Alternative Energy

Morocco’s MASEN signs MoU with IDB to promote renewable energy in Africa

Apr 12, 2019

The Moroccan Sustainable Energy Agency, Masen, signed two memoranda of understanding with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group on April 6, 2019, on the sidelines of the IDB General Meetings held in Marrakech, Morocco. The purpose of this collaboration between the two parties is to boost the growth of renewable energy in IDB member African…

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Slow economic growth to dim Kenya’s Sh1 trn nuclear energy plan

Apr 12, 2019

Slow economic growth and poor power demand could delay Kenya’s ambitious nuclear energy programme that was to go live in 2027. While there are forecasts putting economic growth at 6.3 percent in 2019, the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) cautioned that such progress could jeopardise their plan to produce 2,000 megawatts (MW) capacity power. Board…

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Kenyan city installs 1MW solar power plant

Apr 11, 2019

Tatu City has installed its first solar power plant, in partnership with Equator Energy, to generate renewable energy for the city. The installation comprises of 2,880 solar modules that have been mounted on 5,700 square meters of roof space at Dormans Coffee’s global headquarters at Tatu Industrial Park. The plant is expected to produce 1.4…

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Econet unveils largest industrial solar plant in Zimbabwe

Apr 11, 2019

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe today launched the first industrial solar plant in the country at its Willowvale complex in Harare, as the company moves towards clean and reliable energy. The 466 KW solar plant will operate under a 25 year Independent Power Producer (IPP) License which will enable the company to self-consume energy for its internal…

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Daystar Power unveils another office in Ghana

Apr 11, 2019

Daystar Power, a solar engery company has opened its second branch in West Africa with an office in Accra. A statement issued by the company in Accra yesterday said the fundamental factor for the expansion of the energy business in Ghana was the great potential that Daystar Power attributes to solar energy in Ghana. “Although…

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Watson wind farm plan ruffles feathers in South Africa

Apr 10, 2019

The Department of Environmental Affairs has given the go-ahead to a wind farm project that the Watson family wants to build in the Eastern Cape, before assessing strong differences of opinion from scientists worried about the threat to bird life. The topic came up at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture when evidence…

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Globeleq and Aurora Power Solutions awarded solar PV projects in Zambia

Apr 10, 2019

Globeleq, and SOLA Group’s Aurora Power Solutions, have been awarded two 20 MWACsolar PV IPP power projects in Zambia. The projects are part of Zambia’s GET FiT Programme, designed to assist the government to provide increased access to low cost, reliable and clean power, and diversifying the generation mix. It also encourages private sector participation…

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NDB signs loan agreement with DBSA for South Africa’s renewables sector

Apr 9, 2019

The New Development Bank (NDB) and DBSA have signed a $300 million Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction and Energy Sector Development Project loan agreement. The NDB pledged to provide a loan without a sovereign guarantee to the national financial intermediary DBSA. Under the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction and Energy Sector Development Project, BRICS Bank seeks to…

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Xago Africa progresses with 300MW solar PV project in Zambia

Apr 9, 2019

Kenyan renewable energy developer Xago Africa is looking to build a 300 MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant in central Zambia. The project is part of 1 GW pipeline that Xago Africa has been developing in Zambia in partnership with local company Blue Chip Resources. The two partners have now engaged Solarcentury East Africa as technical…

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Tunisia release list of contractors for 70MW solar PV tender

Apr 8, 2019

The government of Tunisia has unveiled contractors for six 10 MW solar projects in the country’s second solar tender that was launched in August last year. The country’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies announced the reports and said the project contracts were awarded to Abo Wind AG and Bejulo GmbH of Germany, Spanish multinational EPC provider Enerland, France-based VSB…

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