Alternative Energy

Scaled-up GERD promotion key to enhancing Ethiopian diaspora contribution

Feb 4, 2019

Promotion of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) should be further scaled up to enhance the contribution of the Ethiopian Diaspora. In a consultative forum on the contribution of Diaspora to GERD and its current status which was held today, Diaspora representatives stressed that the contribution of the Ethiopians in the Diaspora is not up…

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FirstRand joins ranks of banks exiting funding of new coal-fired power plants

Feb 4, 2019

FirstRand Bank has joined the exodus of local banks that had been funding new coal-fired power plants in South Africa and in particular the Thabametsi and Khanyisa independent power producer projects. These two projects are included in the draft integrated resource plan for electricity, Draft IRP 2018, for completion in 2023 and 2024. The IRP…

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Renewable power surge in Africa faces worker shortage problem

Feb 1, 2019

In sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 600 million people still lack access to electricity, off-grid renewable power is seen as one of the fastest ways to get energy where it’s needed, particularly to remote and rural areas where many Africans live. But one big challenge stands in the way, experts say: Too few trained workers…

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Africa Center for Climate and Sustainable Development inaugurated in Rome

Jan 31, 2019

A major focus on boosting the agricultural sectors and promoting rural development in Africa is needed to ensure a better future for the continent’s youth who, if given the chance, can be the drivers of development, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the inauguration of the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable…

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Nedbank withdraws funding for new South African coal IPPs

Jan 31, 2019

Nedbank lived up to its slogan as the ‘green’ bank in its decision to withdraw its funding of two proposed new coal-fired power stations in South Africa, Thabametsi and Khanyisa. The decision fits with the banking group’s commitment to “green” funding, responsible lending and supporting sustainability initiatives. The bank says its initial proposal for funding…

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Madagascar planning to double its power capacity

Jan 30, 2019

Madagascar plans to double its electricity over the next five years. The news was revealed by Roland Ravatomanga, the country’s new Minister of Energy, Water and Hydrocarbons, when he took office. The achievement of this goal will be achieved through five major points said Ravatonanga. The first is the introduction of new sources of energy…

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Algeria plans solar energy tenders

Jan 30, 2019

Algeria plans to issue several tenders for renewable energy projects this year as it seeks to meet growing demand for electricity and save gas for export, an official said on Monday. The OPEC oil producing member hopes to build solar plants to produce 22,000 megawatts (MW), or 27 percent of its electricity needs, by 2030,…

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Mobisol Tanzania lights up Arusha Prison with solar home systems

Jan 30, 2019

Mobisol Tanzania has donated 16.4m/- worth home solar systems to Kisongo Prison over the weekend, relieving the Arusha regional facility of security threat it has been facing during national power grid outages. “The donated solar systems would now give the regional prison management an opportunity for using the money it would save for settling its…

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400MW solar plant set for Kwekwe, Zimbabwe

Jan 30, 2019

KWEKWE-based ammonium nitrate producer, Sable Chemicals has entered into a partnership with a local energy solutions company, Katanga Solar Energy to fund a solar power generation project that is set to produce up to 400 megawatts. In an interview, Sable Chemicals chief executive Mr Bothwell Nyajeka said feasibility studies for the project were now complete…

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Electricity-hungry Cameroon boosts solar energy in push for rural electrification

Jan 29, 2019

Questions about whether new systems being installed will be maintained, however Adrienne Ngonou’s 25-seat restaurant used to open from 8 am to 5 pm, shutting it doors as the sun began to go down. But these days it’s open until 11 pm – and her profits have tripled. “We now sell both during the day…

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