Alternative Energy

Botswana joins ERGI to support production of metals required for EV batteries

Oct 19, 2019

Botswana has joined the Energy Resource Governance Initiative, an initiative to support the discovery and development of mineral reserves of strategic metals used to make battery electric vehicles. The foreign ministers of ten countries met during the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 26, 2019 to discuss collaboration under the ERGI announced…

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Ghana to begin construction of Pwalugu multipurpose dam

Oct 19, 2019

Ghana is set to commence construction of Pwalugu multipurpose Dam in November this year. Construction of the Dam, which will be located in the Upper East Region of Ghana, is the largest investment any government has ever injected into infrastructure expansion in the northern sector since Ghana’s independence. Multipurpose dam The multipurpose Pwalugu dam will…

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Cronimet installs off grid solar on shopping centre rooftop in Namibia

Oct 19, 2019

The 1130 kWp rooftop photovoltaic system at Wernhil Park shopping center in Windhoek, Namibia, entered commercial operation in the first week of October. CRONIMET Mining Power Solutions managed to complete the project within eight weeks and thus four weeks before the scheduled handover date. The plant in the heart of the Namibian capital will from…

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Sahel Alliance plans to double the rate of electrification in the region in 3 years

Oct 19, 2019

The Sahel Alliance has pledged to mobilize € 4 billion to double the electrification rate of the five countries in the region by 2022. Achieving this goal means connecting 4 , 4 million additional homes, as well as the increase in installed solar capacity to 800 MW. Approximately 60 power projects with a combined value…

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South Africa’s energy minister unveils details of IRP2019

Oct 19, 2019

Cabinet’s approval of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2019) will provide much-needed certainty to a critical area of the economy, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Friday. “We therefore welcome the approval by Cabinet on Wednesday of the IRP 2019. It brings much-needed certainty to this critical area of the economy, and hopefully…

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AfDB, CIF and the Coalition for Green Capital to develop green financing instruments for Africa

Oct 18, 2019

The African Development Bank, in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), has commissioned the Coalition for Green Capital (CGC) to prepare a study on the creation of national climate change funds and green banks in Africa. CGC will identify and work with six African countries to conduct feasibility studies for the project, which was…

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ECOWAS calls for applications for training of clean energy developers

Oct 18, 2019

The ECOWAS Centre Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), in the framework of the project “Improving the Governance of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Sector in West Africa (AGoSEREE-AO), financed by the European Union (EU), are working to support entrepreneurs and developers who invest or intend…

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AfDB grants Tunisia’s STEG €138m for electricity and renewable energy

Oct 18, 2019

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved, on Thursday, 9 October, a total funding of 138 million euros for the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG) to implement the project. development and equipment of the electricity transmission network (PAERTE). This financing includes a € 108 million loan from the Bank and…

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Clean energy key to Zimbabwe’s economic development as power prices soar

Oct 18, 2019

Thousands of Zimbabweans will now pay through the nose for electricity – and yet still not escape the climate change reality that has brought Kariba down to its knees. Since August, electricity prices have gone up by over 1 000 percent for the typical household to ZW$162,16 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) – the idea…

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Ghana’s VRA to develop first wind project

Oct 18, 2019

Ghana’s power generation company, Volta River Authority (VRA) is in the process of constructing 150MW wind power as part of its renewable energy drive. The wind power project which is to be located in the Keta and Ada Municipalities respectively is expected to be part of VRA’s medium term plan. Chief Executive Officer of Volta…

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