Alternative Energy

SA’s Eskom plans 1.4GWh battery storage tender

Sep 30, 2019

South Africa’s utility Eskom is preparing to launch a tender for 1.4 gigawatt-hours of battery storage that will need to be installed by December 2021. The large-scale energy storage tender, the first of its kind in the country and in Africa as a whole, will be split into two phases, with an initial 200 megawatts/800…

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Ethiopia’s EEU launches call for tenders to supply 25 hybrid mini-grids

Sep 30, 2019

Ethiopia’s state-owned utility the Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) has issued an invitation for bids to seek developers to deploy solar mini-grids in 25 villages, with the projects financed by the African Development Bank. Each village will receive a solar plant, back-up diesel generator and battery storage as well as operation and maintenance services for the…

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Ghanaian Govt to construct mini hydro power plants across the country – Energy Minister

Sep 30, 2019

Mr. John Peter Amewu, Minister for Energy has hinted of plans by government to construct more mini hydro power plants across the country to add-on power supply from the national grid. He said the country was migrating to mini hydro power plants as a source of power supply for communities when the national grid was…

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Sierra Leone energy start-up wins social innovation award

Sep 30, 2019

An energy start-up in Sierra Leone, Easy Solar, has been recognised as a leader of global social innovation for 2019 along with 19 others across the world. The solar company was chosen by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to receive the Schwab Foundation Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Easy Solar was founded in…

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Sasol officially opens 2020 Sasol Solar Challenge

Sep 29, 2019

Sasol officially opened the 2020 Sasol Solar Challenge for entries. The challenge has some exciting changes for participants who can look forward to a new route and changes in format. With a renewed title sponsor, the seventh Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC) will be held in September 2020, once again challenging top young engineers from across…

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Nigerien market is enriched with kits and solar street lights

Sep 29, 2019

The Kanf Electronics Group, in partnership with Sunna Design and Libre Energie, has launched in Niamey, the marketing of kits and solar street lights on the Nigerian market, notes the site Niamey and 2 Days . Kanf Electronics group CEO Kanfeni Mamadou said the equipment, ” manufactured to European standards”, will help improve the capacity…

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3 European countries provide $350m for solar energy and energy storage in Africa

Sep 28, 2019

France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have committed $350 million to invest in solar energy in Africa and electricity storage. It is a strategic investment at a time when Africa is relying on renewable energy to provide access to electricity for its population. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa will benefit from new funds to improve…

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Angola, Senegal to champion SDG7 initiative for Africa for 10,000MW of clean energy capacity by 2025

Sep 28, 2019

On the margins of the United Nations Climate Action Summit convened by the Secretary-General,Antonio Guterres to drum up support for climate action, a group of like-minded countries, financiers, project developers and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) launched an initiative to energize climate resilient development in Africa faster, better and cleaner with deployment…

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Kenya’s GDC carries out first drilling operations at Baringo-Silali geothermal site

Sep 28, 2019

The Kenyan state-owned company, Geothermal Development Company (GDC), has recently completed the first drilling on the site of the Baringo-Silali geothermal project. It will produce 300 MW of electricity. The Baringo-Silali geothermal project is making further progress. A first geothermal well has been drilled “successfully” according to Geothermal Development Company (GDC), the Kenyan public company…

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Thousands of Kenyans to get clean energy from U.S.$147m solar projects

Sep 26, 2019

The European Investment Bank and FMO, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, have agreed to finance construction and operation of two new solar photovoltaic plants in Kenya. EIB and FMO will each provide US$53 million for the two projects, with the remainder of the US$147 million total project cost provided by the project promoters Frontier Energy,…

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