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6 Myths About Renewable Energy, Busted!

6 Myths About Renewable Energy, Busted! | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
The evidence is in: Renewable energy is viable, reliable, and ready to go! Here are six of the most common myths about renewable energy – myths that simply don’t stand up to reality.
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Powering Africa a Challenge, but Could Charge Wellbeing

Powering Africa a Challenge, but Could Charge Wellbeing | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
About 50% of all households in 26 sub-Saharan African countries mainly get their light from power lines, underscoring how difficult Barack Obama's new initiative to double access to electric power in Africa will likely be to implement.
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SADC new frontier for green energy

SADC new frontier for green energy | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
According to the African Development Bank, the Southern African Development Community region has the potential to become a "gold mine" for renewable energy due to the abundant solar and wind resources that are now hugely sought after by international investors in their quest for clean energy
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Renewable Energy Facts

Renewable Energy Facts | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Renewable facts from around the World, covering biomass and waste, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar and wind power.
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Garbage-fed community cooker cuts wood use, energy costs

Garbage-fed community cooker cuts wood use, energy costs | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Kenyan effort to address climate change also could reduce trash build-up in slum areas and lower cost of running small businesses
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Uganda Launches Innovative Feed-in Tariff Programme

Uganda Launches Innovative Feed-in Tariff Programme | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
In an effort to draw more private investment into renewable power projects in the country, Uganda has launched an innovative new renewable energy development financing programme, the Global Energy Transfer Feed-in Tariff (GET FiT).
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Obama Unveils Plan to Boost Electric Power in Sub-Saharan Africa

Obama Unveils Plan to Boost Electric Power in Sub-Saharan Africa | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama, putting his mark on U.S. aid to Africa, announced a plan to boost access to electric power in the sub-Sahara and said America stands to benefit if the continent reaches its full economic potential.
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Shs1 trillion electricity generation plan launched

Shs1 trillion electricity generation plan launched | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
A Shs1 trillion programme expected to add 125 megawatts to the grid within the next five years, has been launched in Kampala.
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http://www.getfit-uganda.org/

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Launch of the Renewables 2013 Global Status Report

Launch of the Renewables 2013 Global Status Report | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

World Invests $244 billion in 2012, Geographic Shift to Developing Countries

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Energy gains burned by burgeoning population

Energy gains burned by burgeoning population | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
The world has made significant progress towards energy efficiency, but that has been wiped out by more and more people.
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Ethiopia diverts Blue Nile for dam

Ethiopia diverts Blue Nile for dam | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Ethiopia starts diverting a stretch of the Blue Nile to make way for a dam that has caused a dispute with countries downstream, state media say.
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PV and Mining in Africa

PV and Mining in Africa | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

Mining the sun - A Guide to PV and Mining in Africa' provides an exclusive breakdown of the main drivers and challenges of integrating PV with mining, including concerns over the reliability of traditional energy supplies and roadblocks in matching the generation curve with PV.

Additionally, the guide provides an exclusive global horizontal irradiance data map for South Africa, that overlays the current hotspots for mineral extraction to demonstrate the potential areas for PV and mining hybridization

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, Most Workers Are Without Electricity

In 17 sub-Saharan African countries, a median of 69% of workers say they had no electricity at work in the last seven days, ranging from 92% in Mali and Niger to 12% in South Africa.
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Eskom grilled on power price

Eskom grilled on power price | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Eskom has come clean in Parliament on the costs of building the giant Medupi and Kusile power stations.
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To Help Light Up Africa, Many Drops in the Bucket

To Help Light Up Africa, Many Drops in the Bucket | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
A type of crowdfunding in which investors can recover their principal is helping to finance solar power projects in Africa and Asia.
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Largest solar plant in East Africa to be opened in Kenya

East Africa's largest solar power plant will be switched on in December in Kericho County, Kenya. The plant will generate 1MW of electricity and is expected to trigger development of large solar generation projects.
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Solar lamps reduce childbirth risks in remote northern Kenya

Solar lamps reduce childbirth risks in remote northern Kenya | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Portable lamps are helping traditional rural birth attendants deal with risks from snakebite to complicated deliveries
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Rwanda's green innovation Strategy

Rwanda's green innovation Strategy | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Low-cost, grassroots innovations in rural Rwanda are key to providing clean electricity to the country’s residents. Now, the government too is supporting a few such energy initiatives.
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House seeks to end monopoly of power firm

House seeks to end monopoly of power firm | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Members of the National Assembly have embarked on a new push to have Kenya Power’s monopoly in the energy sector broken
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Biomass and Sustainability

Biomass and Sustainability | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
Bioenergy systems offer significant possibilities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions due to their immense potential to replace fossil fuels in energy production. Biomass reduces emissions and en...

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Salman Zafar's curator insight, June 21, 2013 6:42 AM

Bioenergy usually provides an irreversible mitigation effect by reducing carbon dioxide at source, but it may emit more carbon per unit of energy than fossil fuels unless biomass fuels are produced unsustainably.

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Renewable Power Bridging the Digital Divide in Off-grid Africa

Renewable Power Bridging the Digital Divide in Off-grid Africa | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it
We all know that wind energy can light homes and businesses, but how about powering "entrepreneurial spirit'" through education and information access?
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Why Africa is Missing the Solar Power.

Why Africa is Missing the Solar Power. | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

Clearly, the global age of solar energy is dawning. This leads one to ask “Why isn’t Africa at the centre of solar commerce?”

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Energy: Which Way for Africa?

Energy: Which Way for Africa? | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

Projections indicate that by 2030, Africa will be the only region where the number of people without access to electricity will actually increase.

By H.E Paul Kagame,
President Of The Republic Of Rwanda

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Large South African union to invest $109 million in renewable energy from union pension fund

Large South African union to invest $109 million in renewable energy from union pension fund | AREA News Digest | Scoop.it

One of Africa’s largest unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), has applauded the decision of the Metal Industries Benefit Funds Administrators (MIBFA), to commit up to R1 billion of investment in the renewable energy sector.

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