Alternative Energy

Consortium signs concession contract for biomass plant in Ivory Coast

Dec 11, 2019

The consortium composed of EDF, Meridiam and Biokala (a subsidiary of SIFCA) and the Ivorian government proceeded on Monday, December 09, 2019, in Abidjan, to sign a concession contract for the design, financing , the construction and operation of a 46 MW biomass plant. With a total cost of € 200 million, this facility, which…

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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to meet again in U.S. over Renaissance Dam dispute

Dec 11, 2019

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan plan to meet in Washington on Jan. 13 to resolve their dispute over a massive dam project on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, according to a joint statement issued by the U.S. Treasury Department on Monday. The foreign ministers and water ministers of the three African countries…

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Indian firm sets up biodigester in Gambia

Dec 11, 2019

The Indian company Urja Bio System, which specialises in the energy recovery of waste, has just launched a project in the west of Gambia: the installation of a biodigester that will contain 75 to 100 kg of cow manure. The heat produced will be used by the Sukuta clinic. Soon, cooking food in Sukuta, western…

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AMEA to develop 700MW of wind, solar through Egyptian PPAs

Dec 11, 2019

Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and Al Nowais Investments will sign an agreement to build $750mln renewable energy plants The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and Al Nowais Investments will sign an agreement on Tuesday to build $750m renewable energy plants in Egypt, with a total capacity of 700MW, a senior official in the Electricity Ministry told Daily News Egypt.…

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Samendeni hydroelectric dam officially operational in Burkina Faso

Dec 10, 2019

The Samendeni hydroelectric dam was inaugurated by the Burkinabe president at the end of November 2019. With an electricity production capacity of 2.6 MW, this dam is the third largest in Burkina Faso, after the Kompienga and Bagré dams. Its cost is estimated at more than 94 million euros. “It’s a dream come true”, said…

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Kenya ranked among top five in global clean energy ranking

Dec 10, 2019

Kenya has been ranked fifth globally in an annual Bloomberg index measuring investments and opportunities in clean energy, underlining the country’s position as the centre of renewable energy in Africa. The BloombergNEF (BNEF) latest Climatescope report says that Kenya’s rise for the first time in the global top five has been backed by the higher…

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Eskom must feed available power into the South African grid – Renewable Energy sector

Dec 10, 2019

As the country’s plunged into unprecedented Stage 6 power cuts for the first time, implemented by Eskom from 18:00 on 11 December, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has called for immediate release of available wind power into the national grid. The industry is proposing the lifting of Maximum Export Capacity on all operating…

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Shell Foundation/FMO growth fund to boost African off-grid solar companies

Dec 10, 2019

The Shell Foundation together with the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, FMO, have announced the launch of the $120 million Energy Entrepreneurs Growth Fund (EEGF), with an initial close of $45 million, providing catalytic financing for early to growth-stage companies in sub-Saharan Africa operating in the access to energy ecosystem. Triple Jump, an Amsterdam based impact-focused…

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Algeria’s Government establishes a renewable energy ombudsman’s office

Dec 9, 2019

An office for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency was officially established in Algeria in November 2019. This organisation will support and modify the country’s national renewable energy policy. The Algerian Government Council adopted in November 2019 a draft executive decree establishing the Office of the Commissioner for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The office will…

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Energy Ministers want Rusumo hydropower project completed in 2021

Dec 9, 2019

Although the progress of construction works of 80MW Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project (RRFHP) are at 59 percent, Ministers in charge of Energy in Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania have rejected the suggestion of the contractors that it will be completed in July 2021. On Friday, Minister of Infrastructure, Amb. Claver Gatete, Burundi’s Minister for Energy,…

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