Alternative Energy

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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AfDB sponsored Off-Grid Energy Access Fund reaches final equity close with partner contributions

Jan 13, 2020

The Facility for Energy Inclusion’s Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF) has reached a final equity close with $59 million in committed equity capital and $36 million debt facilities, to support innovative, off-grid energy access companies. The final close, reached on 18 November 2019, was made possible through a $15 million equity contribution from the…

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Egyptian Govt mulls building of small hydropower plants in the Nile Delta

Jan 12, 2020

The Egyptian authorities are considering the construction of small hydropower plants at several sites in the Nile Delta. This idea is not unanimously supported by the government of this North African country. Implementing small hydroelectric power plants in the Nile Delta in northern Egypt is an idea that the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity intends to…

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Eskom to consider new approach for maintenance of its coal fired plants

Jan 10, 2020

In South Africa, Eskom, the national electricity company, will consider a new approach for the maintenance of its coal-fired power plants by the end of January. According to Jan Oberholzer, the director of operations who announced the news to Engineerings News Online , this new approach will reduce load shedding due to unscheduled plant maintenance. Recall that coal-fired…

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Japan finances electrification through solar energy in Tanghin-Dassouri, Burkina Faso

Jan 10, 2020

The rural electrification project using photovoltaic solar energy in the Tanghin-Dassouri commune, led by the Faso-Japan Solidarity Association, has received funding of some 75,000 euros from the Japanese government. An agreement was recently signed between the Japanese ambassador to Burkina Faso, Tamotsu Ikezaki, and the president of the Faso-Japan Solidarity Association, Siaka Guobé. The Japanese…

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Sany Heavy to generate 600MW of wind power in Tanzania

Jan 9, 2020

The Chinese group Sany Heavy Industries will produce 600 MW of wind energy in Tanzania. It claims to have concluded an agreement with the authorities for the development of this project in several stages. Will Tanzania soon have the largest wind farm on the African continent? This could be possible if the project of the…

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Agreement for Africa’s first utility scale floating solar farm in Seychelles to be signed in Q1 2020

Jan 9, 2020

Key agreements for the construction of Africa’s first utility-scale floating solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Seychelles are expected to be signed at the end of the first quarter of this year, said the Energy Commission. The Seychelles Energy Commission said in a press communique Thursday that it has issued a notice of intended award to…

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Major investments made in Rwanda’s energy sector in 2019

Jan 9, 2020

In Rwanda, 51% of investments in 2019 were made in the energy sector. This data was communicated by the country’s national development agency. In fact, $ 2.5 billion was injected into the Rwandan economy, a figure up 22.6% compared to that of 2018. Of these funds, $ 1,279 million was devoted to the sector of energy.…

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Chinese firm to install 500MW of solar in Egypt

Jan 8, 2020

China Gezhouba Group Company Limited (SHA:600068) has secured a contract to build distributed solar power generation facilities with a combined capacity of 500 MW across Egypt, its parent China Energy Engineering Corporation (HKG:3996) said on Friday. The USD-287.5-million (EUR 261.3m) contract, signed recently, covers design, construction work, equipment procurement, installation, commissioning and supply of spare parts. The agreement is for…

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