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Can African nations springboard past the US, China and Europe in the quest to deploy renewable energy technologies? Writing for Nature, environmental journalist Erica Gies explores the question and discovers that some African nations, including Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa, are ready to do just that. But if Africa is going to go green, it will need large investments and a reliable power grid to get electricity into customers’ homes. getAbstract recommends this analysis to environmentalists and investors.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why Africa wants to ramp up energy production,
  • Why the continent is scoping out renewable energy and
  • How a mix of “power delivery options” could help get green energy into homes.
 

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Erica Gies is a freelance journalist. She’s been covering science and environment issues for more than 14 years.

 

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Africa could become the global leader for green energy. Experts predict that the continent’s population will quadruple by 2100, and people will need energy. To meet the growing power need, some African countries are eyeing renewable resources like wind and solar. For example, take Morocco: The country recently opened a Sahara Desert facility equipped with 500,000 parabolic mirrors to capture solar energy and by 2020 wants to generate “42% of its electricity from renewable sources.” Commitments by Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa to cultivate green energy sources have experts wondering if Africa will skip the “environmentally destructive practices” that preceded cleaner energy in other nations.


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