Alternative Energy

InfraCo Africa invests in Kenyan solar

Mar 19, 2019

 InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), has signed convertible loan agreements with frontier developer Gigawatt Global; committing a total of US$2.2m to the development of the Samburu Solar and Transmara Solar projects, respectively. Each with a capacity of 10 MWAC, the sister facilities will generate clean, reliable electricity in some of the poorest…

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Zambia commissions largest solar power plant

Mar 18, 2019

Zambia has commissioned its largest solar plant project and also the county’s first utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) farm, constructed at a cost of US $60m. The project was flagged off by Zambian President Edgar Lungu. The solar plant was developed by a joint venture of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Neoen, a French based…

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Tanzania’s Stiegler’s hydroelectric power project to create over 5,000 jobs

Mar 18, 2019

AT least 5,400 Tanzanians are set to get employment during the implementation of Stiegler’s Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station (SGHPS), which will be able to generate over 2,100MW. Minister for Energy, Dr Medard Kalemani, told the Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Minerals, which visited the construction site recently, that 5,000 Tanzanians would be employed as temporary…

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Eni to use solar to power oil and gas fields in Tunisia and Pakistan

Mar 16, 2019

Eni has begun the construction of two new solar photovoltaic projects in Pakistan and Tunisia. The Pakistan plant will be built in close proximity to the Bhit gas field at which Eni is the operator with a 40% stake, through its subsidiary Eni New Energy Pakistan. The Tunisia plant will be built at the ADAM…

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Rwanda’s Rwf100bn dam to reduce power shortages, others

Mar 16, 2019

The process to construct Muvumba multipurpose dam in Nyagatare District has kicked off with expropriation activities expected to be complete by the end of this year, according to Francois Tetero, the Head of Water Resources Management Department at Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority. The Rwf100 billion project is expected to increase the supply of pipped…

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AfDB pledges $25bn to climate finance for 2020-2025, doubling its commitments

Mar 15, 2019

The African Development Bank will double its climate finance commitments for the period 2020-2025, the Bank’s President announced today at the One Planet Summit taking place in Nairobi. Akinwumi A. Adesina said that the Bank would commit at least US$25 billion towards climate finance. Speaking at a plenary in the presence of Heads of State,…

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NEMC has approved Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower project in Tanzania – DG

Mar 14, 2019

The National Environmental Management Council (Nemc) gave the thumbs up to the development of the Stiegler’s Gorge project, the agency’s director general, Mr Samwel Gwamaka has said. “Being the institution responsible for management of our environment, we ensured all environment and social impact assessments were made before this project was allowed to progress. Its implementation…

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ABO Wind obtains license for 10-MW solar park in Tunisia

Mar 14, 2019

ABO Wind has received another permit and a tariff for a project in Tunisia. The solar park in the governorate Gabès, approx. 400 kilometres south of the country’s capital Tunis, has a capacity of 10 megawatts. ABO Wind plans to build the project next year in close cooperation with local partners. “The solar park will…

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Gono’s Jatropha project too small to ease Zimbabwe’s fuel crisis – Central Bank Gov

Mar 14, 2019

Former RBZ Governor Gideon Gono’s $3 million jatropha project’s contribution to the country’s fuel demands was too insignificant and cannot be considered as a viable solution to current fuel shortages. This was revealed in parliament by current central bank governor John Mangudya. Mangudya was giving oral evidence before parliament’s energy committee and was asked by…

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UK government aid set to provide clean energy boost to Africa

Mar 12, 2019

The Minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, has announced new funding to give more people and companies across Africa access to affordable, clean energy. The Department for International Development’s Transforming Energy Access programme has already helped people and businesses across Africa cut 2 million tonnes of carbon emissions and improve the lives of 3.2 million low-income…

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