At IRENA’s seventh Assembly, held in Abu Dhabi in January 2017, renewable energy projects from the Marshall Islands, Niger, Seychelles and the Solomon Islands were selected to receive a total of USD 44.5 million in funding through the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility. The Facility is a unique partnership between the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), set up to identify and partially finance promising renewable energy projects in developing countries.
At the Assembly, energy ministers from the four selected countries explained how this partnership will bring about a positive change in their respective countries. Continue reading Ministers: ‘IRENA/ADFD Plays Key Role Advancing Renewables in Developing Countries’
In the rural village of Salémata, located in the Kédougou region of southern Senegal, 10-year old Omar and his parents used to spend money on costly kerosene and low quality solar torches for basic lighting needs in their house. The kerosene and torches did not provide light for the whole evening, making studying at night a challenge for Omar. Omar’s parents then purchased a pay-as-you-go solar system in hopes that it could solve their lighting and energy problems. Since then, Omar is able to complete his homework every night and has improved his performance at school. And when his homework is done, now he can even watch some football games on TV.
The pay-as-you-go system Omar’s family purchased is made by Touba Solar Rama, a company that is supported by an Entrepreneurship Support Facility established by IRENA and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Based at the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering in Burkina Faso, the facility provides advisory assistance to small and medium-sized renewable energy entrepreneurs in West Africa. Continue reading Pay-As-You-Go Solar Systems in Rural Senegal Give Access to Electricity
Ministers and senior officials from government, international organizations, development institutions and civil society gathered at COP22 in Marrakech on Monday to discuss the pathways to meet African climate objectives with renewable energy.
Building on concrete experiences, the high-level event, organized by IRENA and Environnement et Developpement du Tiers-Monde, gathered government representatives, climate finance institutes, development partners and civil society to discuss how African countries can reap the potential of renewable energy through NDC implementation while advancing their national development priorities. The side-event highlighted the key features of tools and climate finance resource to support NDC implementation. Continue reading IRENA Convenes Ministers at COP22 to Address Renewables for Africa
Building a renewable energy future will require new ways of thinking about the transformation of energy systems locally, regionally and globally. During a plenary session at the World Climate Summit on 13 November, held on the sidelines of COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, a diverse panel of speakers discussed the kinds of innovations needed to achieve rapid deployment of renewables – starting now and accelerating deployment through to 2050.
IRENA Director General Adnan Z. Amin introduced the session with the observation that the transformation of the power sector is no longer an issue given that the business case has become so clear and compelling. The greater challenge, he said, lies with finding solutions for transport, heating and cooling, and energy intensive industries. Continue reading Decarbonising the Global Economy: Thinking Differently to Achieve a Renewable Energy Future
One of the sub-themes emerging at this year’s Global Climate Action Agenda Energy Day at COP22, co-organised by IRENA and Sustainable Energy for All, was sustainable transport. Bertrand Piccard, initiator, chairman and pilot of Solar Impulse, the pioneering aircraft that flew around the world powered only by the sun, captured the sentiments of many during the day’s discussions immediately following his participation.
Continue reading [Video] Sustainable Transportation Innovators Speak Out at COP22 Energy Day
Burkina Faso’s economy is heavily reliant on energy imports. In 2013, 92% of the country’s electricity was imported or produced from imported oil and the country’s economy is particularly vulnerable to fluctuations in the price of oil. Burkina Faso is simultaneously facing challenges of energy access, energy security and climate change mitigation.
With no growth in electrification rates over the last few years, less than 5% of the rural population have access to electricity and many schools and hospitals lack supply. Rural communities rely on expensive and harmful kerosene, batteries, and candles to meet their basic energy needs and have no access to electricity to meet these needs or support income generating activities. Continue reading Renewable Energy in Burkina Faso: Improving Living Conditions and Alleviating Poverty
Nearly 600 off-grid renewable energy practitioners and leaders from the public and private sector are gathering in Nairobi, Kenya this weekend for the third International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC). Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and the Alliance for Rural Electrification, the objective of IOREC is to boost electricity access through the development of off-grid renewables. Continue reading International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference Highlights Changing Energy Access Narrative
Africa accounts for just 3% of today’s global power consumption – but the continent’s energy needs are huge. More than 600 million people in Africa do not have access to electricity, and many others face high prices and unreliable supply – often from dirty backup diesel generation. What’s more, energy demand in Africa is predicted to soar 77% by 2030.
Hundreds of actors from the public and private sectors gathered in Addis Ababa last week to tackle this issue. The second annual African Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Summit brought together private, public, national and regional actors to help Africa build a climate-resilient infrastructure through strategic partnerships. Continue reading Sustainable Growth: Boosting Renewables in Africa
The African Union (AU) and IRENA on Friday briefed African energy ministers and other senior officials on outcomes of the Paris climate talks and the need for renewables to address climate change.
Indigenous renewable energy sources could more than match Africa’s fast-growing energy demand without adding to global carbon-dioxide emissions. Off-grid solar, wind and bioenergy installations are also helping to extend modern electricity services across the continent.
Yet renewable energy projects still face challenges in attracting large-scale finance and investment. Continue reading AU Commission, IRENA Call for Coordination on Africa’s Energy Transition
IRENA and the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Power Africa Initiative met on the side lines of the recent Climate Change Conference in Paris and have committed to sustainable development joint initiatives and activities to support developing renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa.
Currently four-fifths of all electricity in Eastern and Southern Africa is generated from carbon-intensive fossil fuels, and as double-digit growth continues across the region, demand for electricity is expected to at least double by 2030. This regional economic growth in Africa can be sustained by pursuing low-emission pathways, scaling up private finance for renewable energy and shifting away from yesterday’s technologies towards tomorrow’s clean and sustainable energy systems. Continue reading IRENA and Power Africa Work Together to Accelerate Renewable Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa