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REN21 Renewables 2014 Global Status Report: Africa | http://cleanenergysolutions.org

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African Renewable Energy Fund Shores up $100M for IPPs

The African Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) announced that it raised $100 million to support small- to medium-scale IPPs. The fund is targeting a final close of $200 million within the next year to invest in grid-connected development stage renewable energy projects (small hydro, wind, geothermal, solar, biomass, and waste-to-energy).

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Major business disruptions as SA has first load-shedding relapse since 2008

Major business disruptions as SA has first load-shedding relapse since 2008 | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
State-owned electricity producer Eskom, which declared its fourth power emergency of the 2013/14 summer maintenance season on Thursday morning, began implementing load shedding from 9:00, causing shops to shut, disrupting cellular networks and raising fresh concerns about the constraint being placed on South Africa’s already poor growth outlook by the country’s electricity shortages.
It was the first time that the utility had resorted to rotational load shedding since the country’s power crisis of 2008, during which mines were shut, factories reduced output and offices and households across the country were left without power for extended periods.
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Vestas to pursue African wind-energy prospects from new Joburg hub

Vestas to pursue African wind-energy prospects from new Joburg hub | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
The world’s leading wind-turbine manufacturer Vestas, which is building 435 MW of capacity in South Africa and has a further 112 MW advancing towards financial close, has opened permanent offices in Johannesburg, from where it intends pursuing South African and African growth opportunities. In an interview with Engineering News Online ahead of the official opening of Vestas’ Southern Africa head office, global CEO Anders Runevad said the Danish company was once again on a growth drive, following the completion of a two-year turnaround programme, during which it had unburdened itself of €1-billion in debt.
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Kenya Power’s Tariff Increase Denied

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Mauritania taps Gamesa for first wind

Mauritania taps Gamesa for first wind | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Spanish group Gamesa will take wind power into new territory after clinching a deal to deliver 30MW of turbines to Mauritania.
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Ethiopia opens Africa's largest wind farm to boost power production

Ethiopia opens Africa's largest wind farm to boost power production | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
ASHEGODA, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Africa's biggest wind farm began production in Ethiopia on Saturday, aiding efforts to diversify electricity generation from hydropower plants and help the country become...
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BBC World News - Horizons, Energy Efficiency

BBC World News - Horizons, Energy Efficiency | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
An interview Amory Lovins, Chief Scientist and Co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute.
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Kenya steams ahead

Kenya steams ahead | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Kenya's Rift Valley hides a treasure buried several kilometres beneath the earth's surface: geothermal energy. Today only 13 percent of Kenya's electricity is provided by this source...
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Philips Community Light Centers

Philips Community Light Centers | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

A Philips Light Center is an area of 1000m2, or the size of a small soccer pitch, lit with new solar-powered LED lighting. It is a communal area which can be used for sport and other important activities such as healthcare clinics, education and evening classes, social events and commercial activities. A Light Center extends the day by enabling communal life after dark. It creates a safe area and supports sanitation programs.Philips Light Centers

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SADC to establish Centre for Renewable Energy

The establishment of a regional centre for renewable energy in southern Africa is expected to increase the uptake of clean energy, enabling the region to address its energy challenges.
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Ethiopia: First Power Africa Initiative moves forward with landmark agreement between Ethiopian government and Reykjavik geothermal

Ethiopia: First Power Africa Initiative moves forward with landmark agreement between Ethiopian government and Reykjavik geothermal | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

1000 MW Facility will be Largest Geothermal Plant in Africa

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This solar-powered electric grid is changing the lives of 5,000 island-dwelling Africans

This solar-powered electric grid is changing the lives of 5,000 island-dwelling Africans | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
What if an entire isolated community received all of its power needs from the sun? A remote island off of Africa is about to find out -- and the project could be a game changer for solar. "Ninety-n...
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Solar power to the people: green energy could boost African development

Solar power to the people: green energy could boost African development | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Electricity deficit is slowing progress, report says, as Labour party calls for UK and African cities to 'twin' on energy projects
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European Renewable Energy Council: EREC forced into liquidation

European Renewable Energy Council:  EREC forced into liquidation | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
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Support for green economy surges but crucial gaps remain

Support for green economy surges but crucial gaps remain | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Governments, businesses, investors and others are embracing the ‘green economy’ idea, but differences in the way they interpret it pose barriers to sustainable development, according to a report published today by the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Green Economy Coalition.
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Is Kenya turning away from renewable energy?

Is Kenya turning away from renewable energy? | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
A tender for a new coal-fired power plant may be just the start
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South Africa: 60 MW solar project secures R1.8bn from US development agency

South Africa: 60 MW solar project secures R1.8bn from US development agency | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Solar energy group SunEdison announced on Wednesday that it had secured R1.8-billion in development finance from the US government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) for its 60 MW Boshoff solar park project, being developed in South...
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Zera develops tariffs for renewable energy

Zera develops tariffs for renewable energy | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) is developing a renewable energy feed in tariffs (Refits)

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Samsung Solar Village could help address Africa’s development challenges

Samsung Solar Village could help address Africa’s development challenges | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
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Morocco: Kingdom of sun

Morocco: Kingdom of sun | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Morocco may have little to no fossil fuel resources, but the kingdom has its eyes on a brighter future. By 2020 the country plans to produce 42 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, a...
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Solar energy to undercut coal in South Africa: Frost & Sullivan

Solar energy to undercut coal in South Africa: Frost & Sullivan | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

Electricity from solar power could be the cheapest in South Africa by 2020, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.

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Energy tops agenda as Hollande visits SA

Energy tops agenda as Hollande visits SA | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
French leader François Hollande, who arrives in South Africa on Monday, will sign accords including one on developing South Africa's nuclear power.
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