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GWEC Creates Africa WindPower to Accelerate Africa’s Energy Transition

Ahead of COP26, commitments must go beyond Climate Finance – Public-Private Sector collaboration is the key driver of Africa’s Energy Transition GWEC launches Africa WindPower to act as an interface between government and the private sector to accelerate wind power development in Africa Africa’s technical wind power potential is enough to power the continent’s entire … Continue reading GWEC Creates Africa WindPower to Accelerate Africa’s Energy Transition

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IRENA and IAEA to Help African Union Develop Continental Power Master Plan with EU support

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been selected as modelling partners for the development of the African Continental Power Systems Master Plan (CMP). The initiative is led by the African Union Development Agency (AUDA) with the technical and financial support of the European Union (EU), and is … Continue reading IRENA and IAEA to Help African Union Develop Continental Power Master Plan with EU support

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Sudan’s first commercial-scale wind energy plant

Sudan’s first wind turbine has journeyed across the country’s Northern State to the site where construction is scheduled to begin. The 63m-tall wind turbine marks the inaugural milestone towards the country’s first commercial-scale wind energy plant. During the journey via Port Sudan to the wind farm site in Dongola, Northern State, the Netherlands-made turbine crossed … Continue reading Sudan’s first commercial-scale wind energy plant

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Renewables supplied only a third of Africa’s electricity demand growth

Wind energy and solar power need to be adopted more quickly to avoid fossil gas trap. An analysis of global electricity revealed that wind and solar showed resilient growth in 2020 despite the pandemic, forcing a record fall in global coal power. The Global Electricity Review (https://bit.ly/3nMqxBv) published by energy think tank Ember (www.Ember-climate.org) analysed … Continue reading Renewables supplied only a third of Africa’s electricity demand growth

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Eastern and Southern Africa’s Vast Renewables Potential Offers Route to Sustainable Growth

Eastern and Southern Africa are vast, geographically diverse regions with rapidly growing populations and rising demands for energy. According to master plans for the two regional power pools, electricity demand is set to grow at between 3.4 and 5 per cent per year to 2040. Meeting that demand is key to bolstering long-term growth in … Continue reading Eastern and Southern Africa’s Vast Renewables Potential Offers Route to Sustainable Growth

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Africa’s untold story: how the digital revolution is also helping renewables

In Africa, disruptive technologies are accelerating innovation and development and facilitating the energy transition. These stories are being told in a series of webinars by RES4AFRICA focusing on the relationship between digitalization and clean energy. Stories about Africa are often peppered with platitudes and false myths that risk biasing the way we see this vast … Continue reading Africa’s untold story: how the digital revolution is also helping renewables

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Africa is only tapping into 0.01% of its wind power potential

In 2020, 821 MW of new wind power capacity was installed in Africa and the Middle East, bringing total capacity in the region to over 7 GW, which helps to avoid 10.7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually – equivalent to taking 2.3 million passenger cars off the road.The technical wind energy resource potential on … Continue reading Africa is only tapping into 0.01% of its wind power potential

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Enel and Qatar Investment Authority join forces to develop renewables in Sub-Saharan Africa

Enel’s renewable arm Enel Green Power (EGP) and a Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) subsidiary signed a joint venture partnership to build and operate renewable plants in Sub-Saharan Africa, starting with QIA acquiring 50% of EGP’s  stake in approximately 800 MW of projects in operation and under construction in South Africa and Zambia. Enel Green Power … Continue reading Enel and Qatar Investment Authority join forces to develop renewables in Sub-Saharan Africa

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IRENA and African Development Bank Partner to Scale up Renewables Investments in Africa

“The Bank’s partnership with IRENA will support Africa’s energy transition and our goal to achieve universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy in Africa by 2030.”  – Bank VP Kevin Kariuki “This agreement represents the type of coordinated international cooperation that is the cornerstone of the realisation of sustainable development in Africa and … Continue reading IRENA and African Development Bank Partner to Scale up Renewables Investments in Africa

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Why wind energy and solar power are better for Congo and South Africa than Inga 3 hydroelectric plant?

Seven years ago the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) proposed the Inga 3 – a 4.8GW hydropower project on the Congo River – with great fanfare. Third in a series of dams that would form the Grand Inga complex on the Congo river, the project was touted as a solution to southern Africa’s energy deficit … Continue reading Why wind energy and solar power are better for Congo and South Africa than Inga 3 hydroelectric plant?

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Africa can become a renewable energy superpower

The power of climate science denial in the UK, thankfully, has been in retreat over the past decade. Nigel Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) may still boast a prime Westminster address, but its influence has waned. In fact, its decline aptly mirrors the fortunes of the coal industry, including US titans such as Peabody … Continue reading Africa can become a renewable energy superpower

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Ghana sleepping on solar and wind energy adoption

“All across the world we are noticing growth…. Technology growth is the driving principles that are developing renewable energy resources. But Ghana seems to be missing in the puzzle. Renewable energy is a fright to policy makers” – Nana Amoasi VII, IES Executive Director. Across the world, access to energy is deemed as essential for … Continue reading Ghana sleepping on solar and wind energy adoption

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African Union and IRENA to Advance Renewables in Response to COVID-19

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have agreed to work closely to advance renewable energy across the continent to bolster Africa’s response to Covid-19. The two organisations will focus on innovative solutions to drive the development of renewable energy including decentralised systems, and to increase access to energy across … Continue reading African Union and IRENA to Advance Renewables in Response to COVID-19

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Wind energy in Tanzania, first wind farm in May

Tanzania is expected to celebrate the opening of its first wind farm next month, when a 2.4-MW wind power facility should finish testing and begin supplying the customers of a rapidly expanding private rural grid network. The wind energy project is being financed with a USD-1.2-million (EUR 1.1m) loan from the Renewable Energy Performance Platform … Continue reading Wind energy in Tanzania, first wind farm in May

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