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Renewable energy technologies could be Africa's saving grace

Renewable energy technologies could be Africa's saving grace | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Renewable energy technologies could become a means to leapfrog the power challenges facing the African continent.
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HEADLINE OF THE WEEK: African Leaders Urged To Redirect Fossil Fuel Subsidies Into Renewable Energy Infrastructures

HEADLINE OF THE WEEK: African Leaders Urged To Redirect Fossil Fuel Subsidies Into Renewable Energy Infrastructures | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

At the just concluded African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) annual meeting, Professor Salah Arafa from the American University in Cairo and member of the AREA Steering Committee posited that “Africa will be the powerhouse of the world.”

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Ethiopia aims for 75% access to electricity by 2015

Ethiopia aims for 75% access to electricity by 2015 | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

Ethiopia has been able to raise electricity coverage to almost half of the country. The country claims to be have one of the highest electricity coverage levels on the continent.

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EDF to Build South African Wind Farms in 2013 After Award

Electricite de France SA, Europe’s
biggest power generator, plans to start work in 2013 at the
three wind projects awarded in a South African auction to boost
alternative energy sources.
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Nigeria: Kano to Build Power Plant

Kano State government is to build its own independent power plant in order to reduce electricity shortage in the state.

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Facilitating small power projects in Tanzania

Facilitating small power projects in Tanzania | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

Power projects of between 100 kW and 10 MW are now allowed to feed the national grid.

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Carbon Track Creates South Africa’s First Energy Reporting Portal | The Green Business Guide

Carbon Track Creates South Africa’s First Energy Reporting Portal | The Green Business Guide | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

The technology can be integrated into renewable energy devices like solar water heaters, heat pumps, and solar pumps as well as laptops, electrical geysers, and fridges.

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Groundbreaking smart grid project in USA

Groundbreaking smart grid project in USA | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

The newly installed micro grid uses on-site solar, fuel cell, natural gas and back-up battery storage to power the 78,000 square foot Aperture Centre at Mesa del Sol.

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African Resource Investor: Mozambique attracts investments totaling US$90 billion to energy and mining sectors

African Resource Investor: Mozambique attracts investments totaling US$90 billion to energy and mining sectors | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

Over the next few years Mozambique is set to receive estimated investments of US$90 billion for projects in the energy and mining sectors, which is seven times the current value of the country’s economy, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

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Southern Africa to see more energy developments | The Networks

Southern Africa to see more energy developments | The Networks | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

SOUTHERN Africa has enough energy sources such as coal, hydro, solar and wind, many of which have yet to be developed. However, there are projects coming up, such as Botswana coal-fired plant to be developed by Toronto-listed CIC Energy plans a 1 200MW. Mmamabula Energy Project was suspended in 2009 pending a power purchases agreement with South Africa.

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Event: Fourth International African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) Conference - Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

Event: Fourth International African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) Conference - Sustainable Development Policy & Practice | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
This Conference is organized by the World Future Council and the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) on the theme, “Access to Sustainable Renewable Energy in Africa as Prerequisite for the MDGs”.
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SOLAR IMPULSE - AROUND THE WORLD IN A SOLAR AIRPLANE

SOLAR IMPULSE - AROUND THE WORLD IN A SOLAR AIRPLANE | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

The solar aircraft, piloted by André Borschberg, took off  from Paris-Le Bourget airport (Switzerland) at 07:11.

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AREA Networking Reception at InterSolar in Munich, Germany

AREA Networking Reception at InterSolar in Munich, Germany | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
When : Thursday, 14th June 2012, 16:00 – 18.00

Where: Hall 3, Stand A3.460 (Photovoltaics International)

Why: Network with AREA members, learn about the alliance and meet African distributors and installers.

There will be refreshments (finger food, Munich beer, juice and water) served which are kindly sponsored by AREA Steering Committee Chair Anthony Ighodaro!

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Recapping top story of the week: Solar airplane flies from Switzerland to Morocco

Recapping top story of the week: Solar airplane flies from Switzerland to Morocco | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

The flight went very well and thanks to the team of meteorologists, everything went according to the plan: it was extraordinary. It was incredible to fly alongside the barrier of clouds during most of the flight and not need to hesitate to fly above them. This confirms our confidence in the capacity of solar energy even further.

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Africa: “Powerhouse of the World”

Africa: “Powerhouse of the World” | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

The African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) predicts that Africa will be the epicenter of the global energy industry as a result of massive investments in renewable energy technologies over the next 10 years.

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Sierra Leone: Nimikoro Gets Solar Lights

An NGO handed over 43 solar systems to the Solar Management Committee in Nimikoro chiefdom in the Kono district as part of its rural electrification programme.

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SA: Wind energy is most effective means of accelerating renewable energy investment | The Networks

SA: Wind energy is most effective means of accelerating renewable energy investment | The Networks | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

RENEWABLE energy is past the point of no return and will be accessible at a lower cost than traditional sources.

 

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Small Island Nations Look to Renewable Energy

39 of the small island developing states (SIDS) from Africa, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, and the Pacific meeting in Barbados working on energy efficiency plans. Islands like Tonga and Tokelau plan to become fully energy independent by 2013

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SA Vodacom’s solar panels to cut carbon footprint

VODACOM’S Century City office in Cape Town will have the largest array of solar panels on a single building in Africa. Nearly 2 000 monocrystalline solar panels will cover the 3 600m2 roof, providing up to 75 percent of all power required by the building during peak production.

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Grid parity solar: CSP gains on PV | CSP Today

Grid parity solar: CSP gains on PV | CSP Today | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
By Heba Hashem in Dubai Growth in the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) sector faltered last year as photovoltaic (PV) module prices dropped, driving several high-profile U.S. projects to convert to PV.
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Wind energy 'cheap and clean'

Wind energy 'cheap and clean' | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Renewable energy is past the point of no return and will be accessible at a lower cost than traditional sources, an industry expert has said.
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African Renewable Energy Alliance - AREA

African Renewable Energy Alliance - AREA | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

FREE participation on AREA monthly conference call. Topics: - Recaping AREA conference at Bellagio.
- AREA is constituted as voluntary association in SA

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SA’s renewable energy bidding programme attracts R70 billion in FDI

SA’s renewable energy bidding programme attracts R70 billion in FDI | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

SA’s renewable energy bidding programme attracts R70 billion in FDI...

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Vestas, Suzlon and Acciona: winners in South Africa - Renewable Energy Magazine, at the heart of clean energy journalism

Vestas, Suzlon and Acciona: winners in South Africa - Renewable Energy Magazine, at the heart of clean energy journalism | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Vestas, Suzlon and Acciona: winners in South Africa - Renewable Energy Magazine, at the heart of clean energy journalism...
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