Alternative Energy

Regional cooperation in East Africa set to tackle energy insecurity

Nov 26, 2018

The Energy Security Policy Framework launched today in Kigali by the East African Community in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa, ECA will help East African countries to tackle the increasing energy insecurity affecting the region. “Deforestation, rising wood and charcoal prices, increasing imports of oil and gas are some of the symptoms…

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DRC’s Grand Inga Dam hydropower project likely to face challenges

Nov 25, 2018

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) aspires to have the world’s largest hydropower scheme that will have a continent-wide energy footprint. Africa’s mammoth hydropower project, the Grand Inga Dam, which began more than six decades ago, however continues to raise hackles. In 2014, the DRC signed a treaty with South Africa as its main partner and…

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Algeria opens tender for 150-MW solar projects

Nov 23, 2018

Algeria’s energy ministry is seeking bids in a tender for the installation of 150 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity across the country’s Southeast region. The tender was issued by the Regulatory Commission for Electricity and Gas (CREG) last weekend. In addition to the construction of the solar parks, it also calls for the provision…

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Kenyatta to commission Lake Turkana wind power plant

Nov 21, 2018

Kenyans will enjoy cheaper power with the commissioning of the 310 megawatts (MW) Lake Turkana Wind Power Plant in Loiyangalani, Marsabit, County. Fernandes Barasa, Managing Director of Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco), said the commissioning next Tuesday will be by President Uhuru Kenyatta. This step comes as the construction of the 428-kilometre high voltage power…

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Israel to finance Angolan solar power project

Nov 21, 2018

Israel plans to provide funding to Angola to be invested in several fields, including agriculture and energy generation. According to Oren Rosenblat, Israel’s ambassador to Angola, the Middle Eastern country will make around $60 million available for investment in Angola. Most of this funding will go towards the construction of a 5 MW solar power…

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Off-grid Rwandan communities to benefit from solar powered rural homes

Nov 21, 2018

Providing affordable utilities to off-grid communities in Rwanda is the next priority for BBOXX as it transitions from a from a solar company to a next-generation utility platform that seeks to enable a rural customer to live a healthier, wealthier and more productive life. The development was announced at the launch of Tomorrow’s Rural Home,…

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Niger to develop 200MW coal plant, 27MW solar plants – Official

Nov 21, 2018

Niger is on track to nearly double power production in the next six years, a senior official said on Monday, a development that could boost industry in one of the world’s poorest countries. The government is in talks with three Chinese companies to develop a 200 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in the centre of…

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Egypt set to build world’s biggest clean-coal plant

Nov 21, 2018

Egypt is set to build the world’s largest clean-coal plant. A Chinese conglomerate beat the US General Electric and a Japanese firm for a $4.4bn project at Hamrawein that will generate close to seven gigawatts of power or 40 per cent more than South Africa’s new station at Medupi, and dwarfing output from the turbines…

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Preparations underway for Rufiji hydropower plant in Tanzania

Nov 21, 2018

Construction of supporting infrastructure for the proposed 2100-megawatt Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric project on the Rufiji river is about to be completed. Completion of the basic infrastructure would signify the beginning in earnest of constructing the reservoir dam and main project just as soon. This was revealed to Energy minister Medard Kalemani in Dodoma by the…

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Kenyatta set to inaugurate East Africa’s largest solar plant in Garissa

Nov 19, 2018

Kenya is Tuesday set to launch the region’s largest solar power plant in Garissa with the cheaper green energy offering room to further lower electricity prices. The 54.6 megawatt (MW) plant, the largest in East and Central Africa and located 15 kilometres from Garissa Town, is expected to be commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta, further…

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