Alternative Energy

responsAbility partners WWF on Nyamwamba river restoration, 7.8 MW hydropower plant in Uganda

Jun 16, 2019

responsAbility and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Uganda are teaming up for a USD 240,000 restoration project on the Nyamwamba River Watershed in Western Uganda. The 5-year project focuses on protecting important water catchments for socio-economic development. While aiming to improve the livelihoods of 900 households in the region, it will also benefit…

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Kenyans protest Lamu coal plant construction

Jun 15, 2019

Scores of Kenyans on Wednesday protested a project to build a coal power station near the Lamu archipelago, a popular tourist spot that includes a UNESCO World Heritage site and vibrant marine life. The power station, which has been in the planning stages for about six years, has faced fierce resistance from activists and local…

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Siemens Gamesa in talks over Egyptian wind energy projects

Jun 14, 2019

The Egyptian Ministry of Electricity is currently in talks with the German company Siemens Gamesa about a large wind power project in the east of the country. The independent power producer (IPP) wants to provide 2 GW for an investment of 2 billion euros. Siemens Gamesa wants to invest in wind power in Egypt. The…

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DBSA funds final stages of Bumbuna II hydropower project in Sierra Leone

Jun 13, 2019

As Joule Africa enters the final stages in developing the Bumbuna II 143 MW hydropower project in Sierra Leone, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), has committed US$4.9 million to finance remaining project development activities. Mohale Rakgate, DBSA’s Group Executive for Project Preparation, commented: “Bumbuna II is a critical energy infrastructure project for Sierra…

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Eskom’s coal dependence is strangling SA’s transition to a greener future – Greenpeace

Jun 12, 2019

As more countries begin moving towards environmentally friendly power options, Greenpeace Africa has tasked South Africa’s power utility with implementing a ‘Just Transition’ away from coal and towards a green future. South Africa and Eskom are lagging behind in the global move towards renewable energy sources, according to environmental activist group Greenpeace. Amidst the resignation…

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Tunisia set to commission 10MW Tozeur photovoltaic plant

Jun 12, 2019

Tunisia’s 10 MW Tozeur photovoltaic solar power plant will be completed by the end of June 2019. The solar power plant located in the west of Tunisia will be connected to the national electricity distribution grid. The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract between an Italian company and the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (Steg)…

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Eswatini issues RfQ for 40MW of solar projects

Jun 11, 2019

The Kingdom of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is seeking proposals for the deployment of 40 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity as part of the country’s efforts to cut its reliance on imported power. The Eswatini Energy Regulatory Authority (ESERA) issued а Request for Qualification (RfQ) on Friday and will await bids by August…

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Ethiopian Govt invites 12 international firms to bid in energy sector

Jun 11, 2019

In taking the privatization process further, the Ethiopian government has officially extended an offer to at least 12 global companies to submit financial and technical proposals in order to engage in the power production and operations. The Minister of Finance (MoF), Ahmed Shidie, presenting his Ministry’s 10 month report before the House of People’s Representatives…

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Scatec Solar finalizes third 65MW solar plant in Egypt

Jun 11, 2019

Scatec Solar and partners have grid connected and reached commercial operation for another 65 MW of the 400 MW Benban project in Egypt. Scatec Solar now has 195 MW in operation in Egypt and expects to have completed the project during second half of 2019. The Benban solar power plant is Scatec Solar’s largest project…

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Metka completes 10MW solar PV project in Uganda

Jun 11, 2019

Athens-based EPC firm Metka EGN has built a private 10MW solar PV project at Bufulbi in Uganda for developer and financier Tryba Energy. Metka designed and implemented the solar plant and Overhead Line (OHL) infrastructure in order to inject power directly into the local grid, with the off-taker being Uganda Electricity Transmission Company. The inauguration of the…

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