Alternative Energy

Morocco in the fast lane with world’s largest concentrated solar farm

Feb 10, 2019

It’s not just on the track that Morocco is aiming to become a world leader in renewable energy. As well as a host nation of a Formula ePrix, the country is also home to the world’s largest concentrated solar farm. Built on an area of more than 3,000 hectares in area – the size of…

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Zambia looks to Climate Investment Fund for renewable energy aid

Feb 9, 2019

Zambia is seeking support from the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) for the development of renewable energies in the country. Minister of National Development Planning, Alexander Chiteme, on the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the fund, said the development of this type of energy is part of national efforts to combat global warming. Zambia has…

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Russia, China back nuclear power as a clean-power fix for Africa

Feb 7, 2019

In a damp office at Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University, doctoral student Hailu Geremew fantasises about working on the nuclear reactor his country is now pondering building. “Oh that is my dream, my dream, my dream,” said the nuclear physicist, 32, wearing rectangular glasses and a cardigan. Geremew is part of a new generation of African…

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ENGIE starts operations of 100MW Kathu solar plant in South Africa

Feb 7, 2019

ENGIE (www.Engie.com) is pleased to announce that commercial operation was achieved on 30 January 2019 for the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park in South Africa. This state of the art plant is a greenfield Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project with parabolic trough technology and equipped with a molten salt storage system that allows for 4.5…

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Egypt’s wind farm bids are in

Feb 6, 2019

Egypt’s New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) revealed that three international companies have submitted offers for NREA’s call for tenders. The authority said that the bids were to establish a 250 MW capacity wind farm in the Gulf of Suez. Companies sending in bids for the wind farm include Siemens Gamesa, Vestas, and Senvion. The…

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Renewables for mining in Africa set to enter the next phase

Feb 6, 2019

In the last few years, more and more mining companies have adopted wind and solar systems to reduce their energy costs at remote off-grid mines. In this first phase, the initial focus was on the integration capabilities as miners were afraid that adding intermittent renewables such as solar and wind could affect the reliability of…

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Rwanda’s EDCL invites bidders to install solar home systems

Feb 6, 2019

The Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL) invites, by the present tender notice, all interested and qualified bidders to submit bids for the supply and installation of solar home systems through framework contract. The tender will be conducted through International Competitive Bidding and it is open to all bidders specialised in the field. Tender documents may…

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Bullish outlook for South Africa’s mining sector for 2019 – Absa

Feb 5, 2019

The outlook for the mining sector in South Africa for 2019 remains fairly bullish despite concerns about labour and power costs. There is also cautious optimism of strong commodity prices. Shirley Webber, Coverage Head Natural Resources at Absa Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) says producers are facing more complex reserves, with higher input costs putting…

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AfDB approves recommendations for Senegal’s coal-fired project

Feb 4, 2019

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved the recommendations of the Independent Review Mechanism to bring the Sendou coal-fired power plant project in Senegal into compliance with Bank policies and procedures. The compliance review report was approved with a mitigation action plan prepared by the Bank’s management. The Board’s decision…

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Mining company explores hybrid solar power solutions in Niger

Feb 4, 2019

GoviEx Uranium Inc. (TSXV: GXU) (OTCQB: GVXXF) (“GoviEx” or the “Company”) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Windiga Energy Inc. (“Windiga”) to jointly evaluate the feasibility of powering the Company’s flagship Madaouela Project using a dedicated and renewable hybrid solar power solution. Windiga is Canadian energy developer focused on developing, owning…

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