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Africa Eco-City 

Africa’s Forbes 30 Under 30: Patrick Ngowi, Helvtic Solar Founder

  For a 28 year-old Tanzanian who has built an $8 million (revenues) solar energy company, Ngowi has a remarkable story.  He is the CEO ofHelvetic Solar Contractors – a Tanzanian company that supplies, installs and maintains solar systems throughout the northern circuit of Tanzania. The company sells everything solar from photovoltaic (a.k.a. “solar”) panels and water heaters to battery banks, generators and back-up units. “The electrification issue was a major one and I just figured out that Tanzanians might be receptive to an alternative energy source,” Ngowi said. Most companies, government…

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Africa Eco-City 

Endangered Smiling Baby Elephant

  The photo above has received thousands of up votes on Reddit, generating comments like, “I haz grass,” and, “The world needs more elephants.” The African elephant is the 3rd largest animal walking the Earth. Their herds wander through 37 countries in Africa. They are easily recognized by their trunks, used for communication and handling objects, as well as their large ears, allowing them to radiate excess heat. It is estimated that probably 1/4-1/3 of the total African elephant population is made up of Forest Elephants. Weighing approximately 6 tons…

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Africa Eco-City 

Africa’s Largest Solar Farm in Ghana

  Blue Energy, the renewable energy firm that installed panels for the successful Westmill Solar Co-operative, has announced plans to build Africa’s largest solar farm. The 155 megawatt (MW) park is set to be located in Ghana and will reportedly cost some $400m (£248m). But upon completion in 2015, the country’s electricity capacity will have increased by 6% as a result and hundreds of locals will have found jobs in areas like construction and maintenance. Work to install the 630,000 panels will begin next year, when the Nzema project will…

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Africa Carbon, Coal, and Ethanol Eco-City Energy Sources 

Africa’s 1st Ethanol Cooking Fuel Plant

  Africa’s first bio-ethanol cooking fuel plant opened in central Mozambique.  Africa’s rapidly emerging middle class are hampered by a lack of choice when it comes to household energy. Over 80% of Africa’s 400 million city-dwellers still rely on charcoal – dirty, environmentally destructive, and a major cause of indoor and outdoor pollution. The price of charcoal has tripled in price the past three years because it is linked to the size of cities, distance to forests, and diesel price to transport it. The cost of charcoal to urban households…

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Africa Energy Sources Solar Energy 

Solar Street Lighting: Is your town next?

  Will your neighborhood be next? A revolutionary way of lighting our streets is by solar street lights. The system of solar street light consists of solar module, LED light source, storage battery and all intelligent controller. The intelligent controller controls the operation of solar street lights by microcomputer control, light control, time control, manual control integration with double output. With easy installation and high stability, there is no need to pave complex wires and the solar street light only requires a cement base and stainless steel screw. Solar street…

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Africa Eco-City Europe 

Desertec EU-MENA

  A network of scientists from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EU-MENA) developed the globally implementable DESERTEC Concept for the Mediterranean region. A long-term objective is to meet a considerable part of electricity demand in MENA countries and to cover about 15 percent of Europe’s energy demand with clean power from deserts by 2050. The idea of the DESERTEC Concept is to generate electricity from renewable sources at the places where they are most abundant. Within 6 hours, deserts receive more energy from the sun than humankind consumes…

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