DOJO, a US-based early-stage fund that has decided to commit up to $5m to invest in African startups this year. It’ll be making 20 to 50 new investments. 65% of DOJO’s portfolio companies are women or minority-led.

With factors such as inadequate funding hindering the wide-scale deployment of off-grid solar projects in Africa, a new report published by the European Investment Bank (EIB) highlights how these types of market challenges can be addressed.

The European Investment Bank and the International Solar Alliance published a new study outlining solutions to overcome key affordability and investment challenges holding back off-grid solar investment across Africa.

Even as investor interest in the continent strengthens and funding for African startups increases, the reality is that most of it goes to startups led by white people. A longstanding view is that it’s easier for them to raise funds for their projects in Africa, regardless of their experience in the continent or understanding of it.

The Green Climate Fund’s financing is part of an overall $900 million budget whose objective is to scale up the roll-out of mini-grids, solar home systems, and commercial and industrial solar solutions in the program countries.

In June, Huawei introduced its iPowercube-M, iPowercube-S, and iPowercube-P to the Australian market, integrating solar, grid connections, diesel generation and lithium-ion battery storage as part of a “one-stop solution”.

Visitors to the CPRC can search the database by specific product; geography; status, such as those entered into force or under development; and instrument, such as labels or performance and quality standards.

The planet cannot achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and reverse climate change without universal access to clean and cheap electricity by 2030, according to a UN representative.

Digital and the technological innovations that come with it hold the promise of sustainable, connected cities where energy consumption and production are optimal and responsible.

Rather than using batteries to power the fridges through the night, these use direct-drive systems to store coldness. The direct-drive technology works best because it removes the one element that is the most frequent cause of failure in solar refrigerators – the battery.

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