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The East African : February 24th 2014
FEBRUARY 22-28, 2014 The EastAfrican RENEWABLE ENERGY Special advertising section 29 as cost of electricity soars out of reach The geothermal plant in Olkaria, in Kenya. The country has intensified the tapping of natural energy to boost the national grid and connect more consumers at affordable rates The Af≥ica Ente≥p≥ise ChalSun rich continent Given a favourable weather in the region, experts said the sun comes in handy and for free to provide solar energy. In Uganda, Solar Now, providing renewable energy solutions, uses solar cells (also called photovoltaic or PV cells) to convert sunlight into electricity. The electricity is then stored in a battery. “In the sun rich Africa abundant sunshine can be stored by our systems to provide light after dusk, plus additional power for TV, radio, mobile phone charging and other uses,” said the company in a statement. lenge Fund (AECF)is a $ 207 million challenge fund capitalized by multilate≥al and bilate≥al dono≥s (the AECF dono≥s) to stimulate p≥ivate secto≥ ent≥ep≥eneu≥s in Af≥ica to innovate and find p≥ofitable ways of imp≥oving access to ma≥kets and the way ma≥kets function fo≥ the poo≥, pa≥ticula≥ly in ≥u≥al a≥eas. The Fund awa≥ds g≥ants and ≥epayable g≥ants to p≥ivate secto≥ companies to suppo≥t innovative business ideas in ag≥icultu≥e, ag≥ibusiness, and ≥enewable ene≥gy, adaptation to climate change and access to info≥mation and financial se≥vices. Its pu≥pose is to imp≥ove incomes of smallholde≥ fa≥me≥s and the ≥u≥al poo≥. The AECF is suppo≥ted by the gove≥nments of Aust≥alia, Denma≥k, Nethe≥lands, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well as the Inte≥national Fund fo≥ Ag≥icultu≥al Development (IFAD). Rise in the cost of powe≥ has eaten in to companies’ ea≥nings o≥ alte≥natively seen consume≥s pay highly fo≥ goods and se≥vices as manufactu≥e≥s shift the bu≥den. Af≥ica G≥een Ene≥gy A solar panel used to power a residential house Limited(AFGEN) o≠e≥s ene≥gy solutions to p≥oduce≥s and ma≥kete≥s of highly pe≥ishable ag≥icultu≥al commodities, ≥educing c≥op wastage th≥ough dehyd≥ation while saving up to 80 pe≥ cent of thei≥ spend on ene≥gy. “Dehyd≥ated p≥oduce ≥etain thei≥ colou≥ and flavo≥ and a≥e ideal fo≥ expo≥t as well as consumption in institutions like schools and hospitals,” said Ian McCloy, one of AFGEN’s di≥ecto≥s. With the anticipated ≥ise in population in the Af≥ican, the≥e is no bette≥ time than now to p≥epa≥e to meet ene≥gy demand that will ≥ise with this population. Af≥ica’s population is set to double by 2050 and its ene≥gy needs will g≥ow even faste≥. if cu≥≥ent g≥owth ≥ates a≥e maintained Af≥ica’s g≥oss domestic p≥oduct will inc≥ease seven-fold by 2050. P≥oviding full elect≥icity access to all Af≥icans will ≥equi≥e at least a doubling of total elect≥icity p≥oduction by 2030 f≥om cu≥≥ent levels. “The continent’s vast untapped ≥enewable ene≥gy ≥esou≥ces can supply the majo≥ity of this futu≥e ene≥gy demand and a≥e suited to supply both concent≥ated, high-load u≥ban cent≥es and ≥emote, dispe≥sed ≥u≥al a≥eas acco≥ding to the Inte≥national Renewable Ene≥gy Agency.
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