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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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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Africa News Headlines for 18 May 2015

Pan-African Parliament meets to deliberate on African issues Source: Shanghai Daily Burundi protesters defy warnings to rally against president’s bid for third term Source: The Telegraph Korea, South Africa to bolster maritime ties Source: IntraFish Race and the Development Paradigm Source: Africa in Transition Kenya calls for Burundi vote delay at PAP Source: News24 Nigeria …

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Africa News Headlines for 14 March 2015

New Dads In Togo Are Guaranteed Something That U.S. Dads Aren’t Source: NPR/Goats and Soda Pioneer Move by Kenya Makes e-Government a Reality for African States Source: Ventures Africa Nigeria’s Software Market Worth $12bn Source: Nigerian Bulletin Health Care: Africa’s Next Mobile Revolution Source: OZY Marines ‘wired’ in the Horn of Africa Source: DVIDS Asian …

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