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Tunisia to invest US$1 billion in renewable energy in 2017

The Tunisian government said recently that it is expected to invest about an equivalent of one billion U.S. dollars to produce 1,000 megawatts of power from renewable energy in 2017. Of the 1000 megawatts, 350 will be produced by wind power, 650 by photovoltaic energy, according to the Energy General Direction of the Tunisian Ministry … Continue reading Tunisia to invest US$1 billion in renewable energy in 2017

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Enel brings two new South African PV plants

Enel, through its renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has brought the 82.5 MW Adams and Pulida solar PV plants, which are respectively located in South Africa’s Northern Cape and Free State provinces, into commercial operation. “Enel Green Power RSA’s two new solar projects were completed ahead of schedule, according to the … Continue reading Enel brings two new South African PV plants

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Groundbreaking on Solar Field in Burundi

Amid the lush and rolling hills of Mubuga, 100 km outside the Burundian capital of Bujumbura, 2,500 people came yesterday to celebrate the festive ground-breaking for a 7.5 MW solar field that will add 15% to the East African country’s generation capacity. In a colorful and drum-accented ceremony attended by government officials, international investors, religious … Continue reading Groundbreaking on Solar Field in Burundi

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Abengoa receives Provisional Acceptance Certificate for Khi Solar One, the first concentrated solar power tower plant on the African continent

Khi Solar One has 50 MW of installed capacity and a two-hour storage capacity, incorporating cutting-edge technology developed by Abengoa. Following commissioning, the plant is officially handed over to Khi Solar One Pty. Ltd, a corporation that is made up of Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Khi Community Trust and Abengoa. Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B), the international … Continue reading Abengoa receives Provisional Acceptance Certificate for Khi Solar One, the first concentrated solar power tower plant on the African continent

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Ethiopia is set to become the wind power capital of Africa

As countries rally around for cleaner, alternative sources of energy to meet their needs as well as their commitments as promised at COP 22 which took place in Paris, France in 2015, there has been an increasing shift to solar power. However, some other countries are harvesting another natural resource to meet energy demands–Wind. Yes, … Continue reading Ethiopia is set to become the wind power capital of Africa

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New Investors join Scatec Solar to develop the 100 MW Nova Scotia Solar Power Project in Nigeria

Scatec Solar (www.ScatecSolar.com) has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Africa50, an African Infrastructure Fund sponsored by the African Development Bank and more than 20 African States and Norfund (the Norwegian Investment Fund for Development Countries), securing investment into the 100 MW (DC) Nova Scotia Power plant located in Dutse in the Northern Nigerian state … Continue reading New Investors join Scatec Solar to develop the 100 MW Nova Scotia Solar Power Project in Nigeria

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Kenya eyes wind energy potential

Kenya’s energy ministry said Friday that it has launched initiatives aimed at tapping the country’s wind energy potential. Principal Renewal Energy Officer Paul Mbuthi said the government is now focusing on wind energy to cater to the increased electricity demand in the country.   “Kenya has a wind energy potential of 3,000 megawatts (MW) and … Continue reading Kenya eyes wind energy potential

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Tesvolt and Africa Green Tec to provide solar power to 250,000 Malians

Mobile solar containers with battery storage systems reduce energy costs by over 75%. The German firm Tesvolt, which manufactures commercial storage systems, has entered into an exclusive cooperation agreement with the start-up Africa Green Tec. Tesvolt is supplying lithium storage systems for 50 solar containers with a total capacity of 3 megawatt-hours (MWh), enabling a … Continue reading Tesvolt and Africa Green Tec to provide solar power to 250,000 Malians

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IFC supports concentrated solar power (CSP) in Morocco

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has agreed to a $20 million equity investment in ACWA Power Ouarzazate, which has developed the 160 MW NOORo 1 concentrated solar power (“CSP”) parabolic trough plant with three-hour storage near Ouarzazate, Morocco.  IFC’s investment will help support the development of Morocco’s solar power industry, part of … Continue reading IFC supports concentrated solar power (CSP) in Morocco

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First wind farm in Ghana

Lekela Power, initiators of the first wind farm project in Ghana, has assured residents of Ningo in the Greater Accra Region that the project would not affect farming activities in and around the town. Lekela, the renewable energy company, therefore appealed to land owners to cooperate with them for a smooth take-off of the wind … Continue reading First wind farm in Ghana

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Morocco: Why Invest in Concentrated Solar Power?

New technologies are often caught in a bind. Their true value only emerges once people begin to use them, but until they have a proven track record few are willing to try. Breaking out of that bind and establishing a track record requires someone with vision – who can both recognize the potential inherent in … Continue reading Morocco: Why Invest in Concentrated Solar Power?

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Wind power in Africa

As the only country in North Africa without significant proven hydrocarbon reserves, Morocco has consistently backed the construction of wind and solar energy projects. It was the fourth biggest investor in renewable energy in relation to the size of its GDP in the world last year. The government’s latest targets aim to boost the proportion … Continue reading Wind power in Africa

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Scatec Solar and Norfund sign Power Purchase Agreement for Mozambique’s first large scale Solar Power Plant

Scatec Solar (ScatecSolar.com) and Norfund (www.Norfund.no) have signed the Power Purchase Agreement securing  the sale of solar power over a 25 year period to the state owned utility Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM). The agreement was signed at a ceremony in Maputo yesterday in the presence of the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Børge Brende, … Continue reading Scatec Solar and Norfund sign Power Purchase Agreement for Mozambique’s first large scale Solar Power Plant

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OPIC commits to Senegal’s wind farm

The US government’s development finance institution, OPIC, has signed a financing agreement with Lekela Power for the development of a wind farm in Senegal. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) revealed last week during the US – African Business Forum held in New York City that it has engaged into a pact with Lekela Power … Continue reading OPIC commits to Senegal’s wind farm

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Ethiopia aims at 1,500 Megawatts from wind power

Ethiopia’s Government aims to set up wind power projects that can create 1,500 Megawatts during the second Growth and Transformation Plan Period (GTP II). The government intends to work on the projects by its own capacity.   It is said that Ethiopia’s wind energy potential is 1.3 million Megawatt. The government is aimed at efficiently … Continue reading Ethiopia aims at 1,500 Megawatts from wind power

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Ghana dreams a future running on renewable energy

Ghana’s electricity consumption will shift more towards renewable energy in the medium to long term, Ghanaian energy expert has said. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Kwame Ampofo, Chairman of the Energy Commission, said there was the need for political will, commitment and public education for this to be achieved.   “We have identified renewable … Continue reading Ghana dreams a future running on renewable energy

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Wind energy in Morocco: Vestas receives 120 MW order

Vestas has signed a firm and unconditional order with Acwa Power to supply 40 units of the V90-3.0 MW wind turbine for the 120 MW Khalladi wind park, which will be located in the windy Tangiers region of northern Morocco.   The contract comprises the supply of the wind turbines as well as a 20-year … Continue reading Wind energy in Morocco: Vestas receives 120 MW order

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Wind power could breathe new life into Africa’s energy economy

MORE than 50 years ago British prime minister Harold Macmillan angered the apartheid government when he told its parliament that the wind of change was blowing through Africa. Now a new, revolutionary wind could blow away energy poverty as an obstacle to the continent’s aspirations. The International Energy Agency estimates that 625-million sub-Saharan Africans are … Continue reading Wind power could breathe new life into Africa’s energy economy

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Renewable Energy Boom in Africa

Christine Lins is the Executive Secretary of Ren 21, a global renewable energy multi-stakeholder policy network. She spoke to Ian Katusiime about the prospects of renewable energy in Africa. Please break down for us what it means for the world now to have 147GW of renewable energy? Record renewable power capacity of 147 GW installed … Continue reading Renewable Energy Boom in Africa

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Anniversary of South Africa’s launching 450 MW Concentrated Solar Power allocation in REIPPPP Rd 4.5

South Africa launched in July 2015 round 4.5 of its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), to procure an additional 1.8 GW of renewable energy capacity. News says some 450 MW of the capacity is to be allocated to CSP projects and seven CSP projects were bid. One year has passed after the … Continue reading Anniversary of South Africa’s launching 450 MW Concentrated Solar Power allocation in REIPPPP Rd 4.5

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