Alternative Energy

Eni, Sonangol to form renewables JV in Angola

Jun 7, 2019

Eni and Sonangol signed today in Luanda the Heads of Agreement for the incorporation of Solenova Ltd, a joint controlled company set up to assess and develop renewable energy opportunities in Angola. The creation of this new company is consistent with the country’s energy strategy that establishes a target of 800 MW of installed renewable…

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Zimbabwe’s Hwange coal power station under threat

Jun 7, 2019

The skewed pricing structure and the acute foreign currency shortages in the market have crippled the operations of coal miners, lowered production and could lead to a shut down of operations, businessdigest has learnt. The developments could also severely reduce the power output at Hwange Power Station. This comes at a time the mining sector…

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Coca-Cola launches N$5.7m solar power system in Windhoek

Jun 6, 2019

Coca Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has recently installed 1740 solar panels and nine solar inverters worth over N$5.7 million on the roof of the Coca-Cola Namibia Bottling Company. The factory will now derive 9% of its total power requirements from the sun. In a year, the new system is expected to reduce carbon emissions by…

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ENGIE signs MoU FOR 30MW solar power projects in Djibouti

Jun 6, 2019

The government of Djibouti and French energy group Engie have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a PV power station with a capacity of 30 MW in Grand Bara, Djibouti. State-owned utility Électricité de Djibouti (EDD) is actively involved in the project and has signed a memorandum of understanding with Engie. The project, which…

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IOM installs solar lamp posts in Niger Republic

Jun 6, 2019

At the request of local authorities and community members, IOM last month installed 55 solar lamp posts in the Bilma department, region of Kawar in Niger, through its project Community Stabilization Initiatives in Northern Niger (COSINN), financed by the German Federal Foreign Office. Mamadou, 25, a shopkeeper in Dirkou, used to close his business early in the evening out of…

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Increasing South African wind projects opens new market for turbine blade lifters

Jun 6, 2019

The increasing number of wind energy projects underway in South Africa is opening the market for specialist expertise in lifting turbine blades safely and securely. There are now a dozen more renewable energy projects underway in South Africa, which together will need the erection of 465 wind turbines during the construction phase of Bid Window…

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UN calls on Namibia to explore renewable energy and green tech

Jun 6, 2019

The United Nations this week urged local communities and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies and improve air quality. In a speech read on her behalf at the World Environment Day 2019 commemoration in held in Karasburg, United Nations Resident Representative Alka Bhatia highlighted the importance of understanding the different…

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Vestas to deliver EPC solution for wind project in South Africa

Jun 5, 2019

Leveraging its extensive project management experience and product expertise, Vestas has developed a full engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solution for the 35 MW Wesley wind project located at the Eastern Cape. The order is placed by EDF Renewables and adds to Vestas’ more than 100 successfully executed EPC projects, totaling more than 4 GW…

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PFAN to support climate adaptation, renewable energy projects in Liberia

Jun 4, 2019

Private Financial Advisory Network (PFAN), a global network of climate and clean energy financing experts was on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, introduced in Liberia to support entrepreneurs, who are engaged in advancing projects related to climate change adaptation and renewable energy. The introduction of the program was in Monrovia and was attended by more than…

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Kenya’s first utility scale IPP solar project attains financial close

Jun 3, 2019

Globeleq, a power sector leader in Africa, has reached financial close of the 40 MWAC (52 MW p) Malindi Solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Malindi, Kenya and is commencing construction of the plant. The US$69 million project is located in Langobaya, Malindi District, Kilifi County, about 120 kms north-east of Mombasa and is one of the first IPP owned utility scale…

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