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Published: 07 Jan 2020 15:38

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Africa: Green growth: Africa chooses between renewables and fossil fuels | Environment| All topics from climate change to conservation |

Africa emits less than 4% of global CO2 but struggles to provide electricity to half its population. Energy infrastructure built today could have massive impacts on future emissions and living standards. Least responsible for heating the planet, but hardest hit by the extreme weather it has already caused, African countries are ...

Source: Deutche Welle (Top Stories English) (20 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Ghana:  Increase Research Into renewable Energy Solutions - Osafo Maafo Advocates

Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo is advocating increased research into renewable energy solutions to make it affordable for Ghanaians. Arguing that renewable energy is the way to go in reducing the country's energy wage bill, the minister was however concerned that the high cost of renewable energy prevented people from patronising it. "As a country, I think we must ...

Source: Ghanaian Times (19 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Nigeria: Rensource to power Nigerian SME productivity with $20 million funding

Renewable energy company, Rensource, on Wednesday announced it has secured $20 million in Series A equity round. This represents the largest ever funding for a Nigerian renewable energy start-up, the company said in a press release. Since its commercial launch in 2016, the firm has been providing energy and tech-enabled value services to small and medium-sized enterprises. ...

Source: Ventures Africa (18 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Nigeria: Nigeria to adopt standards for renewable energy

The Nigerian National Technical Committee on Electrical and Electronics has recommended 12 systems standards for renewable energy and hybrid systems. The standards according to a statement issued on Saturday by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria were carefully considered and found relevant to the nation’s needs.

Source: Punch (04 Jan 2020 )  Share

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South Africa:  Huge West Coast Wind Project Generates Strongly Opposing Views

The 140MW Boulders Wind Farm will consist of 45 turbines standing 165m high The government is due to announce its decision on a massive new wind energy project on the West Coast within the next two weeks. This is the proposed 140MW Boulders Wind Farm. It will consisting of 45 turbines standing 165m high. The German-owned developer plans to erect it on farmland close ...

Source: GroundUp (18 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Benin: Fenix Bénin (ENGIE) connecte 40 000 ménages à l'énergie solaire en seulement un an

COTONOU, Bénin, 11 décembre 2019/APO Group/ -- Fenix International (, entreprise qui commercialise des systèmes solaires domestiques de nouvelle génération en Afrique, a ...Translate

Source: Africa Newsroom-fr (11 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Burkina Faso, Japan: Électrification rurale : Le Japon soutient la commune de Tanghin-Dassouri

Un contrat d’électrification solaire a été signé entre l’ambassadeur du Japon au Burkina Faso, Tamotsu Ikezaki et l’association Faso-Japon Solidarité représentée par son président Siaka Guobé. D’une valeur officielle de 75.496 euros, cette somme permettra de financer l’électrification par énergie solaire photovoltaïque de plusieurs ...Translate

Source: Le Faso (14 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Burkina Faso: Conseil des ministres : 9 milliards de FCFA pour la construction de 36 complexes scolaires, 23 CSPS et 54 forages

Le conseil des ministres s’est tenu ce vendredi 27 décembre 2019 sous la présidence de SEM Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. Les membres du conseil ont examiné divers dossiers et entendu des communications orales. Selon le porte-parole du gouvernement, Rémis Fulgance Dandjinou, au titre du ministère de la Justice, le conseil a adopté un projet de loi ...Translate

Source: Le Faso (28 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Egypt: Solariz Egypt completes 100 MW solar power plants year-end

Solariz Egypt plans to complete a number of solar power plants at the end of the year, at capacities totaling 100 megawatts, co-founder and managing director said on Sunday.

Source: Masress (23 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Egypt: Major solar park in desert surge starts Egypt’s renewable push

Near the southern Egyptian city of Aswan, a swathe of photovoltaic solar panels spreads over an area of desert so large it is clearly visible from space. They are part of the Benban plant, one of the world’s largest solar parks following completion last month of a second phase of the estimated $2.1 billion development project. Designed to anchor a renewable ...

Source: Amwal Al Ghad (Investment) (19 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Gambia: Nawec tenders Jambur solar PV project

The National Water and Electricity Company (Nawec) invites prequalification bids by 10 February for the design, supply, installation, and operation and maintenance of a solar PV plant with capacity of 15-20MW with battery energy storage at Jambur in the West Coast Region. The project, to be developed within the framework of the Gambia Electricity ...

Source: Africa Energy (Power) (20 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: Schneider Electric installs solar power to school in Vihiga

Leading energy management company, Schneider Electric, has connected Village to Global School in Vihiga County to solar power in a bid to improve the welfare of the community it serves. The initiative is part of Schneider Electric’s commitment to support communities to access energy. Village to Global School ...

Source: Daily Nation News (19 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Malawi: Phanes a achevé la mobilisation financière pour la centrale solaire de Nkhotakota (46 MW)

(Agence Ecofin) - Au Malawi, l’émirati Phanes Group vient de boucler le financement de l’une des premières centrales solaires du pays. Les 67 millions $ nécessaires à la construction de la centrale de Nkhotakota sont désormais mobilisés. L’infrastructure augmentera, à son achèvement, la capacité installée du pays de 46 MW. La centrale est ...Translate

Source: Agence Ecofin (20 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Malawi: UNDP sees mini grids easing Malawi power woes

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says it sees energy mini grids as a solution for Malawi’s energy challenges. Minister Kutsaira inspecting solar pannels before commissioning the project.-Photo by George Pemba, Mana Speaking when the Ministry of Energy, Mining and Natural Resources commissioned Sitolo Solar Minigrid in Mchinji, head of UNDP resilience ...

Source: Nyasa Times (28 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Malawi: Malawi harvests solar to address power shortfalls

from  MAVHUTO BANDA  in Lilongwe, Malawi LILONGWE –  IN region battling its worst epileptic power supplies in recent years, Malawi has taken a lead in tapping to the vast sunshine in the continent to address these problems and subsequently address climate change and accelerate economic development. The optimism follows the beginning of initial site works at one ...

Source: TechnoAfrica (Companies) (30 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Morocco: Azelio’s Verification Project in Morocco Delivers first Electricity

Azelio’s verification project in Morocco has been completed and the first electricity has been produced according to plan: that is, by the end of the year. The verification of Azelio’s solution for the storage and production of sustainable electricity on demand around the clock, is a significant step in the ... During the fourth quarter of 2019, Azelio has prepared its verification project with its strategic partner, the state-owned Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, Masen, at Ouarzazate Solar Power Station (also known as Noor Power Station) in Morocco, one of the world’s biggest

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (31 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Rabat – The ninth "Solaire Expo Maroc," an International Exhibition for solar Energy and energy efficiency, is set to take place in Casablanca between February 25-27, 2020. Solaire Expo is the biggest trade fair for solar energy and energy efficiency in Africa and the Mediterranean region, with more than ...

Source: News United (30 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Mozambique: Mozambican company raises funds to build a solar power plant

Mozambican company Nyiky Group, Lda already has the necessary funding to build a solar power plant in the municipality of Machabje Macia in Gaza province, south of Mozambique, the company’s chairman told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias. Pedro Chamba also said the company had managed to raise ...

Source: Macauhub (26 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Mozambique: Neoen closes finance for 41 MWp project in Metoro, Mozambique

French renewable energy company Neoen today announced financial closure for a 41 MWp photovoiltaic (PV) project in Mozambique. In partnership with Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), Neoen has started construction on the Central Solar Metoro in the north of Mozambique. Works will continue for around 11 months, employing 370 in the process. Commissioning is planned for ...

Source: Club of Mozambique (All News) (19 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Sierra Leone: How two young African solar-power entrepreneurs are lighting up Sierra Leone

Now, two social entrepreneurs are brightening the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in one of Africa’s most energy-deprived nations. Enyonam Nthabiseng Mosia says 87% of Sierra Leone’s 7.65 million people lack access to a reliable grid – 99% of people in rural areas. “If you drive outside the capital Freetown at night, most people are in the ...

Source: Prepaid Economy (28 Dec 2019 )  Share

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South Sudan, Egypt: Elsewedy to develop solar-battery plant

Egypt’s Elsewedy Electric signed a turnkey contract worth $45m with the Ministry of Energy and Dams on 3 December to build a 20MW solar PV plant with a 35MWh battery system. The project will be located in Nesitu County around 20km from Juba on a 250,000m2 site. The African Export-Import Bank will finance the project, which is expected online in 2020. ...

Source: Africa Energy (Renewables) (20 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Togo: Togo Launches Scaling Solar Tender

The Government of Togo – through the Togolese Agency for Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy (Agence Togolaise d’Electrification Rurale et des Energies Renouvelables – AT2ER) – has issued a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFQ) for the design, financing, construction and operation of two ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (24 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Togo:  30.000 foyers seront raccordés à l'énergie propre

La Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD) vient d’accorder un financement partiel de 7 milliards de Fcfa pour la construction  d’une centrale solaire photovoltaïque de puissance 30 MWC à Blitta. La centrale sera opérée par la société AMEA Power, basée à Dubaï. Elle apporte le reste des moyens financiers avec le Fonds d'Abou Dhabi pour le ...Translate

Source: Republic of Togo (Economy) (20 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Tunisia: Eni inaugurates solar plant

Eni Tunisia inaugurated a new 5MWp off-grid solar PV plant at the Adam oil concession in Tataouine governorate on 11 December. The plant, built under a cooperation agreement with Entreprise Tunisienne d’Activités Pétrolières, includes a 2.2MWp/1.5MWh storage battery system that will facilitate integration with existing gas turbines. Work is also ...

Source: Africa Energy (Renewables) (20 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Tunisia: Scatec Solar wins three projects totalling 360MW

Scatec Solar announced on 17 December the award of two 60MW solar projects at Tozeur and Sidi Bouzid and a 240MW project at Tataouine. Scatec will be the lead equity investor and engineering, procurement and construction contractor, and will provide operation, maintenance and asset management services. Power will be sold to Société Tunisienne de ...

Source: Africa Energy (Renewables) (20 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Uganda:  Increase in Solar Energy Utilisation Spurs Rural Growth

Recent statistics show an increase in the utilization of solar products among Ugandans which offers hope for the realization of the government's rural electrification strategy and plan (RESP) that aims to increase rural electricity access to 26 per cent by 2022 through a mix of grid and off-grid services, writes SADAB KITATTA KAAYA. Aaccording to the 2018 sales and ...

Source: The Observer (03 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Zambia, Zimbabwe:  Zesa to Re-Tender Solar Licences As Old Players Fail to Deliver

Kwekwe — THE Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) says it will soon call for new tenders for solar licences after all individuals and companies that were awarded the rights 10 years ago have failed to work on approved projects. The State-owned company hopes the new players to be engaged will be able to produce between 400MW and 500MW. This was announced ...

Source: New Zimbabwe (18 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Guinea: Young entrepreneurs design and build locally sourced wind turbines to light villages

Three young Guineans have decided to set up Eol-Guinée to improve access to electricity. This company offers households mini-wind turbines, made with local materials that allow them to have access to electricity at a lower cost.  Yee Mamadou Bah, in his late thirties, with two partners have set up Eol-Guinée, a company specialising in the supply of ...

Source: Prepaid Economy (02 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Guinea: La startup Eol-Guinée fabrique des éoliennes pour les zones rurales

(Agence Ecofin) - Eol-Guinée est une entreprise qui fabriqueet installe des éoliennes dans les zones rurales en Guinée. Une éolienne est une machine qui transforme l'énergie du vent, appelée énergie cinétique, en énergie électrique. La vitesse du vent fait tourner les pales de l’éolienne qui à leur tour mettent en marche un générateur. Le générateur ...Translate

Source: Agence Ecofin (12 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: Norfund retire le financement octroyé au projet abandonné du parc éolien de Kinangop

(Agence Ecofin) - Le fonds norvégien d’investissement Norfund vient de retirer le financement de 1 million $ environ octroyé au projet de construction de la centrale éolienne de Kinangop. Le projet a été annulé en 2016, suite à l’opposition des communautés locales qui craignaient un déplacement forcé et des effets négatifs sur leur santé. Le fonds ...Translate

Source: Agence Ecofin (16 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Namibia: Independent power producer (IPP) Diaz Wind Power has obtained a plot of land for the construction of its wind farm near the city

The independent power producer (IPP) Diaz Wind Power has obtained a plot of land for the construction of its wind farm near the city of Lüderitz. The land was granted by the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism. The Diaz Wind Power project in the region deǁKaras in Namibia takes a further step towards the realisation of its wind power project. The independent power producer (IPP) Diaz Wind Power, which is developing the project, has recently obtained land from the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism for the construction of its wind farm. The land is located not far from the city of Lüderitz

Source: Afrik21 (22 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Senegal: Senegal Wind Farm Delivers first 50 MW

Lekela celebrated a landmark moment as Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN) was connected to Senegal’s national electricity grid to provide power for the first time. This milestone for the 158.7MW project marks another step in PETN’s journey towards providing power for millions of Senegalese. The connection ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (26 Dec 2019 )  Share

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South Africa:  South Africa's Wind Power Province

With the signing off on four new wind projects in April 2018, the Eastern Cape reinforced its position as a prime destination for wind power. More than half the wind farm projects so far approved in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) have been allocated to the Eastern Cape. The Kouga area west of Jeffreys Bay and the ...

Source: Global Africa Network (20 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Kenya, China: Stanbic loses Sh1.4bn in GDC, Chinese firm deal

Stanbic Bank Kenya has lost Sh1.4 billion after the Geothermal drilling deal between a Chinese firm and the State- owned Geothermal Development Company collapsed.

Source: Business Daily Africa (19 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: GDC conducts training in a bid to boost geothermal exploration

The Geothermal Development Cooperation (GDC) is training 12 geologists from Uganda and Tanzania on collection of geosciences data and information in a move aimed at unlocking the continent’s unexploited green energy and natural resources valued at ...

Source: Kenya News Agency (31 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: GDC boss sucked into fresh scandal linked to top staff

By DAVID MWERE More by this Author Geothermal Development Company (GDC) managing director and CEO Johnson ole Nchoe has been sucked into another scandal at the company after it emerged that he irregularly approved a Sh20 million mortgage scheme for an employee who did not qualify. Interestingly, the GDC boss made commitments to have the company repay the ...

Source: Daily Nation News (29 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Zimbabwe:  Increased Investor Appetite in Power Generation

There is increased investor appetite in taking up electricity investment projects, in a development likely to extinguish power shortages in the future. With the US$1,5 billion Hwange Thermal Power Station expansion programme underway, which will see an additional 600MW being fed into the grid by 2022, many other projects are at various stages of implementation.

Source: The Herald (23 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Burkina Faso: Bilan des eaux usées de la ville de Ouagadougou : Test sur les capacités épuratoires de production du biogaz

1. Introduction Le réchauffement climatique est un phénomène alarmant constaté depuis les années 1970 mais son ampleur est fortement ressentie de nos jours [1]. Ce phénomène a eu pour conséquence le bouleversement de tous les autres phénomènes atmosphériques, climatiques et météorologiques. Le réchauffement est souvent cité comme causé par les activités ...Translate

Source: Le Faso (13 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Ivory Coast: Concession agreement signed for Biovéa biomass project

Ivorian company Biovéa Energy on 9 December signed a 25-year concession agreement with the government for a 46MW biomass project in Aboisso. The project is being developed under the framework of the National Renewable Energy Action Plan 2014-2030, which aims to increase the share of renewable energy in the generation mix to 42% by 2030 ...

Source: African Energy (19 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Madagascar: Bioenergy project to plant cactus on 1,000 hectares in the south of Madagascar in the coming years is currently being developed

Edible and resistant to drought, the virtues of the cactus are of great ecological interest in the south of Madagascar, where the plant is used for energy. The speed of fermentation of the cactus makes it possible to produce biogas faster and in greater quantities. A bioenergy project to plant cactus on 1,000 hectares in the south of Madagascar in the coming years is currently being developed. We learnt from agricultural engineers at the cactus day on December 11, 2019 in Antananarivo.

Source: Afrik 21 (24 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Burundi: SEFA Grants $1 million for Innovative Solar-Hydro Hybrid Project

The African Development Bank-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a $990,000 grant to support the preparation of a 9-MW solar-hydro hybrid project in Burundi. The project consists of two plants, each featuring a solar and a hydro component as well as a local distribution network and interconnection ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (23 Dec 2019 )  Share

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DR Congo: Trois ONG exigent la transparence du projet hydroélectrique de Busanga

Trois organisations de protection et promotion des droits humains, basées respectivement à Lubumbashi et Kolwezi dans les provinces du Haut-Katanga et Lualaba, exigent la transparence et l'évaluation du projet hydroélectrique de Busanga. Il s’agit de l’Observatoire africaine des ressources naturelles, Initiative bonne gouvernance et droits humains et ...Translate

Source: Radio Okape (21 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan: Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan views come closer on giant Nile dam: Sudanese minister

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have come closer to aligning their views on filling the reservoir of and operating the giant hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, the Sudanese irrigation minister said on Sunday. Egypt is worried the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), under construction near Ethiopia’s border with Sudan, will ...

Source: Reuters-Environment (22 Dec 2019 )  Share

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South Africa, Zimbabwe: SA firm to develop hydro power plant

SOUTH African investment firm Ngonyezi Projects has signed a US$400 million deal with the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) to construct a pumped-storage hydro-electricity plant at Osborne Dam in Manicaland. The 2 000 megawatt (MW) hydro-electric energy storage (PHES) power plant will be coupled with a 300MW solar photovoltaic plant valued at US$300 million. Tomas ...

Source: Financial Gazette (18 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Madagascar: La BAD alloue une garantie partielle des risques de 100 millions $ au barrage de Sahofika (205 MW)

(Agence Ecofin) - La Banque africaine de développement vient d’approuver une garantie partielle des risques d’une valeur de 100 millions $ au profit de la centrale hydroélectrique de Sahofika à Madagascar. Cette garantie permet d’atténuer les risques encourus par le développeur et les financiers du projet, en fournissant un appui pour les obligations de ...Translate

Source: Agence Ecofin (18 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Mali: Selingue rehabilitation to start in February

Rehabilitation of three 11.9 MW units at the 47.6 MW Selingue hydropower dam on the Sankarani River is expected to start in February 2020. The work is being financed by the West African Development Bank (BOAD) with up to CFA25bn ($42.5m). An engineer from the Ingerop/Artelia consortium contracted by the BOAD to oversee the works told African Energy the ...

Source: Africa Energy (Renewables) (20 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Nigeria: Creating sustainable 'off the grid' homes in Nigeria

Energy entrepreneur Sulaiman Yusuf is developing what he calls “off the grid homes” using solar and hydro turbines to offer residents an eco-friendlier alternative to the Nigerian government’s power infrastructure.

Source: Prepaid Economy (02 Jan 2020 )  Share

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Uganda:  Kadaga Signs Petition Against Construction of Power Dam On Murchison Falls

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has signed an online petition to save Murchison Falls National Park after cabinet recently approved a bid to conduct a feasibility study to determine the justification of constructing a hydro-power dam. By the time of filing this story, a total of 10,079 people had signed the petition out of the required 15,000 signatures. The ...

Source: The Monitor (24 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Zambia: | Power shortages grip Zambia as dam levels dip

Zambia's 19-hour rolling blackouts have sent homes plunging into darkness, crippling daily life and business operations with the worst power outages the nation has seen. Recurring drought across southern Africa has cut the water reserves of the hydroelectric dam of Kariba, the main source of energy of the country. "Water levels in the dam continued receding, dropping to ...

Source: News24 (18 Dec 2019 )  Share

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Other News

Zambia: GreenCo receives Zambian government backing for intermediary role

Zambia’s government announced on 19 November that it had approved the establishment of a creditworthy renewable energy intermediary power offtaker, facilitating the establishment of GreenCo in the country. The intermediary offtaker will sit between Zesco and IPPs, providing a better credit risk to banks by offering risk mitigation and the right to sell ...

Source: Africa Energy (Downstream) (20 Dec 2019 )  Share

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