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Maina Waruru

Crowdfunded solar panels aim to supercharge business in Africa

Oct 15 2018

KISII, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Like many small-scale farmers in densely populated Kisii County in western Kenya, James and Janet Torori long depended on bananas, maize and a single dairy cow for food and income.

FEATURE-As drought saps hydropower, steam may keep Kenya boiling along

Apr 20 2018

NAIROBI, April 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In February, Kenyans awoke to news that has become an annual ritual: Authorities were considering temporarily shutting down hydropower dams, the country’s largest source of electricity.

'Consistently cheaper' clean energy set to connect world's poor: power experts

Jan 26 2018

ABU DHABI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With the costs of creating electricity from solar power and wind continuing to fall, electricity from renewable energy will soon be “consistently cheaper” than electricity from fossil fuels, according to the head of the world’s renewable energy agency.

Hit by wild weather, Africa moves to modernize its forecasting

Dec 14 2017

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After five years of poor rains, Mcharo Mwanyumba, a farmer in southeast Kenya, was looking forward to a bumper harvest of maize and millet from his 6-acre (2.4-hectare) plot this August.

Can crowd funding help scale up solar power for Africa's poor?

Apr 26 2017

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Ronald Van Harten arrived in Kenya from the Netherlands in 2015 he was determined to invest in solar-powered equipment for homes across Africa, make a profit and help the rural poor get energy.

Biofuels could cut transport emissions – but food may be at risk

Mar 02 2017

ABU DHABI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Growing use of electric vehicles around the world is helping lower climate changing emissions, but some means of transport will be hard to electrify, particularly air travel and shipping, energy experts say.

Solar-powered Africa “never more possible and less expensive:" energy chief

Feb 20 2017

ABU DHABI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A “solar revolution” is coming to Africa, comparable in scale and importance to the rapid surge in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago, predicts the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Taste of solar power builds appetite for more in Kenya, survey finds

Oct 31 2016

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fuel-seller Nancy Kaisa has for years used solar power to light her premises at the Entasopia shopping center in Kajiado, in southern Kenya. But recently she’s started using energy from a solar mini-grid system to operate her fuel pumps and meet her other energy needs, ditching her diesel generator.

As prices plunge, Africa surges into clean, cheap solar energy

Oct 11 2016

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Until almost two years ago, James Mbugua, a farmer living in Karai, a village on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital, relied on kerosene to light his house, and a car battery to power his television so he wouldn't miss the news.

To arm against drought, Kenya maps its water resources

Oct 30 2015

MWEA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After inheriting land from his father 20 years ago, George Kinyua did the same as thousands of other local farmers: he grew rice using water from canals.

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