Alternative Energy

Malawi harvests solar energy to address power shortfalls

Dec 30, 2019

IN a region battling its worst epileptic power supplies in recent years, Malawi has taken a lead in tapping to the vast sunshine in the continent to address these problems and subsequently address climate change and accelerate economic development. The optimism follows the beginning of initial site works at one of the country’s first solar…

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Coal delivery impacted as fire breaks out at Eskom’s Majuba power station

Dec 28, 2019

On Wednesday, a fire broke out at Eskom’s Majuba Power Station on the incline conveyer belt system from the rail offloading facility. This impacts on coal delivery to the station, which was primarily done via rail. The utility said: “We will use road delivery to offset the absence of rail transportation for the duration of…

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ACWA Power to drive solar energy in Ethiopia

Dec 24, 2019

ACWA Power signed two long-term power purchase agreements (PPA) with Ethiopia’s state-owned electricity producer Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) for two 125 MWac solar photovoltaic (PV) projects at USD 2.526 cents/kWh over 20 years. Implementation Agreements were also signed with the Government of Ethiopia, represented by the Ministry of Finance. The signing ceremony was attended by…

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Togo launches 60-80MW Scaling Solar tender

Dec 24, 2019

The Government of Togo – through the Togolese Agency for Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy (Agence Togolaise d’Electrification Rurale et des Energies Renouvelables – AT2ER) – has issued a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFQ) for the design, financing, construction and operation of two grid-connected solar PV plants on an IPP basis with a total installed capacity…

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Cactus plants increase biogas production tenfold in Madagascar

Dec 24, 2019

Edible and resistant to drought, the virtues of the cactus are of great ecological interest in the south of Madagascar, where the plant is used for energy. The speed of fermentation of the cactus makes it possible to produce biogas faster and in greater quantities. A bioenergy project to plant cactus on 1,000 hectares in…

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Beam Platform gets $8m to finance energy companies in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

Dec 23, 2019

Beam, a platform managed by Bamboo Capital Partners will receive an investment of $ 8 million from EDFI ElectriFI, a mechanism funded by the European Union in order to support projects and companies engaged in the renewable energy sector in Africa and in many developing countries. The operation will allow the Beam investment platform to…

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AfDB approves $21.7m grant for rollout of solar powered irrigation in Sudan

Dec 23, 2019

The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors (AfDB.org) has approved a grant to the government of Sudan to accelerate the adoption of solar-powered irrigation pumps in the country’s West Kordofan and North Kordofan states. The project will enable farmers’ adoption of renewable energy technology through the installation of 1,170 photovoltaic (PV) irrigation pumps, the establishment…

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Phanes completes financial mobilization for Malawi solar plant

Dec 23, 2019

In Malawi, the Emirati Phanes Group has just completed funding for one of the country’s first solar power plants. The $ 67 million needed to build the Nkhotakota power station is now mobilized. The infrastructure will increase, upon completion, the country’s installed capacity by 46 MW. The plant is developed by Phanes, in collaboration with ResponsAbility Renewable…

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Minister urges Ghanaian Govt to increase research into renewable energy solutions

Dec 21, 2019

Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo is advocating increased research into renewable energy solutions to make it affordable for Ghanaians. Arguing that renewable energy is the way to go in reducing the country’s energy wage bill, the minister was however concerned that the high cost of renewable energy prevented people from patronising it. “As a country,…

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BOAD will allocate 7bn FCFA for the construction of 30MW solar power plant in Togo

Dec 21, 2019

During the 115th ordinary session held Wednesday December 18 in Dakar, the board of directors of the West African Development Bank (BOAD) approved the partial financing of several projects submitted by the States or other actors Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA). The project to build a 30 MW photovoltaic solar power plant…

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