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Through a collaboration with the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab (RAEL) at the University of California, Berkeley, the Congo Power initiative is exploring how innovative energy solutions can improve livelihoods and resilience across communities in East & Central Africa.
Remote regions of the world such as Alaska, once viewed as disadvantaged due to a lack of conventional grid infrastructure, have proven to be fertile ground for sustainable energy innovation. This innovation flows from challenges associated with providing reliable electricity without the benefit of traditional transmission and distribution systems.
Nigeria’s Minister of State Petroleum Resources said, “It is unacceptable in this modern age that 600 million people in Africa have no access to electricity, and 900 million have no access to clean cooking fuel. Our imminent mission should be to rescue this vast number of our people from this grip of unjustifiable abject energy poverty.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission yesterday relaunched the Regional Off-grid Electricity Access Project (ROGEAP). The focus of the project, according to the Minister of Power Engr Abubakar Aliyu, is to increase access to electricity for households.
The VeraSol team is constantly striving to make its services more efficient and accessible to stakeholders in the off-grid solar sector. To support this, they are seeking feedback to understand how organisations and businesses currently use VeraSol and what they can do to improve their service delivery.
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If donors and development finance institutions (DFIs) continue to pour billions into traditional utilities without mechanisms to ensure improved service, while under-funding minigrids, the grid will remain unstable and minigrid power will be more expensive.
While the number of people with access to modern energy increased to 91 percent in 2020, from 81 percent in 2010, the number of those living without electricity stands at 733 million with another 2.4 billion without access to clean cooking, according to the latest ‘Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report’.
According to Omar Farouk Ibrahim, Secretary-General of the African Petroleum Producers’ Organisation (APPO), it is safer for Africa to rely on fossil fuels to change the living conditions of its people just like today’s developed countries did for over one hundred and fifty until they weaned their countries from energy dependent economic activities
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There is no doubt that globalisation has benefited Africa greatly. This includes job creation, innovation, increased productivity and foreign direct investment. But global value chains are shifting in the wake of the COVID pandemic and Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
It is no surprise that there’s a dearth of funds for carbon-free power in developing countries — these nations get too little investment overall, and that lack of capital is one reason they’re poor. Rich nations can green their own economies all they want. If they don’t provide the funds to repeat the trick around the world, it will all be in vain.

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