Alternative Energy

IRENA, RES4Africa to jointly explore public private initiatives

Jul 23, 2019

IRENA and the RES4Africa Foundation have agreed to cooperate to increase the speed of renewable energy development in Africa in the pursuit of the continent’s sustainable development and climate goals. The ‘Letter of Intent’ signed on 15 July 2019 in Rome, will see the two parties work together to explore public-private initiatives, knowledge creation opportunities, capacity building programmes and…

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Zimbabwe’s sugar farmers dump grid electricity for solar power

Jul 23, 2019

Some sugarcane farmers in southeastern Zimbabwe are shifting to solar energy to fend off serious shortages of electricity in the country. The power deficit afflicting the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) Holdings is affecting the operations of companies in the country already performing below capacity. A consortium of 35 sugarcane farmers at Mapanza sugarcane estate…

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Norway signs agreement with Mali on Ségou solar project

Jul 23, 2019

An agreement has recently been signed between the Malian and Norwegian governments to start construction work on the Segou solar photovoltaic power plant in southern Mali. It will have a 33 MW capacity. The Ségou solar project is about to enter its construction phase. An accord has been signed between the Malian Prime Minister, Boubou…

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BBOXX introduces BBOXX Cook pilot in Rwanda

Jul 23, 2019

BBOXX Cook will provide smart, clean and affordable cooking services for both urban and rural areas through Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and biogas solutions. The initiative is first being introduced in Rwanda as a pilot, expanding its reach to urban customers. BOXX is a next generation utility, powering growth and transforming lives in developing countries.…

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Local firm invests $20m in Zimbabwe solar power project

Jul 22, 2019

A local company, Harava Solar, has invested about US$25 million in the designing and construction of a 20MW solar power plant in Seke, which will see the country saving up to US$4 million per year when the firm starts feeding the national grid. The Herald understands that the entire project, spanning 20 hectares of land,…

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Geothermal exploration begins in Zambia

Jul 22, 2019

Kalahari GeoEnergy Ltd, the Zambian geothermal exploration company, is pleased to announce the completion of the drilling of eight (8) temperature gradient holes and the commencement of drilling slim wells at the Bweengwa River Geothermal Resource Area as part of its resource delineation drill and well testing programme, which if successful will lead to a…

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ENGIE, partners reach financial close for solar projects in Senegal

Jul 22, 2019

ENGIE and partners Meridiam and FONSIS have signed the EPC, Operation & Maintenance and Finance contracts for two solar PV projects of 60 MW. The total investment cost for the projects amounts to 47.5 MEUR and debt is provided by the following Development Finance Institutions; the European Investment Bank (EIB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC)…

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European Investment Bank and FMO support renewAfrica finance initiative

Jul 22, 2019

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and FMO adhere to the “renewAfrica” initiative, which intends to facilitate and improve financing for renewable energy projects in Africa; The initiative of RES4Africa is supported by European energy companies and international financial institutions. In a continued effort to back the development of renewable energy the African continent, the EIB and FMO support the “renewAfrica” initiative,…

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Lake Turkana Wind Farm launched in Kenya

Jul 22, 2019

Kenya unveiled Africa’s largest wind power plant on Friday, a project aimed at reducing electricity costs and dependence on fossil fuels and moving the nation to meet its ambitious goal of 100% green energy next year. The sprawling wind farm of 365 turbines on the shores of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya was designed to…

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Orascom, Engie and Toyota to connect wind farm in Egypt before end 2019

Jul 22, 2019

Mohamed El-Khayat, Executive Chairman of the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), recently announced that the construction of a wind farm is about to be completed in Ras Gharib. The project is owned by Engie, Orascom Construction and Toyota Tsusho Corporation/Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation. The first wind turbines are already emerging from the ground in…

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