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Published: 05 Oct 2019 13:30

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Africa, Angola, Senegal: Angola and Senegal to champion SDG7 Initiative for Africa for 10,000 MW of clean energy capacity by 2025

New York, 26 September 2019-  On the margins of the United Nations Climate Action Summit convened by the Secretary-General,Antonio Guterres to drum up support for climate action, a group of like-minded countries, financiers, project developers and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) launched an initiative to energize climate resilient ...

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (27 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Africa: The Big 5 – Africa’s fastest growing solar energy markets

Africa has shown great progress in the development of its solar energy markets over the last year. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), last year’s growth was primarily driven by five specific countries: Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Namibia and Ghana. Together they contributed 1,067MW of newly-installed PV capacity in 2018.

Source: ESI Africa (29 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Africa, Ghana: No room for coal in Africa’s renewable future, President of AFDB says

By Maxwell Awumah, GNA  Ho, Sept 26, GNA - Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group, has unveiled ambitious plans to scrap coal power stations across the continent and switch to renewable energy at United Nations climate talks on Monday.  Addressing a gathering of leaders and officials from almost 200 countries in New York, ...

Source: Ghana News Agency (Science) (01 Oct 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ethiopia: Genale Dawa III to be Inaugurated Before Year End

Ethiopia plans to inaugurate its Genale Dawa III hydroelectric plant before the end of 2019 according to an announcement by the communications director at Ethiopia Electric Power, Moges Mekonen. The 254-MW plant is being constructed by China Gezhouba Group Corporation on the Genale Dawa River in the Oromia region. The ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (25 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Kenya gets record Sh145bn green energy investments

Kenya attracted a record $1.4 billion (Sh145 billion) investments in renewable energy last year, the third highest in Middle East and Africa, deepening its shift from expensive sources of electricity. The 2019 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report that tracked global trends in renewable energy investments shows Kenya overtook Egypt, United Arabs Emirates, Jordan and Rwanda to join top six hotspots for green energy.

Source: Business Daily Africa (18 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Angola: El Ninõ e Climate change custam USD 750 milhões

Entre vários projectos desenvolvidos, Henrik Larsen apontou, numa entrevista ao Jornal de Angola, o “grande” projecto implementado pelo PNUD na bacia do Cuvelai, sob liderança do Ministério do Ambiente e com a colaboração de outros parceiros. Nesta localidade, de acordo com o oficial da ONU, é possível observar como ...Translate

Source: Angop Angola Press Agency (03 Oct 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Chad: Chad Solar Gets Funding

On September 26 the AfDB approved a loan and a Partial Risk Guarantee of €18 million to Chad to establish a PV solar power plant. The construction and operation of the Djermaya photovoltaic solar power plant, with a maximum capacity of 32 MW, is planned 30 km north of N'Djamena. The interconnection infrastructure ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (02 Oct 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Egypt: ACWA Power invests $35bln in its projects worldwide

Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power has total investments of $35 billion all over the world, Regional Director Hassan Amin tells Amwal Al Ghad. He added on the side lines of a conference on renewable energy that the feed-in tariff programme directly contributed to a surplus of electrical capacity of the national grid. In 2014, The Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Energy has ...

Source: Masress (24 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Acwa Power awarded projects after record bid

The World Bank Group (WBG) Scaling Solar programme has again delivered some of Africa’s lowest tariffs after Ethiopia’s Public-Private Partnership Board approved on 11 September Acwa Power as preferred bidder for the Gad and Dicheto solar PV projects, both 125MW. Acwa Power bid a tariff of $0.02526/kWh, the lowest solar price on the continent and ...

Source: Africa Energy (Renewables) (27 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ghana: NGO urges government to subsidize solar panel installation | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

By Afedzi Abdullah, GNA Cape Coast, Oct.1, GNA - Adamah Veh Zerah (AVZ), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that works to offer sustainable development solutions to villages and communities has called on the government to provide subsidy scheme to support people who install solar panels in their homes. This, it said would preserve resources and save the country ...

Source: Ghana News Agency (Science) (02 Oct 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya:  Thousands of Kenyans to Get Clean Energy From U.S.$147 Million Solar Projects

Nairobi — The European Investment Bank and FMO, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, have agreed to finance construction and operation of two new solar photovoltaic plants in Kenya. EIB and FMO will each provide US$53 million for the two projects, with the remainder of the US$147 million total project cost provided by the project promoters Frontier Energy, ...

Source: Capital FM (26 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Solar Cow 4 Impact and Green 4 Secure Start-Up Funding

Solar Cow 4 Impact and Green 4, two initiatives spearheaded by Energy 4 Impact partnered with YOLK and GreenMax Capital Group, respectively, are among the 13 public-private partnerships to receive start-up funding from P4G, the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 Initiative. All 13 projects will receive ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (26 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Mali:  Samba BATHILY, le champion africain du solaire jette un regard optimiste et futuriste sur l'énergie de demain

Quels sont les modèles innovants de projets énergétiques qu'ADS met en place en Afrique ? Très certainement notre priorité est de démontrer la viabilité du business model que nous avons conçu autour des 'smart solar ecosystems' (écosystèmes solaires intelligents) - soit une solution d'accès ...

Source: Visiter Confidentiel Afrique (21 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Morocco: Tchad : la BAD approuve un prêt de 18 millions d’euros pour le projet de centrale solaire de Djermaya

(BANQUE AFRICAINE DE DÉVELOPPEMENT) - Le Conseil d’administration de la Banque africaine de développement a approuvé, le jeudi 26 septembre, un prêt de 18 millions d’euros ainsi qu’une Garantie partielle de risque (GPR), pour la mise en place de la centrale solaire de Djermaya au Tchad. La construction et l’exploitation de la centrale solaire photovoltaïque de ...Translate

Source: Agence Ecofin (01 Oct 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Niger: Kanf and Partners Marketing Solar in Niamey,

The Kanf Electronics Group, in partnership with Sunna Design and Libre Energie, has begun marketing of solar streetlight kits in Niger’s capital Niamey. Kanf Electronics group CEO Kanfeni Mamadou said the equipment is, "manufactured to European standards" and will help improve the capacity of the public, ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (02 Oct 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria: Nigeria-Daystar Power installs the 100th solar energy system in Nigeria

The West African solar energy company Daystar Power has installed a solar energy system at a branch of Unity Bank in Bauchi, Nigeria, the 100th solar power system since the company was founded in 2017. Courtesy of NREL

Source: Renewable Energy Magazine (27 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: 2020 Sasol Solar Challenge Officially Opens

Sasol officially opened the 2020 Sasol Solar Challenge for entries. The challenge has some exciting changes for participants who can look forward to a new route and changes in format. With a renewed title sponsor, the seventh Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC) will be held in September 2020, once again ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (30 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: Online marketplace Sun Exchange powers solar projects in South Africa

Imagine living in drizzly London or icy Montreal but making money from the sun shining in Cape Town. That's the premise behind Sun Exchange. It sells solar cells (the parts which make up a solar panel) to online buyers around the world and leases them to schools and businesses in South Africa.

Source: CNN (02 Oct 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zimbabwe: 39 solar power projects get nod

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) has processed 39 solar power projects that have capacity to generate up 1 151,87MW, as the country moves towards renewable energy to contain shortages. The projects are expected to require an investment of over US$2,3 billion. In e-mailed responses, Zera acting ...

Source: Bulawayo24 News (26 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zimbabwe: Wicknell's Intratrek returns to Gwanda solar power site

Intratrek Zimbabwe has returned to the Gwanda solar power plant site after the High Court in June ordered ZESA subsidiary, the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC), to work with the renewable energy company to see the 100-megawatt project to fruition. Intratrek, which is working with Chinese technical partner Chink ...

Source: Bulawayo24 News (21 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Angola, Spain: Spanish company invests in wind power in Angola

Spanish company V&V Rending proposes to invest US$180 million in Angola in wind power production in the Kiwaba Nzoji municipality of Malanje province, and expects to start in 2020, the company’s chairman said at the end of a hearing granted by the deputy provincial governor for the political, economic and ...

Source: Macauhub (25 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: USTDA Awards Grant for 50-MW Kenyan Wind Farm Feasibility Study

  The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to Kenya’s Craftskills Energy Limited for a feasibility study to develop a 50-megawatt wind power plant with integrated battery storage capacity in Kenya. U.S. firm Delphos International will execute the study.   “This project has both ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (15 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ethiopia: First International Symposium in Geothermal Energy in Ethiopia this week in Addis Ababa

The First International Symposium on Geothermal Energy in Ethiopia ... USAID, and Power Africa, the event has brought together representatives from ... We have to exploit these energy sources for sustainable development.

Source: ThinkGeoEnergy (02 Oct 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya, China: Chinese firm bags Sh1.4bn for not drilling a single inch in Baringo County

Taxpayers have lost at least Sh1.4 billion after the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) cancelled a controversial geothermal contract handed to a Chinese company in 2014 to drill wells in Baringo. In what makes the State corporation one of the biggest black holes in the energy sector, which continues to lose taxpayers’ money in the billions through fishy contracts, ...

Source: Daily Nation News (03 Oct 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Kenya's geothermal capacity to hit 1,000 MW by end of 2019: official

Kenya's geothermal capacity will hit 1,000 MW by end of 2019, a senior government official said on Wednesday. Charles Keter, cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Energy told journalists in Nairobi that in a few weeks, a 165 MW geothermal power plant will be commissioned to boost the ...

Source: IOL Independent (26 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Nakuru banking on geothermal energy to reignite its economy

Nakuru County, which is home to Africa’s largest geothermal power plants located in Olkaria in Naivasha and Menengai in the outskirts of Nakuru town, is banking on the steam power to drive its economy. Nakuru, which was once a vibrant, bustling industrial hub has in the past two decades witnessed a growing trend of grand ...

Source: Daily Nation (16 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Namibia:  Mungunda Hails Biomass, Technology Expo

Otjiwarongo — The Chief Executive of Standard Bank Namibia, Vetumbuavi Mungunda, has hailed the just-ended Biomass and Technology Expo, saying it helps to develop technologies that can be applied for better use of rangeland and productivity of farming communities in Namibia. The Biomass and Technology Expo took place last Friday at a lodge 40 kilometres outside ...

Source: New Era (20 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Namibia, Germany:  Delegation Explores Biomass Options in Germany

Namibia presented itself as a prospective partner country at this year's Wood Energy Conference in Würzburg, Germany. According to a statement from the organisers, the congress themed 'Sustainable Solutions for Climate Protection' is the national get-together of the German "biomass scene". With 250 entrepreneurial participants, it is thus an ideal opportunity for ...

Source: The Namibian (03 Oct 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Swaziland: Swaziland Electricity Company Issues RFQ for Solar/Biomass

The Swaziland Electricity Company has issued a request for the qualification and development of a 40-MW solar PV plant to be developed via the First Tranche Procurement Program along with a 40-MW biomass-to-energy plant to be developed via the Second Tranche Procurement Program. The announcement was made public through ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (21 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Congo: Vers l’inauguration du barrage hydroélectrique de Tubua Tubidi à Miabi

Tshibwe, 12 septembre 2019 (ACP). – Le barrage hydroélectrique de Tubua Tubidi, construit sur la rive droite de la rivière Lubi dans le territoire de Miabi, au Kasaï Oriental, par la Société Anhui-Congo d’investissement minier (SACIM),  va bientôt être inauguré, a appris mardi l’ACP à la direction technique de cette entreprise à Tshibwe. ...Translate

Source: L’Agence Congolaise de Presse (12 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ethiopia: Ethiopia dam official blames construction delays on conglomerate METEC

ASOSA, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Construction of a $4-billion dam at the heart of Ethiopia’s bid to become Africa’s biggest power exporter has been delayed five years as engineers had to replace shoddy work by a conglomerate pulled off the job last year, a project official said. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, announced in 2011, was designed to generate more ...

Source: Reuters-Environment (01 Oct 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ghana: Government to construct mini hydro power plants across the country - Amewu - Ghana Business News

Mr. John Peter Amewu, Minister for Energy has hinted of plans by government to construct more mini hydro power plants across the country to add-on power supply from the national grid. He said the country was migrating to mini hydro power plants as a source of power supply for communities when the national grid was off.  Mr. Amewu said this when he inspected completed works ...

Source: Ghana Business News (General) (28 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya:  Leaders Appeal to President Over Cancellation of Dam

Community leaders in Elgeyo Marakwet County have launched a petition to stop the cancellation of the to Kimwarer dam project by President Uhuru Kenyatta. This comes few days after area Senator Kipchumba Murkomen presented his personal petition against the cancellation to the Senate. QUESTION In the petition, the leaders indicated that the project would have ...

Source: The Nation (30 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Madagascar: Concession agreement initialled for Sahofika hydro

Good progress is being made on the 200MW Sahofika hydropower project with the initialling of a concession agreement on 12 September. A framework agreement was signed in May during a visit to France by Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina which set out a timetable for the development of the project. The initialling of the 35-year concession agreement ...

Source: Africa Energy (Renewables) (27 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zambia: Zambia Gets Loan for Chishimba Rehab and Expansion

Zambia signed a $46 million loan agreement with the German Development Bank KfW. The funds will be used to rehabilitate the Chishimba hydroelectric power plant and expand its capacity. The run-of-the-river power station does not have a water reservoir and produces its energy from the Chishimba Falls currents. The plant ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (24 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zambia: Zambia: KfW funds expansion of Chishimba Falls

Germany’s KfW has extended grant financing totalling €41.5m ($46.6m) for the rehabilitation and expansion of the 6MW Chishimba Falls hydropower plant in Kasama District in Northern Province. The project, which involves the rehabilitation and upgrading of existing structures and the construction of a new 15MW hydropower station and associated ...

Source: Africa Energy (Renewables) (27 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zambia, Zimbabwe: 'We will not switch off Kariba'

Water levels in Kariba Dam have dropped markedly as a result of the drought that plagued the 2018/2019 season. The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) - the body responsible for managing the reservoir on behalf of Zimbabwe and Zambia - has been progressively reducing water allocated for power generation to the ...

Source: Bulawayo24 News (22 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Women and Youth

Africa: The power to empower: Solar Energy is elevating the lives of African women

The ever-expanding field of solar energy has a tremendous impact on every market and country it reaches. The vast environmental impact, with ... As every country and demographic enjoy different benefits of solar, the women of Africa might feel these changes on a deeper level, as the sector revolutionizes their lives and status across the continent.

Source: The New Times (26 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Africa: Solaire : Solar Sister s’associe avec Palmetto pour électrifier 10 millions de personnes en Afrique, d’ici cinq ans

(Agence Ecofin) - L’entreprise féminine africaine Solar Sister s’est associée avec l’énergéticien américain Palmetto afin d’accélérer l’accès à une électricité propre en Afrique. Solar Sister est une entreprise dirigée par des femmes qui aident d’autres femmes à se former en technologie solaire, afin de pouvoir à leur tour, apporter de ...Translate

Source: Agence Ecofin (25 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Youths demand govt action on climate change policies

As the world prepares to mark the International Day of Peace on Saturday, Kenyan youths on Friday held demonstrations to demand action on climate change. The march, dubbed global climate strike, saw youths from Action Aid, Mathare Green Movement and Dada Power among others protest against the slow pace at which the ...

Source: Daily Nation (20 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Other News

Egypt: Saudi Acwa Power hopes to build new desalination plants in Egypt

Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power hopes to establish new desalination plants in Egypt, said Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly on Friday. Madbouly made these remarks during a meeting with Acwa Power's chairman Mohamed Abdullah Abou Neyan operating in the sectors of desalination and renewable energy, according to Egypt Today. The prime minister pointed out in the meeting, ...

Source: Masress (28 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ethiopia, Kenya: Kenya-Ethiopia Electricity Interconnection Reaches Testing Stage

The 500kV line has a capacity of carrying up to 2,000 megawatts and is 1,055Km long Built by China Electric Power Equipment and Technology (CET), the project connects the Kenyan and Ethiopian power grids. The Ethiopian part of the 1.26-billion-dollar Eastern Electricity Highway Project that connects Ethiopia with Kenya is set to be completed next month. Built by ...

Source: Addis Fortune (01 Oct 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ethiopia, Denmark: Ethiopia, Denmark to Host Global Meeting Tackling Climate Change in New York

As key partners and climate ambitious countries, Ethiopia and Denmark lead the energy transition track at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on 23 September on a personal request by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. On 23 September at the UN Climate Action Summit, governments, private companies, multilateral development banks, investors and civil ...

Source: Addis Standard (23 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: How complex land rights affect crucial projects

Recently, Kenya has initiated a number of infrastructure-related investments, majority of which focus on transport and energy. This, coupled with the country’s potential for scalable renewable energy projects, strongly positions the country to play an instrumental role in the African energy market. For many of these types of projects, however, issues relating to land have ...

Source: The East African (26 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria, Germany: German Govt Organizes Seminar On Energy Storage

Determined to provide clean energy and preserve the environment, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos and the German Embassy Abuja, and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria has organised the 19th Edition of the Renewable Energy Potentials in Nigeria series tagged “Energy Storage” in Lagos and in Abuja. A press release by ...

Source: Leadership (27 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria:  Nigeria Working to Achieve 30% Renewable Energy Mix By 2030 - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in New York unfolded plans and initiatives by his administration to reverse the negative effects of climate change in the country. Buhari unveiled the plans in his address to the United Nations Climate Action Summit with the theme: "A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win." The president, who shared the sentiment expressed by the UN ...

Source: Daily Trust (24 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: | Solving SA's energy crisis may mean lower renewable cost

South Africa is asking independent power producers to lower electricity costs as part of the rescue of Eskom.  Renewable energy project developers will discuss potential solutions ahead of a follow-up engagement with the government on Friday. The independent power producers and coal companies met with state officials last week, which resulted in an agreement “to ...

Source: News24 (30 Sep 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: Big profit jump for construction group Raubex thanks to wind, solar

The construction group Raubex [JSE: RBX] saw its headline profit jump by between 60% to 80% in the six months to end-August. The company reported that its infrastructure division enjoyed strong growth thanks to its work on various solar and wind energy projects across South Africa. But its roads and earthworks division was hit by weak trading conditions, the 45-year old ...

Source: Sierra Leone News (03 Oct 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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