Africa

Africa at the Energy Crossroads: AfDB Finances Historic Renewable Energy Projects in South Africa, Morocco

The African Development Bank and South African state-owned electric utility Eskom signed a $365 million loan package that will help fund two historic renewable energy projects. The AfDB also pledged $498 million for Moroccan solar power projects. Africa, along with all nations around the world, stands at an energy crossroads. The AfDB loans will provide a substantive boost as South Africa and Morocco attempt to transition to clean energy economies that may serve as a model across the continent and beyond.

Geothermal Energy to Meet 30% of Kenya’s Electricity Needs by 2030

With climate change, food and energy security prominent and increasingly urgent concerns in East Africa, Kenya and the regional African Rift Geothermal Development Facility are working to accelerate development of the region’s vast geothermal energy resources, which are estimated to range between 7GW and 10GW in Kenya alone. Nineteen companies just submitted bids to Kenya’s Geothermal Development Co. to develop eight 100MW geothermal power plants in the country’s northwest. The government anticipates that geothermal power will supply 30% of the country’s 15,000MW in additional generation capacity over the next 20 years.

Solar-Powered Irrigation Increases Vegetable Intake by 500% in Rural Africa

[social_buttons] According to a new study, solar-powered irrigation systems have significantly enhanced both the household incomes and the nutritional intake of villagers in sub-Saharan Africa. “Significant fractions of sub-Saharan Africa’s population are considered food insecure,” wrote Jennifer Burney, a scholar with the Program on Food Security and the Environment and … [continued]