Alternative Energy

Off-grid Rwandan communities to benefit from solar powered rural homes

Nov 21, 2018

Providing affordable utilities to off-grid communities in Rwanda is the next priority for BBOXX as it transitions from a from a solar company to a next-generation utility platform that seeks to enable a rural customer to live a healthier, wealthier and more productive life. The development was announced at the launch of Tomorrow’s Rural Home,…

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Niger to develop 200MW coal plant, 27MW solar plants – Official

Nov 21, 2018

Niger is on track to nearly double power production in the next six years, a senior official said on Monday, a development that could boost industry in one of the world’s poorest countries. The government is in talks with three Chinese companies to develop a 200 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in the centre of…

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Egypt set to build world’s biggest clean-coal plant

Nov 21, 2018

Egypt is set to build the world’s largest clean-coal plant. A Chinese conglomerate beat the US General Electric and a Japanese firm for a $4.4bn project at Hamrawein that will generate close to seven gigawatts of power or 40 per cent more than South Africa’s new station at Medupi, and dwarfing output from the turbines…

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Preparations underway for Rufiji hydropower plant in Tanzania

Nov 21, 2018

Construction of supporting infrastructure for the proposed 2100-megawatt Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric project on the Rufiji river is about to be completed. Completion of the basic infrastructure would signify the beginning in earnest of constructing the reservoir dam and main project just as soon. This was revealed to Energy minister Medard Kalemani in Dodoma by the…

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Kenyatta set to inaugurate East Africa’s largest solar plant in Garissa

Nov 19, 2018

Kenya is Tuesday set to launch the region’s largest solar power plant in Garissa with the cheaper green energy offering room to further lower electricity prices. The 54.6 megawatt (MW) plant, the largest in East and Central Africa and located 15 kilometres from Garissa Town, is expected to be commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta, further…

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Ethiopia targets energy access for all by 2025

Nov 15, 2018

Ethiopia is targeting energy access for all its citizens by 2025. The country, which currently has an electrification rate of 58%, intends to implement important hydroelectric and geothermal projects in order to achieve this goal. BizunehTolcha, the director of public relations of the Ministry of Irrigation, Water and Energy, told Xinhua, “The ministry will need…

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ENGIE signs PPA with Senelec for solar projects

Nov 15, 2018

Global energy and services company ENGIE, alongside its investment partner Meridiam consortium and Fonsis, the Senegalese Sovereign Fund, have signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Senelec, the Senegalese off-taker for two solar photovoltaic projects in Senegal, ENGIE said in a Wednesday press release. Developed by the Senegalese government and the International Finance Corporation (member…

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Senegal to power 25 villages with solar before end of 2018

Nov 14, 2018

Senegal will see 25 villages in the south-east of the country electrified with solar by the end of the year as part of a sustainable development program promoting renewable energies. “Of the 40 villages targeted, more than 25 will be electrified in December. All installation work will be completed before the end of November. These…

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AfDB achieves significant progress with energy projects across Africa at AIF

Nov 14, 2018

The just-concluded Africa Investment Forum  (AfricaInvestmentForum.com) successfully convened key stakeholders, and provided an unprecedented platform for effective dialogue to drive investments into the continent. Running on the margins of the Forum, the Africa Energy Market Place (AEMP) (https://bit.ly/2PXQEa3) progressed with country-specific discussions that began at the inaugural AEMP in July 2018 aimed at removing barriers to private…

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S. Africa’s energy minister looks to increase wind sector investments

Nov 13, 2018

Addressing delegates during the second day of SAWEA’s annual Windaba conference, the Department of Energy (DoE) acknowledged the Wind sector’s ability to attract substantial investment into the country; to significantly contribute to the country’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and to drive down the cost of power through competitive pricing. Minister Radebe confirmed the government’s…

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