Alternative Energy

Zimbabwe’s RioZim signs $200m solar deal with Chinese firm

May 28, 2019

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) listed resources group, RioZim Limited, has signed a US$200 million agreement with Chinese infrastructure development company, China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Corporation (CGGC), for the construction of solar power plants with combined output of 178 megawatts. The agreement signed last Monday, will result in phased construction of solar power stations that…

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Azelio signs agreement with sales agent for renewable electricity supply to hospitals in Africa

May 28, 2019

Azelio has signed a sales agent agreement with Pansanté AB for sustainable electricity supply to hospitals in central and southern Africa. Pansanté AB (www.pansante.com) has developed an award-winning concept for sustainable healthcare. As the agreement aims at areas off grid, Azelio’s solution for electricity production with energy storage offers an alternative to diesel generators as…

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Tanzania looks to create local content opportunities in Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower project

May 27, 2019

Local entrepreneurs will get special seminar to build their capacity for utilizing business opportunities that will be availed by the 2,100-MW hydroelectric project at Stiegler’s Gorge on the Rufiji River. The seminars would be organised by the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) and Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority…

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Zimbabwe enters Africa’s solar power race, to add 250MW of solar capacity

May 27, 2019

Zimbabwe joins the clique of African countries increasingly embracing solar energy. The country is set to add 250MW to its generation capacity at a cost of $400m. The 250MW would be provided by two 100MW plants in Goromonzi and Bulawayo and one 50MW plant in Harare. Zimbabwe is set to construct three solar photovoltaic power…

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Senegalese wind farm project on course

May 27, 2019

Lekela, the renewable power generation company that delivers utility-scale projects across Africa, today welcomed a landmark delivery of Vestas wind turbine components into Port Autonome de Dakar. The parts, which are now being transported by road, represent the delivery of generation equipment for Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN). This milestone for the 158.7MW wind farm…

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Botswana to pursue alternative plan for 100MW solar tender

May 27, 2019

Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has dropped its search for a joint venture (JV) partner to develop, build and operate a 100-MW solar power plant in the country and it will now pursue a different course. The state-owned utility of Botswana said on Saturday it has decided to proceed with a new tender, seeking to engage…

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AfDB’s Sustainable Energy Fund approves grant to spur renewable investments in Ethiopia

May 26, 2019

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), managed by the African Development Bank on 17 May 2019 approved a $995,000 grant to support the roll out of a sustainable procurement framework for Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in Ethiopia. The SEFA grant will encourage private investments into hydropower projects through Ethiopia’s Renewable Energy Programme. It will…

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Cameroon to install solar power systems in 13 maternity hospitals

May 24, 2019

In a bid to reduce maternal mortality and provide adequate care for newborns, Cameroon is installing solar power systems in 13 maternity hospitals. This will provide stable electricity during childbirth and lead to an overall increase in medical care. Cameroon has announced planned to equip 13 maternity hospitals with solar power generating systems in the…

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BBOXX Secures funding for solar home system roll-out in Rwanda

May 24, 2019

BBOXX, the next generation utility, has secured an USD$8 million loan from the Facility for Energy Inclusion Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF). The local currency loan – one of the first to be made since the fund’s launch last year – accelerates BBOXX’s roll-out of solar home systems across Rwanda, its largest market. The…

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Malawian State Power Co. signs PPAs for 140MW of renewables

May 23, 2019

Malawian state-owned power distributor Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Ltd (ESCOM) signed on Monday 14 power purchase agreements (PPAs) with several independent power producers (IPPs), local media reported. The signatories are Germany’s Droege Energy GmbH, US consortium Quantel Renewable Energy Company Ltd, Malawi-based solar firm Atlas Energy Ltd and Electricity Generation Company Malawi Limited (Egenco),…

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