Alternative Energy

Kenya reduces reliance on thermal power plants as wind farm comes onstream

Nov 29, 2018

Due to the recently connected 310MW Lake Turkana Wind Farm, Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter has stated that three thermal power plants with a combined capacity of 190MW would no longer be needed. Keter was referring to Iberafrica Power Plant’s 56MW contract, set to end in October next year, Tsavo Power’s (74MW) ending in September…

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South African solar plant generates first power to grid

Nov 28, 2018

A 100 MW solar and storage plant in South Africa has generated its first power to the national grid. The milestone means that construction of the Kathu Solar Park by Spanish companies SENER and ACCIONA Industrial has taken a major step towards conclusion. Siyabonga Mbanjwa, SENER’s Southern Africa managing director, said that the plant will…

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In 2018, Benin, Burundi, Malawi, Uganda & Zambia made major progress in de-risking renewable energy projects

Nov 28, 2018

Since launching a year ago, the Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF) has signed agreements with five countries ensuring that their Independent Power Producers (IPPs) receive protection against payment risks that often contribute to their failure. The Facility supports small and mid-scale renewable energy IPPs (from 50 to 100MW) in sub-Saharan Africa by helping these projects…

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Solar mini-grids in Africa set to rise to 16,000 by 2023

Nov 28, 2018

In the Africa and Asia markets, the number of solar mini-grid projects is expected to grow from 2,700 units in 2017 to over 31,000 units by 2023, with 51% of these figures to come from Africa. This is according to a new report from the clean energy consulting company Infinergia, the ‘Mini-grid for Village Electrification: Industry…

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Niger commissions first 7MW solar park

Nov 27, 2018

The 7 MW solar facility will sell power to local state-owned utility Nigelec. The project was developed with the support of the Indian government. Niger’s prime minister Brigi Rafini and the minister of energy Amina Moumouni have inaugurated the country’s first solar power plant, according to a statement released by local state-owned utility Nigelec. The…

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Eni, Sonatrach inaugurate 10MW Bir Rebaa North solar plant, sign renewable energy agreements

Nov 26, 2018

The Chairman and General Director of the Algerian state company Sonatrach, Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eni, Claudio Descalzi, inaugurated a 10 MW solar plant today in Bir Rebaa North (BRN) in Algeria. The plant, co-operated by Eni and Sonatrach through the GSA (Groupement Sonatrach-Agip), will provide green energy to…

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OPIC provides $6m to Africa solar financier for projects in Kenya, Rwanda & Ghana

Nov 26, 2018

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has provided KES 600 million (USD 5.9m/EUR 5.2m) in debt financing to Sub-Saharan Africa-focused distributed solar projects financier CrossBoundary Energy. The Nairobi-based firm said in a brief statement on its website that the OPIC funding enables it to extend the provision of renewable power across Sub-Saharan Africa and bolster…

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Regional cooperation in East Africa set to tackle energy insecurity

Nov 26, 2018

The Energy Security Policy Framework launched today in Kigali by the East African Community in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa, ECA will help East African countries to tackle the increasing energy insecurity affecting the region. “Deforestation, rising wood and charcoal prices, increasing imports of oil and gas are some of the symptoms…

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DRC’s Grand Inga Dam hydropower project likely to face challenges

Nov 25, 2018

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) aspires to have the world’s largest hydropower scheme that will have a continent-wide energy footprint. Africa’s mammoth hydropower project, the Grand Inga Dam, which began more than six decades ago, however continues to raise hackles. In 2014, the DRC signed a treaty with South Africa as its main partner and…

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Algeria opens tender for 150-MW solar projects

Nov 23, 2018

Algeria’s energy ministry is seeking bids in a tender for the installation of 150 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity across the country’s Southeast region. The tender was issued by the Regulatory Commission for Electricity and Gas (CREG) last weekend. In addition to the construction of the solar parks, it also calls for the provision…

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