro

Rural Electrification in Zambia through Mini and Pico hydro | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
By Ronald Lwamba There was a lot of excitement when the PF government secured a US$750 million Eurobond which was going to be used on growth promoting infrastructure development.

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Wind Power North Africa

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North Africa boasts exceptional wind conditions – particularly along Morocco's Atlantic coast and along the Red Sea, with Morocco driving forward plans to have 2GW of wind capacity by 2016 and 2.7GW by 2030, Egypt targeting 7.2GW of wind energy by...
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Government Backing Makes Green Energy Big Business In Kenya

Government Backing Makes Green Energy Big Business In Kenya | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The aim of Kenya, and other East Africa countries, to base its growing economy on renewable energy has received a timely boost from the British government, which pledged support in the transition to a green economy.
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Social enterprise to provide 10 million with access to renewable energy

Social enterprise to provide 10 million with access to renewable energy | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Ten million low-income people living in rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, will gain access to low-cost solar energy by 2015, in part due to a commitment made by solar energy provider Barefoot Power to the Business Call to Action (BCtA).

The BCtA is a global initiative that encourages private sector efforts to fight poverty, supported by several international organizations including the UN Development Programme (UNDP)

 


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Screening Africa's renewable energies potential - News & events - JRC - European Commission

Screening Africa's renewable energies potential - News & events - JRC - European Commission | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The JRC has published a study mapping the potential of renewable energy sources in Africa. The report analyses the continent's current energy consumption and assesses potential of renewable energy sources - solar, wind, biomass and hydropower - and their cost efficiency and environmental sustainability.

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Feed-in tariffs proposed for Africa

Feed-in tariffs proposed for Africa | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

A new study released this month finds that a number of African countries would greatly benefit from the implementation of feed-in tariffs to promote the growth of renewables – largely because the policy leads to more distributed generation.

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Africa: 'Urgent Action' Needed on Clean Development Mechanism

CDM allows developing economies to earn credits for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as renewable energy production. These credits, known as Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), are equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide and can be traded globally, so that industrialised countries can meet their emission-reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.

But the CDM is now under threat from a collapse in the carbon market.
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Solar Energy Developments in Morocco

Solar Energy Developments in Morocco | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Morocco, being the largest energy importer in North Africa, is making concerted efforts to reduce its reliance on imported fossil fuels. Renewable energy is an attractive proposition as Morocco has almost complete dependence on imported energy carriers. Morocco is already spending over USD 3billion a year on fuel and electricity imports and is experiencing power demand growth of 6.5 per cent a year.
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Rwanda earns double by reducing carbon emissions

Rwanda earns double by reducing carbon emissions | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Through the CDM, developed countries can engage in economically and environmentally competitive emission reduction projects that are conceived and implemented in developing countries. In Rwanda, projects that have the potential to be included in CDM include reforestation, waste management, biomass waste/biogas usage, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
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Energy shortfall worse than over investing – consultant

The negative impacts of an energy shortfall are much worse than the risk of potentially over investing in new energy generation capacity, NorConsult Africa director Tore Horvei warned this week.

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