Alternative Energy

NLA, NABCO train 36 personnel on assembling solar powered e-kiosks in Ghana

May 17, 2019

The National Lottery Authority (NLA) in collaboration with the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) Secretariat and some experts from abroad have trained 36 NABCO personnel on technology transfer and assembling procedures for the solar-powered E-Kiosks. The e-kiosk concept is a private sector initiative in partnership with the NLA which seeks to offer lottery products to the…

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Greenpeace Africa welcomes SA Minister’s rooftop solar decision

May 17, 2019

Media reported Wednesday that Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, has written a letter to NERSA informing the regulator that it can consider granting licences to small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects with a combined capacity of 500 MW, without the developer having to seek permission from the Minister for a deviation from the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)[1]. In response,  Happy…

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Zimbabwe faces power blackout, turns to Mozambique for help

May 16, 2019

LOW water levels at Kariba and depressed coal supplies at Hwange Thermal Power Station, are threatening to plunge the country into darkness within the next three months, Energy Minister Joram Gumbo has said. Gumbo told journalists at a post-Cabinet briefing on Friday, that he will travel to Mozambique soon to negotiate for more supplies to…

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Rosatom introduces smart water solutions powered by nuclear, thermal plants

May 16, 2019

Speaking at the technical hub at African Utility Week in Cape Town, Andrei Grinevich, head of international affairs of “Rusatom Smart Utilities” highlighted the company’s innovative “Smart Water” offer. The panel discussion “Assessing the potential of ground breaking water technological solutions” focused on various problems related to the availability of water resources in the South…

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Zimbabwe plans for electric vehicles by 2030

May 16, 2019

Zimbabwe will by 2030, have done away with diesel and petrol powered vehicles and is likely to adopt electrically powered engines, in an effort to reduce carbon emissions that are largely blamed for fast-tracking global warming, 263Chat has learnt. In an interview with 263Chat on the sidelines of a National Workshop on Climate Change in…

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South Africa’s Energy Minister axes Nuclear Corp Head over ‘serious charges’

May 15, 2019

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Tuesday that he had removed the suspended director and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA, Phumzile Tshelane. In a brief statement, Radebe said he had taken the decision based on the “serious nature of the charges” Tshelane was facing, along with a board resolution and a recommendation…

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OVO Foundation funds electrification project in Kenya

May 14, 2019

OVO Foundation is expanding its energy access project in Kenya, electrifying over 300 schools and health clinics in the hardest-to-reach parts of Kenya. Around the world 1.1bn people do not have access to electricity, including 600m in sub-Saharan Africa. Through Project Jua, OVO Foundation is supporting the Kenyan Government’s overall electrification programme and helping the country…

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Ethiopia re-works its solar plans

May 14, 2019

Developers have until May 29 to register for the first stage of the process to procure four solar projects. With work under way on the second round of the IFC’s Scaling Solar program in the nation, 12 bidders have been identified to compete for the two projects previously offered under the initiative. Ethiopia has fired…

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FAO-GIZ cooperation agreement to implement solar energy projects in Tunisia

May 13, 2019

A cooperation agreement to implement projects related to the use of solar energy in agriculture in Tunisia was concluded on Thursday between the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ). The agreement, which aims to strengthen coordination and cooperation between the two institutions, was signed by FAO Representative…

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Guarantee Risk Solar Energy partners Bushveld Energy for 250MW solar plants in Zimbabwe

May 12, 2019

Local energy company, Guarantee Risk Solar Energy has embarked on a partnership with a South Africa-based Bushveld Energy (eXcess Africa) for the establishment of three solar photovoltaic plants with an output of 250 megawatts. The projects are expected to gobble at least $400 million and will be administered in phases till completion of the scheme.…

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