Alternative Energy

IAEA officials train Rwandans on nuclear technology regulation

May 7, 2019

Two legal experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are in Rwanda for a three-day mission to train Rwandan officials about the international legal framework on how to ensure nuclear safety, security, and civil liability for nuclear damage. Attended by about 25 officials and experts from different Rwandan institutions, the training is being conducted…

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UK invests over £64m in Kenya’s solar, tech industries

May 6, 2019

More than £52 million of UK funding has been raised for solar power plant, creating up to 250 jobs in Kenya; £11 million investment by British business De La Rue to produce high-tech identity cards, tax stamps, and currency; £1.4 million package of support for creative industries in Kenya and Nigeria The Foreign Secretary Jeremy…

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Egypt’s Benban solar complex to become fully operational in 2019

May 6, 2019

Egypt’s 1.6-GW Benban solar complex, being built in Aswan governorate, is expected to become fully operational this year, the country’s investment ministry said on Sunday. The project, worth USD 2 billion (EUR 1.79bn), is to create the world’s largest photovoltaic (PV) park. Its implementation is partly funded by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation with…

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300MW Kammwamba coal power project in Malawi begins

May 6, 2019

Construction works on the 300MW coal-fired power project Malawi is underway. This is according to Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Liu Hongyang. “Kam’mwamba Coal-field Power Project is still alive and there, what we are doing is that we are doing some visibility studies on some infrastructure like roads, railways systems and other things…

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Kenya imported less electricity in 2018 due to good rains

May 3, 2019

Kenya imported less electricity and reduced the use of thermal generation in 2018 after good rains boosted hydro generation as well as the coming online of wind and solar power projects. This is according to the latest economic survey that indicates that electricity imported reduced 43 percent while thermal generation reduced by 39 percent. Good…

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Tlou Energy receives approval for CBM, solar power plants in Botswana

May 3, 2019

Tlou Energy received approval from Botwana’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) for its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for up to 20 MW CBM Power Generation, a 66kV-transmission line to Serowe and a solar farm up to 20 MW. Tlou’s Managing Director, Tony Gilby commented, “We welcome another milestone which further de-risks the Lesedi Project.  The…

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Ngonye solar plant in Zambia begins operations

May 1, 2019

Enel Green Power (EGP), a subsidiary of Italian power giant Enel, has started operations of the 34MW Ngonye solar PV plant in Zambia. The completion comes days after French developer Neoen and US thin-film specialist First Solar announced the completion of the first of the World Bank-backed Scaling Solar projects, another large project of 54MW…

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Scatec Solar to power humanitarian operations in South Sudan

May 1, 2019

Thanks to a new private sector collaboration linking Scandinavia to Sub-Saharan Africa, a Norwegian company will be helping the International Organization for Migration harness solar energy to power a significant part of its ongoing joint humanitarian operations in Malakal, South Sudan, by early next year. The Norwegian company, Scatec Solar, has selected South Sudan among…

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Wind industry to promote economic growth – SAWEA

Apr 30, 2019

Recent data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) puts Africa in third place with 8.4% growth in renewables capacity, which is largely made up of wind power. According to the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), South Africa is spearheading this sector forward, contributing to greater social and economic growth. SAWEA Chair, Mercia…

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Geocycle Egypt Company commissions waste to fuel plant

Apr 30, 2019

Geocycle Egypt Company, specialising in waste treatment, has put into operation a waste recycling plant in Ain Sokhna, in eastern Egypt. The products from recycling are destined for a cement plant of the Franco-Swiss group LafargeHolcim in the Suez Governorate. The cement plant of the Franco-Swiss LafargeHolcim group in Ain Sokhna will now run on…

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