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Published: 18 Nov 2019 09:48

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Africa: Africa poised to lead way in global green revolution, says report

Africa is poised to lead the world’s cleanest economic revolution by using renewable energy sources to power a massive spread of urbanisation, says an IEA report. The IEA, or International Energy Agency, predicts that solar energy will play a big role in supporting the continent’s growing population and industrialisation over the next 20 years ...

Source: The Guardian (08 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Egypt: World's largest solar park to provide Green energy to homes in Egypt

After three years of work, construction of one of the largest solar parks in the world is now complete and all its plots are now operational, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on 24 October. It will generate 1.5 GW to provide renewable energy to more than 1,000,000 homes. (function(){var ...

Source: Masress (04 Nov 2019 )  Share

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South Africa: South Africa to boost renewables

South Africa has published its latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), outlining a strategy to build over 22 GW of new wind, solar and storage capacity by 2030. Under the 2019 IRP, the government forecasts that South Africa will remain reliant on coal in its energy mix, but will see renewable energy increasing in importance. Coal makes up ...

Source: Modern Power Systems Communicating Power Technology Worldwide (News) (31 Oct 2019 )  Share

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South Africa:  The Transition From Fossils to Renewables and Its Impact On Consumer Prices

The transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energies is a global pursuit. But it's faster and more intensive in some countries than others. Take the case of South Africa. Heavily dependent on coal, the country is proceeding with a more intense transition in which renewable energies are set to play a growing role. Renewable energy technologies have recently established ...

Source: The Conversation (11 Nov 2019 )  Share

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South Africa, Africa:  Investment to Make Continent a World Leader in Renewables

Johannesburg, South Africa — Africa, where close to half of its 1.2 billion people have access to electricity, is set to become a world leader in renewable energy. As global business and development leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa, to attend the Africa Investment Forum (AIF), held Nov. 11 to 13, one of the key focuses of the deals being discussed was around ...

Source: Inter Press Service (12 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Solar

Africa: A group of former university students in Africa are creating an energy-efficient home inspired by traditional architecture

A portable, energy-efficient home that was originally built for a competition may be available on the market soon in Africa. The design was created by team Jua Jamii, a group of 40 former university students from countries including Tanzania, Nigeria and Swaziland. It uses recycled shipping containers and is 100% powered by solar energy, says Donald Abonyi, one of the team members ...

Source: CNN Africa (Africa News) (11 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Egypt: EDF to Invest $25 Million in Egypt’s KarmSolar

French firm EDF (Electricité de France) is set to invest $25 million in Egypt’s KarmSolar before the end of this year, according to reporting by Daily News Egypt . The source told the news outlet that negotiations with KarmSolar have reached very advanced stages and are expected to be officially declared ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (07 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Ghana:  How Civil Servants Sought to Resist Political Pressure

Electricity is a hot political issue in Ghana. Ghanaians demand access to the electricity grid as a right of citizenship. And, when not connected, they have threatened in the past to boycott national elections with slogans such as: "No light, no vote!" In 2016, then President Mahama became known as "Mr Power Cut" because of widespread power cuts that plagued his term in ...

Source: The Conversation (12 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: Tackling Nairobi's air pollution using solar tricycles

In Nairobi, the Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC) produces and sells solar-powered tricycles. The objective is to do business and above all to fight against air pollution affecting Kenya’s capital.

Source: Prepaid Economy (10 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: DPA extends Green Energy to Nairobi’s ADC

Distributed Power Africa (DPA) has announced the installation of a 1MW solar system for Africa Data Centres’ (ADC) facility in Nairobi, Kenya, in a move to increase its footprint in East Africa. According to DPA, this is the third installation on phase 2 it is deploying this year for Africa Data Centres, with the first phase having been completed in May. “With DPA ...

Source: CIO East Africa (CIO East Africa) (11 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Mali: PAYG solar startup PEG Africa enters Mali as it accelerates expansion plans

West Africa-based pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar company PEG Africa has made Mali its fourth market, leveraging its successful expansion playbook on the back of a profitable first year in Senegal. PEG Africa deploys and finances solar to households and SMEs in West Africa via a PAYG financing model that enables customers to replace their perpetual spending on poor-quality ...

Source: Disrupt Africa (Startups) (11 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Mozambique: EoIs for solar studies

The French Development Agency seeks expressions of interest by 11 November for feasibility studies for two 40MWp solar PV projects in Nampula and Niassa provinces. The project sites are being selected and secured by Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), with technical assistance from the European-funded Project for Promotion of Auctions for Renewable ...

Source: Africa Energy (Renewables) (08 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Nigeria:  Solar-Based ISP Startup Tizeti Launches 4G LTE Network in Nigeria

Nigerian internet service provider Tizeti has launched its first 4G LTE network. The Y Combinator-backed startup - which uses solar-powered towers to deliver net connectivity - has built its premier 4G-capable tower in the city of Port Harcourt, where Tizeti will offer its first 4G and ISP services.

Source: TechCrunch (08 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Rwanda: Meet the Boss: Mansoor Hamayun, CEO, BBOXX

More people live without electricity today than when Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb. While progress is being made, population growth is rapidly outpacing electrification rates. This is leaving one billion people without access to energy and a further one billion living without reliable energy. We established BBOXX to help meet this enormous gap, driven by our mission ...

Source: How We Made It in Africa (05 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Zambia, Japan: Univergy to Bring Solar Power to Zambia

Japanese renewable energy company Univergy Solar is to invest more than $200 million in two solar power projects in Zambia that will add 200 megawatts (MW) to the country’s national grid next year, the government said on Friday. Univergy Solar Company will develop and implement a 135 MW project in ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (04 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Zimbabwe: US$14m funding for Chivayo's Gwanda solar project

The 100 megawatt (MW) Gwanda solar project has received fresh impetus after a local infrastructure fund, African Transmission Corporation (ATC) Holdings, agreed to extend US$14 million to finance the first 10MW of the project under a phased construction model. ATC financed the 2,5MW Phase One of the 25MW ...

Source: Bulawayo24 News (05 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Zimbabwe:  Local Businesses Turn to Solar Energy

Many Zimbabwean small to large businesses are turning to solar energy to try and overcome one of the country's worst challenges - prolonged electricity cuts. With the country experiencing a serious power crisis, using generators is proving to be unsustainable for many businesses given high expenses related to generators. Since running a generator for a longer period is ...

Source: The Herald (07 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Zimbabwe: BancABC Partners DPA Africa To Provide Loans For Solar Installations

The chronic load shedding is now pushing people to turn to solar energy as a alternative means to power up their homes on a daily basis. With that in mind, BancABC has struck a deal with Distributed Power Africa (DPA) to provide loans to people who want to go off-the-grid with home solar solutions ...

Source: Financial Gazette (08 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Zimbabwe: Solar energy big hit amid Zimbabwe’s energy crisis

HARARE, Zimbabwe Residents of Zimbabwe’s capital have found a solution to a deepening electricity crisis. More than 18 hours every day, there is no power which resumes only around 11.00 p.m. local time (2100GMT). But the majority of homes in a medium-density area called Homelink, in Westlea in Harare, are immune from the country’s electricity crisis, with solar ...

Source: The Zimbabwean (11 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Wind

Egypt: Ras Ghareb Wind Energy Online Ahead of Schedule

Orascom Construction PLC announced that construction and commissioning at the $380 million Ras Ghareb Wind Energy project in Egypt was completed 45 days ahead of schedule. The wind farm was fully connected to the grid and ready for commercial operation at maximum capacity as of October 31. The wind farm has ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (11 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Senegal: Senegal’s New Wind Farm on Track to Produce Grid Power

According to developer Lekela, construction for the Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN) wind farm in Senegal is progressing well, with the project on track to submit power to the grid later this year. Significantly, “the project’s substation has now been completed and energized,” a company release stated. ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (05 Nov 2019 )  Share

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South Africa: Enel Begins Construction on Two South African Wind Farms

Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has started construction in South Africa of its Karusa and Soetwater wind farms, with an installed capacity of 140 MW each. The plants, which are both located in the Karoo Hoogland District, Northern Cape province, are expected to be completed by the end ...

Source: Alternative Africa Energy (Currrent News) (08 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Geothermal

Ethiopia, Kenya: KenGen awarded $56m Tulu Moye contract

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) announced on 24 October the signing of a Ksh5.8bn ($56m) contract to drill 12 geothermal wells for the 50MW first phase of the Tulu Moye geothermal project. The 520MW project is expected to be developed in four phases, with the first online around December 2021. Tulu Moye is owned by Reykjavik Geothermal and ...

Source: Africa Energy (Power) (08 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: KenGen to cede 75pc in geothermal venture

State-owned electricity producer Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is seeking a joint venture (JV) with an external investor as it looks to raise the stock of green energy. KenGen, which has a 1,796.4 megawatt annual capacity and supplies 75 percent of the Kenya’s electricity, said the successful firm will enter into a joint venture with KenGen and create a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to finance and develop a 140 megawatt (MW) geothermal plant in Olkaria, Naivasha.

Source: Business Daily Africa (07 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Biomass

Angola: La Biocom atteint 100 000 tonnes de sucre

Selon Gerry Vissapa, 12 700 mètres cubes d'éthanol et 53 400 mégawatts d'électricité ont été produits à partir de la bagasse de canne à sucre. Le responsable, qui s'exprimait mardi dans les locaux de la société à Cacuso, a déclaré que la Biocom devrait produire d'ici à la ...Translate

Source: Angop Angola Press Agency (30 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Eswatini: 13 IPP sélectionnés pour la mise en place de 80 MW de biomasse et de solaire

(Agence Ecofin) - Le royaume d’Eswatini a présélectionné 13 producteurs indépendants d’énergie dans le cadre de la mise en place de 80 MW de centrales solaires et à biomasse. L’Eswatini Energy Regulatory Authority (ESERA) a récemment publié la liste des énergéticiens toujours en lice pour la mise en œuvre des projets. Parmi les compagnies retenues ...Translate

Source: Agence Ecofin (04 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Ghana: Sustainable utilization of bio energy production can save the environment – FORIG

The Forestry Research Institute of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR-FORIG is calling for a sustainable production and utilization of bioenergy, to help save the environment. Dr James Korang, a Research Scientist at CSIR-FORIG who made the call, said it was the surest way ...

Source: Ghana News Agency (05 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Ghana: Sustainable utilization of bio energy production can save the environment – FORIG | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

By Yussif Ibrahim, GNA     Fumesua (Ash), Nov. 04, GNA – The Forestry Research Institute of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR-FORIG is calling for a sustainable production and utilization of bioenergy, to help save the environment. Dr James Korang, a Research Scientist at CSIR-FORIG who made the call, said it was the surest way ...

Source: Ghana News Agency (Science) (07 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Liberia:  Ten Liberian Businesses to Benefit From Renewable Energy

Ten Liberian businesses will benefit from the launch of a renewable energy project funded by the European Union (EU), a release from Cities Alliance has confirmed. The launch took place on November 1, 2019, at a resort in Monrovia. Cities Alliance is implementing the project, which is titled, "Waste-To-Energy: Innovative Approaches in Greater Monrovia," at a cost of ...

Source: Liberian Observer (04 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Rwanda:  House Wants Biogas Project Revisited

Parliament has asked the Prime Minister to overhaul the national biogas programme after it found that it was not yielding the intended results. It made the appeal Tuesday as it discussed the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC)'s assessment report based on the 2017/2018 Auditor General's report on State Finances. "After realising that the biogas ...

Source: The New Times (01 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Tanzania: Half a million Dar residents set for environmental-friendly stoves

Half a million households in Dar es Salaam are set to benefit from a campaign to distribute bioethanol cooking stoves in various wards across the city. In Tanzania more than 80 percent of households depend on biomass as a major source of energy, according to data from the United Nations ...

Source: Tanzanian Citizen (09 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Hydro

Angola, China: Angola shares experience at dam workshop

Luanda - Angola has been participating since Monday, in China, in the VIII International Symposium on Roller-Compressed Concrete Dams -RCC-Dams. At the forum Angola participates with a delegation of the Public Electricity Production Company (PRODEL-EP). PRODEL was invited to lecture on “Hydroelectric Potential and Existing Hydroelectric Power Plants in Angola”, presented by Pedro Afonso, administrator for water production. The event is an initiative of the Chincold and Spaincold ...

Source: Angop Angola Press Agency (12 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Burkina Faso: Construction des barrages de Ouessa, Bassiéri et Banwaly : Les rapports d'études d'avant-projet passés à la loupe

Ouagadougou a abrité, ce 4 novembre 2019, la quatrième session ordinaire de la commission technique interministérielle d’appui à la réalisation des études de la construction des barrages de Ouessa, Bassiéri et Banwaly. A l’occasion de cette session de deux jours, la commission technique va procéder à l’examen des rapports d’études ...Translate

Source: Le Faso (05 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan: Egypt-Ethiopia row over River Nile dam

Ethiopia is building the Grand Renaissance Dam, which when completed next year, will be Africa's biggest hydroelectric power plant. Its construction began in 2011 on the Blue Nile tributary in the northern Ethiopia highlands from where 85% of the Nile's waters flow. However, the mega dam has caused a row between Egypt and Ethiopia, with Sudan caught in between, which the US ...

Source: BBC News - Africa (07 Nov 2019 )  Share

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DR Congo: deux organisations non gouvernementales dénoncent l’opacité du projet d’électrification Inga III

La population congolaise risque de ne pas bénéficier de l’électricité du Projet Inga III, redoutent l’ONG Resource Matters et le Groupe d’études sur le Congo, dans leur rapport publié lundi 28 octobre. D’après ce document, la quasi-totalité de l’électricité à produire est d’ores et déjà réservée à l’exportation et aux industries minières. Ce ...

Source: Radio Okape (30 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Gabon: Concession contract signed for Kinguélé Aval

Construction of the 34MW Kinguélé Aval hydropower plant on the Mbéi River in north-western Gabon is scheduled to start in Q2 2020 following the signing of a concession contract in late October. France-based investment fund Meridiam announced on 24 October the signing of a 33-year concession contract with the government for the run-of-river power ...

Source: Africa Energy (Power) (08 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Ghana: Akosombo, Kpong Dams pose no threat to public safety | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

Akosombo (E/R), Oct. 30, GNA – The Volta River Authority (VRA) has stated that the Akosombo and Kpong Dams are safe and pose no threat to public safety, as the Authority has implemented a rigorous Dam Safety Programme with an excellent maintenance culture. The dams, shall therefore, continue to serve their purpose for many years to come. This was disclosed ...

Source: Ghana News Agency (Science) (01 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Liberia: Studies for St Paul River project

The West African Power Pool is seeking expressions of interest from consultants by 9 December to carry out feasibility studies and environmental and social impact assessments for a 150MW hydropower plant on the St Paul River and the phased development of up to 90MWp of solar PV capacity.

Source: Africa Energy (Renewables) (08 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Nigeria, China:  China Threatens to Suspend Mambilla Power Plant Funding Over Legal Dispute

The Chinese government has asked the federal government to settle the legal dispute over the $5.8 billion Mambilla power project or it would not provide funds for the project. The China Gezhouba Group Corporation of China (CGGCC) and China Geo-Engineering Group Corporation (CGGC) had in 2006 won the bid for a joint venture to execute the hydropower project with a ...

Source: This Day (11 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Women and Youth

Rwanda:  How Two Young Rwandan Women Changed the Lives of an Entire Village

Africa's never-ending lands, panoramic views, intriguing culture, and special cuisine go hand in hand with some very specific needs and challenges. But alongside the many issues that the continent faces, there is an abundance of entrepreneurial spirit, as well as a local desire to help one another and take responsibility. So is the case of Tharcille Tuyisenge and Grace ...

Source: The New Times (05 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Other News

Egypt: Egypt's AAIB sign EBRD, AFD $30 mln green loan deals

Egypt's Arab African International Bank (AAIB) signed on Tuesday loan agreements totalling $30 million with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and France's state development agency AFD. The agreements are part of the EBRD's efforts to support improvements in the energy efficiency of Egyptian private sector businesses, by providing a loan of $15 million to AAIB.

Source: Masress (11 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Ghana: Ghana hosts seventh clean energy and Environment conference | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

The seventh West African Clean Energy and Environment (WACEE) Trade Fair and conference geared towards exploring the various avenues of renewable energy development in West Africa opened on Wednesday in Accra. The three-day conference, being organized by the Delegation of German Industry and ...

Source: Ghana News Agency (Science) (12 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Ghana: Ghana increases efforts at delivering sustainable energy | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

Ghana is making significant strides in the delivery of sustainable energy solutions to the people and to the West African energy market, the Energy Ministry announced on Wednesday. The Ministry is, thus, pursuing a number of sustainable energy initiatives including renewable energy-based electrification ...

Source: Ghana News Agency (Science) (12 Nov 2019 )  Share

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Kenya:  Counties Critical in Upscaling Renewable Energy

Nine million households have access to off-grid energy, shows a Ministry of Energy survey, as renewable energy accounts for about 70 per cent of Kenya's installed capacity compared to the global average of 24 per cent. The Energy Act, 2019 gives further mandate to counties to be critical entities in preserving universal access to electricity, inform county energy plans ...

Source: The Nation (11 Nov 2019 )  Share

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