eSolar Sets Its Sights on Africa

esloar logoSolar thermal developer eSolar is continuing its rush of deal-making, saying today that it’s inked a partnership with a South African-based energy firm to expand sales operations across the sub-Saharan region of the continent. Under terms of the deal, Johannesburg-based Clean Energy Solutions will exclusively represent and distribute eSolar’s concentrating solar power technology across seven African countries, including the Republic of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Clean Energy Solutions will “work closely” with eSolar and operate eSolarSA, a separate entity responsible for project support and client service in southern Africa, according to a press release.

CEO Bill Gross said in a statement that eSolar is now ready to expand its global footprint and further its goal of making solar energy competitive with fossil fuels. Africa’s abundant sun means it’s well-positioned to embrace solar power. The South African government has set the goal of providing 10,000 GWh of electricity from renewable sources by 2013 (although that power could come from technologies other than solar, such as biomass).
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Ericsson Unveils Wind-Powered Cell Tower

Swedish telecommunications provider Ericsson is putting some wind power into it network with a new wind-power radio communications tower unveiled today. The wind-powered Tower Tube uses a vertical-axis turbine from Vertical Wind AB to help power the radio base stations and antennas.