Alternative Energy

Tanzania’s TANESCO approves coal power project

May 8, 2019

The proposed project with a capacity of 100MW, aims to meet high demands for Tanzania’s power exports to both the East African and Southern African Power Pools. Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) has received green light for the development of the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP). Aim and JSE listed Kibo received the notice. The green light now enables JSE listed…

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Lower cost energy planned for Somaliland through renewable energy

May 8, 2019

Energy security is essential to the long-term economic and social development of communities in the world’s poorest regions. In Somaliland we are unlocking the potential of its renewable energy resources to improve access to affordable, reliable electricity. Opportunity Somaliland has substantial energy resources – especially wind and solar – but this potential is largely under-utilised.…

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ENI partners ETAP over development of renewable energy projects in Tunisia

May 8, 2019

Eni has inaugurated in Tataouine, in the south of Tunisia, the construction site for a photovoltaic plant with an installed capacity of 10 MW. The project, which was awarded to the ETAP-Eni consortium following a public tender issued by the Tunisian authorities in accordance with the country’s licensing regulations, will supply electricity to the State-owned company Société…

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Africa Green Tec powers another Malian village with solar

May 8, 2019

The German start-up, Africa GreenTec, is installing a mini solar containerised grid in Fanidiama village, located in the Sikasso region of southeast Mali. Equipped with batteries, the containerised mini-grid has a capacity of 45 kWp. Fanidiama is a small village located 462 km from Bamako, the Malian capital. It is rather known for the cultivation…

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Kenya to save Sh2bn through new geothermal transmission line

May 7, 2019

Kenya will save Sh2 billion worth of electricity per year lost through leakages during transportation with the construction of a more efficient transmission line to supply geothermal power to western Kenya for the first time. The 300km high voltage line, with the benefit of less power losses, is set for completion early next year and…

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Off-grid electrification helping to achieve Rwanda’s energy targets

May 7, 2019

In line with the Rwanda’s economic development targets, the country is projecting a 100% access to electricity by 2024 as it is a crosscutting driver of economic growth. Given that the grid expansion will take time to reach all households, the energy sector strategic plan stipulates the use of off-grid solutions, including solar home systems…

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South Africa’s DoE launches Wind Atlas for South Africa

May 7, 2019

Department of Energy (DoE) acting director-general Zizamele Mbambo has launched the Wind Atlas for South Africa (Wasa) High Resolution Wind Resource Map, which has expanded its coverage to three-quarters of the country. Addressing delegates at a seminar this week, Mbambo emphasised the importance of accurately determining the availability of wind resources. “As we continue on our ambitious…

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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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