Africa urged to ‘go big’ on solar energy

By Puneet Kollipara [WASHINGTON DC] Tumbling costs and technological advances mean solar energy could play a major role in an international project to expand electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to its organiser. “We think there’s a tremendous opportunity to go much bigger on solar,” Andy Herscowitz, coordinator of Power Africa, told attendees at the …

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Universal renewable energy possible in Uganda by 2050

By Pauline Okoth [KAMPALA] Uganda could attain universal renewable energy coverage by 2050 because the country is endowed with immense potential energy sources such as wind, biomass and the sun, says a report. According to the report, more than 90 per cent of Ugandans rely on unclean biomass energy sources such as firewood and inefficient …

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Nigeria needs investment to increase its renewable energy output

Ademola Adenle, University of Oxford Energy remains one of the main constraints for economic growth in Nigeria. The lack of reliable access and irregular power supply is a persistent problem affecting businesses across the country. It also discourages foreign investors. Nigeria sits at the bottom of the table when it comes to delivering power. It …

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Study breaks down Nigerian solar power failure

By Adole Abutu Many solar energy projects in Africa fail because they lack proper planning and long-term government support, according to a study on solar power in Nigeria. The study, published last month in Renewable Energy, sought to find out why solar power is failing to deliver cheap energy to people in Nigeria. The researchers …

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Explainer: South Africa’s developing solar energy landscape

Hartmut Winkler, University of Johannesburg Until a few years ago solar panels were a rare sight in South Africa, largely limited to the roofs of a few affluent households. This is changing rapidly, driven by three factors: the worldwide drive towards renewable energy, a highly strained local electricity supply, and a steady drop in solar …

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