Alternative Energy

Mainstream erects first turbine for 158MW wind farm in Senegal

Aug 5, 2019

The flat semi-arid Sahel plain of Senegal has a new feature – the first of 46 towering turbines in what is set to be West Africa’s largest wind farm. The construction work marks a significant milestone for the Taiba N’Diaye Wind Farm, which is being developed by our Africa Joint Venture, Lekela. Located 90km northeast…

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El Sewedy Electric to connect solar power from Benban to Egypt’s grid by September

Aug 5, 2019

El Sewedy Electric will complete the implementation of a 500kV power line with a length of 185 km in September. Sources in the Ministry of Electricity told Daily News Egypt that El Sewedy Electric is executing the line to connect Benban 3 to Naga Hammadi to transmit and transfer electricity produced from solar energy feed-in…

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Senegal gets solar PV research centre with Swiss support

Aug 5, 2019

A new solar research centre has been inaugurated earlier this summer in Senegal to test solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and components and help restore the locals’ trust in solar power. Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Swiss research institute and university, announced last week the opening of the centre in Dakar, called CT2S and…

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Ghana Atomic Energy Commission now a global leader in nuclear research – VP

Aug 4, 2019

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Tuesday commended the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) for its cutting edge research and training that had put Ghana at the forefront of global efforts to convert high-enriched uranium fueled research reactors to low-enriched uranium fueled. In August 2017, Ghana became the first country, outside China, to successfully complete…

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Germany to grant Ghana €5m to produce electricity from waste

Aug 3, 2019

The German government will grant Ghana €5 million for the construction of a plant that will produce electricity from waste. The unit will have a capacity of 400 kW. The grant-related MoU was signed by Anja Karliczek, the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, and Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Ghanaian Minister of Environment, Science, Technology…

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Apollo Solar gains access to warehouse space for products in West Africa

Aug 2, 2019

Apollo Solar, Inc and Solene-ese entered into an agreement that allows Apollo Solar to use the Solene-ese warehouse and three offices for stocking and supporting Apollo products in West Africa. The warehouse is located in Senegal and the office space is in Senegal, Guinea, and Mali. With this agreement, Apollo Solar has factory trained support staff…

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GGF attracts millions in funding for green lending in MENA region

Aug 2, 2019

Climate Action in the Middle East North Africa (CAMENA) invests EUR 4 million in the GGF to attract private capital for helping the region fight climate change; together with EUR 5 million EIB investment, the contribution further strengthens GGF’s capacity for financing and promoting green energy measures. The Green for Growth Fund (GGF), an impact investment fund advised by Finance in Motion, has attracted EUR 4…

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Kenya’s KenGen connects Olkaria V geothermal power plant’s first unit to grid

Aug 2, 2019

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), Kenya’s largest electricity producer, recently commissioned part of the Olkaria V geothermal power plant. It provides 79 MW of the expected 158 MW. Kenya’s national electricity grid has been increased by 79 MW, thanks to electricity from the Olkaria V geothermal power plant in the Rift Valley in western Kenya.…

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Standard Bank selects coal-powered finance policy for African economies

Aug 1, 2019

One of the points often made about the unfolding climate crisis and efforts to contain the greenhouse gas emissions widely blamed for it is that the burden of responsibility should not fall on poor countries. Such countries, with a heavy reliance on agriculture, often of the subsistence variety, are seen as the most vulnerable to…

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Eskom seals new coal supply contract with Wescoal

Aug 1, 2019

JSE-listed coal miner Wescoal has entered into a long-term coal supply agreement with Eskom to supply coal for the next 10 years from its Greenfield development project, Moabsvelden. The contract was secured with Eskom through Wescoal’s wholly-owned subsidiary Neosho Trading 86. The signature of the CSA marks the conclusion of 16 months of negotiations with…

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