Solar Power Investments Can Boost Senegal, UN Says

The United Nations urged the Senegalese government to switch to solar energy as such move can reduce the country’s long-term power costs and enable it to draw development assistance from the U.N.-arranged Clean Development Mechanism. “If you reduce these [fuel] oil import costs, it will do a tremendous amount to save money for government investment in schools, hospitals and other development activities to help the poor,” said Nick Nuttall, spokesperson for the U.N. Environment Program in Nairobi. (“SENEGAL: Going solar could help poor” - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Integrated Regional Information Networks, Oct. 8, 2008)

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