Renewables in Africa

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Karekezi, S “…surveys (PDF) the dissemination of renewable technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa…and attempts to evaluate the potential for these technologies to meet the energy needs of Africa?s poor…”

In contrast to the industrialized world which is worried by the long-term global environmental impact of current patterns of energy production and use,African countries are largely pre-occupied with the immediate problems of reversing the persistent decline of their centralized power systems as well a meeting the longstanding and pressing demands for a minimum level of modern energy services for the majority of their poor – many of whom have no electricity and continue to rely on inefficient and environmentally hazardous unprocessed biomass fuels.

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Source: Africa Unchained (link opens in a new window)