Zimbabwe/Zambia’s Kariba dam power generation halved as water levels drop

Feb 26, 2019

Power generation at Kariba Dam has been reduced in half as water levels continue to fall, authorities confirmed Monday. The dam sits on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and supplies power to both countries. According to Reuters news agency, the two countries have agreed to cut power generation at the dam by half. A…

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West African nations press ahead with solar corridor

Feb 26, 2019

The delivery of gigawatts-worth of solar generation across West Africa lies one step closer to reality after calls were put forward for experts to lay the foundations of a major project that was first envisaged in 2016. Nigeria, Mali, Ghana and the remaining members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are looking…

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KenGen secures contract to drill geothermal wells for Ethiopian Electric Power

Feb 26, 2019

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) PLC has secured a multi-million shillings contract to supply geothermal drilling services to the Ethiopian Electric Power, (EEP). KenGen and its partners from China bid for the Horn of Africa project as a consortium and was awarded the contract in December 2018. The signing ceremony of the agreement took place…

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Sida invests $50m to increase off grid energy access in Africa

Feb 25, 2019

Almost 70% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. Following the success of Sweden’s investment in small-scale energy services in Zambia, the concept is now being expanded – to Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mozambique. USD 50 million will give 5 to 15 million people in rural and slum areas access to electricity.…

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Wind power producers protest Eskom PPA renegotiation suggestions

Feb 25, 2019

Independent power producers in the South African wind energy sector are protesting against the suggestion made by Eskom Holdings SOC to renegotiate certain power purchase agreements. These include the agreements concluded by Eskom, the public energy company, with the entities that obtained the construction of renewable energy plants, as part of Phases 1 and 2…

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South Africa committed to more renewable power – Energy Minister

Feb 25, 2019

South Africa plans to expand use of renewable power as the coal-dependent nation expects traditional, centralized generation plants to “disappear,” Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said. Renewable power from independent producers currently accounts for 3,776 megawatts, less than 5 percent of the energy sold to consumers, but the country’s expansion into cleaner power generation has already…

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$1.5m results-based grants for solar home system companies launched in Malawi

Feb 22, 2019

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in support of the U.S. Government-led Power Africa initiative, launched a “Solar Home System Kick-Starter Program for Malawi” to expand energy access in the country via solar home systems (SHS). Power Africa will commit USD $5 million of support to the program, with USD $1.5 million going…

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Sun Exchange & Decentral Energy partner to take on larger South African solar projects

Feb 20, 2019

We have exciting news to share today that will deepen our impact on South Africa’s much-needed energy transformation. We’re thrilled to announce that Sun Exchange has entered into a new partnership with leading South African clean energy fund manager, Decentral Energy, that enables us to take on much larger solar projects than we previously have. The…

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Kanye solar street light project takes off in Botswana

Feb 20, 2019

An over P4 million project to erect solar street light commenced in Kanye on February 18. Funded through the constituency programme, the project is expected to be completed by April 24. Speaking at the commissioning of the project, Kanye Administrative Authority chairperson Mr Tlhomamo Dibeela said the street lights would not only illuminate the village…

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Ghana’s renewable energy master plan presented to Ministry of Energy

Feb 20, 2019

Ghana’s Renewable Energy Master Plan has been officially presented to the Ministry of Energy by the Energy Commission. The Master Plan constitutes an investment-focused framework for the development and promotion of the country’s rich renewable energy resources to propel economic growth, improve social life and reduce climate change effects. The plan, when implemented, is expected to help…

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