Alternative Energy

CWE to finally commission Gwayi-Shangani Dam in Zimbabwe by 2022

May 28, 2020

The Gwayi-Shangani Dam construction site will be delivered in 2022 instead of 2021 as originally planned by the Zimbabwean authorities. The delay is due to the health crisis caused by the Covid-19. Workers at the construction site of the Gwayi-Shangani Dam recently received a visit from the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs of Bulawayo…

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Researcher invents affordable, clean fuel for use by urban and rural poor in Kenya

May 28, 2020

Boniface Jiveri, a researcher currently working at Kaimosi Friends University College, has invented a clean cooking and lighting fuel that peri-urban and rural poor can use. The fuel, Bio-gel, is also a mosquito repellent and air freshener. In addition, Jiveri generates organic fertiliser from the waste that is used to produce the gel. In 2017,…

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Optimal functioning of the Volobe dam in Madagascar threatened by lack of water

May 28, 2020

In Madagascar, the entry into service of the Volobe hydroelectric plant (120 MW) could be compromised due to the insufficient water resource, reports Express de Madagascar . The Ivondro river, which hosts the infrastructure, is in great danger of not being adequately supplied by its tributaries, which are the Onibe, Namandrahana and Ivoloina rivers, among…

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Africa’s oil producers seek energy independence post COVID-19

May 27, 2020

Plummeting oil prices, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, have left Africa’s oil and gas producers staring at the bottom of the barrel. Renewables could offer them a way out. Months before Covid-19 triggered a historic oil price crash, there were signs that the market was already in ill-health. In December 2019, Nigeria’s environment minister warned…

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REPP completes financing of Arc Power’s mini-grids project in Rwanda

May 27, 2020

The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) is completing the financing of the solar minigrids project led by Arc Power, a company based in London, UK. This project will provide access to electricity to 145,000 people in remote areas of Rwanda. Arc Power is obtaining £300,000 (over €335,000) from the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), a…

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Singrobo hydropower project in Ivory Coast to deliver electricity under a 35-year PPA

May 27, 2020

An Africa-focused power company Themis Group announced it has issued a Full Notice to Proceed (FNTP) with construction of the 44MW Singrobo Hydropower Project, in Ivory Coast. Sponsored by a consortium including the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and IHE Holding, a local development company, Singrobo will begin delivering much needed electricity to the Ivorian power…

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Rep inaugurates 200 solar lights in Liberian district

May 26, 2020

Representative Josiah Marvin Cole of Bong’s District Three has commenced the installations of solar streetlights across the district. The lawmaker inaugurated the installation of the solar streetlights project Saturday in Gbarnga with a charge on the benefiting communities, towns and villages to judiciously use and protect the facilities. Speaking at the flag off of the…

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UNDP seeks consultants to install 6,894 solar street lights in Togo

May 26, 2020

The office of the United Nations Development Programme in Togo (Pnud-Togo) has just launched a call for tenders for the selection of several national consultants, technicians in electricity and/or renewable energy. They will assist in monitoring and supervising the installation of 6,894 solar-powered street lamps in the country’s regions. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)…

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Businessman completes 100kW solar mini-grid in Zimbabwe

May 26, 2020

Pan-African businessman and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa has, through his ‘Re-Imagine Rural’ initiative, completed a 100KW solar power project at Ndolwane in Bulilimamangwe district near Zimbabwe’s border town of Plumtree, in the country’s southwestern province of Matabeleland South. Breaking the news on his popular Facebook blog, Masiyiwa wrote: There is a place in rural Zimbabwe called…

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Africa’s energy potential can create prospects amidst COVID-19 – IRENA, others

May 26, 2020

The African Union Com­mission (AUC) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have stated that the energy po­tential in Africa can turn the COVID-19 crisis into an oppor­tunity for the continent and its population. AUC and IRENA recently held a virtual high-level dia­logue to discuss Africa’s needs in responding to the COVID-19 crisis and the…

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