The UK to provide £56m to a fund to develop energy storage technology in South Africa to help supply secure renewable power in the country.

The money, through the Clean Technology Fund, is for a $500m investment in storage being developed by the World Bank and African Development Bank in partnership with the South African government.

UK government said: “This project, the first of its kind in the region, will use an innovative technology to transform the country’s energy system, supporting South Africa’s long-term commitment to decreasing carbon emissions by developing bold, new renewable technologies – bringing about a climate revolution whilst also enabling the creation of thousands of jobs for young South Africans.” 

The announcement came during Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to Africa, which includes trips to South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.

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