Alternative Energy

Construction of the Menengai geothermal plant in Kenya to begin by December

Oct 21, 2019

Erastus Mbui Mwenda, the Nakuru County Commissioner in western Kenya, has recently announced that construction of the first geothermal power plant at the Menengai site will begin in December 2019. The Coordinating Committee for the Implementation of the Nakuru County Development Project (CDICC) has completed a working visit to the Menengai geothermal site in western…

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Siemens secures construction contracts for two wind farms of 500mw in Egypt

Oct 21, 2019

A public-private partnership agreement (ppp) has recently been signed between the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and Siemens Gamesa. The Independent Power Producer (IPP) will build two wind farms with a combined capacity of 500 MW. Siemens Gamesa is expanding in Egypt as the Spanish-German company recently obtained a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement with the…

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Rwanda approves nuclear power pact with Russia

Oct 21, 2019

The Rwandan Cabinet has approved an agreement with Russia to advance the use of nuclear energy for “peaceful purposes,” a move that is expected to bolster relations between the two countries and advance the latter’s interests in the region. This comes ahead of the first Russia-African Forum next week in the city of Sochi, which…

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Africa pushing a synchronized nuclear agenda – Kenya Nuclear Agency boss

Oct 21, 2019

“The Energy Act 2019 now enhances the participation of nuclear power development,” said Kenya’s permanent secretary in the Ministry of Energy, Joseph Njoroge, as he underscored the focus on pursuing reliable and sustainable, competitively priced clean energy. Njoroge said this at the African Nuclear Business Platform in Nairobi, convened to provide insight on the nuclear…

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IFC, Ivory Coast sign technical assistance agreement for feasibility study for two 30MW solar power plants

Oct 20, 2019

The Ivorian Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly and the Executive Vice President of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Philippe Le Houerou, signed a technical assistance agreement on October 17, 2019 two solar power plants. It was on the occasion of the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF which are held from October…

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VentureBuilder to support indigenous off-grid solar companies in Africa

Oct 20, 2019

VentureBuilder, which is focused on scaling African-owned and managed off-grid solar enterprises, launched today in advance of the Unlocking Solar Capital Africa conference with support from the DOEN Foundation, Facebook, Shell Foundation, and USAID. Mandated with expanding energy access to underserved populations in Africa, VentureBuilder’s launch will enable it to pioneer a new investment model…

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KarmSolar in need of $61.5m to provide solar energy to businesses in Egypt

Oct 20, 2019

The Egyptian company KarmSolar is currently in talks with several Egyptian and international financial institutions to raise a billion Egyptian pounds ($61.5 million). The firm has the ambition to provide electricity to private companies from its solar off-grid systems. KarmSolar continues to grow in Egypt. The Egyptian company is currently in talks with at least…

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Angola’s Caculo Cabaça hydroelectric facility expected online in 2024

Oct 20, 2019

Angola’s Energy and Water Minister João Baptista Borges announced that the first turbine of a total of four at the Caculo Cabaça hydroelectric facility will start producing electricity from 2024. The new facility is under construction in the Angolan province of Kwanza Norte. The minister said the Caculo Cabaca facility “will meet the country’s needs,…

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Botswana joins ERGI to support production of metals required for EV batteries

Oct 19, 2019

Botswana has joined the Energy Resource Governance Initiative, an initiative to support the discovery and development of mineral reserves of strategic metals used to make battery electric vehicles. The foreign ministers of ten countries met during the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 26, 2019 to discuss collaboration under the ERGI announced…

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Ghana to begin construction of Pwalugu multipurpose dam

Oct 19, 2019

Ghana is set to commence construction of Pwalugu multipurpose Dam in November this year. Construction of the Dam, which will be located in the Upper East Region of Ghana, is the largest investment any government has ever injected into infrastructure expansion in the northern sector since Ghana’s independence. Multipurpose dam The multipurpose Pwalugu dam will…

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