Alternative Energy

Egyptian IPPs plan to supply 2,150MW of wind energy

Jul 15, 2019

Sources at the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy reveal ongoing discussions with several independent power producers (IPPs). They propose to build wind farms capable of producing up to 2,150 MW. The Egyptian government has set itself the goal of consuming 20% of electricity produced from clean sources by 2022. The country has also…

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Zambia, Zimbabwe to begin construction of Batoka hydro power plant in 2020

Jul 14, 2019

Zambia and Zimbabwe will start building the 2,400 MW Batoka Gorge hydro power plant next year, a company jointly owned by the two governments said on Tuesday. The Batoka project involves construction of a dam, powerhouses, roads, transmission infrastructure and houses in both Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) said in a statement.…

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TDB to finance several renewable energy projects in East Africa

Jul 13, 2019

Pan African financier, Trade and Development Bank (TDB), plans to fund green energy projects in east Africa, officials said on Tuesday. Michael Awori, executive of lending operations at TDB told Xinhua in Nairobi that his organization has received lines of credit from a number of institutions including Export-Import Bank of China for onward lending to…

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Eastern African engineers trained in geothermal energy by GDC in Kenya

Jul 13, 2019

Engineers from several East African countries recently participated in a training session organised by Geothermal Development Company (GDC), the state-owned company responsible for developing geothermal projects in Kenya. . East African countries have enormous untapped geothermal potential. In Ethiopia alone, this potential is estimated at 10,000 MW. The countries of this region of the African…

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Infinity Solar fully connects its 133MW power plants to Benban in Egypt

Jul 13, 2019

Infinity Solar has finished connecting and operating all its solar plants in Benban, Aswan, to the national electricity grid, with a total capacity of 133MW, to bring up the total capacity added by the company in the feed-in tariff’s first and second phases to 184MW. Hesham El Gamal, director of public relations and communications of…

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Bidding for 100MW of solar energy to be launched in Botswana soon

Jul 12, 2019

Botswana is about to launch a call for tenders for two solar projects with a combined capacity of 100 MW. The projects will be implemented through a public-private partnership (PPP) involving local private companies. Almost a month after cancelling the call for tenders for the design, procurement and construction (EPC) of two 100 MW solar…

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IFC partners Togo government to produce 90MW through scaling solar programme

Jul 12, 2019

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Togo’s government will develop 90MW of solar power plants in the West African country. The related agreement was recently signed in the presence of President Faure Gnassingbé and Sérgio Pimenta, Vice President of IFC, who is currently in Togo. The deal falls under the World Bank’s Scaling Solar program…

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Zimbabwe’s ZERA receives application for 108MW solar project

Jul 12, 2019

Independent power producer, Power Ventures (Private) Limited, has applied for a licence to establish a 107 megawatts solar energy plant in Hwange District, Matabeleland North province. The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) confirmed the application in a public notice yesterday. It said the proposed solar plant, if approved, would be established at Chidome Ward in…

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Ugandan region rejects government’s proposal to build hydropower dam on Murchison falls

Jul 12, 2019

Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has opposed government’s proposal to construct a hydropower dam in Murchison Falls National Park. In a July 3 letter to the chief executive officer of Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), the kingdom prime minister, Mr Andrew Byakutaga, stated that the park is a unique landscape with several components that are crucial for enhancing…

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IBC Solar supports universities to improve Namibia’s energy supply

Jul 12, 2019

IBC SOLAR, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy storage, is supporting Bavarian universities to create a pilot project for expanding the energy supply into rural areas of Namibia. The aim of the project “PROCEED” is to achieve a sustainable improvement in the energy supply based on renewable energy. The research will also…

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