South Africa green energy project benefits thousands
18 October 2010
A green energy project in South Africa has ensured the right infrastructure has been developed so that 4,000 families can now enjoy safe supplies of heating and lighting.
Those affected by the move are the residents of a township called Khayelitsha and thanks to the Clean Development Mechanism scheme, which was created thanks to the Kyoto Protocol, greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced.
Nodliwa Nozipho is one of the people lucky enough to benefit from the project.
She told Reuters: "I have also seen an improvement in the thermal performance of my house, reducing the need for indoor heating with fuels such as paraffin."
Ms Nozipho observed damp and condensation had been a real problem in their dwellings beforehand, as respiratory illnesses were common.
Renewable energy was one of the topics up for discussion at the recent Seventh African Development Forum, with African Development Bank president Donald Kaberuka due to speak on the issue.