Alternative Energy

Arch injects $16.5m in CrossBoundary Energy to expand solar to companies in Africa

Feb 25, 2020

The British investment fund ‘Arch Emerging Markets Partners’ has invested $16.5 million equity capital in the solar off-grid provider CrossBoundary Energy (CBE). The investment will enable the company to expand its services in Africa. The solar off-grid provider CrossBoundary Energy (CBE) has secured funds for its expansion in Africa. The $16.5 million is being invested…

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Senegal opens West Africa’s first big wind farm

Feb 25, 2020

With the wind farm, Senegal will get 30% of its energy from clean sources, in a push to cut its dependence on fossil fuels Senegal inaugurated the first large-scale wind farm in West Africa on Monday, a facility that will supply nearly a sixth of the country’s power when it reaches full capacity later this…

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Lekela Power breaks ground on 250MW West Bakr wind farm in Egypt

Feb 25, 2020

African renewables developer Lekela has broken ground on the 250MW West Bakr wind farm in Egypt. The project is located 30km north-west of Ras Ghareb and is part of the government build, own and operate the scheme. A 20-year community investment plan is being deployed in the areas as part of the project, which includes…

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SA focused mining firm to power its mining trucks with hydrogen

Feb 25, 2020

Mining company Anglo American is working with ENGIE and Williams Advanced Engineering to modify its fleet of mining trucks to make them hydrogen-powered. According to the Business Insider South Africa, ENGIE will be supplying the hydrogen technology and Williams the battery system, while Anglo American is providing its own Komatsu trucks. The first rounds of…

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IEA appoints first Africa Programme Manager to coordinate work on energy issues across the continent

Feb 24, 2020

The International Energy Agency (IEA) (IEA.org) hired Maximilian Jarrett as its first Africa Programme Manager to help expand the Agency’s reach and coordinate its work as it deepens its engagement across the continent. Mr Jarrett brings 30 years of experience in the fields of international economic affairs, media production and strategic communications. He most recently…

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Sierra Leone’s Minister of Energy assesses Njala University 500 Kw solar light project

Feb 24, 2020

The Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay has conducted a site visit at Njala University, Mokonde campus on the 18th of February, 2020, for a 500kw solar mini grid installation. His visit was accompanied by a foreign delegation from AUDA NEPAD, the Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Higher Education and the Development Secretary from…

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EEP Africa supports renewable energy project initiators in 15 countries across Africa

Feb 24, 2020

The Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP Africa) recently launched a call for proposals for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Africa. Interested companies and start-ups have until March 10, 2020 to apply for grants and repayable advances of between €200,000 and €500,000. Fifteen African countries are involved. A call for proposals has…

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Half of SADC population using open fires to prepare meals – Energy Minister

Feb 24, 2020

The energy sector is undoubtedly the key enabler of economic development in the region, Energy Minister Fortune Chasi said. “Any slackening in the provision of power and petroleum products or services will result in stagnation or regression in the region’s economy,” he said. “The region thrives on its historical dependence on each other to the…

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Africa Finance Corp to invest $63m in Djibouti wind farm

Feb 24, 2020

– Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) is investing $63 million to build and operate a 60 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Djibouti, the Lagos-based development financier said on Monday. Established in 2007 by West African states such as Nigeria and Ghana to invest in infrastructure projects across the continent, AFC has a balance sheet of about…

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Algeria’s Desertec project relaunched with support from German expertise

Feb 22, 2020

Algeria has relaunched consultations with a view to carrying out the Desertec project. For the development of the large-scale solar energy production project, it intends to rely on German expertise. “We have been in consultation, for three months, with German partners for the preparation of an agreement allowing the establishment of a framework for discussions…

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