Cape Verde's goal is 100% renewable energy by 2025. Why it may just do it.

Cape Verde's goal is 100% renewable energy by 2025. Why it may just do it.

Cape Verde, the small island archipelago nation off Africa’s northwest coast, has set itself a very bold renewable energy target. As part of its “sustainable energy for all” agenda, it has pledged to obtain 100% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025.

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In this issue: Some good ideas for solar energy in borehole pumps

In this issue: Some good ideas for solar energy in borehole pumps

The debate that rages around alternative energy, especially solar energy, demands that we make informed decisions before allocating substantial amounts of cash to panels and control equipment. Our feature article offers some intriguing ideas based on experience in India, another developing economy. Many of the lessons learned and ideas put forward in the article are relevant to Southern Africa and other developing economies.

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Protecting groundwater on solar energy projects

As South Africa starts drawing on solar energy to meet growing electricity demand, it is pioneering the best ways of responsibly managing the groundwater impact of these vital projects. SRK’s Sheila Imrie, principal hydrogeologist and numerical groundwater modeller, and Des Visser, associate partner and principal hydrogeologist discuss a best practice approach.

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Sunshine: India’s new cash crop

Solar power has brought some really attractive possibilities to the fore for the groundwater industry in Southern Africa. And so, when I came across this article on solar powered groundwater pumps in India, I was very intrigued. As a developing country, India shares many of our problems and opportunities. I think there are some excellent lessons we can draw from their experience. Editor

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