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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Africa News Headlines for 28 January 2016

A selection of headlines about Africa gathered from around the globe over the past 24 hours. Pride & Prejudice: How African LGBT Activists are Risking Their Lives to Bring Tolerance to Their Homes Source: Essence Unspoiled beaches, mangrove swamps and fields of ganja: A walk on the wild side Source: Daily Maverick Exposed! The world …

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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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From oil man to solar entrepreneur in Africa

By John Escolme If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download [9.0MB]   As a young geologist, Jeremy Leggett admits he was “a creature of the oil and gas industry”. But he soon grasped that exploitating fossil fuels could spell disaster for the planet’s climate. …

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Rwanda extracting methane to avert risks, boost energy

By Ignatius Ssuuna [KIGALI] Methane gas is being extracted from Lake Kivu in south-western Rwanda to avert possible lethal eruption. According to IvanTwagireshema, a Rwandan scientist and energy extraction expert, the gas is highly explosive and can cause death by suffocation if it gets into contact with people because it displaces oxygen needed for breathing. …

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