Alternative Energy

SA’s NERSA has approved 75 self-use energy generation applications

Feb 22, 2020

Minerals and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says energy regulator NERSA has already approved 75 applications from private companies wanting to generate energy for self-use. He said applications came from individual households and companies, and that most of them were mining companies. The Minister said this when he briefed the media in Cape Town following his…

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Namibia’s Kunene region gets 150 kWp solar power plant

Feb 21, 2020

The Kunene region of Namibia has just acquired a 150 kWp solar power plant. The project was financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCCF). It will benefit 9,200 people. The installation of a 150 kWp solar power plant in the Kunene region marks the beginning of a new era in the fight against the effects…

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PPA signed for Kenya’s third largest wind farm

Feb 21, 2020

Bahari Wind Limited and Kenya Power and Lighting Company signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for a 90 MW wind energy project in Mpeketoni, Lamu county, developed by Belgian wind energy company Elicio. The agreement was signed at the close of January, Elicio confirmed in a press release. The project will be the country’s…

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Seychelles Presidency acquires small-scale 90 kWp solar power plant for State House

Feb 21, 2020

The official residence of the President of the Republic of Seychelles has just been equipped with a small photovoltaic solar power plant. The 90 kWp installation allows the presidency to make savings on its electricity bill. An anecdote? Rather a symbol, which is emulated. Seychelles’ State House is switching part of its electricity production to…

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Saurea’s solar engine will pump water for irrigation in Zambia for 20 years

Feb 21, 2020

Saurea just sold a solar engine in Zambia. In this East African country, where only 5% of people have access to electricity in rural areas, the French start-up’s innovation is adapted to hand pumps to irrigate fields. Saurea’s solar-powered engine could well change the game for Zambian agriculture. The sector produces only 20% of GDP,…

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Parties still “months” away from final agreement on the Great Renaissance dam – Pompeo

Feb 20, 2020

Obtaining an agreement between Egypt and Ethiopia on the Great Renaissance dam could take several months. This statement was made by Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State. “There is still a lot of work to do, but I am confident that in the coming months we will be able to resolve (this disagreement note),”…

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Rwanda signs funding agreement with KfW for Green City Kigali project

Feb 19, 2020

KfW, the German development bank has agreed on funding in the amount of over €9.6 million to support the implementation of the Green City of Kigali project. The financing agreement was signed in Kigali last week by Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Rwanda Thomas Kurz, and Uzziel Ndagijimana, the Rwandan Minister of…

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Miniplast signs 20-year solar power contract with Stella, Emnew in Ghana

Feb 19, 2020

Miniplast Ghana Limited, a plastic manufacturing and recycling company, has signed a 20-year solar power contract with STELLA Futura Ghana and EmNEW to buy electricity from a 704 kWp grid-tied solar photovoltaic plant. It would be installed on their factory roofs at the Spintex Industrial Area. The plant will be installed and operated by Stella…

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Scatec Solar connects fourth solar power plant to SA’s grid

Feb 19, 2020

Independent solar power producer Scatec Solar and partners have grid-connected and reached commercial operation for 86MW of the 258MW solar power complex in Upington, South Africa. The 86MW facility, known as Sirius, is expected to produce 217GWh and will lead to the abatement of more than 180,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. “We are pleased…

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Thousands of Kenyans set to benefit from solar project

Feb 19, 2020

Some 250,000 households in 14 counties are set to benefit from a solar electrification programme. This is after the government partnered with the World Bank to fund the Sh15 billion project. In the announcement made by President Uhuru Kenyatta during the opening of the sixth Global Off-Grid Solar Forum 2020 in Nairobi yesterday, 800 public…

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