Alternative Energy

Eskom embraces distributed battery energy storage

Feb 27, 2019

South Africa’s energy minister, Jeff Radebe, confirmed that Eskom has embarked on a process for the large-scale deployment of distributed battery energy storage over the next three years. The minister was speaking at the Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Systems Conference hosted by the World Bank Group in Cape Town this week. The programme will…

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Angola’s Sonangol set to invest in solar energy production

Feb 26, 2019

A solar energy project, valued at USD 33 million, begins to be implemented in 2020 in the province of Namibe, announced today the chairman of the board of the National Fuel Company of Angola (Sonangol), Carlos Saturnino. With capacity to produce 100 MW, in a first phase, the plant will produce 25 megawatts. Already feasibility…

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Uganda electric car project off to a rocky start but Govt hopes for 2019 rollout

Feb 26, 2019

The year 2018 was meant to be a turning point for Uganda. The country was supposed to release the Kiira EVS, becoming the first in East and Central Africa to manufacture an electric vehicle for the mass market. Thus, there was excitement in Kampala and Mbarara last week when on Tuesday, the car was test-driven…

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Zimbabwe/Zambia’s Kariba dam power generation halved as water levels drop

Feb 26, 2019

Power generation at Kariba Dam has been reduced in half as water levels continue to fall, authorities confirmed Monday. The dam sits on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and supplies power to both countries. According to Reuters news agency, the two countries have agreed to cut power generation at the dam by half. A…

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West African nations press ahead with solar corridor

Feb 26, 2019

The delivery of gigawatts-worth of solar generation across West Africa lies one step closer to reality after calls were put forward for experts to lay the foundations of a major project that was first envisaged in 2016. Nigeria, Mali, Ghana and the remaining members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are looking…

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KenGen secures contract to drill geothermal wells for Ethiopian Electric Power

Feb 26, 2019

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) PLC has secured a multi-million shillings contract to supply geothermal drilling services to the Ethiopian Electric Power, (EEP). KenGen and its partners from China bid for the Horn of Africa project as a consortium and was awarded the contract in December 2018. The signing ceremony of the agreement took place…

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Sida invests $50m to increase off grid energy access in Africa

Feb 25, 2019

Almost 70% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. Following the success of Sweden’s investment in small-scale energy services in Zambia, the concept is now being expanded – to Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mozambique. USD 50 million will give 5 to 15 million people in rural and slum areas access to electricity.…

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Wind power producers protest Eskom PPA renegotiation suggestions

Feb 25, 2019

Independent power producers in the South African wind energy sector are protesting against the suggestion made by Eskom Holdings SOC to renegotiate certain power purchase agreements. These include the agreements concluded by Eskom, the public energy company, with the entities that obtained the construction of renewable energy plants, as part of Phases 1 and 2…

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South Africa committed to more renewable power – Energy Minister

Feb 25, 2019

South Africa plans to expand use of renewable power as the coal-dependent nation expects traditional, centralized generation plants to “disappear,” Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said. Renewable power from independent producers currently accounts for 3,776 megawatts, less than 5 percent of the energy sold to consumers, but the country’s expansion into cleaner power generation has already…

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$1.5m results-based grants for solar home system companies launched in Malawi

Feb 22, 2019

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in support of the U.S. Government-led Power Africa initiative, launched a “Solar Home System Kick-Starter Program for Malawi” to expand energy access in the country via solar home systems (SHS). Power Africa will commit USD $5 million of support to the program, with USD $1.5 million going…

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