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Renewables will ease, not solve, Africa's energy woes

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Green energy in Africa.


Power firm GSC Energy on February 10 announced it will begin work on a 2.2 billion dollar solar power plant in Cameroon in the second half of 2015. Reflecting a marked uptick in green energy investments, other projects -- such as a new biogas plant in Kenya -- have already begun feeding power directly into national grids, prompting renewed enthusiasm from policymakers.


  • State guarantees for power utilities to keep them afloat is expanding the contingent liabilities, and thus fiscal risks, of many states.
  • 'Green building' approaches will grow in popularity where incentives exist, and may draw on indigenous construction methods.
  • Falling diesel prices will likely drive demand for -- and sales of -- individual generators and partially ease pressure on national grids.

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