Solar mini-grids for rural electrification in Africa and Asia to double within 3 years

Mar 5, 2020

Over 3,000 mini-grids are expected to be built by end-2022 in Africa and Asia, according to a new report, Mini-grids for Village Electrification: Industry and African & Asian markets analysis – 2020 Edition, issued by Infinergia. The research company analysed the recent developments of this market in over 20 African and 11 Asian countries. 2019’s announcements confirm…

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SA focused Universal Coal on track to meet 2020 targets

Mar 4, 2020

Universal Coal, a mining company active in the exploitation of coal in South Africa, has maintained its financial targets for fiscal year 2020 (which ends in June). It plans to record an EBITDA of 73 million Australian dollars, and to sell 7.9 million tonnes of coal. For the six months ended December 2019, the company…

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IDA provides $160m to improve the living conditions in Burundi through solar

Mar 4, 2020

The World Bank has just allocated two grants worth a total of $ 160 million to improve essential services in remote rural communities in Burundi using solar energy. This funding has been allocated through the International Development Association (IDA). $ 100 million in subsidies will go to the Solar Energy in Local Communities (SOLEIL) which…

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Persistent Energy raises $8m to provide solar off-grid in Africa

Mar 4, 2020

Persistent Energy Capital LLC, a venture capital firm has just raised $8 million through a crowdfunding action. The funds will be reinvested in solar energy providers in Africa. Persistent Energy Capital LLC has increased its capital. The Zurich-based venture capital firm, which is very active in the African solar energy sector, has just raised 8…

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Stable energy critical to Africa’s economic growth – IEA

Mar 4, 2020

2020 marks the beginning of a promising decade for Africa. The first half, according to analyst’s predictions, will be driven by economic growth with the continent continuing to boast seven of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies. In order to sustain this growth, Africa will have to meet the requisite energy needs – an exceedingly difficult…

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Vestas sells its shares in the Lake Turkana wind farm

Mar 3, 2020

The Danish company Vestas Wind Systems is looking for a buyer for all its shares in the Lake Turkana wind power plant, corresponding to 12.5% of the capital. The wind turbine manufacturer had reached an agreement with the IT giant Google four years ago. However, Google has now cancelled the contract. The reason: the delay…

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Coal tech fuelling self-sufficiency in Botswana

Mar 3, 2020

Coal-to-liquid (CTL) technology, which is the conversion of coal to liquid fuels, is a viable solution to Botswana’s fuel woes. With the country’s estimated 212 billion tonnes of coal reserves, CTL technology will turn this black gold into a valuable natural resource. Technical development of CTL has resulted in a variety of systems capable of…

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Greenlight Planet brings power to more than 1.5m Tanzanians

Mar 3, 2020

Greenlight Planet, the market leader in the rapidly expanding pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar industry, has successfully delivered clean and reliable energy access to more than 1.5 million people in Tanzania. With a strong partner-led and direct distribution network, Greenlight’s Sun King products are now in more than 300,000 Tanzanian households, have offset more than 300,000 metric…

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Caterserve acquires a 200 kWp solar off-grid system in Namibia

Mar 3, 2020

Caterserve, a food manufacturer based in Windhoek, Namibia, now operates a 100% solar-powered plant. The company recently acquired a 200 kWp off-grid solar system. In Namibia, the plant of food manufacturer Caterserve is now 100% solar-powered. The company acquired a 200 kWp off-grid solar system in early February 2020. It was installed by SolarSaver, a…

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EG recruits professionals to facilitate training in photovoltaic solar technology in Togo

Mar 2, 2020

Energy Generation (EG), the pan-African training center specializing in supporting young Africans in entrepreneurship and technological innovation, especially in terms of access to energy, wants to strengthen its offers, with training in solar technologies. Indeed, the Center is seeking, within the framework of the development of its activities, professionals to facilitate technical training, in particular…

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