Alternative Energy

Public-Private investor partnership commits to impact fund for renewables in Africa

Sep 18, 2019

A partnership of public and private investors today signed an agreement to carry out the first round of equity funding for small and medium-sized (1-10 MW) clean energy plants, initially focusing on Africa. Titled Empower Invest, the fund will contribute to the know-how and equity to implement solar PV, small hydro and hybrid plants. It will…

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Experts call on Ghanaian Govt to stop sale of fossil fuel vehicles to save environment

Sep 18, 2019

Government should enact a law that will ban the importation, use and sale of fossil fuel vehicles, participants at a two-day workshop on climate change have advocated. Fossil fuel comprises hydrocarbons, primarily coal, fuel oil or natural gas, formed from the remains of dead plants and animals. The participants added that the decision was to…

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Talks stall between Egypt and Ethiopia over Nile dam project

Sep 18, 2019

Egypt has accused Ethiopia of being “unfair” in talks over a massive dam project. The impasse has occurred due to technical aspects related to the filling and operating of the multi-billion dollar project. Negotiations between Cairo and Addis Ababa over a Nile dam being built by Ethiopia have stalled, Egypt said on Monday. Egypt, which…

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ROSATOM trains Nigerians on nuclear energy

Sep 18, 2019

As part of plans by the federal government to improve electricity generation through nuclear means, ROSATOM, a Russian government-owned nuclear energy firm, has begun training of Nigerian professionals and youths in that regard. The training is meant to boost the capacity of Nigerians, when the federal government builds nuclear energy research centres and plants in…

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Kenya Power invests $6.7m for hybrid off-grid power in rural areas

Sep 17, 2019

The director of the state-owned Kenya Power (KPLC) has just announced that hybrid off-grid systems will be installed to power rural areas in Kenya. The company has a budget of $6.7 million to carry out this project. What can be done to improve access to electricity in rural areas in Kenya? This issue was on…

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Zambia to rehabilitate $46m Chishimba Falls power station

Sep 17, 2019

ZESCO Limited has signed US $46m loan agreement with the development Bank of Germany (KfW) for the rehabilitation and upgrading of Chishimba falls power station in Kasama Districk, Zambia. The 15MW power station is set to help meet demand for electricity in the country. The project will include the rehabilitation and expansion of the power plant and refurbishing…

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South Africa’s Reatile Renewables acquires large stake in Juwi’s O & M unit

Sep 17, 2019

Juwi Renewable Energies has concluded a second investment transaction with Reatile Renewables, whereby Reatile has taken up a 43% equity stake in juwi’s solar PV Operations & Maintenance business. The agreement follows the conclusion of a previous deal between juwi Renewable Energies and Reatile Renewables earlier this year, in which Reatile took up a 20% shareholding…

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Mining the quickest way to revive Sudan’s economy – Energy Minister

Sep 17, 2019

The Minister of Energy and Mining Eng. Adel Ali Ibrahim has described the mining sector as the only and quick recovery for Sudan’s economy, pointing out that his ministry focuses on it to achieve the economic revitalization. Addressing a workshop on mining issues organized by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA); the sector of Public Geological…

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Fenix International set to launch off-grid solar in Mozambique

Sep 17, 2019

Fenix International a next-generation energy company and subsidiary of ENGIE, opens its sixth market in Mozambique, where it expects to reach 200,000 households with clean energy and inclusive financial services within 3 years. Launching sales in Mozambique is the latest step in Fenix’s expansion. Headquartered in Kampala, the company has already connected 500,000 customers to…

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Thermal coal to produce 2,400MW of electricity by 2023 – Zimbabwe Govt

Sep 16, 2019

Mines and Mining Development Minister, Winston Chitando on Thursday said government was planning to work towards generating energy by taking advantage of thermal coal which has the potential to generate over 2 400 megawatts by 2023. Speaking at the second quarter state of the economy business breakfast forum, Chitando expressed optimism over the new plans…

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