Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Internat'l Rivers blog:

A new blog on Africa's potential for renewable energy ( by
International Rivers' Lori Pottinger) asks, "When Will Africa See the
Light?" It begins:
It was a bright year for renewable energy in many parts of the world,
despite the recession. Global investment in clean energy generation
capacity reached a record high of $260 billion in 2011, according to
Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Investment in solar technology grew by
a third over the previous year. Rooftop PV modules, whose cost has
dropped by 75% in the past three years, accounted for more than half
of solar�s growth.

Wind power didn�t see as much growth, but the news was still good. The
Global Wind Energy Council reported a total of over 41 gigawatts of
new wind power were installed in 2011, an increase of 6%. China led
the way with 18 gigawatts of turbines last year. At least 75 countries
now have wind installations, for a global total of 238 gigawatts. But
one of the world�s most solar-rich places was left behind in this
boom. Africa, which suffers from the world�s worst energy poverty, is
still being left in the dark when it comes to clean renewable energy.

Read the full blog here:

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