Alternative Energy

Romainville Island solar park set to save Seychelles $1m

Jan 9, 2019

The solar park located on Romainville Island in the Seychelles is set to save the government revenue that would otherwise be spent on the import of petroleum products. The solar park will save the country $1 million a year in energy expenses. According to Laurent Sam, the energy engineer of the Public Utilities Company (PUC),…

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Ugandan solar power park to be connected to grid

Jan 9, 2019

UK-based energy solutions provider, Great Lakes Africa Energy (GLAE), announced the completion of the development of the 24MW Kabulasoke solar power park in Uganda. According to the Capital FM, GLAE has been acting as the lead financial and technical investor and forms part of the consortium comprising Uganda’s Xsabo Power Limited. The solar power project…

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Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board begins evaluation of nuclear sites

Jan 8, 2019

The Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board is currently conducting a screening exercise for potential sites identified for the development of nuclear power plants in the East African country. According to the Daily Nation, Lake Victoria, Lake Turkana and the Indian Ocean have been earmarked as potential sites due to their sustainable water sources. The CEO Collins…

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Tanzania’s NEMC supports Stiegler’s Gorge hydro power project

Jan 7, 2019

The National Environmental Management Council at the weekend okayed the government’s commitment to construct a mega hydroelectric dam at the Stiegler’s Gorge, reiterating that it will have no adverse impact on the local ecology. The new director general of the government’s environmental watchdog, Dr Samuel Gwamaka, said that implementation of the hydroelectric power project will…

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AfDB approves $149m credit risk participation for renewables, others

Jan 7, 2019

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the African Development Bank Group, have approved a credit risk participation by the Private Sector Credit Enhancement Facility (PSF) in seven loans cumulatively valued at $149 million. The seven operations include senior loans targeting renewable energy and agroindustry sectors in Uganda,…

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WWF renewable energy project to light up Mtwara villages in Tanzania

Jan 6, 2019

A renewable energy project in Newala District by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Tanzania) in partnership with a Mtwara-based civil society organisation (CSO). The project is being implemented at Miyuyu Village, and is bringing hopes of reversing the fortunes of Mbwinji Catchment Area and protects it from drying up, contributing to climate change…

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Blockchain capable of revolutionizing Africa’s energy sector

Jan 6, 2019

In Africa, the demand for electricity largely exceeds supply. Nigeria’s shortage of 173,000MW (for a nation whose current energy needs is around 180,000MW) gave rise to large-scale imports of noisy and polluting power generating sets. Most sub-Saharan African countries experience the same. In rural areas in Rwanda, where over 70% of the population lives, only 18%…

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Round-the-clock hybrid power grids start operations in Uganda

Jan 2, 2019

Uganda is set to be East Africa’s first country to use hybrid of solar and hydrogen technology to power areas not linked to national electricity grid. Tiger Power has signed an agreement with Uganda’s Rural Electrification Agency for a hybrid plant to power 3,000 households and businesses in three villages that currently lack electricity in…

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Drilling set to start on Baringo-Silali geothermal project, Kenya

Jan 2, 2019

Kenya’s Geothermal Development Corp. (GDC) reports that the rig up has started for the Baringo-Silali geothermal project. The Kifaru II rig is currently set up on the project site at Paka for the commencement of drilling. Drilling has been just around the corner for quite some time. The drilling contract with Hong Kong Offshore Oil…

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Namibia’s Bank Windhoek issues first green bond

Jan 2, 2019

Bank Windhoek issued Namibia’s first green bond to finance eligible green projects and assets. The bank, Namibia’s largest locally owned bank and its second largest lender, becomes the first commercial lender in southern Africa to issue such a bond. The bond, listed on the Namibia Stock Exchange, raised 66.60 million Namibian dollars ($4.74 million) on…

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