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Bujumbura streets illuminated by solar lighting

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More than 95% of the 10 million Burundians do not have access to electricity. The mayor of Bujumbura Fredy Mbonimpa and Gigawatt Global, the pioneer in solar energy, recently signed a partnership for solar public lighting in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi.

Gigawatt Global, a pioneering company in the field of solar energy, is expanding its green energy offer in Africa. Indeed, Bujumbura’s downtown is lit up by an innovative partnership between Mayor Freddy Mbonimpa and Gigawatt Global, a founding member of the “Beyond the Grid” program of the US Power Africa electrification plan. This initiative of the USAID has as principle objective to enable electricity access by adding 60 million new electricity connections and 30,000 MW of new and cleaner power generation.

A month ago, “light islands” began to appear in the busy central bus station and on the nearby market, extending the hours of operation while improving safety. “The City of Bujumbura is very pleased to be working with Gigawatt Global on this important solar street lighting project,” said Mayor Freddy Mbonimpa. “This project will strengthen security and provide opportunities for economic development for the citizens of Bujumbura. All of us in this project have the hope and desire to see this initiative spread throughout the city and to other cities in Burundi in the near future. ”

All the countries in which we develop commercial solar fields will be able to benefit from additional advantages such as light islands and rural electrification through mini-networks.

Gigawatt Global is now considering expanding the program of solar ” light islands ” in the city and other major cities in Burundi. “We are grateful and happy to work with the City of Bujumbura and the Honourable Mayor Freddy Mbonimpa to take this first important step in solar street lighting,” said Michael Fichtenberg, General Manager of Gigawatt Global in Burundi. “We intend to expand the program throughout the capital and other locations as part of our extensive green electrification program in Burundi. Forty “light islands” are planned in the first phase of the program, “added Fichtenberg. “All the countries in which we develop commercial solar fields will be able to benefit from additional advantages such as light islands and rural electrification through mini-networks. ”

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Gigawatt Global, which fully finances its projects, is a pioneer in the field of commercial solar power plants in sub-Saharan Africa, having launched the first power plant in Rwanda in 2014, which currently supplies 6% of the country’s production capacity. It will complete a solar field with a capacity of 7.5 MW in the Gitega region of Burundi in less than 6 months, with a view to supplying 15% of the East African country’s production capacity. Similar projects are being developed in 10 African countries, including Liberia and South Sudan.

Gigawatt Global is honoured to contribute to advancing economic and social development through green energy in Burundi, “said Yosef Abramowitz, CEO of Gigawatt Global. “By expanding our investments in large-scale commercial projects to include off-grid solutions, we hope to have a positive impact on the lives of millions of people in Burundi and throughout Africa and become a green project force across the continent.”

A team of local members executed the project including Patrick Nzintunga, Regional Coordinator of Gigawatt Global, and Deo Hugere, Engineer at Gigawatt Global. The engineering, procurement and construction components of this project were provided by Asantys System. The pilot program is supported by the Energy and Environmental Partnership (“EEP”), an initiative of the British, Austrian and Finnish governments, and the key investment of entrepreneur Alex Goldberg. “In Bujumbura, we have found a place for innovation and economic development.”

Gigawatt Global is also very committed in helping the society by financing some projects under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center at the Polytechnic University of Gitega was fully sponsored and built by Mark Gelfand, one of the company’s investors.

SolarGaps, the solar blind capable of producing energy

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For many of us, energy is an important issue. Whether it is for saving money or protecting the environment, we are trying to do something in one way or another. Solar energy is an easy but often costly and impractical move. Exploiting the light rays entering your home to lighten your electricity bill is the concept of solar panels. And those who have neither the budget nor the possibility of installing them on the roof of their house will soon be able to call on the SolarGaps’ start-up. Zoom on this new ecological and economical home equipment! Read more

Algeria abandons shale gas for renewable energy

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The Algerian government has decided to abandon shale gas and concentrate its energy policy on the development of renewables with a focus on energy efficiency. Read more

Adidas creates swimwear from recycled plastic from the oceans

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Adidas reveals its Parley swimming collection designed with Parley Ocean Plastic. This collaboration has already given rise to soccer jerseys and the first shoes created from marine plastic waste, with the support of Sea Shepherd. Read more

Scotch vats turn into a sustainable village

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Whisky lovers will feel at home in the Findhorn barrels. Manufactured from giant whisky tanks the barrels house a community of 500 residents. Thanks to their commitment to the environment, so that the eco-village has a very low ecological footprint, this community has received attention in recent years.

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Bali: A biologist creates a, so healthy, recyclable bag that you can drink it

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Indonesia is facing the scourge of plastic waste that pollutes the environment. In Bali, to counter this environmental outrage, a young Indonesian entrepreneur has embarked on the production of herbal products.

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Recycled plastic: From beaches to shampoo bottles

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The bottles of Head & Shoulders or Pantene will use more recycled plastic by the end of 2018 in Europe. This summer, the American multinational Procter & Gamble launches in France in limited edition bottles made from plastic waste picked up on beaches. Read more

A “house-greenhouse” in the heart of Rotterdam

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Nowadays, more and more alternative, sustainable and quasi-autonomous habitats are finding their place in urban landscapes. Since June 2015, for a three-year period, the Scholten family has had the chance to “test” one of these houses, thanks to a program initiated by the University of Rotterdam. Read more

Billionaires join hands for green energy to save the planet

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It is only a beginning of a green year ahead. After Google announced it will switch to 100% renewable energy in 2017, American philanthropist Bill Gates is orchestrating a coalition of wealthy donors committed to investing more than a billion dollars in innovative technologies in clean energy to fight global warming.

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What Donald Trump’s victory implies for the energy sector…

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The United States of America has a new president. The unexpected triumph of Donald Trump is certainly not due to his commitment to green issues over his rival Hillary Clinton. But anyway, the next occupant of the White House proposed a plan for an American Energy Renaissance.

In the seventies, the environment was a matter of great significance for a small number of people in the United States. Nowadays, it is of paramount importance for local, regional and national supremacy. So much so, that the two candidates had carefully presented their project. Hillary Clinton had a clear and well defined environmental project and has a competitive edge on her opponent. This was clearly seen in the results where American environmentalists have overwhelmingly voted for the Democratic candidate.

Donald Trump has pledged that he will reduce and eliminate all obstacles to responsible energy production, creating at least half a million jobs per year, 30 billion US dollars higher wages and cheaper energy.

But we must also face the fact that Hillary Clinton has shilly-shallied on some sensitive issues; particularly her past support for fracking, or hydraulic fracturing in the program known as the ‘Global Shale Gas Initiative’.

However, let us render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s. Donald Trump, with his outspokenness, even if he has done some damage like a bull in a china shop, has been more consistent. He did not hesitate to announce that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be dissolved under his Presidency. Donald Trump also announced he will “cancel the Paris climate agreement” and that climate change is “hoax created by and for the Chinese to make the US manufacturing noncompetitive,” at a time when Hillary Clinton has defined climate change as “an urgent threat and challenge of our time.” (Watch video)

Have Americans been seduced by the words of Republican candidate against the Democrat who seemed to have sided too much with the oil and gas industry?

Without fanfare, Donald Trump made his merry way with his energy plan. Exactly; what is up for the grabs with this American energy renaissance plan?

Donald Trump wants to make America ‘absolutely energy independent’ while creating millions of new jobs and protecting clean air and clean water. “We will maintain our natural habitats, our reserves and resources. We will trigger an energy revolution that will bring vast new wealth in our country, “he said. In the process, he intends to impose American dominance in energy as a strategic objective of economic and foreign policy of the United States.

The President-elect also wants to “encourage the use of natural gas and other US energy resources that will both reduce emissions but also reduce the price of energy and increase our economic output.” Donald Trump would also free the 50 trillion US dollars in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, plus hundreds of years in clean coal reserves. This would allow the US to “remain completely independent of any need to import energy from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cartel, or any nation hostile to our interests.”

Donald Trump will approve the construction of the Keystone pipeline in Canada but stressed that “Americans should have some of the profits and this is how the USA will become richer.”

It is expected that Barack Obama’s “job-destroying” decisions will be withdrawn. Donald Trump has pledged that he will reduce and eliminate all obstacles to responsible energy production, creating at least half a million jobs per year, 30 billion US dollars higher wages and cheaper energy.

While the Senate and Congress will all be to his cause, it is expected that Donald Trump will legislate to protect US interests in the environmental and energy fields.

As 9/11 will always remain in the world’s saddest memories, let us hope that 11/9 results are not going to rub salt into a wound that is slow to heal.

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