Niger is not known as a startup hotspot, but one thing it’s got is plenty of sunshine. And in a place where the vast majority of people have no access to electricity, that’s getting people thinking about new business opportunities.
The development of renewable energy is setting new records, with solar power now becoming cheaper than energy from new coal or nuclear plants. China and other players in Asia are making serious inroads into the market.
Germany has a reputation for being a renewable energy leader - but some believe that the nation's long, still and dim winters threaten such green aspirations.
Niger is not known as a company startup hotspot but Yecheou Abdou shows the way with his new solar-powered grain mills. Just one success story launched by the Cipmen startup center in Niamey.
With Africa’s energy demand on the rise, the German government is launching a new initiative aimed at helping citizens in African countries produce their own - by forming German-style energy cooperatives.
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