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Africa Renewable Energy E-News

June, 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 June came with various highlights more notably in regards to Events featuring Women, Energy and Entrepreneurship. Here we feature the ‘Women’s Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy workshop’ that took place in Libreville, Gabon from 13-14 June 2017 and the ‘Three-day ECOWAS gender and energy workshop’ that opened in Accra, Ghana from 16 – 18 June 2017.

Under Regional News and in the framework of Climate Change, Tarfaya on the southwestern coast of Morocco and home to Africa’s largest onshore wind farm is set to offset 900,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. Crossing to sub-saharan Africa, Nigeria’s climate change effect can be seen in the constant erosion and flooding of the Niger-Delta region of the country, the desertification of the northern region and the drying up of Lake Chad. If actions are not taken to combat climate change, the cost of adaptation will certainly be more than the cost of mitigation.

Similarly under West African Regional News we focus on BURKINA FASO as: (i)World Bank approved a $80 million credit to Burkina Faso for the Electricity Sector Support Project (PASEL) and (ii)Burkina Faso to build $53m solar plant, largest in the Sahel region from European Union grant of 25 million euros and a loan of 22.5 million euros from the French Development Agency (AFD).

In regards to capacity building and technology, various training centers are set to be opened in the region. As for geothermal energy, members of the Steering Comittee of African Geothermal Centre of Excellence paid a visit to Naivasha and Nakuru in Kenya to observe the feasibility of the Kenyan Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) and Geothermal Development Company (GDC) geothermal Training Facilities that will be used for the Interim Project Coordination Unit of the Africa Geothermal Centre of Excellence. The UN Environment Africa office, through its Africa Geothermal Development programme-ARGeo, hosts the Interim Project Coordination Unit till the center is fully established by end of 2018. of the Africa Geothermal Centre of Excellence.
Another thing to note is that the government of the Republic of Korea has unveiled plans to open a training centre for renewable energy technology in Arusha, Tanzania, in a bid to increase energy access in the East African country’s rural areas.

A key aspect to note is the new ‘Resources’ segment that features Biogas, Geothermal, Hydropower, Solar and Wind Energy respective news from across the region. Other interesting news comes from the Publication segment with a new report from Africa Progress Panel titled ELECTRIFYING AFRICA - An in-depth follow-up to the Africa Progress Report 2015. Last but not least catch some upcoming events for the month of July like the 2nd BIOGAS AFRICA FORUM 2017 (20 - 21 July 2017) that seeks to promote the development of the biogas sector in Africa as a solution to their clean energy, clean cooking and waste management needs. Find this and many more in this month’s edition of the Africa Renewable Energy E-News!

RENEWABLE MARKET INTELLIGENCE

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REGIONAL NEWS

This features Renewable Energy news from different African Regions ..

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PUBLICATIONS

This showcases Renewable energy publications from recognized institutions and organizations.

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EVENTS

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

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OPINION PIECE

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

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RESOURCES

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

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