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Can Africa Put Its Bet on Solar Energy to Support Its Economic Growth?

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Solar energy - African economies' secret weapon. This was the headline of an article published in CNN earlier this year. It reinforced the recent global consensus on Africa that this region which receives generous quantities of sunlight throughout the

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Ljiljana Milic (115)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 5:52 am
In Peru they have succeeded with projects with solar energy, this also seams promising.
Thank you Cher.

Kit B (276)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 7:01 am

Sure Africa can use solar and in some areas solar and wind for development. Though western companies are hoping they can continue to put pressure on African countries to use coal.

Christeen A (369)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 7:01 am
Yes it can.

Mike M (40)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 7:49 am
Africa would be a prime place for solar but of course the corporations will buy somebody off and sell them death instead

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 7:59 am
yes, endless potential for solar energy over here...........but then there's MONEY - the root of ALL evil, not some, which always gets the better end of the bargain....

Sheila D (194)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 5:55 pm
We can only hope that the leaders will resist the greed and go with the Green...always hopeful here.

Colleen L (3)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 6:31 pm
Mother Nature shines all around the world. Might as well use it to the fullest. Thanks Cher

Robert O (12)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 11:52 pm
Thank you Cher.

Anne F (17)
Friday September 6, 2013, 12:05 am
Good idea. Barefoot Solar is working to install simple systems and train technicians.

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Friday September 6, 2013, 3:49 am

Kerrie G (116)
Friday September 6, 2013, 4:14 am
Noted, thanks.

Sara P (55)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 11:02 am
Africa have a lot of possibilities but unfortunately it's in the hands of bastards and corporation that doesn't care about the environment, animals and humans too :(((

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 5:53 am
From the article:
"Ambitious Energy Investment Projects in other parts of Africa
Many African nations are transforming the continent by tapping the abundance of solar energy, nature has gifted them with. Not only are they trying to provide appropriate and affordable energy for rural electrification within the continent, but are also attracting foreign investment in the projects to boost the African economy.

Africa’s biggest solar PV plant was launched in Mauritiana in April this year, a 15-MW facility that is designed to account for 10% of the country’s energy capacity. Morocco began the first phase of the construction of a 160-MW concentrated solar power technology plant near Ouarzazate. This is a part of the country’s efforts to produce 2,000 MW of solar energy by 2020.
The ambitious $400 million and 155-MW Nzema project has also been announced by the British company Blue Energy in Ghana which is to begin next year."
Good start ! Good News!

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 5:55 am
From the article -- and very true !
" Mr. Garai Makokoro, director of the Energy Technology Institute in Zimbawe told Africa Renewal, “African countries must think outside the box. The sun is free and inexhaustible. Solar technology — photovoltaic panels — converts the sun’s radiation directly into electricity with no pollution or damage to the environment. The panels can generate enough power to run stoves, pump water, light clinics and power televisions. Africa has one of the best climates for this type of energy.”

Africa today stands in a position where it should and must ride the wave of need for renewable energy. Energy was earlier viewed in a different perspective, more as an auxiliary instrument for developing financial stability of a country, but never as a direct agent or facilitator of economic growth. Things have changed today. Energy has become an absolute necessity for economic growth and social development.

Under such circumstances Africa stands to emerge as a superpower of energy hub with its colossal solar energy production potential. "


Ruth R (246)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 6:00 am
Even if individual men, women, and children get a little of their own solar -- a small panel for heating water, a small (PV) solar panel for electricity, or a solar cooker -- then there is a good start !
This is true for Africa -- and for other sunlight filled places around the world -- so let's go have a party makeing small solar in our backyards around the world !
From the article:
"Solar energy – African economies’ secret weapon. This was the headline of an article published in CNN earlier this year. It reinforced the recent global consensus on Africa that this region which receives generous quantities of sunlight throughout the year has become a haven for renewable energy for countries with high energy requirements."
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