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Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 2: Solving Africa's energy crisis

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This is the second episode of Cassava Tech Talks, a sponsored podcast series powered by Connecting Africa.

Africa has some of the world's best conditions for generating renewable energy and yet around 43% of Africans still don’t have access to electricity. On this podcast, we talk about how Africa needs to approach its growing power demand and how distributed energy could be the solution.

Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert is joined by Norman Moyo, CEO of Distributed Power Africa, and Patrick Prestele, consultant at Frost & Sullivan.

Here are a few topics we covered:

  • Defining what distributed energy is and how it can help alleviate Africa's energy crisis. (01:16)
  • Africa's electricity supply constraints and how technologies like solar and wind energy are growing in popularity. (03:00)
  • Innovations in renewable energy and how costs have come down. (6:30)
  • The challenges that African countries face when it comes to energy production and efficiency, and examples of energy projects that have worked in other regions. (11:30)
  • The most significant barriers to adopting distributed energy solutions – including lack of awareness, funding and regulation. (16:00)
  • The role that governments play in improving adoption of renewable energy through regulation and incentives to lower prices. (22:14)
  • The importance of data centers and how renewable energy can help change them from energy consumers to energy savers (26:15)
  • The opportunity for job creation in the renewable energy sector. (32:10)
  • Why you should "never waste a good crisis" and how to use the energy crisis as an opportunity for growth and innovation. (34:30)

    The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts; Spotify; Google Podcasts or find other podcast platform options on our main page on Spotify for Podcasters.

    This podcast is sponsored by Cassava Technologies.

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    — Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

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