According to a new report, developing countries face many power systems challenges that will drive significant infrastructure investments and policy regulations. Enabling the flexibility of electric vehicles and their widespread deployment can be an instrument in addressing challenges while providing long-term technological and economic benefits.
Electric motorcycle industry in sub-Saharan Africa faces three major obstacles: Over 90% of sold units are imports from China and India which are often unsuited to African conditions; the region’s 48% baseline electricity access is insufficient for a reliable charging network; and early-stage African startups lack high-quality storage technology.
E3 Capital and Lion’s Head Global Partners have announced a first close for the E3 Low Carbon Economy Fund for Africa (“E3LCEF”) at $48.1 million. The early-stage venture fund will focus on investing in next-generation low-carbon entrepreneurs in Africa scaling new technologies and business models enabled by the low carbon economy.
Schneider Electric announced it has released EcoStruxure Microgrid Flex, a standardized microgrid solution designed to significantly reduce project timeline across the journey, delivering a greater return on investment for the system.
Grid resilience is an important factor for an evolving grid – continued investment in this space and the push towards grid modernisation will mitigate operational costs. To address challenges faced by the power grid, industry leaders Siemens, Albireo Energy, and ABB are increase the use of smart and microgrid capabilities.
The joint report by the African Private Capital Association (AVCA) in partnership with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change draws on public and private sector expertise to examine the current state of climate financing on the continent. It then presents recommendations for governments and private sector.
Leading obstacles to the adoption of renewable energy in West African countries include lack of awareness, limited technical competence and limited investment, among others. These were highlighted by recently in research “that reflects on the barriers of renewable energy and climate change policies in parts of West Africa.”
A partnership between the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and the Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) aims to mobilise funding to accelerate access to clean cooking in sub-Saharan Africa. In DRC, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the MCFA programme is expected to provide 3 million people with access to clean cooking.

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