Five leading innovators were named the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2012 Africa by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum on Africa from May 9-11.
Among them is Sameer Hajee from Nuru Energy Group. With many homes in sub-Saharan Africa not connected to electricity grids, Nuru Energy works with micro-entrepreneurs to disseminate its Nuru LED light, which can be recharged using an off-grid, pedal-powered platform. The LED light gives up to 26 hours of light and costs one-sixth of kerosene to recharge. To date, Nuru Energy has set up 70 village-level entrepreneurs who have sold 10,000 Nuru lights.
IRENA's global platform for renewable energy education can be found at www.irelp.org. It is designed to provide info to anyone who wants to learn about renewable energy including students, vocational trainees and other professionals looking to develop and update their renewable energy knowledge; education and training providers; as well as government entities and decision makers.
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The Tanzania Renewable Energy Association will conduct the National Renewable Energy Day in Dar es Salaam on the 6th and 7th June, 2012. The event will consist of two major parts, exhibitions and workshop. In addition, there will be a Study Tour to visit the best practice installation of renewable energy technology.
The use of appropriate renewable energy such as solar products can give less developed rural areas the chance to benefit from modern technology. Magdalene Nganzi comes from a rural village in southern Uganda that has no access to grid electricity, yet thanks to solar power, she enjoys all the amenities that an urban household would.
The topic of sustainable development has also been top priority for governments across the globe for many years, with Germany spearheading the movement in sustainability research. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is now holding its fourth Green Talents Competition under the patronage of the Federal Minister, Professor Annette Schavan.
As an emerging economy in the throes of an energy crisis, South Africa is facing critical energy policy choices. South Africa is reliant on electricity to deliver the growth it needs to help uplift the large portion of its population still living in poverty. It is however one of the highest carbon emitting countries in the world, largely as a result of its reliance on old coal fired power plants. South Africa is the 11th highest polluting country in terms of carbon emissions and only the 32nd most productive economy in terms of GDP. The need to accommodate both growth and job creation in an increasingly carbon constrained world gives the impact investor a unique profit opportunity.
According to the report, there are four pre-requisites for successful development of clean energy: clear strategy; a proper institutional framework; a well-designed incentive system; and a suitable set of financing instruments.
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