Developing the stand-alone solar product market in the Sahel

first_imgECOWAS will coordinate the project activities with the West African Development Bank, the other implementing agency of the project, which will support the provision of a line of credit with commercial banks operating in the sub-region. Off-grid solar. Source: GOGLA Huge potential for stand-alone solar product market in West and Central Africa “The new financing will help address the important growth in demand for reliable electricity and will help create jobs for the millions of people currently living without an electricity connection or with unreliable supply, as well as for businesses and public institutions who will use modern stand-alone solar systems to improve their living standards and economic activities”. The Project’s geographic scope covers 19 countries in Western and Central Africa, 15 of which are members of ECOWAS (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo), as well as Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad and Mauritania. ROGEAP will support small and innovative business enterprises through solar home systems and make an impact in economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.  This funding complements the $150 million of IDA and $67.2 million CTF approved by the Board in April 2019 for this project. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The World Bank will add $22,5million in additional financing to the Regional Off-Grid Electricity Project to support the development of the stand-alone solar product market in West and Central Africa, with a dedicated effort to include countries from the Sahel region. Through this additional funding and restructuring, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been appointed as a new implementing agency of the project, which will work on developing a regional market and supporting activities for entrepreneurs. It seeks to harmonise policies and standards as well as business procedures to develop a regional market of stand-alone solar products, support entrepreneurs in business acceleration activities, and provide credits and grants for the deployment of stand-alone solar home systems. Have you read?SustainSolar’s mini-grid systems boost electrification ratesEnergy access trends for 2021 Deborah Wetzel, World Bank director of regional integration for sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Northern Africa, said: “Stand-alone solar systems have a large market potential in Western and Central Africa including in the Sahel, but investments in off-grid solutions have lagged behind in the sub-region. The project will support activities to accelerate the deployment of stand-alone solar products, in a sub-region where 50% of the population does not have access to electricity, and where less than 3% of the population uses such innovative technologies. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter TAGSClean Technology FundOff-grid solarsolar powerWEST AFRICAWorld Bank Previous article15 women from 11 countries join GWEC’s leadership programmeNext articleSouth Africa: Transformer manufacturer investigating fire incident Theresa SmithTheresa Smith is a conference producer for Clarion Events Africa. The project is expected to contribute to human capital development by electrifying public health centres and schools which are needed to improve health and education outcomes.  Generation Finance and Policy Have you read?GOGLA’s position on VAT for off-grid solar products in Kenya RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The additional financing to the Regional Off-Grid Electricity Access Project (ROGEAP) is in the form of grants from the International Development Association (IDA) and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF). The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives. It will support job creation, for instance in the farming communities which can use solar water pumps for irrigation, solar milling equipment for product transformation and solar refrigerators to bring products to market. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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Kassav, Marce et Tumpak & First Serenade Band for WCMF 2018

first_img Share Some of the First Serenade Band members (file photo)Kassav, Marce et Tumpak and the First Serenade Band are the three new acts added to the 2018 World Creole Music Festival line up.Acting Events Manager of the WCMF Marva Williams made that announcement at an update on the WCMF Promotion on Wednesday 29 August 2018 at the Prevost Cinemall.Kassav is a band formed in Guadeloupe in 1979 and have produced over 20 albums, with a further 12 solo albums by band members. First Serenade is a local band from Point Mitchel which began in 1984 and renown as one of Dominca’s top band.Marce et Tumpak is a Martinican pop band that uses elements of both traditional and modern music. Their instrumentation includes folk drums like the tibwa and ka, as well as a wooden flute. Kassav in performance on the final night of the Festival 2013 (file photo)Miss William says this year’s World Creole Music Festival is expected to bigger and better post Hurricane Maria. She also welcome patrons and visitors to purchase their tickets early. “This year there will be a free shuttle service to accommodate patrons via coaster or sea,” Miss Wiliams stated.The line for night one is Movado, Kassav, Yemi Alade, Triple Kay International, Klass and the First Serenade Band.The lineup for night two is Machel Montano, Asa Banton, Zouk All Stars, Jean Marc Ferdinand, Orlane, Francky Vincent and Stehane Ravor. While Chronixx, Kes The Band, Sweet, Micky, Mizik A Nou All Stars, Michele Henderson, Elisha Benoit, Martindale Olive, Carlyn XP, Cornel Phillip and The Signal Band will hit the stage on night three. The World Creole Music festival is carded for 26th – 28th October, 2018. 339 Views   2 comments Tweet Sharecenter_img EntertainmentLocalNews Kassav, Marce et Tumpak & First Serenade Band for WCMF 2018 by: Dominica Vibes News – August 29, 2018 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Lae City smash Hekari

first_imgSOCCER BY SABRINA GALATAU and SIMON KESLEP REIGNING champions Lae City FC survived an even contest against arch rivals Hekari United FC and came out victorious with a 1-0 win in the National Soccer League triple header Round 12 main game at the PNG Football Stadium. Lae City FC captain and midfielder Emmanuel Simon along with the support of Jacob Sabua and also a collective team effort kept mounting pressure on Hekari’s defensive line in opening minutes of play. A break through by Ecuadorian Abdias Aguirre Aguirre provided the opportunity for Sabua to find the net after Hekari’s Vito Laloata failed attempt to clear the ball with goalkeeper Ismael Pole rushing out from the goalmouth. The defensive error by the Hekari United saw a reshuffle of backline positions and also the substitution of Laloata by Langarap Samol. Several goalscoring opportunities swayed in both team’s favor, ball possessions equally shared, goal keepers (Hekari – Ismael Pole and Lae City FC Ronald Warison) kept busy while defenders continued to shut down every attacking set plays. Former Lae City FC attacking duo Raymond Gunemba and Nigel Dabinyaba were kept under close surveillance by the defensive efforts of Lae City defenders Alwin Komolong, Philip Steven, Felix Komolong, Thomas Yagum and Emmanuel Airem. “Definitely, we were not relying on any key player who left the club; we did not dwell in the past. Forget everything. I think I now have the best team, I believe in all the players now on the field. We trained hard for this game (against Hekari). Our defense was really tough, we all played and, most importantly we were composed in our transitional plays. Our defense won this game,” said Lae City Coach Bob Morris. The red army also maintained their defensive plays to keep competition’s top goalscorer Stahl Gubag, Abdias and Obert Bika from scoring. The half-time score remained 1-0 in favor of Lae City. The restart of the second stanza saw Hekari rally in a team effort to put pressure on the reigning champions. Lae City took control and stood firm in their defensive format to deny the onslaught attacking plays by Hekari’s Michael Foster, Gunemba, Dabinyaba and Kolu Kepo. Foster had an opportunity to equalize with a header from a crosskick however Warison was quick enough to tap back the ball as Alwin Komolong made a big clearance kick. Lae City held on until the final whistle. “Firstly I am happy with the team even though we lost. For Lae City, they took their chances and they scored the goal through our mistake but I am very proud of the boys. I know we can build from here onwards. It was a really hard two weeks for us, a lot of pressure, stress and allegations on us and I think it is rested now,” said Hekari United FC team manageress Vonnie Eteaki Natto. In the remaining minutes of the second half, Hekari United keeper Pole was booked with a red card for deliberately denying a Lae City player from scoring. Pole was substituted by Chritianus Biasu. Abdias Aguirre Aguirre, Gubag and Bika of Lae City communicated well resulting in a good number of attempts at the target but most went over the crossbar and a few missed. The other two matches played also on Saturday saw Star Mountain FC causing an upset 3-1 win over FC Bougainville while Vitiaz United FC punished the visiting FC Morobe Wawens 3-0. Games in Lae, Kutubu FC 4 defeated Gulf Komara FC 3, Morobe United FC 2 defeated Tusbab Stallions 1. After the weekend’s round, the unofficial competition table has Lae City on 29 points, Vitiaz United 29 with goal differential in favour of Lae City, Hekari United 26, Tusbab Stallions 18, Gulf Komara 13, Star Mountain 12, Morobe Wawens 12, FC Bougainville 11, Morobe United 10 and FC Kutubu 10.last_img read more

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2016 Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour dates finalized

first_imgJAMESTOWN, N.D. ­–­ With Jamestown Speedway officials recently making their announcement to sanction Modifieds weekly beginning in 2016, dates and locations for the 27th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour have been finalized. Opening night for both Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car series will be in Jamestown on Saturday, July 9, at Jamestown Speedway. On Sunday, July 10, the tour heads north to Minot and Nodak Speedway. The series then goes international on Monday, July 11, at Estevan, Sask., Motor Speedway. Night four brings the tour back to North Dakota on Tuesday, July 12 at Williston Basin Speedway. From there, the series heads south to Dickinson and Southwest Speedway on Wednesday, July 13. The series then heads east to Mandan for its traditional Championship Night on Thursday, July 14 at Dacotah Speedway. Still in the works is a post-tour Modified race at Dacotah Speedway called The Legendary on Friday, July 15. This race has a tentative payout of $10,000 to win, making it the highest paid race in North Dakota racing history according to Series Director John Gartner. Winners of the six previous tour features will be guaranteed starting spots in the 50-lap feature. To be eligible to qualify for The Legendary, drivers will have to have entered a minimum of three tour races. Other divisions running during The Legendary are to be announced; all six Dakota Tour features and The Legendary will be 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events. More information is available from Gartner at 701 202-6075.last_img read more

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