Alternative Energy

Scatec Solar brings 4th 65MW plant online in Egypt

Aug 20, 2019

Oslo-based Scatec Solar ASA (OSL:SSO) has achieved commercial operation of its fourth 65-MW photovoltaic (PV) park at the 1.5-GW Benban solar power complex in Egypt. The company announced the milestone on Monday, saying it currently has 260 MW of capacity in operation at the Benban project site. It expects to complete its entire 390-MW portion…

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Wood-saving cookstoves helping Zambia cut forest loss

Aug 20, 2019

A UNDP-GEF partnership is promoting energy-saving stoves in rural communities in support of the government’s efforts to cut forest loss, clean up cooking, save lives and curb climate change. It’s half past midday in Kawama Village in Northwestern Zambia and Mildred Kikwanda is busy preparing ‘Nshima’ – the staple maize meal – with chicken stew…

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Progress made at last for Kingdom of Eswatini’s energy mix dream

Aug 20, 2019

After a long wait, the Kingdom of Eswatini issued a request for the qualification and development of a 40MW solar PV plant to be developed via the First Tranche Procurement Programme and a 40MW biomass-to-energy plant to be developed via the Second Tranche Procurement Programme. Surprisingly, the announcement was made public through the Eswatini Energy…

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Solar backpacks distributed to Botswana students in remote areas

Aug 19, 2019

The solar bag distribution programme for Botswana students was officially launched on August 7, 2019 at Ramonaka Primary School in southern Botswana. This initiative, led by two local organisations, aims to provide electricity to young learners in order to improve their academic performance. As of next school year, Botswana children will be going to school…

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First of planned 700 homes fitted with solar cells for Seychelles needy

Aug 19, 2019

The first government housing estate outfitted with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels has opened in Seychelles. The Barbarons Transit Homes estate was inaugurated over the weekend and represents the first step in the democratisation of solar PV panels to 700 families in the nation by the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC). Philip Morin, the chief executive of…

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Zimbabwe’s Govt promotes renewable energy investment

Aug 16, 2019

Government is considering a number of incentives to attract investment in renewable energy as part of efforts to ease power challenges that the country is facing, a Cabinet Minister has said. Energy and Power Development Minister, Fortune Chasi, said Government was focusing on promoting investment in renewable energy. “This is an ongoing discussion. We are…

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Botswana’s BPC launches RfQ as part of 100MW solar tender

Aug 16, 2019

Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has come out with a request for qualification (RFQ) for 2 solar power projects of 50 MW capacity each. The Botswana national utility  intends to select independent power producers (IPP) to set up the plants. BPC will sign the power purchase agreement (PPA) with the winners and procure power from these facilities.…

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Solar replacing maintenance heavy diesel generators at remote African base stations

Aug 15, 2019

Once solar power was a corporate “virtue-signaling” project but with changes in cost and reliability, it is now making a pitch to replace the diesel generators that currently dominate the market. Russell Southwood spoke to John Pfeifer, Founder and CEO, Apollo Solar about why solar is now more compelling for MNOs. Zimbabwe’s Econet is feeling…

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Tanzania forging ahead on SADC energy policies – Minister

Aug 15, 2019

Tanzania has made significant strides towards the implementation of various Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) energy policies and targets including the protocol on energy. The Energy Minister, Dr Medard Kalemani, made the remarks while launching one of the publications, namely SADC Energy Monitor; Enabling Industrialization and Regional Integration in the Region, held at Julius Nyerere…

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USTDA grants Zambian energy firm funds for large scale renewable hybrid project

Aug 15, 2019

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has agreed to finance a feasibility study for a 150MW hybrid solar, wind and battery plant in northern Zambia. The money was granted by the independent agency to the Zambian subsidiary of Upepo Energy Partners, a five-year-old firm that develops renewable energy projects across East Africa. If built,…

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