Alternative Energy

IPPs set to challenge Eskom’s force majeure on wind farms

Apr 2, 2020

Eskom is proposing to curtail operational wind farms citing reduced demand in relation to COVID-19, claiming force majeure. This is despite government issuing an official notice on 25 March 2020, classifying electricity production, supply and maintenance as essential services. South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) says Eskom’s proposal comes as a surprise to the 22…

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CAMARTEC launches biogas technology, creates over 10,000 jobs in Tanzania

Apr 1, 2020

THE Centre for Agriculture Mechanisation and Rural Technology (Camartec) has created over 100 permanent jobs by utilising biogas technology in the country. It has also created over 10,000 casual jobs during the construction of the plant, installation of biogas digesters and tanks for households, schools and related customers. Addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam during…

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MIGA issues guarantees for solar projects at Benban Solar Park in Egypt

Apr 1, 2020

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), has issued guarantees to support the operation and maintenance of six additional solar power plants at the Benban Solar Park in the Aswan Governorate in Upper Egypt. The new plants are part of Egypt’s landmark solar Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) Programme, which mobilises private…

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REREC selects SAP to bring transparency, efficiency to renewable energy distribution in Kenya

Mar 31, 2020

The Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation, REREC, has partnered with SAP to enable expert bid evaluation, contract lifecycle management and supplier self-service through a digital transformation project named Project Platinum. “The directive from the President was made to ensure transparency, efficiency, and integrity in state procurement processes,” says Peter Mbugua, CEO at REREC. “As…

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STE acquires photovoltaic solar power plant for its eastern agency in Chad

Mar 31, 2020

The water company of Chad (STE) will soon have a photovoltaic solar power plant. The installation is being carried out by Aboussimbil, a Chadian company specialising in general trade and building construction. The project will cost the construction company more than 500 million CFA francs (nearly ‘762,000). The plant of the Chadian water company (STE),…

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Solar emerging as prime source for West Africa’s future energy mix

Mar 31, 2020

The countries of West Africa should make solar PV the “prime source” in their future energy systems as they decarbonize in the decades leading up to 2050, according to a newly published study by a team of researchers in Finland. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) needs to substantially ramp up generating capacity…

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Rwandan Government to install 1 million m² of cooling roofs by 2021

Mar 30, 2020

Within the framework of the Million Cool Roofs Challenge 2021, the Rwandan government has launched a project called “Rwanda Cooling Project”. It aims to deploy 1 million square metres of cooling roofs in the country by September 2020. The project will require 94.36 million Rwandan francs, or USD 100,000. Rwanda is one of 10 countries…

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AfDB donates €12m for energy transition in Sao Tome and Principe

Mar 30, 2020

The African Development Fund (ADF) has donated € 12.5 million to Sao Tome and Principe to support the country’s energy transition. The funds allocated by the concessional financing window of the African Development Bank will finance the country’s energy transition and institutional support program ETISP. The program is scheduled to be implemented over at least…

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AfDB approves €62m financing for the electrification of over 1,300 rural localities in Ivory Coast

Mar 30, 2020

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank approved, Wednesday, March 25, a loan of 62.35 million euros to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to finance the first phase of the project to strengthen the works of the electrical system and access to electricity called “PROSER I”. The completion of the four-year project will…

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Two million improved stoves by 2020 for biogas cooking in Malawi

Mar 30, 2020

In Malawi, the government has launched the project “2 million improved cookstoves” by 2020. These will enable women to cook sustainably using biogas technology. The country aims to achieve universal access to clean energy for all by 2030. In Malawi, biomass accounts for 89 per cent of the energy mix, with households consuming the bulk…

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