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Published: 17 Jan 2020 15:55

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Africa: African Development Bank sponsored Off-Grid Energy Access Fund reaches final equity close with partner contributions

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, January 10, 2020/APO Group/ -- The Facility for Energy Inclusion’s Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF) has reached a final equity close with $59 million in committed equity capital and $36 million debt ...

Source: Africa Newsroom (10 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Egypt: A positive outlook for renewable energy investments in Egypt

Egypt has come a long way in electricity generation from renewable resources. The outlook for the renewable energy is "very positive" with more new investments in the sector are expected, says former head of the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) Mohamed Salah Al-Sobky.

Source: Masress (15 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Kenya: Kenya Meets Renewable Energy Generation Target, Should Now Shift Focus To Accelerating EV ...

These two power plants have helped push renewable energy generation's ... Africa in the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) solar installations market.

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Nigeria:  Clean Energy the Obvious Solution to Nigeria Power Woes

Lagos — Experts have advised Nigeria to adopt clean energy to address power shortages and the absence of electrification in most rural areas in the West African country. This recommendation by a leading finance house comes amid the lack of electric energy cited for the slowdown of the much-needed industrial take-off Africa's biggest economy and most populous nation ...

Source: CAJ News Agency (10 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Sierra Leone:  The Mano River Union Renewable Energy and Clean Cooking Conference Concludes with the Adoption of the Freetown Declaration Unde

Freetown — The maiden edition of the High-Level Multi-Stakeholder Conference on Renewable Energy and Clean Cooking has successfully ended in Freetown following robust deliberations on the centrality of energy access for socio-economic development, the health and economic benefits of Clean Cooking in the Mano River Union and the continent at large. Participants at ...

Source: Government of Sierra Leone (08 Jan 2020 )  Share

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South Africa: Can South Africa act on its huge 'green fuels' potential?

South Africa needs to seriously start thinking about shifting its energy focus. This is for two reasons. The first is that the country’s important exports – coal and platinum – face potential collapse with the imminent shift of global energy markets. A number of factors are driving ...

Source: IOL Independent (13 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Zimbabwe: Invest in sustainable energy sources, expert tells Zim government

In the face of crippling power shortages in Zimbabwe and neighbouring South Africa, an energy expert has challenged the country to invest in sustainable energy sources to ease the crisis. Dr Kwabena Addo Pambour, an award-winning an expert in energy systems modelling and software development, believes ...

Source: Bulawayo24 News (08 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Africa: Unrealistic price signals and an explosion of tenders hinder African PV

Solar energy is the only way to improve access to electricity in Africa, according to the Bright Perspectives for Solar Power in Africa study published by ...

Source: PV Magazine (13 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Africa: 5 Reasons for investors to heed solar power market growth

Solar has become one of the most cost-competitive and fastest-growing energies in the world writes Invictus Capital, which has launched a solar fund, ...

Source: ESI Africa (13 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Africa: Africa Off Grid Solar Lighting Market Strategies, Manufacturers, Countries, Type and Application ...

The research study on the Africa Off Grid Solar Lighting Market provides a detailed ... BareFoot Power; D Light; Sun Tech; SunnyMoney; BBOXX.

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Africa, Israel: How one impact investor is lighting up Africa with clean and safe energy

It has become a leading solar power operator and financier in Africa, providing customers in rural areas with off-grid solar solutions at affordable prices ...

Source: Times of Israel (10 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Africa, UK:  Liverpool Engineers Help African Nations Shift Towards Clean Energy

London — International Development Minister opens a new engine repair workshop at Clarke Energy and announces extra UK aid to help develop innovative solar products Liverpool engineering company Clarke Energy is helping African businesses reduce carbon emissions thanks to innovative hybrid engines. During a visit to Merseyside today (15th January 2020), ...

Source: PR Newswire (16 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Angola, UK: Aggreko showcases potential for firms to do business in Africa

Glasgow-based Aggreko's work with solar power in Angola has been held up as an example of how British firms can do business in Africa.

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Burkina Faso, Japan: Japan finances electrification through solar energy in Tanghin-Dassouri

An agreement was recently signed between the Japanese ambassador to Burkina Faso, Tamotsu Ikezaki, and the president of the Faso-Japan Solidarity Association, Siaka Guobé. The Japanese side will thus release 75 thousand euros to support the ...

Source: Afrika21 (13 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Cape Verde: Cabo Verde Launches Solar Tender

The government of Cabo Verde launched an international public tender last week for submission of expressions of interest to construct two solar power plants. The plants, to have a capacity of 5 MWs  each, will be located on the islands of Sal and São Vicente, according to the National Directorate for Industry, ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (14 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Egypt, China: China Gezhouba Group to build 500 MW of solar power plants

The Egyptian government plans to install new solar power plants across the country with a cumulative capacity of 500 MW. They will be built by the China Gezhouba Group. With this, Egypt is moving closer to its overall goal of increasing the percentage of renewable energy in the country's energy mix to 42% by 2035 ...

Source: Afrik21 (13 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Egypt: Finishing procedures, resolving renewable energy projects with a capacity of 1350 MW this year

In 2020, the Ministry of Electricity plans to resolve tenders of renewable energy projects with a capacity of 1350 MW, comprising solar energy projects with a capacity of 600 MW in the West Nile via auctions, in addition to two tenders for the construction of two solar and wind stations in the West Nile with a capacity of 450 MW. (function(){var ...

Source: Masress (15 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Kenya: Kenya's Garissa Solar Power Plant Online

China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Co-operation has completed construction of the $128.5 million 50 MWp Garissa Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant in Kenya. The plant consists of 200,000 solar panels connected to inverters and installed on an area of 85 hectares.   The Kenya Rural ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (08 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Malawi: CSOs want Phanes Energy Company probed over PPA with Escom

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under the banner of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)  has called for investigations into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that Escom has entered into with intoDubai-based Phanes Energy to manage  the Nkhotakota Solar Power Plant, to add 21 megawatts to the national grid through solar power. Trapence: Issue amicably resolved ...

Source: Nyasa Times (09 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Mali: Trafigura invests in Malian sunshine

Trafigura has made its first investment in solar power in Africa, via PASH Global, buying a stake in a Malian project. PASH has acquired a 49.9% stake ...

Source: Energy Voice (15 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Mauritius, Ghana, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire: AFRICA: Filatex to supply 150 MWp of solar energy in four countries

The 2020 strategy of Filatex Energie, a subsidiary of the Filatex Group, has just been unveiled. The real estate group, whose head office is located in the Ankadimbahoaka district of Tananarive, plans to extend its energy branch on the African continent. In concrete terms, the company, which employs 15,000 people, will settle in Mauritius, Ghana, Guinea and the Ivory Coast

Source: Afrik21 (07 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Morocco, UK: Trade Minister hails lasting partnership with Morocco ahead of UK-Africa Investment Summit

The UK has widely recognised and respected expertise in renewable energy, and its experienced solar industry has great potential for collaboration ...

Source: Gov.UK (10 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Mozambique, Portugal: Portugal’s Efacec hired to build a solar plant in Mozambique

Portuguese company Efacec has been hired by Mozambican power company Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) and Neoen, a French renewables company, to build and operate a solar plant, Central Solar Fotovoltaica de Metoro, in Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique, the Portuguese company said in a statement released ...

Source: Macauhub (16 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria:  How N146m Solar Grid Powers Torankawa Village for 1 Year

One year since a N146m 60 kilowatts (kw) grid-connected solar power plant in Torankawa community of Sokoto State was commissioned, residents say they have had sustained power supply. Torankawa, with a population of about 9,000 was thrown into darkness for almost seven years until 2019 which came with a sunny side for them. The pilot project, commissioned February 12 ...

Source: Daily Trust (07 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Senegal: A Billboard-topping rapper is building a 'crypto city' in Africa

Akon has been a renewable energy advocate and set up the Akon Lighting Africa project in 2014 which provides solar electricity in 18 countries in ...

Source: Micky (16 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Seychelles: solar4africa - Quadran International wins Seychelles tender for large-scale floating PV with bid of $0.095/kWh

The 4 MW plant will be deployed in Lagoon le Rocher on Mahé Island. Construction will likely begin in the second quarter of this year, while details of the 25-year power purchase agreement should be finalized by the end of March. The Seychelles Energy Commission has announced that Quadran (Seychelles) Ltd., the local unit of French renewable energy company Quadran ...

Source: solar4Africa (News) (12 Jan 2020 )  Share

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South Africa: Why solar energy’s prospects look bright for 2020

JOHANNESBURG – The global energy transition is the transformation of the world’s energy supply, away from polluting sources such as coal, oil and gas, and towards renewables. We see this as a $120 trillion investment opportunity over the next 30 years. The driving forces behind this transformation include ...

Source: IOL Independent (15 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Togo, Abu Dhabi: Méga projet solaire signé à Abou-Dhabi

En marge de l’assemblée générale de l'Agence internationale des énergies renouvelables (Irena) qui se tient dimanche à Abu Dhabi, le ministre de l’Economie et des Finances, Sani Yaya, a signé un protocole de financement concernant un projet de centrale photovoltaïque à Blitta. Il avait à ses côtés son collègue des Mines et de l’Energie, Marc Ably ...Translate

Source: Republic of Togo (Economy) (12 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Togo: ADFD approves $15 million loan for solar photovoltaic project in Blitta

The General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency ... the tune of 11 million dollars by the West African Development Bank (BOAD).

Source: Afrik21 (14 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Togo: Togo Launches Scaling Solar Tender

The Government of Togo – through the Togolese Agency for Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy (Agence Togolaise d’Electrification Rurale et des Energies Renouvelables – AT2ER) – has issued a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFQ) for the design, financing, construction and operation of two ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (09 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Togo: Clean power, CIZO, Kekeli Efficient Power plant, BBOXX: A review of 2019's main highlights in the ...

Togo and AMEA POWER ink MoU to set up a solar plant in Blitta ... its support to the CIZO rural power project, as part of its investment plan in Africa.

Source: Togo First (10 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Tunisia, France: ENGIE / NAREVA consortium will build a 120 MWp solar power plant in Gafsa, Tunisia

PARIS, France, January 15, 2020/APO Group/ -- The consortium led by ENGIE ( and NAREVA has been declared preferred bidder for the construction of the Gafsa photovoltaic power plant, which was launched as an ...

Source: Africa Newsroom (15 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Kenya: Construction of Sh15b wind power project starts, to be ready in 2022

Dubbed Meru County Energy Park, the project is a partnership between Windlab, a global renewable energy provider, and the county government. It is expected to be ready in 2022. The renewable energy project is expected to generate 80 Megawatts (MW), enough to supply electricity to 200,000 households and boost local economy, said a senior official of the company undertaking the project

Source: Standard Digital (17 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania: Sany Heavy to produce 600 MW of wind power in Tanzania

Will Tanzania soon have the largest wind farm on the African continent? This could be possible if the project of the Chinese group Sany Heavy Industries comes to fruition. The group, which specialises in the manufacture of construction machinery, is diversifying its activities, also producing wind turbines. According to our colleagues at Recharge News, Sany Heavy ...

Source: Prepaid Economy (12 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Kenya, UK: Quantum Power's yet to clinch financing of its geothermal plant

The British firm, which has spent six years developing a 35 MW power plant in Kenya, aims to position itself on other geothermal and wind energy projects in the country

Source: Africa Intelligence (13 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Africa:  Sustainable Bioenergy Use - a Clear Path to Biodiversity Regeneration

While renewable energy is advancing rapidly in Africa due to consistent efforts and investment, wood fuel is still largely used on the continent. In addition to being of significant value to African economies, it is the single most important energy source for most households. However, high dependence on biomass, even with the development of improved cookstoves, contributes ...

Source: United Nations Environment Program (10 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Namibia, Germany: Sustainable bush biomass use strengthened: Germany donates over N$ 2 million in vehicles and equipment to Ministry of Agricultur

WINDHOEK, Namibia, January 16, 2020/APO Group/ -- German Ambassador to Namibia, Mr Herbert Beck, officiated a handover ceremony of more than N$ 2 million (approx.127 000.00€) in vehicles and IT office equipment to the Ministry ...

Source: Africa Newsroom (16 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan: Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to finalise Blue Nile dam agreement this month

Washington, Ministers from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed on Wednesday to reconvene in Washington later this month to finalise an agreement on a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile that sparked a diplomatic crisis between Cairo and Addis Ababa. The ministers met in Washington this week and agreed to fill the $4 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in ...

Source: The East African (16 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Kenya: Hydropower training centre in Kilimanjaro ready for launch

By Zephania Ubwani @TheCitizenTz Arusha. After several delays the Kikuletwa Hydropower Training Centre will finally be officially inaugurated on Friday, January17. The facility in Hai District, Kilimanjaro Region will train artisans in electrical and hydropower engineering at Diploma level. The project is a brainchild of the Arusha ...

Source: The Citizen (16 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Kenya: hydro4africa - Hydrobox Wins EDF Pulse Africa Award for most innovative Off-Grid electrification model

The prestigious EDF Pulse Awards, brainchild the leading European utility group EDF, aims to recognise and support African Innovators in finding and developing home grown solutions to African energy challenges. The 3rd edition of the EDF Pulse Africa awards was launched in May 2019 attracting applications from over 530 SME’s spanning 26 African countries. Hydrobox was ...

Source: hydro4Africa (News) (09 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Mozambique: Production of the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric facility in Mozambique, affected by cyclone Idai

The production of electrical energy achieved by the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric dam (HCB) in 2019 amounted to 14,656-gigawatt hours, which represents an increase of 7.3% when compared with production recorded in 2018 of 13,659 gigawatt-hours, the facility’s management company said. The management of HCB also said ...

Source: Macauhub (08 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria: Buhari approves committees for Mambilla power project

Published by Tribune on Mon, 13 Jan 2020 Tribune OnlineBuhari approves committees for Mambilla power project. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the constitution of two committees for the Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project in Taraba State. They are the ...

Source: Tribune Headlines Today (13 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Uganda: Uganda Progresses Large Hydropower

Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development reports that considerable progress has been made in the area of increasing electricity generation capacity through construction of large hydropower plants such as the Isimba Hydropower Plant (183 MW) that was commissioned in March 2019, bringing total installed ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (15 Jan 2020 )  Share

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West Africa, Abu Dhabi: WEST AFRICA: ADFD funds two renewable energy projects

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) is financing two solar and hydropower electrification projects in two West African countries. The UAE ...

Source: Afrik21 (15 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Carbon Capture and Storage

South Africa: South Africa has huge ‘green fuels’ potential. But it needs to act now

...The green hydrogen can then be combined with carbon, captured from existing flue gas or from the air, to make liquid fuels and petrochemicals using Fischer-Tropsch technology. The present Sasol technology relies on coal as the source of carbon and is unsustainable. The possible innovation – which South Africa is in a prime position to exploit – will be to combine green carbon with green hydrogen to make liquid fuel. There are substantial export opportunities for such “green” fuels and petrochemicals. This market could generate export revenue to replace lost revenues from declining coal and platinum exports

Source: The Conversation (09 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Other News

Africa, Switzerland: Targeting energy access in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia

A Swiss impact asset manager, responsAbility, has announced the first close of its new energy access fund. The private debt fund addresses the lack of access to clean power globally with a strong focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia. It is set up as a blended finance structure offering different risk tranches and has received commitments from a number of prominent public and private investors. The Fund is an initiative launched in partnership with AHL Venture Partners, Ashden Trust, Bank of America, Bohemian Impact Investments, Calvert Impact Capital, Clean Technology Fund, EIB, Facebook, FMO, Good Energies Foundation, the government of Luxembourg, IFC, Norfund, OeEB, Shell Foundation, Snowball and UK DFID, among others.

Source: ESI Africa (15 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Burkina Faso, Netherlands: Formation en énergies renouvelables dans les établissements : Les lignes bougent à propos des engagements pris en 2018

L’OCADES Caritas Dédougou, en collaboration avec l’Organisation néerlandaise SNV, a organisé, mercredi 8 janvier 2020 à Koudougou, un atelier de suivi de la feuille de route avec les acteurs de la formation technique et professionnelle pour la promotion de la formation de niveau intermédiaire en énergie renouvelable. Les travaux étaient placés sous auspices du ...Translate

Source: Le Faso (10 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, UK: Alok Sharma heralds green cities of the future on Kenya visit

LONDON, United Kingdom, January 14, 2020/APO Group/ -- International Development Secretary pledges new UK aid to help build green cities across Africa with quality infrastructure; Alok Sharma announces new UK Centre for Cities and ...

Source: Africa Newsroom (14 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Malawi:  Meet the Man Who Has Brought Reliable Power At Likoma and Chizumulu Islands

Hope and expectations for meaningful social and economic livelihoods have been re-ignited among residents of Likoma and Chizumulu Islands following the installation of the modern hybrid power plants. Clifford Kawinga, a youthful entrepreneur and the Chief Executive Officer of Creck Hardware and General Supplies, is the man that has ended an era of persistent power cuts ...

Source: Nyasa Times (15 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Rwanda: Rwanda 2019 Investments Climb to $2.5 Billion on Energy Projects

Rwanda recorded a 23% increase in investments last year, reaching a total of $2.5 billion, according to the East African nation’s development agency. Two-thirds of the projects were in the energy and manufacturing sectors, including $613 million for the Rusizi III hydropower project and $442 million for Gasmeth Energy ...

Source: Financial Post (08 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Sierra Leone, Abu Dhabi: Sierra Leone MPs attend Climate Parliament Summit in Abu Dhabi

The low carbon energy transition in Africa must include accelerating ... meeting focused on the potential for clean cooking with electricity from solar ...

Source: The Sierra Leone Telegraph (15 Jan 2020 )  Share

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