Alternative Energy

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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Ethiopia targets energy access for all by 2025

Nov 15, 2018

Ethiopia is targeting energy access for all its citizens by 2025. The country, which currently has an electrification rate of 58%, intends to implement important hydroelectric and geothermal projects in order to achieve this goal. BizunehTolcha, the director of public relations of the Ministry of Irrigation, Water and Energy, told Xinhua, “The ministry will need…

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ENGIE signs PPA with Senelec for solar projects

Nov 15, 2018

Global energy and services company ENGIE, alongside its investment partner Meridiam consortium and Fonsis, the Senegalese Sovereign Fund, have signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Senelec, the Senegalese off-taker for two solar photovoltaic projects in Senegal, ENGIE said in a Wednesday press release. Developed by the Senegalese government and the International Finance Corporation (member…

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Senegal to power 25 villages with solar before end of 2018

Nov 14, 2018

Senegal will see 25 villages in the south-east of the country electrified with solar by the end of the year as part of a sustainable development program promoting renewable energies. “Of the 40 villages targeted, more than 25 will be electrified in December. All installation work will be completed before the end of November. These…

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AfDB achieves significant progress with energy projects across Africa at AIF

Nov 14, 2018

The just-concluded Africa Investment Forum  (AfricaInvestmentForum.com) successfully convened key stakeholders, and provided an unprecedented platform for effective dialogue to drive investments into the continent. Running on the margins of the Forum, the Africa Energy Market Place (AEMP) (https://bit.ly/2PXQEa3) progressed with country-specific discussions that began at the inaugural AEMP in July 2018 aimed at removing barriers to private…

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S. Africa’s energy minister looks to increase wind sector investments

Nov 13, 2018

Addressing delegates during the second day of SAWEA’s annual Windaba conference, the Department of Energy (DoE) acknowledged the Wind sector’s ability to attract substantial investment into the country; to significantly contribute to the country’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and to drive down the cost of power through competitive pricing. Minister Radebe confirmed the government’s…

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Senegal solar project wins Phanes Group’s second Solar Incubator

Nov 13, 2018

International end-to-end solar provider Phanes Group has announced the 30MW Gossas Solar Farm Project in Senegal as the winner of the second edition of its Solar Incubator. The announcement was made at the “Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa” conference in Kigali, Rwanda, where three finalists presented their proposal to a panel of international industry experts from…

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Nareva, Enel Green Power mobilize funds for Morocco’s 180MW Midelt wind farm

Nov 13, 2018

In Morocco power producers Nareva and Enel Green Power completed the financial mobilization of $230 million needed for the construction of the Midelt wind farm. Part of the financing came from a loan allocated by Morocco’s National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water. (ONEE). With a capacity of 180 MW, the infrastructure will be built…

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Kenya targets 100% green energy by 2020

Nov 13, 2018

Kenya targets 100 per cent transition to green energy by 2020 to address the climate change challenge, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said. President Kenyatta said renewable energy makes up 70 per cent of Kenya’s installed electric power capacity, with investment scaled up. He said the aggressive investments to reach this figure have been made simultaneously…

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IFC coordinates financing package for hydropower project in Cameroon

Nov 12, 2018

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) in partnership with the government of Cameroon, and EDF have signed a set of agreements that will lead to the construction of the Nachtigal hydroelectric plant. The project is a 420MW run-of-river plant that will increase Cameroon’s power generation capacity by 30%. It has benefited from the engagement of the…

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