05 Mar '12, 1pm

Clean Energy: When Will Africa See the Light?

Clean Energy: When Will Africa See the Light?

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 that 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 new wind power 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 ...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/03/05/clean-energy-when-wil...

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