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Tax increase expected in 2017 for British companies with on-site solar power

Tax increase expected in 2017 for British companies with on-site solar power

British companies who self-sufficiently produce their required power with their own solar rooftops may soon be at a disadvantage, as new tax regulations are planned for 2017 that are expected to increase costs and reduce the return of investment.

In Algeria, a new Program for the Development of Renewable Energy

In Algeria, a new Program for the Development of Renewable Energy

Algeria was the very first country in Africa to apply a Feed-in Tariff scheme for renewable energy. In August 2004, a national program for the promotion of renewable energy was launched: it obliges Sonelgaz, the national public energy operator, to buy energy from renewable sources through a commercial contract. However, this policy failed: it did not lead to any renewable power plant construction.

South Africa, market leader in Africa

South Africa, market leader in Africa

South Africa is the main electricity producer in Africa (and the 17th worldwide) with 256 TWh generated in 2013. Currently, more than 90% of its electricity is generated using coal, whose reserves amount to 30 billion tons (end 2014). This ranks the country among the top ten in the world and in top position in Africa. The production of electricity from coal-power stations is highly polluting (40% of greenhouse gas of the continent comes from South Africa), hence, the government showed in the 2000s a strong willingness to reduce its CO2 emission and to develop a local renewable energy production.

The dynamic solar market in Ghana

Ghana is a major energy producer in West Africa. Its oil and gas reserves are high, especially compared to the size of its territory. Several Hydroelectric plants (Dams of Akosombo, Kpong, etc.) and many other smaller built on the rivers of Oti and White Volta produce a great amount of electricity. The large volume generated and the diversity of its energy sources ensure the sustainability of the Ghanaian electricity sector, and therefore the improvement of the supply of energy to the households and to the industry. In light of those facts, why is the solar sector in Ghana promising, and why do many companies develop solar plants in Ghana?

The growing solar market in Egypt

The growing solar market in Egypt

Oil and gas are currently the two most important energy resources in Egypt. Consequently, the main source of energy of the country consists of the transformation of these fossil fuels through thermal power stations, which represents around 94% of electric production in the country (in 2013). The rest is shared between hydroelectric, solar and wind power plants.

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