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Strong focus on geothermal at EAPIC in Nairobi in September

by Africa Business on Jun 28, 2016



Strong focus on geothermal at EAPIC in Nairobi in September “We have to take a realistic approach to how it’s developed” “There is no one size fits all approach to developing geothermal. It’s an amazing source of base load, renewable energy, but we have to take a realistic approach to how it’s developed” – this …Read More

Will You Marry the Sun? Greenpeace Activists Deliver Gigantic ‘Solar’ Ring to Pick N Pay CEO

Will You Marry the Sun? Greenpeace Activists Deliver Gigantic ‘Solar’ Ring to Pick N Pay CEO

by Africa Business on Jun 28, 2016



Pick n Pay has the highest per annum electricity consumption out of the five retailers researched by Greenpeace, which equates to the annual electricity consumption of 65 000 South African households Today Greenpeace (Greenpeace.org) activists made a formal marriage proposal to Pick n Pay, calling on the retailer to commit to a 100% renewable energy future, …Read More

African Sustainable Extractives Summit

African Sustainable Extractives Summit

by Africa Business on Jun 28, 2016



African Sustainable Extractives Summit will lead conversation on Reducing operational risk through social and environmental performance in the extractives sector with topical issues on local content strategy, water risk management, human rights and labor issues, community investments, measuring and reporting of social investment, post COP 21 world and other topics around sustainability in the extractives …Read More

Three African Renewable Energy Projects Announced as Winners of the US$7million Access Co-Development Facility Prize

Three African Renewable Energy Projects Announced as Winners of the US$7million Access Co-Development Facility Prize

by Africa Business on Jun 27, 2016



Access Power (“Access”) (Access-Power.com), a developer, owner and operator of renewable power projects in emerging markets, is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 US$7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF), a financial support mechanism for renewable energy projects in Africa. Three projects from Nigeria, Madagascar, and Sierra Leone, fought off fierce competition from almost …Read More

AFER Forum 2016 African Forum of Renewable Energies

AFER Forum 2016 African Forum of Renewable Energies

by Africa Business on Jun 27, 2016



The City of Marrakech will host, on July 15th & 16th, the first edition of the African Forum for Renewable Energies “AFER Forum 2016″. AFER Forum 2016 accredited COP22, is involved in a difficult economic and ecological context that concerns us all. This is an event that mobilizes a hundred speakers, from Morocco, the rest …Read More

Mainstream Renewable Power Signs Landmark Africa Clean Energy Equity Funding

Mainstream Renewable Power Signs Landmark Africa Clean Energy Equity Funding

by Africa Business on Jun 23, 2016



- $117.5m deal to fund continued expansion of Lekela Power platform, providing renewable power supply across Africa – Investors include IFC, the IFC African, Latin American and Caribbean Fund (ALAC) and the IFC Catalyst Fund, two funds managed by IFC Asset Management Company, Ascension Investment Management and Sanlam – Mainstream playing leading role in delivering …Read More

Rightsizing of African power projects will enable faster development

by Africa Business on Jun 22, 2016



The combination of a challenging business environment, liquidity constraints as well as a limited number of financially credible off-takers in many jurisdictions indicates that there may be a need for right-sizing some of Africa’s planned power projects, according to Jeannot Boussougouth, Executive: Power & Infrastructure at Standard Bank. Looking across 78 power project developments, identified …Read More

Africa uniquely placed to develop a diverse and sustainable energy mix

Africa uniquely placed to develop a diverse and sustainable energy mix

by Africa Business on Jun 22, 2016



Africa is uniquely placed to build a sustainable, renewable energy matrix with immense potential, says Rentia van Tonder, Head: Power at Standard Bank. “However, how quickly, efficiently and at what cost the continent builds this energy infrastructure will be influenced by sovereign wealth, governments commitments and capital markets,” she points out. The World Bank estimates …Read More

Scientist Discovers New Way to Constrain CO2 Emissions

by Africa Business on Jun 21, 2016



Scientists think they have found a smart way to constrain carbon dioxide emissions – just turn them to stone. The researchers report an experiment in Iceland where they have pumped CO2 and water underground into volcanic rock. Reactions with the minerals in the deep basalts convert the carbon dioxide to a stable, immobile chalky solid. …Read More

GIZ/ German Energy Solutions Initiative/ THEnergy-Analysis: Momentum for solar-diesel hybrid microgrids in the Zambian mining industry

by Africa Business on Jun 21, 2016



Load shedding, increased electricity rates for mining companies and a solar tender at 6.02US¢/kWh redefine the rules of power generation in Zambia Berlin/Munich, June 2016 – In recent years, an ongoing drought has caused a severe power crisis in Zambia. The new analysis “Power crisis and consequences for solar energy in the Zambian mining sector” …Read More

There Is an Immediate Solution to Sub-Saharan Africa’s Power Challenges

There Is an Immediate Solution to Sub-Saharan Africa’s Power Challenges

by Africa Business on Jun 17, 2016



Access to reliable electricity is essential to human development and to a country’s sustainable economic progress. Today, having electricity is vital in providing basic social services to people, conducting business and running industrial operations. Unfortunately, billions of people around the world still do not have access to reliable electricity, with a great number of them …Read More

TESVOLT supplies Rwanda with the world’s largest off-grid battery system

TESVOLT supplies Rwanda with the world’s largest off-grid battery system

by Africa Business on Jun 15, 2016



The German commercial storage system manufacturer Tesvolt has been awarded the contract to supply the world’s largest decentralized off-grid storage system, which acts as a mini-grid during power cuts. The company is set to deliver a lithium storage system with a total capacity of 2.68 megawatt-hours (MWh) which will provide water pumps in an agricultural …Read More

(Ghana) World Environmental Day: EPA – Reject The ‘Clean Coal’ Myth

by Joshua Amponsem on Jun 6, 2016



Today marks World Environment Day 2016. It is another reminder to humanity to safeguard the environment and protect and preserve the planet for future generations. The Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM) and key allies— Ghana Youth Climate Coalition (GYCC), Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO-Ghana) and Hipsters of Nature, acknowledge the role that the Environmental Protection …Read More

Ghana Postpones Construction of Coal Power Plant

Ghana Postpones Construction of Coal Power Plant

by Joshua Amponsem on May 26, 2016



The Government of Ghana is expected to solve the country’s energy crisis through the construction of a 2x350MW supercritical coal fired power plant in Ekumfi Aboano in the Central Region of Ghana. The project, which was initially scheduled to commence in August 2016 has been postponed to April 2017. The first phase of the project …Read More

Current approaches to offgrid electricity need to be changed to achieve universal access to electricity

by Africa Business on May 25, 2016



The PwC report – Electricity beyond the grid: accelerating access to sustainable power for all – says a new approach is needed – PwC report says new renewable off-grid technologies, in combination with innovative business models and mobile payment systems hold the key to rural electrification. – New approaches to beyond the grid electrification need …Read More

What does the Future Hold for Thin Film Solar Panels?

What does the Future Hold for Thin Film Solar Panels?

by Sven Lindstrom on May 23, 2016



by Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer The photovoltaic market continues to grow with impressive speed. Large scale silicon solar parks have been all the fashion until now but thin film panels are becoming increasingly popular and will dominate the small scale off-grid market and the booming building integrated PV segment, especially in sunny regions like Africa. …Read More

Morocco’s Noor hybrid projects extend the reach of CSP

by Heba Hashem on May 18, 2016



Morocco is following in Chile’s footsteps with two new solar hybrid complexes that will maximize synergies and optimize the cost per kilowatt hour. Visit http://www.csptoday.com/menasol/ and get a deeper view on how to secure developments, win bids and deliver profitable solar projects. The first of these independent power projects, Noor Midelt, is envisioned as a …Read More

Environmental Activists and Renewable Energy Practitioners Gather for Power Shift –Ghana

Environmental Activists and Renewable Energy Practitioners Gather for Power Shift –Ghana

by Africa Business on May 17, 2016



POWER SHIFT – GHANA, tagged as the nation’s largest environmental youth gathering was held on May 14th at KNUST. The event was organized by the Ghana Youth Climate Coalition (GYCC) and partnered Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO). Power Shift – Ghana 2016, attracted over 400 students, about 100 environmental activists, and solar energy practitioners to …Read More

Brighter future for African power

by Africa Business on May 16, 2016



The expansion of generation and transmission capacity, and the rapid adoption of renewables such as solar, promise economic benefits and improved quality of life across Africa, power sector stakeholders have heard. At a stakeholders’ briefing held in Sandton this week ahead of the annual POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and business expo in July, Eskom …Read More

100 MW Kathu solar project in the Northern Cape of South Africa will start construction

100 MW Kathu solar project in the Northern Cape of South Africa will start construction

by Africa Business on May 15, 2016



ENGIE (ENGIE.com) is pleased to announce that the Kathu Solar Park project in South Africa, owned by an ENGIE-led consortium with South African partners, has signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Eskom – South Africa’s state owned power utility –, making it possible for construction at the site to begin shortly. The concentrated …Read More

Egypt’s leading renewable energy conference is back

by Africa Business on May 15, 2016



6-7 September 2016 Following the great success of its first edition, Advanced Conferences & Meetings is proud to announce the launch of the 2nd Annual Solar Projects Egypt conference, held on 6-7 September in Cairo. Under the patronage of the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NERA), the 2nd annual Solar Projects Egypt will address progress …Read More

Greenpeace slams Eskom CEO’s anti-renewable energy propaganda

by Africa Business on May 13, 2016



Reacting to claims made by Eskom CEO Brain Molefe during his State of the System briefing in Cape Town yesterday, that Renewable Energy is a ‘disappointment’,  Greenpeace (Greenpeace.org) has said: “Greenpeace condemns the anti-renewable energy propaganda coming from Eskom in the strongest possible terms, at a time when renewable energy projects have added more than …Read More

10 nominees announced for AIF’s Innovation Prize for Africa 2016

10 nominees announced for AIF’s Innovation Prize for Africa 2016

by Africa Business on May 9, 2016



The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) (www.AfricanInnovation.org) today announced the top 10 nominees for its landmark programme, the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). Now celebrating its 5th year under the theme “Made in Africa”, IPA is the premier innovation initiative in the African continent, offering a grand share prize of US$150 000 and incentives to spur …Read More

US$7 Million Prize to Fund African Renewable Energy Projects

by Africa Business on May 5, 2016



- Just three weeks left for entrepreneurs to enter the ACF competition which will see developers across the continent compete for funding and expertise – Calling all entrepreneurs and developers of renewable energy projects in Africa Access Power (Access-Power.com), a developer, owner and operator of power projects in emerging markets, today kicked off the countdown …Read More

Solar tracking expert Exosun confirms high local content performance to optimally serve the South African utility-scale PV market

Solar tracking expert Exosun confirms high local content performance to optimally serve the South African utility-scale PV market

by Africa Business on May 3, 2016



Company renews its B-BBEE level 4 certificate Exosun, worldwide leading supplier of advanced, cost-effective solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plants, confirms high local content performance in South Africa one year after the opening of its subsidiary in Cape Town. The recent renewal of Exosun Pty’s B-BBEE (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment) level 4 certificate proves …Read More

South Africa: SegenSolar sells Renusol mounting systems exclusively

by Africa Business on May 3, 2016



Wholesaler SegenSolar (Pty) Ltd supplies the South African market with PV mounting systems from German brand Renusol exclusively. Via its online portal, SegenSolar offers the entire Renusol range – solutions for mounting photovoltaic installations both on the ground and on all types of roofs. SegenSolar is part of British PV wholesaler Segen Ltd. SegenSolar chooses …Read More

Frost & Sullivan Lauds ZTE for High Value Offerings to the Telecommunications Industry in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Africa Business on May 1, 2016



Through end-to-end green energy solutions, ZTE enables significant energy and cost savings for the entire telecommunications value chain Based on its recent analysis of the green energy solutions market for telecommunications, Frost & Sullivan recognises ZTE Corporation (ZTE) with the 2015 Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. ZTE has integrated …Read More

Unique Naturally Biodegradable Food Packaging Material Launched That is fully recyclable

Unique Naturally Biodegradable Food Packaging Material Launched That is fully recyclable

by Africa Business on Apr 25, 2016



Bio-on, an Italian renewable chemical developer and a pioneer in the bioplastic sector, in collaboration with University of Tampere in Finland has developed a new biodegradable material using paper and bioplastic for packaging of food. Made from a combination of paper and bioplastic, the material is a result of Minerv PHA Extrusion Coating project launched …Read More

Finalists announced in African Utility Week’s Innovation Hub for energy and water industry

by Africa Business on Apr 25, 2016



African Utility Week’s Innovation Hub offers unique opportunity Aquaponic farming, a geyser switch and other water and energy savings gadgets and software are amongst the winning innovations and inventions that will be showcased at the Innovation Hub taking place during the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town from 17-19 May. Fifteen SMEs, start-ups and …Read More

Rolls-Royce Supplies 36 Gas Gensets for Power Plant in Ghana

by Africa Business on Apr 19, 2016



- 36 MTU Onsite Energy Series 4000 gensets supplied for power plant – Power plant to feed 56 MW into public grid from May 2016 Rolls-Royce has delivered 36 MTU Onsite Energy brand natural-gas-powered gensets for a gas power plant in Accra, Ghana. The Type 16V 4000 L32 gensets produce 1,560 kW of electric power …Read More

SOLAR PROJECTS EGYPT

SOLAR PROJECTS EGYPT

by Africa Business on Apr 19, 2016



Website: http://solarprojectsegypt.com/

New Energy Update South Africa 2016

by Africa Business on Apr 19, 2016



400+ attendees, 50+ speakers and 20+ sponsors are gathering 8-9 June in Cape Town for the New Energy Update series of conferences, comprising of CSP Today South Africa, PV Insider South Africa and Wind Energy Update South Africa. Website: http://bit.ly/NewEnergyUpdateSA

Greenpeace ranks Pick n Pay, Massmart, Spar, Woolworths and Shoprite on commitments to a 100% renewable energy vision

by Africa Business on Apr 19, 2016



South Africa’s top five retailers (Pick n Pay, Massmart, Spar, Woolworths and Shoprite) have a major role to play in shaping sustainable growth in the energy sector and need to champion South Africa’s transition to 100% renewable energy, according to the latest report launched today by Greenpeace Africa (Greenpeace.org). The report ‘Shopping Clean – Retailers …Read More

Lessons Other African Countries Can Learn from the South African Renewable Energy IPP Programme

by Celine Paton on Apr 14, 2016



By: Celine Paton, Consultant for Energy & Environment, Frost & Sullivan Africa Following global trends leaning towards a more sustainable future, governments in most African countries have established increasingly ambitious renewable energy (RE) targets for their power sector. However, with the notable exception of South Africa and the hydro power sector, not much has materialised …Read More

African Utility Week’s Finance and Investment Forum: Africa as attractive power project investment destination

by Africa Business on Apr 12, 2016



“Let’s share success stories we can learn from and scale up” “Five years ago, when South Africa launched its renewable Reefit programme, it did not know how successful it would be”, says KPMG’s De Buys Scott. He adds: “the country has since then been the recipient of much global acclaim for its renewable programme successes …Read More

Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer receives funding from Mistra for development of lightweight solar modules on vehicles

by Africa Business on Apr 12, 2016



Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer, a leading provider of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of flexible CIGS thin film solar cells, has received funding from Mistra for the development of lightweight solar modules on vehicles. The developed solar panels will be integrated in body panels in a Clean Motion Zbee ultra-light electric vehicle composite roof. The …Read More

Flexenclosure wins order for 1,000 energy efficient hybrid power systems to power IHS’ Nigerian mobile telecom towers

by Africa Business on Apr 6, 2016



Flexenclosure, a designer and manufacturer of prefabricated data centre buildings and intelligent power management systems for the ICT industry, has received an order to supply 1,000 eSite power systems for IHS Towers‘ sites in the Abuja region of central Nigeria.  The order is a part of IHS’s significantly larger green energy programme. This agreement is …Read More

Speech By Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Egh, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry Of Environment, Natural Resources And Regional Development Authorities During The Opening Ceremony Of The Sub-Regional Seminar On Facilitating The Transfer Of Climate Technologies In East Africa, At Strathmore University, Strathmore Business School Auditorium On 5th April 2016

Speech By Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Egh, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry Of Environment, Natural Resources And Regional Development Authorities During The Opening Ceremony Of The Sub-Regional Seminar On Facilitating The Transfer Of Climate Technologies In East Africa, At Strathmore University, Strathmore Business School Auditorium On 5th April 2016

by Africa Business on Apr 5, 2016



H.E. Amb. Tatsushu Terada Japan Ambassador to Kenya, Mr. Anatole Krattiger Director, Global Challenges Division WIPO Geneva, Mr. Matthew Kennedy Vice Chair CTCN Advisory Board, Copenhagen, Mr. Edward Mungai Chief Executive Officer Kenya Climate Innovation Center, Representative from various African Countries present, Captains of the Industry Present, Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen, It is gives …Read More

Facilitating the Transfer of Climate Technologies in East Africa

by Africa Business on Apr 5, 2016



Leading East Africa organizations pioneering the improvement of agriculture and food production, and clean water supply in East Africa, have congregated in Nairobi, under the latest round of Facilitating the Transfer of Climate Technologies in East Africa Forum. Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), in …Read More

Making Coal Fired Plants Green

by Africa Business on Apr 4, 2016



Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia, otherwise known as SETA, is an exhibition and conference developed specifically for international, government and industry discussions and collaboration on developing sustainable energy policies for the region’s future economic development. This year marks the inaugural years of this exhibition and conference. While the issues discussed at this exhibition and conference …Read More

World Panel SunStream™ Will Keep MTN Customers Charged in Energy-Strapped Region

World Panel SunStream™ Will Keep MTN Customers Charged in Energy-Strapped Region

by Africa Business on Apr 4, 2016



MTN South Africa (MTN.co.za) launched its new promotional package featuring World Panel’s SunStream™ (World-Panel.com) which allows users to stream electricity from the sun directly into their mobile devices. The new bundle was announced at an event in Mthatha with executives from MTN and World Panel Inc. present.  The event was held outside the MTN store …Read More

African Ministers of Energy to discuss opportunities for power sector investment this June

African Ministers of Energy to discuss opportunities for power sector investment this June

by Africa Business on Apr 4, 2016



Over 130 speakers to date have confirmed to attend the 18th annual Africa Energy Forum (AEF) (Africa-Energy-Forum.com), taking place in London this year from 22-24th June. Widely considered the meeting place for Africa’s power sector professionals to discuss opportunities for investment into the power sector, 56% of the African continent was represented at the Forum …Read More

Energy and Environment Partnership Southern and East Africa announces opening of its 12th and 13th Call for Proposal

by Africa Business on Mar 30, 2016



As a challenge fund, the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA) (http://www.EEPAfrica.org) is seeking high-quality applications for projects in the two regions that can contribute to the reduction of poverty by promoting inclusive and job-creating green economy and by improving energy security while mitigating global climate change. EEP is …Read More

Solar Park Freetown (6MW) – winning project of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

by Africa Business on Mar 24, 2016



The Government of Sierra Leone represented by the Ministry of Energy/Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 09, 2016 is pleased to announce that Sierra Leone has made a number of critical steps to commence the implementation of the Solar Park Freetown Project. These important steps include, the ratification of the ADFD Loan by the Sierra Leone Government, …Read More

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