Alternative Energy

Tanzania’s NEMC supports Stiegler’s Gorge hydro power project

Jan 7, 2019

The National Environmental Management Council at the weekend okayed the government’s commitment to construct a mega hydroelectric dam at the Stiegler’s Gorge, reiterating that it will have no adverse impact on the local ecology. The new director general of the government’s environmental watchdog, Dr Samuel Gwamaka, said that implementation of the hydroelectric power project will…

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AfDB approves $149m credit risk participation for renewables, others

Jan 7, 2019

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the African Development Bank Group, have approved a credit risk participation by the Private Sector Credit Enhancement Facility (PSF) in seven loans cumulatively valued at $149 million. The seven operations include senior loans targeting renewable energy and agroindustry sectors in Uganda,…

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WWF renewable energy project to light up Mtwara villages in Tanzania

Jan 6, 2019

A renewable energy project in Newala District by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Tanzania) in partnership with a Mtwara-based civil society organisation (CSO). The project is being implemented at Miyuyu Village, and is bringing hopes of reversing the fortunes of Mbwinji Catchment Area and protects it from drying up, contributing to climate change…

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Blockchain capable of revolutionizing Africa’s energy sector

Jan 6, 2019

In Africa, the demand for electricity largely exceeds supply. Nigeria’s shortage of 173,000MW (for a nation whose current energy needs is around 180,000MW) gave rise to large-scale imports of noisy and polluting power generating sets. Most sub-Saharan African countries experience the same. In rural areas in Rwanda, where over 70% of the population lives, only 18%…

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Round-the-clock hybrid power grids start operations in Uganda

Jan 2, 2019

Uganda is set to be East Africa’s first country to use hybrid of solar and hydrogen technology to power areas not linked to national electricity grid. Tiger Power has signed an agreement with Uganda’s Rural Electrification Agency for a hybrid plant to power 3,000 households and businesses in three villages that currently lack electricity in…

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Drilling set to start on Baringo-Silali geothermal project, Kenya

Jan 2, 2019

Kenya’s Geothermal Development Corp. (GDC) reports that the rig up has started for the Baringo-Silali geothermal project. The Kifaru II rig is currently set up on the project site at Paka for the commencement of drilling. Drilling has been just around the corner for quite some time. The drilling contract with Hong Kong Offshore Oil…

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Namibia’s Bank Windhoek issues first green bond

Jan 2, 2019

Bank Windhoek issued Namibia’s first green bond to finance eligible green projects and assets. The bank, Namibia’s largest locally owned bank and its second largest lender, becomes the first commercial lender in southern Africa to issue such a bond. The bond, listed on the Namibia Stock Exchange, raised 66.60 million Namibian dollars ($4.74 million) on…

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JinkoSolar, Schneider Electric donate 55kW off-grid solar project in Egypt

Dec 31, 2018

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (“JinkoSolar” or “Company”) (NYSE code: JKS), a reputable solar module manufacturer in the world, today announced its partnership with Schneider Electric to donate a 55kW off-grid solar project in Abu Redis, South Sinai, Egypt. The remote village called ABU GHURAQD is located about 30 km away from Abu Redis, which comprises of 35 families, a mosque, a school, a small…

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Electricity grid linking Soma, Kiang And Brikama to be launched in early 2019 – Gambian govt.

Dec 21, 2018

The construction of the first OMVG hydro-electric power station, connecting communities from Jarra Soma, Lower River Region to Brikama, West Coast Region, will be launched in early 2019, officials reveal. Following a closed-door discussion with His Excellency, President Adama Barrow at the State House in Banjul, Antonio Serifo Embalo, Chairman, Council of Ministers of the…

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World Bank, AFD develop new initiative to mitigate risk for global solar scale-up

Dec 20, 2018

The World Bank and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) are developing a joint Global Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI), an integrated approach to tackle policy, technical and financial issues associated with scaling up solar energy deployment, especially in some of the world’s poorest countries. Initiated in Delhi at the first International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit…

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