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Lighting Up Africa – Bringing Renewable, Off-Grid Energy To Communities

Lighting Up Africa – Bringing Renewable, Off-Grid Energy To Communities

woa Adezawa lives on the Cape Coast of Ghana near the Elmina fishing port on the Atlantic coast. Her husband is a fisherman, and each day he must travel farther to find fish. However, the most difficult part of their life as a family, she said, has been the complete absence of electricity. Until recently, her entire community lived without power. With a […]

Senegal Opens West Africa’s First Big Wind Farm In Push For Renewables

Senegal Opens West Africa’s First Big Wind Farm In Push For Renewables

 With the wind farm, Senegal will get 30% of its energy from clean sources, in a push to cut its dependence on fossil fuels Senegal inaugurated the first large-scale wind farm in West Africa on Monday, a facility that will supply nearly a sixth of the country’s power when it reaches full capacity later this […]

African Development Fund Approves Close to $35 Million To The Government Of Liberia For Renewable Energy

African Development Fund Approves Close to $35 Million To The Government Of Liberia For Renewable Energy

The African Development Fund has approved a $34.74 million grant and loan to boost renewable energy access and promote an attractive investment climate in Liberia. At a signing ceremony on 29 January in Monrovia, Dr Orison Amu, the African Development Bank’s Country Manager in Liberia, and Samuel Tweah Jr., Liberia’s Minister of Finance & Development […]

How Sun, Salt And Glass Could Help Solve Our Energy Needs

How Sun, Salt And Glass Could Help Solve Our Energy Needs

High in the stark Nevada desert, a couple of hundred miles north-west of Las Vegas, is the shimmering circular mirage of Crescent Dunes. Ten thousand silvery glass panes, each measuring 115 square metres, surround a tall central tower, which stands like a twinkling needle in the featureless landscape around it. Resembling a fabulous alien metropolis, […]

From Basket Weavers To Salt Farmers: The Women Leading A Renewable Revolution

From Basket Weavers To Salt Farmers: The Women Leading A Renewable Revolution

“People call us Mama Solar,” says Solar Sister entrepreneur Hilaria Paschal. In her native Tanzania, Paschal and her fellow basket weavers buy solar lights and clean cookstoves from Solar Sister, a social enterprise empowering women to bring clean energy to rural African communities, and sell them to friends and neighbours living without access to electricity. […]

A Solar Scheme in India Shows Local Teamwork Can Be A Guiding Light

A Solar Scheme in India Shows Local Teamwork Can Be A Guiding Light

At last month’s world humanitarian summit in Istanbul, leaders outlined a set of core responsibilities for humanity, and spoke of the need to reform development assistance. One proposal was to place greater emphasis on local ownership and control of projects. The idea is simple: rather than providing ready-made solutions that might not be right for […]