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Africa Renewable Energy E-News

August, 2017 Edition

Welcome to another edition of Africa Renewable Energy E-News for the renewable energy news, events and other related developments happening in Africa. The just concluded month of August came with various highlights and interesting news like how Power Africa is sharing best practices on community engagement across cultures and continents, and still on Power Africa, we will not want you to miss reading their Power Africa Annual Report 2017. Speaking of reports, another interesting report is on an infographic on carbon pricing, created ahead of the 8th Sustainable Innovation Forum. The infographic highlights the role of carbon pricing, taxing & trading in emissions reduction.

Under Regional News in the Southern African region, we see Lesotho’s drive towards Renewable Energy in both Solar & Hydropower. In regards to Solar Energy, Lesotho has secured a grant from AfDB to launch 20 MW solar project. Whereas, in regards to Hydropower, the second phase of the R25bn Lesotho Highlands Water Project has been advertised.

Africa has been witnessing an awakening of women involvement in Energy. One organization in particular is seeing the fruition of solar jobs in the lives of under-served women. ‘Solar Sister’, which currently works with women in Uganda, Tanzania, and Nigera, is a women-centered direct sales network bringing clean energy technology to even the most remote parts of rural Africa. Other than this and still under the framework of Women sustainable energy development, Joint Energy and Environments Projects (JEEP) and Conservation and Development Uganda Limited (CODE) will each be awarded a grant of $100,000 to expand their renewable energy enterprises to reach women beneficiaries. This is through the US African Development Foundation (USADF), in collaboration with partners Power Africa and GE, by awarding the winners of the 2017 Women in Energy Challenge in Uganda.

Last but not least The Government of the Republic of Rwanda will host the Seventh African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C7) in partnership with UN Environment, Ministry for Foreign Affairs Iceland, Directorate for International Development Cooperation(MFA-ICEIDA), AUC among others at the Kigali Convention Center in Kigali, Rwanda from 29 October–4 November 2018. The aim of this biennial conference is to promote regional cooperation, as well as create an information exchange platform on the exploration, development, investment and utilization of the geothermal resources in the region.

Find this and many more in this month’s edition of the Africa Renewable Energy E-News!


This features renewable energy developments that are cross-cutting among countries...

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This features Renewable Energy news from different African Regions ..

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This showcases Renewable energy publications from recognized institutions and organizations.

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This features the recent past and upcoming renewable energy events..

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This features energy discussions and personal views on Renewable energy ...

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Renewable Alternative Energy resources from Biogas, Geothermal, Hydropower, Solar and Wind

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