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Why wind and solar would offer the DRC and South Africa better energy deals than Inga 3

Why wind and solar would offer the DRC and South Africa better energy deals than Inga 3

GRACE C WU, Smith Conservation Fellow, University of California, Santa Barbara RANJIT DESHMUKH, Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara SEVEN years ago the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) proposed the Inga 3 – a 4.8GW hydropower project on the Congo River – with great fanfare. Third, in a series of dams that would form the Grand Inga complex on the Congo river, the project was touted as a solution to southern Africa’s energy deficit woes and a way for the DRC to participate in regional economic development. Seven years later, development of Inga 3 has…
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Solar keeps lights, phones on

Solar keeps lights, phones on

KAGONDU NJAGI WHEN Lucyline Wanja Silas installed a 12-volt solar power unit at her home to help her children study at night, little did she know it would become essential to her and her neighbours in Gakunga village, central Kenya, during the coronavirus pandemic. Wanja, a 48-year-old farmworker, said she had not made any money since the country's lockdown started in March, but the solar photovoltaic (PV) unit she purchased in January means she no longer needs to buy kerosene for lamplight. And she can also help others in her area who are without electricity, either because of faults on power…
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