Alternative Energy

Chinese firm to invest $15m on solar panel plant in Zimbabwe

Jul 17, 2019

A Chinese firm, Yaowei Technology will set up a US$15 million solar panel plant in Zimbabwe and produce about 500 solar panels per day. Once the project takes off, it will significantly address the ongoing electricity shortages causes by low water levels in Kariba Dam and obsolete equipment at Hwange Thermal Power Station. Crucially, the…

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Chinese company to select Kenya’s first nuclear power plant location

Jul 17, 2019

The Indian Ocean, Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana have been identified as top contenders for hosting the first nuclear power plant that Kenya plans to build in the next 8-10 years. The Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA) said it has contracted a Chinese firm- China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC)- determine the most suitable location…

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Cameroon engages Sinohydro for solar power plant

Jul 17, 2019

Cameroon has tasked Chinese firm Sinohydro with studies for the designing, financing, development and maintenance of a 20MW solar plant in Lagdo, in the north. On July 11, 2019, in Yaoundé, a memorandum of understanding was signed in that regard by the minister of water and energy Gaston Eloundou Essomba and the Chinese company’s local…

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Biogas offers hope for rural household energy woes in Zimbabwe

Jul 16, 2019

Zimbabwe’s quest to improve economic development and reach a middle income economy by 2030, can be catalysed by improving energy access for rural communities. Biogas energy, which is derived from human and animal waste, can be a panacea to energy challenges bedevilling Zimbabwe’s rural communities. In Silobela and Lower Gweru communal areas over-reliance on firewood…

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Tunisia awaiting bids in 70MW tender for solar projects

Jul 16, 2019

The government of Tunisia last week opened a call for projects under the third round of its authorisation scheme for renewables, seeking to award 70 MW of solar power capacity. Interested parties can apply by November 26, 2019, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies announced on Thursday. The scope of the tender includes…

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Ethiopian cement factories mull replacing coal with biomass

Jul 16, 2019

Local cement factories are planning to replace imported coal with locally produced biomass that would enable them to reduce foreign currency and carbon emission. The Chemical and Construction Inputs Industry Development Institute has undertaken a study on the use of bio mass as source of fuel for local cement industries. Cement factories use imported coal…

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Platinum Power to construct hydroelectric dam in Morocco, others

Jul 15, 2019

Platinum Power and Chinese state-run engineering company CFHEC have agreed partner in the financing and construction renewable energy projects across the African continent, reports say. Both companies during agreement signed in Beijing Wednesday, also to partner for the construction a $300 million hydropower plant in central Morocco, Platinum Power’s chief executive Omar Belmamoun told media.…

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Ghana set to conduct feasibility studies on nuclear energy

Jul 15, 2019

Government has announced plans to introduce nuclear power into the country’s energy mix and will take between 10 to 15 years for the realisation of the vision to ensure affordable energy for industrial development. A team has been constituted to embark on reconnaissance trip for a preliminary assessment and collection of site data for the…

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Orange Cameroon launches Orange Energie solar kits

Jul 15, 2019

Orange Cameroon just launched its energy distribution offer via solar kits, internal sources reveal. Baptized Orange Énergie, this offer also includes satellite internet and television and can be paid via the operator’s Mobile Money service. The various kits offered to residents are constituted of a central unit, a solar panel and three bulbs. Depending on…

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Egyptian IPPs plan to supply 2,150MW of wind energy

Jul 15, 2019

Sources at the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy reveal ongoing discussions with several independent power producers (IPPs). They propose to build wind farms capable of producing up to 2,150 MW. The Egyptian government has set itself the goal of consuming 20% of electricity produced from clean sources by 2022. The country has also…

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