Alternative Energy

ADFD approves $15m loan for solar photovoltaic project in Blitta, Togo

Jan 14, 2020

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has decided to allocate 15 million dollars for the construction of the future Blitta photovoltaic solar power plant in Togo. The project is being developed by the Emirati company Amea Power. The General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) took place on Sunday, January 12, 2020,…

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responsAbility mobilizes $151m to finance energy companies in Africa and Asia

Jan 14, 2020

The Swiss asset manager, responsAbility, has announced the closing of the first fundraising of its new energy access fund. It provides loans to companies offering energy solutions to populations who are not served by the national electricity grids in sub-Saharan Africa and in South and Southeast Asia. This first financial mobilization enabled the raising of $…

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Sudan’s Ministry of Energy looks to produce electricity from waste

Jan 14, 2020

Ministry of Energy and Mining has announced that it agrees to implement Electricity Production Project from waste. The project planned to be implemented by a French International company in partnership with Khartoum State. According to the ministry the project was proposed in the context of ministry’s efforts aimed benefiting from alternative energies and diversified of…

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Lake Kariba fails to generate power in Zimbabwe despite rains

Jan 14, 2020

Water levels at Lake Kariba remain below expected volumes needed to generate power despite the rains the country has been receiving, Energy Minister Fortune Chasi has revealed. In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, the minister said even though he was glad that some parts of the country had received rains, it was still not enough for…

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Uganda progresses on large hydropower projects

Jan 14, 2020

Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development reports that considerable progress has been made in the area of increasing electricity generation capacity through construction of large hydropower plants such as the Isimba Hydropower Plant (183 MW) that was commissioned in March 2019, bringing total installed capacity to 1,202 MW. Next up is the Karuma Hydropower…

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Exim Bank of China lends €511.7m for water and electricity in Ivory Coast

Jan 14, 2020

The government of Ivory Coast has ratified two loan agreements from Exim Bank of China for a total amount of 335.7 billion CFA francs (‘511.7 million). The funds are intended to finance drinking water and electricity supply projects in several cities and are linked to the obligation to choose a Chinese company to implement them.…

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WeLight and Norfund sign investment pact to light up the African Continent

Jan 13, 2020

WeLight, the joint venture of Axian Group and Sagemcom dedicated to rural electrification, and the Norwegian investment fund Norfund specializing in the development of sustainable businesses, signed an investment partnership to equip more remote villages in sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. WeLight is thus benefiting from a major investment enabling the long-term establishment of autonomous mini-grids…

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AfDB approves €8m grant to support Ruzizi IV Hydro Power Project in the Great Lakes region

Jan 13, 2020

The Board of Directors of African Development Bank Group has approved an €8 million grant drawn from the European Union’s Africa Investment Platform (EU-AIP) to support the preparation of the Ruzizi IV Hydropower Project. The plant will be situated on the Ruzizi River between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and will supply electricity…

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Togo seeks investors to build two new 60 to 80 MW solar power plants

Jan 13, 2020

The Togolese government, through the Togolese Rural Electrification and Renewable Energies Agency (AT2ER), is looking for investors for the installation of two solar power plants, planned in the Kara regions (at Awandjélo), and Centrale (in Sokodé), for a total cumulative installed capacity of between 60 and 80 MWac (unit of measurement in alternating current). To…

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Kenyan village installs solar powered desalination plant

Jan 13, 2020

Kenya has built its first solar-powered farm, converting ocean water into potable water, which aims to reduce problems relating to access to clean water. The system is situated in close proximity to the Indian Ocean in the village of Kiunga on the Eastern coast of Kenya. It is a region which has seen extreme drought…

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