Alternative Energy

Ethiopian Govt invites 12 international firms to bid in energy sector

Jun 11, 2019

In taking the privatization process further, the Ethiopian government has officially extended an offer to at least 12 global companies to submit financial and technical proposals in order to engage in the power production and operations. The Minister of Finance (MoF), Ahmed Shidie, presenting his Ministry’s 10 month report before the House of People’s Representatives…

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Scatec Solar finalizes third 65MW solar plant in Egypt

Jun 11, 2019

Scatec Solar and partners have grid connected and reached commercial operation for another 65 MW of the 400 MW Benban project in Egypt. Scatec Solar now has 195 MW in operation in Egypt and expects to have completed the project during second half of 2019. The Benban solar power plant is Scatec Solar’s largest project…

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Metka completes 10MW solar PV project in Uganda

Jun 11, 2019

Athens-based EPC firm Metka EGN has built a private 10MW solar PV project at Bufulbi in Uganda for developer and financier Tryba Energy. Metka designed and implemented the solar plant and Overhead Line (OHL) infrastructure in order to inject power directly into the local grid, with the off-taker being Uganda Electricity Transmission Company. The inauguration of the…

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Investors urge subsidies for solar mini-grids to power rural Africa

Jun 11, 2019

Local renewable-energy grids can provide electric power to hundreds of millions of people in developing nations, especially in Africa, but will not attract enough financial backing unless they are subsidised, a group of investors said on Monday. Twelve energy and impact investors – with more than $2 billion under management and about 100 mini-grids built…

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Construction of 40MW Malindi solar PV project in Kenya begins

Jun 10, 2019

Construction of 40 MW Malindi solar photovoltaic project in Kenya has commenced. Globeleq, project developers and Africa’s leading independent power producer announced the reports. The project which is located about 120 km Northeast of Mombasa recently reached a financial close of US $66m. The British government’s development finance agency will contribute US $50m while its partner, Globeleq,…

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Low water levels at Kariba Dam lead to crippling power cuts at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Jun 7, 2019

Hotels in Victoria Falls are reeling from the current power outages that have forced them to use generators for hours as cuts intensify, businessdigest has established. This has seen operating costs rising further for hotel operators in the area. The power shortages stem from low water levels at Kariba Dam. In addition, the curtailment of…

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SA wind industry advocates for decentralized generation model

Jun 7, 2019

The wind industry association says South Africa needs to shift away from a centralised monopoly to a more efficient decentralised generation model to increase competition and drive down energy prices. “There is a global shift away from large centralised utilities to decentralised power generation that is closer to the consumption point and minimises system losses.…

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Eni, Sonangol to form renewables JV in Angola

Jun 7, 2019

Eni and Sonangol signed today in Luanda the Heads of Agreement for the incorporation of Solenova Ltd, a joint controlled company set up to assess and develop renewable energy opportunities in Angola. The creation of this new company is consistent with the country’s energy strategy that establishes a target of 800 MW of installed renewable…

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Zimbabwe’s Hwange coal power station under threat

Jun 7, 2019

The skewed pricing structure and the acute foreign currency shortages in the market have crippled the operations of coal miners, lowered production and could lead to a shut down of operations, businessdigest has learnt. The developments could also severely reduce the power output at Hwange Power Station. This comes at a time the mining sector…

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Coca-Cola launches N$5.7m solar power system in Windhoek

Jun 6, 2019

Coca Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has recently installed 1740 solar panels and nine solar inverters worth over N$5.7 million on the roof of the Coca-Cola Namibia Bottling Company. The factory will now derive 9% of its total power requirements from the sun. In a year, the new system is expected to reduce carbon emissions by…

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