Eco-Power installs solar photovoltaic system at Buchanan hospital in Liberia

Apr 30, 2020

A solar system has been installed at the hospital in Buchanan, the capital of Grand Bassa County in Liberia. The solar power plant was installed by the company Eco-Power as part of a partnership between the Liberian government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The hospital in Buchanan is now supplied with electricity via…

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Tanzanian village acquires solar-powered desalination systems

Apr 29, 2020

Phaesun, a German supplier of solutions for autonomous power supply systems, recently installed two small, solar-powered water desalination systems in Ndedo, a village in the Maasai community in Tanzania. These units will enable the pilot water desalination plant, installed on a saline well in Ndedo in February 2020, to provide 2 m³ of drinking water…

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Rural electrification is key to agricultural transformation in Ethiopia – RMI

Apr 29, 2020

Research organisation, the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), has launched a new report that shows how rural electrification efforts can unlock billions of dollars in new value across six agricultural processing or small business opportunities in Ethiopia. According to the report this can be achieved when farmers switch to electricity from expensive alternatives such as diesel.…

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Loon’s first solar-powered balloon brings internet connection to Kenya

Apr 29, 2020

The first internet balloon of Loon LCC, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has arrived over Kenya. The giant balloon, named HBA092, was launched at Loon LCC’s site in Puerto Rico, USA, at the end of January 2020. The floating network will help overcome the lack of internet connectivity in remote areas of the…

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Oil price collapse should nudge Africa towards clean energy

Apr 28, 2020

Oil prices have plummeted heralding a tough time ahead- at least in the foreseeable near future- for oil exporters in Africa. The chaos started when Saudi Arabia and Russia disagreed over production cuts leading to the oil price war which has led to the huge oil price drops the last of which were witnessed the…

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Zimbabwe looks to switch from hydro and thermal to solar power

Apr 28, 2020

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA Holdings) is looking to switch from hydro and thermal power sources to solar power. This is after the company rolled out US $500m worth of solar projects across the country. ZESA Holdings, in partnership with the private sector, intends to embark on the projects in the next two years…

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1.3m households in Kenya to benefit from solar electricity with support from the World Bank

Apr 27, 2020

In Kenya, around 1.3 million households will have access to energy through solar energy, with the support of the World Bank. The financial institution is indeed supporting the Kenya Off-grid solar access project (Kosap) which will allow the establishment of 121 mini-electrical grids in 14 counties of the country. Implemented as part of the National…

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Fonroche completes 50% installation of 50,000 solar street lights in Senegal

Apr 27, 2020

The project to install 50,000 solar street lamps in Senegalese cities is already halfway completed by the French company Fonroche Eclairage. The project is being slowed down by the covid-19 pandemic, which is also affecting Senegal. The restrictive measures put in place by the Senegalese government to limit the spread of Covid-19 are impacting the…

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Solarkiosk and Unitar’s Covid-19 mobile and solar test laboratories set for use in Africa

Apr 27, 2020

Solar solution provider Solarkiosk has teamed up with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to offer mobile laboratories for coronavirus testing in Africa. These facilities run on solar energy. How can the response to the spread of the new coronavirus in rural areas in Africa be ensured? The Solarkiosk company and the…

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COVID-19 jeopardizes South Africa’s national green energy plans

Apr 24, 2020

The investment plans of South Africa’s independent power producers are falling apart. The government, which pledged in February 2020 to solicit new bids from renewable energy suppliers to support Eskom, South Africa’s main electricity supplier, has backed off. At issue is Covid-19, which has led to a drop in the country’s electricity consumption. South Africa’s…

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