Make: Africa to reach 30GW wind capacity by 2027
Africa is set to reach 30GW in installed wind capacity by 2027, marking a significant increase over a decade from last year’s capacity of 5GW.
These figures are according to an analysis by Make in a report called ‘Africa Wind Power Market Outlook’, which states the growth will be led by Egypt, Morocco and South Africa, which currently make up around 85% of installed energy capacity in Africa.
Growth is also expected to come from Ethiopia, Kenya and Tunisia, which will amount to 5GW over the next decade. Around 20 smaller markets will be responsible for adding a further 5GW, including Ghana, Senegal and Tanzania.
The three leading markets (Egypt, Morocco and South Africa) will still contribute about 66% of overall growth. Indeed, the government of South Africa recently finished signing 27 new power purchase agreements for some 2.3GW of renewable energy, which had previously been delayed after tendering, Wind Power Monthly has reported.
According to Make, the key emerging countries “have been striving to translate their ambitious wind power capacity targets into actual market development due partially to imperfect regulatory frameworks”.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.