World Bank to fund biomass projects in nine African countries.

By bne IntelliNews December 3, 2010
Nine African countries will benefit from a World Bank funded project that seeks to promote commercialization and efficient use of biomass-based energy for cooking, lighting and powering machines, Business Daily reported. The initiative, which has a budget of USD 3.5mn, will focus on ten projects in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Benin, Gambia, South Africa and Mozambique. Biomass fuels such as charcoal and firewood are the predominant energy source for Sub-Saharan Africa, accounting for 81% of the overall energy consumption, the paper said.

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