Alternative Energy

Zimbabwe enters Africa’s solar power race, to add 250MW of solar capacity

May 27, 2019

Zimbabwe joins the clique of African countries increasingly embracing solar energy. The country is set to add 250MW to its generation capacity at a cost of $400m. The 250MW would be provided by two 100MW plants in Goromonzi and Bulawayo and one 50MW plant in Harare. Zimbabwe is set to construct three solar photovoltaic power…

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Senegalese wind farm project on course

May 27, 2019

Lekela, the renewable power generation company that delivers utility-scale projects across Africa, today welcomed a landmark delivery of Vestas wind turbine components into Port Autonome de Dakar. The parts, which are now being transported by road, represent the delivery of generation equipment for Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN). This milestone for the 158.7MW wind farm…

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Botswana to pursue alternative plan for 100MW solar tender

May 27, 2019

Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has dropped its search for a joint venture (JV) partner to develop, build and operate a 100-MW solar power plant in the country and it will now pursue a different course. The state-owned utility of Botswana said on Saturday it has decided to proceed with a new tender, seeking to engage…

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AfDB’s Sustainable Energy Fund approves grant to spur renewable investments in Ethiopia

May 26, 2019

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), managed by the African Development Bank on 17 May 2019 approved a $995,000 grant to support the roll out of a sustainable procurement framework for Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in Ethiopia. The SEFA grant will encourage private investments into hydropower projects through Ethiopia’s Renewable Energy Programme. It will…

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Cameroon to install solar power systems in 13 maternity hospitals

May 24, 2019

In a bid to reduce maternal mortality and provide adequate care for newborns, Cameroon is installing solar power systems in 13 maternity hospitals. This will provide stable electricity during childbirth and lead to an overall increase in medical care. Cameroon has announced planned to equip 13 maternity hospitals with solar power generating systems in the…

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BBOXX Secures funding for solar home system roll-out in Rwanda

May 24, 2019

BBOXX, the next generation utility, has secured an USD$8 million loan from the Facility for Energy Inclusion Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF). The local currency loan – one of the first to be made since the fund’s launch last year – accelerates BBOXX’s roll-out of solar home systems across Rwanda, its largest market. The…

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Malawian State Power Co. signs PPAs for 140MW of renewables

May 23, 2019

Malawian state-owned power distributor Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Ltd (ESCOM) signed on Monday 14 power purchase agreements (PPAs) with several independent power producers (IPPs), local media reported. The signatories are Germany’s Droege Energy GmbH, US consortium Quantel Renewable Energy Company Ltd, Malawi-based solar firm Atlas Energy Ltd and Electricity Generation Company Malawi Limited (Egenco),…

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Africa on track to multiply solar capacity six fold by 2030 – Report

May 23, 2019

A new report released by the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) and the Becquerel Institute have revealed that with the arrival of many international investors and the race for solar projects, Africa is on track to multiply its current solar capacity six-fold or 30 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. According to the Solarise Africa Market Report, the…

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100% renewable energy achievable in West Africa by 2050 – EWG Report

May 23, 2019

Nigeria and other members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) can adopt  renewable energy 100 per cent by 2050,  a report by the Energy Watch Group (EWG) and the Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT) has said. The report entitled: “Global energy system based on 100 per cent renewable energy”formed the crux of…

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South Africa’s giant wind projects set to come on stream in August 2020

May 22, 2019

Turbine tower sections for the Kangnas Wind Farm and Perdekraal East Wind Farm are being transported from the Port of Saldanha Bay and from Atlantis to the project sites. The two wind projects, which form part of Bid Window 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programmes, will be connected to the country’s national grid by August 2020. Both incorporate considerable…

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