Google Believes in South Africa’s Green Technology Industry
In today’s article we are going to talk about the Green Technology in Africa.
In a continent where the majority of people are against each other, and evil is widespread, coming from internal and external factors; it is impossible for me to imagine that, they would have ever thought to achieve something major, as an endorsement from a major user online company, such as Google.
Google believes that the green technology in South Africa is possible; therefore, the company has put money behind it.
Google invested more than <strong>$11 million</strong>, in a solar energy project, which will generate 96 MW of clean energy for residents of South Africa.
The Jasper Power Project
The country’s renewable energy goals will be met, due to The Jasper Power Project. It will also help to create economic opportunities, which will generate long terms jobs.
Investment from other companies, give The Jasper Power Project a total investment of up to more than $260 million.
The financial backing, is coming from U.S. solar power companies, South African renewable energy developers, and South African empowerment investment firms.
This is to no surprise though, because, although is something that most people would not have imagined, people in Africa are actually going back, to the way things used to be, before the industrial revolution took place; and changed life for most of Africans, who lived in rural and urban areas.
The Potential For Economic Growth in South Africa
ue to Green Technology The head of the African Development Bank in Africa, Donald Kaberuka explained that they are planning, to build a good financial system, which works in conjunction with nature and not against it.
By embracing the idea of green technology and its growth, South Africa is moving toward being a better country.
The African continent
Leaders in the African continent are realizing, how much their continent can benefit, from having an economy, which grows exponentially.
Nevertheless, these leaders are also taking into account the environmental impact, which economic growth can bring.
Therefore, South Africa is positioning itself, to benefit from green growth as they grow their economy.
The continent’s ecological carrying capacity, is under a lot of pressure, because most of the continent relies on the soil, to grow the economy.
It is through agriculture that, the continent’s economy is able to grow, for the most part.
One of the main sources of growth of the economy in South Africa, is agriculture; therefore, the people in South Africa, have to be conducive with the environment, if they expect to grow their economy and become an industrialized continent.
South Africa is all about nature, the people, who have lived in the continent, know and understand how important, nature is for wildlife, to be possible in South Africa.
The killing of animals
One must not forget that there are a lot of animals, which are going extinct due to the destruction of the environment, in many parts of South Africa, and the killing of animals themselves; for the sole purpose of human comfort and style.
It is a pressing matter; South African countries need to understand that, it is very important for them to jump on the green technology wagon.
A real chance at defeating poverty
If these South African countries position themselves, to promote green technology, they could benefit from the economic growth, which green technology creates.
It is about time already anyways, South Africa looks like the joke of the world, and Africa is the only continent that is as poor as they are, just like Haiti being the poorest country in the west hemisphere of the world.
It is a shame how there are countries that are enjoying a very large abundance of food, resources and basic needs for people, and other countries, which are not able to meet the needs of their citizens; because of scarcity.
South Africa’s economy needs to grow, and with the new opportunities for economic growth, that green technology creates, South Africa becomes a good candidate, for investors to start what we would call the green technology revolution in South Africa.
Green Technology Initiatives in South Africa
The work on green technology in South Africa is well underway, there are several companies in South South Africa in particular, which are making the case for a green world in the African continent.
Such company is the South Africa Renewable initiatives (SARi), which is a government initiative, which started back in 2010, for the purpose of formulating a good economic strategy, when pursuing South Africa’s renewable ambitions.
The South African Renewable Initiative (SARi)
The South African Renewable Initiative (SARi), was developed by the ministers of trade and industry and Public Enterprises.
It was also integrated as part of the work program, of the Renewable Working Group of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Energy and the Industrial Policy Action Plan Task Team.
The rationale for SARi, is mainly economic development, not just global warming; the South African government plans to grow their economy, by developing local industries and thus creating a new market, while upgrading their export-oriented products.
The SARi also aims to mobilize domestic and international funding, to find and train expertise people in green technology.
South Africa’s green technology
So that South Africa’s green technology, ambitious goals are met and the South African government is able to meet the demand, for more renewable energy.
According to South Africa’s Minister of Energy, Dipuo Peters, the country has a lot of potential for the development of green technology.
Although South Africa has good partnerships, with some international energy companies.
The country is looking at The South African Renewable initiative, as not only a contribution, toward the reduction of greenhouse gas emotion, enhanced energy access and the development of renewable energy, but the South African Renewable initiatives, is also focusing on boosting the development of new green industries, and new green jobs, which will boost the country’s economy.
A country in Africa
A country in Africa, which is making the move toward developing its green technology industry, to meet its power demand growth, is Morocco.
This African country is planning to increase its reliance on renewable energy, the country plans for renewable energy to make up 42% of all power generated in Morocco.
There is, of course, a good reason for this increase, in support to develop green technology and renewable energy in Morocco.
The largest importer of energy in North Africa
Currently, the country is the largest importer of energy in North Africa; therefore, this nation is making conscious efforts to reduce its reliance, on foreign energy and be able to generate its own supply of power.
Morocco; therefore, has invested more than $8.5 billion, in one of the largest and ambitious solar energy program, around the world.
This project will include the building of five locations (Laayoune (Sahara), Bonjour (Western Sahara), Tarfaya (south of Agadir), Ain Beni Mathar (center) and Ouarzazate) that will be able to generate 2 gigawatt of solar energy by year 2020.
Morocco’s annual electricity generation
One-fifth of Morocco’s annual electricity generation will be generated by the first plant, which would be commissioned in 2014 and expected to be completed by 2019.
Ouarzazate will host the world’s largest solar thermal power plant, called the 500MW Phaze-One Solar Power Complex.
The project will cost about €2.3billion Euros and is the first to be implemented under the Moroccan Solar Plan.
In order to meet local demands, the Ourzazate Solar Complex will produce, an estimated output of 1.2 TWh/year; it has a total capacity of 500 MW and will be available to start producing energy, by 2015.
Another plant that will have a major impact on Morocco’s dependency of foreign energy is the Ain Beni Mather Integrated Solar Thermal Combined Cycle Power Station which is one of the most promising solar power projects in Africa.
The project will cost about 200 million Euros, and is being funded by the African Development Bank, The Global Environment Facility and Morocco’s National Electric Authority (One).
This plant is expected to already be in use, as of 2012 and is expected to reach production capacity of 250MW.
Much More Needs to be Done
Investment flows need to be shifted, towards the green growth in middle and low-income economies in places such as Africa.
National and international policies, have to change to help countries with low income economies, receive the financial support they need, to develop and promote green technology and renewable energy; by putting the right policies in place.
In order to encourage development in green technology, foster innovation, correctly price scarce resources, and address failures of market; the right mix of policies must be set in motion in African countries.
African countries could have a competitive edge in a new global market if they manage to develop clean technology, as well as create a market that generates economic growth.
The reason being is that foreign investment is attracted, when a country has the potential of sparking economic growth, in a certain sector.
One example of a foreign investor is Google, Google has targeted the Jasper Power Project, a South African solar plant.
“Back in 2008, South Africa experienced a severe energy shortage, which resulted in blackouts throughout the country and slowed down economic growth,” writes Google energy and sustainability director Rick Needham today on the company blog.
The influence of a green technology industry could bring Africa to the beginning of its development; therefore, I don’t see a reason why African countries should spend a lot of their money on green technology developments.
Focus on putting policies in place
African countries, should focus on putting policies in place, which will manage structural changes, to employment, since a lot of jobs will be destroyed as the green economy is created; however, many other jobs will be created and African countries, should make the transition of UN-skilled labor to skilled labor in terms of green technology.
One of the things, which the government in African countries must improve on, is the agriculture industry.
Since many people, in those countries rely heavily on agriculture as a source of financial support.
Farm innovation therefore, needs to be supported by the governments and the international community, in order to ensure that farmers are using new seeds, better fertilizers and improved plant variety.
The Effort to Make Renewable Energy Accessible in Africa
South Africa is home of The Africa Renewable Energy Access Program (AFREA), this is a program that was made to meet the power demands and energy services in the Sub-Saharan African countries, keeping in mind at the same time to be conducive to the environment.
In 2009 The Africa Renewable Energy Access Program was created with more than US$27 million, from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The Africa Renewable Energy Access Program, is now expanding the access to be reliable and affordable modern energy services.
However, in order for The Africa Renewable Energy Access Program, to be able to deliver the services it offers, it must support the delivery of their services and encourage the innovation in electricity, lightning, and cooking.
The African Renewable Energy Access Program
The Africa Renewable Energy Access Program must also support green growth, for a reliable low carbon and power supply, which is sustainable.
Africa’s future depends on low carbon development, energy efficiency, and climate change adaptation; therefore, it is vital that, The Africa Renewable Access Program, is able to delivers its services so that, support is able to reach competitiveness, employment and business, which supports the green technology industrial revolution in Africa.
People in Africa need to realize their economic potentials and goals, but they need help, they don’t need to be taken care of; however, they do need some support from their government and international investment.
International countries must not also, take advantage of the poorest countries, in the African continent.
The successful renewable energy access is possible, because of the role, which the Africa Renewable Energy Access Program, plays in the enhancement of the capacity of key institutions, such as the government ministries, rural energy agencies (REAs), power utilities, as well as regulators and power pool operators.
Green Technology In Africa’s Future
In Africa’s future, renewable energy will be more accessible; and as a result, community health cares would have access to the much needed energy, which hospitals require to run smoothly.
The continent will also enjoy a plethora of investments, made to their green technology industrial business.
Because for some odd reason, it feels good to participate in Africa’s green technology developments.
People in Africa would be able to enjoy life
People in Africa would be able to enjoy life with electricity all day long, without having to worry about hurting the environment.
Electricity would be cheaper to attain, and it would be possible to accomplish a lot more, during the day and night because of electricity.
A number of jobs would also be created, and there will be stimulation of local industry, and environmental protection contributing, to mitigate the efforts against climate change.
The potentials for new growth in Africa are finally real, I never thought I’d see this day come, when an African country is competing with industrialized countries and is performing fairly good.
At this point however, it is up to the people of Africa to make that future become true.
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