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Africa needs its own version of the vertical farm to feed growing cities

The Netherlands is building its first large-scale commercial vertical indoor farm. It’s expected to serve Europe’s largest supermarket chains with …

The Innovations Making Africa a Leader in Off-Grid Solar

In Africa, roughly 600 million people live without electricity. This glaring lack in gridded power has attracted the attention of various outside companies, many of which to look to the continent to test cutting-edge technical innovations. Now, some African countries have flexible, renewable …

Off-grid

Reports: Off-Grid Solar Will Reach 99 Million Households By 2020; Consumers To Spend $4.7 Billion Annually On Off-Grid Appliances

It's been a big week for reports that will be useful to those working to enable a broad range of off-grid energy solutions for the 1.2 billion people currently lacking access to modern energy.<p>First, today marks the release of the much-anticipated Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2016, published …

Off-grid

In Off-Grid Regions, Cheap Solar Kits Could Spread As Quickly As Mobile Phones

East Africa is exploding with pay-as-you-go solar electricity that takes advantage of the country’s mobile payments infrastructure.<p>It’s easy to get a cheap solar panel in Uganda. You just pay a small deposit via a mobile phone and you can take home the equipment immediately. You install the system …

Selling Solar to Rural Africa is Emerging as a Hot Market

After years of fits and starts, startups and big businesses are finally starting to pay attention to the solar market in rural corners of the …

Pay-as-you-go solar power is bringing electricity to more people in rural East Africa

Tanzania is one of the least electrified countries in Africa. Up to 75% of east Africa’s second largest economy’s lives without power. In rural areas the situation is worse, with only a 4% electrification rate, data from the International Energy Agency shows.<p>At the current rate, analysts say, …

Renewable Energy

How Kenya's M-Kopa Brings Prepaid Solar Power To Rural Africa

Using the pay-as-you-go model popularised by mobile phones, a remarkable Kenyan company, M-Kopa Solar, is providing rent-to-own solar energy products that will help provide cheap solar power to rural homes.<p>The M-Kopa IV Solar Home System includes a solar panel, control unit, three low-energy LED …

Al Gore

Solar startup M-KOPA leapfrogs Africa’s electricity grid

Jake Bright Contributor<p>Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Africa Roundup: Uber says it’s staying, Konga could be epic startup fail<br>• Harley Davidson’s EV debut could electrify the motorcycle industry<p>Across East Africa …

East Africa

This solar-powered TV brings global news to rural Africa

<b>(CNN) —</b> In rural Kenya, people walk for miles in the blistering sun after work just to watch television in the nearest town.<p>At 7pm, in the village restaurants, the music turns off, and the news turns on.<p>In this nation of 45 million people -- where many live without electricity -- only 30% of …

Africa

Zambia plans to have sub-Saharan Africa’s cheapest solar power

<i>This post has been corrected. A previous version of this story incorrectly listed the projected price of electricity generated by the proposed solar projects in Zambian kwacha. The correct figure is in US cents per kilowatt.</i> <i>The headline has also been corrected to reflect that solar power will not</i> …

Renewable Energy

Solar Power Is Freeing Rural Africa From the "Poverty Trap"

A Conversation With Azuri CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth on Energy Poverty and Building the Knowledge Economy<p>Think about this for a minute: Your pocket probably holds the sum total of human knowledge. (That's assuming your smartphone is in there. If you're using it to read this, 10,000 libraries of …

Emerging Markets

New Solar Products To Boost Small Businesses In Africa

As electricity access is one of the most pressing problems for businesses in Africa, a solar energy company – backed by Elon Musk’s SolarCity – is expanding from providing solar kits for homes to offering clever solar power for small businesses.<p>Off Grid Electric, which already has 100,000 customers …

Sub-Saharan Africa

Business ideas, funding help and growth advice

Latest on Startups<p>In February 2017 MVF acquired Startups.co.uk. Here, projects editor Megan Dunsby discusses the business’ evolution and her own …

Quora Question: What We Aren't Saying About Sustainable Food

<i>Quora Questions are part of a partnership between</i> Newsweek <i>and Quora, through which we'll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora</i> …