Alternative Energy

Zimbabwe’s solar irrigated farms face threats from elephants

Aug 22, 2019

When one of Zimbabwe’s first solar mini-grid systems was installed in this drought-prone village near the Botswana border in 2016, residents thought their problems were solved. Cheap, clean power ran irrigation pumps that kept the community’s wheat, maize and vegetable fields a sea of green even as climate change-fueled droughts parched the surrounding landscape. But…

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UK Climate Investments to make £14m clean power investment in SA

Aug 21, 2019

A South African renewable energy company has secured GBP 14 million from a UK public-private joint venture for hydro and wind power projects that will supply 200,000 homes. Clean energy projects in South Africa will receive GBP 14 million (ZAR 253 million) in funding from an investor partly owned by the government of the United…

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BBOXX celebrates 80,000 electrified households in Rwanda

Aug 21, 2019

A few weeks after the launch of BBOXX Cook, a system that enables one to have full access to a gas cylinder at a pocket-friendly price, the utility company on Saturday afternoon celebrated electrifying 80,000 households countrywide in a tournament dubbed “BBOXX Customer Cup 2019.” The tournament that is held once every year began last…

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Swaziland Electricity Co issues RFQ for solar/biomass

Aug 21, 2019

After a long wait, the Kingdom of Eswatini issued a request for the qualification and development of a 40MW solar PV plant to be developed via the First Tranche Procurement Programme and a 40MW biomass-to-energy plant to be developed via the Second Tranche Procurement Programme. Surprisingly, the announcement was made public through the Eswatini Energy…

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Elsewedy Electric, EDF add 130MWp of solar parks in Egypt

Aug 21, 2019

Elsewedy Electric and EDF Renewables have achieved full commercial operation for two solar power plants in Egypt with a combined capacity of 130 MWp. The two 65-MWp projects were developed as part of the second round of Egypt’s feed-in tariff (FiT) programme for solar and wind power. Elsewedy and the renewables arm of France’s EDF…

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PowerGen acquires micro-grid firm Rafiki Power from E.on

Aug 20, 2019

The fast-growing market for off-grid renewable energy systems received a boost yesterday, as leading African developer PowerGen announced it has acquired rival off-grid specialist Rafiki Power from European energy giant E.ON. The companies said the deal – financial details for which were not disclosed – will “help build momentum for private utilities on the continent”…

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Off-grid solar power positively impacting Africa’s emerging economies

Aug 20, 2019

Things around the world are looking a little bit brighter thanks to off-grid solar technologies. They are, for example, allowing those in Nigeria and the Ivory Coast to get clean electricity for notably less than keeping a generator on hand and the monthly cost is deducted from customers’ mobile phone air times. Africa, of course,…

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Scatec Solar brings 4th 65MW plant online in Egypt

Aug 20, 2019

Oslo-based Scatec Solar ASA (OSL:SSO) has achieved commercial operation of its fourth 65-MW photovoltaic (PV) park at the 1.5-GW Benban solar power complex in Egypt. The company announced the milestone on Monday, saying it currently has 260 MW of capacity in operation at the Benban project site. It expects to complete its entire 390-MW portion…

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Wood-saving cookstoves helping Zambia cut forest loss

Aug 20, 2019

A UNDP-GEF partnership is promoting energy-saving stoves in rural communities in support of the government’s efforts to cut forest loss, clean up cooking, save lives and curb climate change. It’s half past midday in Kawama Village in Northwestern Zambia and Mildred Kikwanda is busy preparing ‘Nshima’ – the staple maize meal – with chicken stew…

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Progress made at last for Kingdom of Eswatini’s energy mix dream

Aug 20, 2019

After a long wait, the Kingdom of Eswatini issued a request for the qualification and development of a 40MW solar PV plant to be developed via the First Tranche Procurement Programme and a 40MW biomass-to-energy plant to be developed via the Second Tranche Procurement Programme. Surprisingly, the announcement was made public through the Eswatini Energy…

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