Alternative Energy

REPP completes financing of Arc Power’s mini-grids project in Rwanda

May 27, 2020

The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) is completing the financing of the solar minigrids project led by Arc Power, a company based in London, UK. This project will provide access to electricity to 145,000 people in remote areas of Rwanda. Arc Power is obtaining £300,000 (over €335,000) from the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), a…

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Singrobo hydropower project in Ivory Coast to deliver electricity under a 35-year PPA

May 27, 2020

An Africa-focused power company Themis Group announced it has issued a Full Notice to Proceed (FNTP) with construction of the 44MW Singrobo Hydropower Project, in Ivory Coast. Sponsored by a consortium including the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and IHE Holding, a local development company, Singrobo will begin delivering much needed electricity to the Ivorian power…

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Rep inaugurates 200 solar lights in Liberian district

May 26, 2020

Representative Josiah Marvin Cole of Bong’s District Three has commenced the installations of solar streetlights across the district. The lawmaker inaugurated the installation of the solar streetlights project Saturday in Gbarnga with a charge on the benefiting communities, towns and villages to judiciously use and protect the facilities. Speaking at the flag off of the…

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UNDP seeks consultants to install 6,894 solar street lights in Togo

May 26, 2020

The office of the United Nations Development Programme in Togo (Pnud-Togo) has just launched a call for tenders for the selection of several national consultants, technicians in electricity and/or renewable energy. They will assist in monitoring and supervising the installation of 6,894 solar-powered street lamps in the country’s regions. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)…

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Businessman completes 100kW solar mini-grid in Zimbabwe

May 26, 2020

Pan-African businessman and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa has, through his ‘Re-Imagine Rural’ initiative, completed a 100KW solar power project at Ndolwane in Bulilimamangwe district near Zimbabwe’s border town of Plumtree, in the country’s southwestern province of Matabeleland South. Breaking the news on his popular Facebook blog, Masiyiwa wrote: There is a place in rural Zimbabwe called…

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Africa’s energy potential can create prospects amidst COVID-19 – IRENA, others

May 26, 2020

The African Union Com­mission (AUC) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have stated that the energy po­tential in Africa can turn the COVID-19 crisis into an oppor­tunity for the continent and its population. AUC and IRENA recently held a virtual high-level dia­logue to discuss Africa’s needs in responding to the COVID-19 crisis and the…

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Madagascar’s Sahofika hydropower scheme to receive €4m loan

May 25, 2020

The African Development Fund (AFD) has approved a 4.02 million euro loan with a grant component to finance the Government of Madagascar’s 30 million euro equity investment in the Sahofika hydropower project. The project entails the construction of a 205 MW hydroelectric power plant on a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer basis. This includes the construction and rehabilitation of…

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International community increasingly concerned by the tensions around the GERD

May 25, 2020

The tension surrounding the filling of the Great Renaissance dam in Ethiopia worries many players in the international community. The latter especially call for a return of Ethiopia to the negotiating table with Egypt. “Regarding the difficulties associated with GERD, we hope that the differences between the two nations can be resolved through peaceful dialogue…

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REPP finances drilling of 3 geothermal wells on Bweengwa site, Zambia

May 25, 2020

The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), a UK government-sponsored renewable energy finance platform, is providing $3.2 million for further geothermal exploration at the Bweengwa site in Zambia. Kalahari GeoEnergy receives funding to continue exploration drilling around the Bweengwa River in Zambia. The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), a UK government-funded renewable energy financing platform, is…

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Algeria set to build $3bn solar power plant

May 24, 2020

Algeria plans to build several solar power plants worth between $ 3.2 billion and $ 3.6 billion for export and domestic consumption. According to Abdelaziz Djerrad, the Prime Minister of the country, these plants will have a combined capacity of 4000 MW. Algeria, one of Europe’s main suppliers of gas, has affirmed for several years…

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