Alternative Energy

Rosatom presents its innovative nuclear and hydro solutions for Zimbabwe

Jul 4, 2019

Rosatom Central and Southern Africa presented its innovative solutions in nuclear and hydro for both on-grid and remote off-grid systems at the Zimbabwe 2nd Renewable Energy & Power Infrastructure Investors Conference (Renpower Zimbabwe). Dmitry Shornikov, CEO of the African division of global nuclear giant Rosatom highlighted the technical and financial benefits of implementing small scale…

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Lamu coal plant ruling a setback to producing cheap power – Kenyan Govt

Jul 4, 2019

The plan to put Kenya and East Africa’s first coal plant construction on hold is a set back for the government’s quest to provide affordable energy. Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna says the Lamu Coal plant was meant to increase accessibility to cheap electricity which will eventually spur industrial growth in the country. “The coal plant…

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PowerChina set to construct 2 hydropower plants in Congo

Jul 4, 2019

Power Construction Corp. of China agreed to build two hydroelectric power plants in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help reduce the mining industry’s yawning energy deficit, its local partners said. Metal output in Congo is hampered by a shortage of power from the national grid, meaning mines in the world’s biggest cobalt-producing nation have…

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South African Conco to develop 10MW solar power plant in Eswatini

Jul 4, 2019

Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) will develop a 10 MW solar power plant to be installed by the South African company Consolidated Infrastructure Group (Conco). The project will cost $16 million and will reduce the country’s dependence on its supplier Eskom, South Africa’s electricity distribution company. The Kingdom of Eswatini wants to reduce its dependence on South…

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Morocco set for largest wind tower in Africa

Jul 3, 2019

Morocco will have a wind tower 144 metres high in early 2020. It will be the largest in Africa, thus taking the record held so far by South Africa. The infrastructure will be built by the Spanish company Nabrawind Technologies. Morocco wants to build a giant wind tower. The 144-metre-high building will be the largest…

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KenGen looks to expand footprint into South Sudan

Jul 3, 2019

South Sudan President Salva Kiir, on Tuesday visited Kenya Electricity Generating Company’s (KenGen) PLC’s geothermal power complex in Olkaria, boosting the firm’s quest to expand its footprint in the region. South Sudan is developing inclusive and sustainable green energy sector in a bid to increase electrification of rural areas and also boost sources of clean…

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Kenyan Green City to have solar power plant

Jul 3, 2019

Mwale Medical and Technology City (MMTC), Kenya’s green city under construction, will soon be equipped with a solar photovoltaic plant. The 30 MW plant will be built by the American company MCX Environmental Energy Corp. MCX Environmental Energy Corp, a US company specialising in renewable energy production, announced that it will build a solar photovoltaic…

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Enel Green Power begins construction on new wind farm in SA

Jul 3, 2019

Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (“EGP RSA”), has started construction on its 140 MW Garob wind farm located near the town of Copperton, which is part of the Siyathemba Local Municipality, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. Garob, which is the Group’s fifth wind project in the country, will involve an…

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D.light solar secures debt funding worth $18m

Jul 2, 2019

Global manufacturer and provider of solar power products–d.light has announced a US$18 million investment from a consortium of lenders, targeted for the African market. The investment is focused on the renewable energy space including; two responsAbility-managed funds, SunFunder, DWM and SIMA. The financing will be used to further grow d.light’s operations across Africa, the company…

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Gridworks invests in pan-African solar firm

Jul 1, 2019

Gridworks, the new company launched this month by CDC to invest in electricity networks across Africa, has made its first investment. Gridworks is making a 106.7m South African Rand (c. US$7.5 million) equity investment to become a shareholder in Mettle Solar Investments (“Mettle”), a leading pan-African commercial and industrial solar platform company that provides a…

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