$5 Billion For Energy In Africa

The World Bank Group has committed $5 billion for energy projects in six African countries as part of US President Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative.
The six beneficiary countries - Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania -  will receive  support in the way of  direct financing, investment guarantees and advisory services.
"We think that the U.S. Power Africa initiative will play an extremely important role in achieving the goal of providing electricity for Africa," said World Bank Group President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim.
"The U.S. Government and the World Bank Group are working now on specific tasks and milestones which could help to achieve one quarter of Power Africa's goal of generating 10,000 megawatts of new power in Sub Saharan Africa."
Africa has some of the world’s most significant hydropower, geothermal, wind and solar potential, as well as oil and natural gas reserves; yet 600 million Africans have no access to electricity - one in three people. The lack of reliable electricity also impacts on 10 million small and medium-sized businesses. MORE


Solar Powered Smart Toilet

The emergency Sanitation Operation System (eSOS) is a solar powered toilet for use in area experiencing the aftermath of a disaster.
Poor sanitation can often kill as many people as the disaster itself and it becomes a particularly pressing issue when people are concentrated into temporary camps during the recovery process. Temporary latrine facilities can also be responsible for pathogens spreading through flooding or a high groundwater table.
Developed by UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in collaboration with other groups and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project, SaniUP, the eSOS system is a lightweight unit that is easy to deploy in a disaster zone. Disassembled, the entire system can fit on a fit onto a 120 x 80 cm pallet. MORE


Cigarette Butts A Commodity?

For those of use who have walked along a beautiful beach and enjoyed the warm water upon our feet only to have the moment utterly destroyed when we come upon a slew of cigarette butts in our path, there may be some good news in possibly curbing such horrible pollution. News out of Seoul, South Korea just may make cigarette butts a commodity in helping build, of all things, electric cars!

SEOUL, South Korea, August 6, 2014 (ENS) – How can used cigarette butts contribute to the development of superior electric vehicles? South Korean researchers have found a way.

Five scientists

USA's 1st Project To Build A Micro-Grid Powered By  Solar & Battery Back-Up

The Stafford Hill Solar Farm is the USA's first project to build a micro-grid powered by solar and battery back-up, with no other fuel source.
Green Mountain Power (GMP) began construction on Stafford Hill earlier this week. The facility will incorporate 7,700 solar panels with a total of 2 MW capacity - enough to power hundreds of homes.
The solar farm's stand-out feature is 4MWh of battery storage. The project will be developed in such a way that it can be entirely disconnected from the mains grid and providing critical power for an emergency shelter at the high school.
"As part of our commitment to provide reliable, clean and cost-effective power to customers, GMP recognizes

Hawaii Funding Up To $50 Million
For Zero-Waste Project

Special purpose revenue bonds of up to USD$50 million for BioTork.

The State of Hawaii recently passed legislation to assist in funding a zero-waste project that converts crops, crop residues, dedicated energy crops, and agricultural waste into economically and environmentally sustainable biofuels and value-added co-products. Hawaiis Department of Budget and Finance is now authorized, with the approval of Governor Neil Abercrombie, to issue special purpose revenue bonds in an amount not to exceed $50,000,000 for the purpose of planning, permitting, design, construction, equipping, and operating BioTork Hawaii LLC's commercial facilities. 


Description:  "The Never Ending Oil Spill, 

Can They Be Cleaned?”

Our quest for domestic oil and gas, in so many ways a bonanza to our domestic economy, comes, as we know, with steep risk.  Too often, from Valdez to the incredible Gulf of Mexico, we have seen the results.

Today we welcome to ReNewable Now Sara Gonzalez-Rothi from National Wildlife Federation as we try to explore this complicated and emotional issue and try to bring balanced reporting to the specifics of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and explain for you, as best we can, what happened, who is responsible, who will pay for restoration and how much--a staggering number--that restoration will costs.

We grapple with the over riding concern:  Can we ever truly clean up a spill?

Join us and see what you think.  All the while ponder this as well:  If we do fully restore, than what options do we have in trying to remove the mountains of plastic equally choking off our oceans? MORE