Africa to spend more than $180bn on oil and gas by 2025

Nigeria is expected to lead the way with $47.2bn of capital expenditure

Plans for 10GW of solar power systems in Africa

The African Development Bank’s ‘Desert to Power’ initiative hopes to provide electricity to 250 million people

Green groups team up for Kenya’s low carbon buildings

A green bonds organisation and an African sustainable building group have agreed to work together to stimulate the take-up of certified low carbon buildings in Kenya. The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) and Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) say the buildings could be eligible for the use of proceeds of green bonds. The organisations say the […]

African nation Togo renewable with $4m funding

The Government of Togo’s energy access initiative has received a $4 million (£2.9m) funding boost from a local bank. Union Togolaise de Banque (UTB) will provide the finance to utility BBOXX as part of the ‘CIZO’ initiative, which aims to bring renewable electricity to more than two million of the country’s people by 2022. The […]

Agreement to make Africa pollution-free reaffirmed

A number of parties have reaffirmed their commitment to make Africa a pollution-free continent through the Bamako Convention. More than 35 countries, experts, private sector groups, civil society organisations and regional economic bodies participated in the three-day Conference of the Parties to the Bamako Convention earlier this month. They committed to secure the total ban […]

Girls rule the world – especially in African solar

Women are leading the off-grid solar energy revolution in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. That’s according to decentralised solar equipment producer Fenix, which says although women only buy around a fifth of its kits, they often recommend the product to more new clients and spread the world about the electricity resource more than men do. […]

Insurance scheme to protect poor from climate risks

A new insurance scheme to help poor people in Asia and Africa deal with the challenges arising from climate disasters has been launched. It is expected to meet nearly 1% of the ambitious goal of the G7 countries to increase access for around 400 million uninsured people in developing nations to insurance products. The African […]

Africa’s first waste-to-energy plant in Ethiopia

Africa’s first ever waste-to-energy plant is being built in Ethiopia. The Reppie facility, which is due to start operating in January 2018, will process 1,400 tons of waste every day – that’s roughly 80% of the city’s rubbish. It will supply the capital city of Addis Ababa with 30% of its household electricity needs and […]

French utility ENGIE buys solar provider in Africa

French utility ENGIE is buying a company that provides solar power in Africa. Fenix International employs more than 350 people and has its main activities in Uganda. Its flagship product, ReadyPay Power, provides lighting, phone charging and power for TVs and radios using solar power and is offered on a lease-to-own basis so off-grid customers […]

Six more nations join International Solar Alliance

Six more countries have signed agreements to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA). Five African nations – Djibouti, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, Ghana and Comros – join other nations who signed the pact in November last year. A tiny island, Nauru, which has a population of just above 10,000, also submitted its instrument of ratification. The […]