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Achieving Sustainable Transport in Africa

Achieving Sustainable Transport in Africa

by Joshua Amponsem on Aug 24, 2016



Africa must achieve sustainable transport in its effort to contribute to global carbon emission reduction and the goal of limiting global temperature increase well below 2 degrees Celsius, while urging efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The African Development Bank (AfDB) and other allied institutions have committed to providing 175 billion USD …Read More

Scatec Solar secures 100 MW Solar Project in Nigeria

Scatec Solar secures 100 MW Solar Project in Nigeria

by Africa Business on Aug 18, 2016



Scatec Solar (ScatecSolar.com) has signed an agreement with CDIL, a Canadian renewable energy development company focused on Africa, and BPS, a Nigerian strategic consulting firm, securing the 100 MW (DC) Nova Scotia Power plant located in Jigawa State, Nigeria. This agreement was announced in connection with Scatec Solar’s second quarter results. The Nova Scotia project company, signed …Read More

European Union Welcomes Rural Energy Strategy and Master Plan, prepared by Liberia’s Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA)

by Africa Business on Aug 18, 2016



Speaking at today’s launch event, the European Union Chargé d’affaires, Mrs Emma Sundblad, particularly welcomed the definition of clear, quantifiable targets in three key areas: Energy Access; Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency. She also congratulated the RREA on the identification of concrete programs and projects to be implemented under a comprehensive framework and praised the …Read More

UK Prosperity Fund Announces Southern Africa Projects for 2016/17

by Africa Business on Aug 15, 2016



UK Prosperity Fund supporting projects in Sustainable Urban Development, Public Private Partnerships and Renewable Energy in Southern Africa The Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s programme funds seek to create real, measurable outcomes in support of the FCO’s policy goals. Since 2011, the Prosperity Fund has supported the FCO’s Prosperity Priority on opening markets, ensuring access to …Read More

Can Development Be Sustainable?: Ghana’s Environmental Issues

by Sylvester Osei on Aug 12, 2016



Firstly, development can simply be defined as a process of growth. Traditional welfare economics had focused on incomes as the main measure of well-being or development. This parameter witnessed countries being seen as developed or underdeveloped (poor) with respect to the income levels of its citizenry. Later works of renowned economist Amartya Sen included other …Read More

Global Warming: How is Africa Affected?

Global Warming: How is Africa Affected?

by Joshua Amponsem on Aug 11, 2016



Various parts of Africa are faced by similar but quiet diverse effects of Global Warming. West Africa is most affected by high temperatures and irregular rainfall patterns accompanied with sea level rise. In East and Central Africa, major effects of global warming is in the word ‘warming’. That part of Africa is extremely warm which …Read More

USTDA Accepting Proposals For Clean Energy Projects In Africa Through September 26

by Africa Business on Aug 11, 2016



The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is expanding its investments in sustainable energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa. An implementing agency of both the Power Africa and U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance (US-ACEF) initiatives, USTDA invests in project preparation activities designed to generate renewable and gas-fired power, modernize electric grids and increase energy efficiency. The Agency’s programs are …Read More

The French Development Agency Provides 33 Million Euros to Add Renewable Power in Kenya Power Mini Grids

by Africa Business on Aug 4, 2016



On the occasion of the visit His Excellency Mr. Jean-Marc AYRAULT, French Minister for Foreign Affairs and former Prime Minister, the French Development Agency (AFD) strengthens its support to the development of the Kenyan electricity sector by the signing of a new 33 million Euro financing (about 3.7 billions Kenyan shillings). This financing agreement was …Read More

Nigeria to Construct 75 MW Solar Plant in Katsina State

by Joshua Amponsem on Jul 28, 2016



There have been few developments with regards to solar energy in west-Africa while other parts of the Africa region explores solar alternatives against thermal and hydro power generation. Morocco’s Ouarzazate in North Africa is expecting to launch the Africa’s largest solar infrastructure by 2020 and possibly the world’s largest solar plant generating a whopping 580 …Read More

Lumax Energy equips ABB headquarters with Renusol mounting solution for solar microgrid installation

by Africa Business on Jul 26, 2016



The South African wholesaler Lumax Energy has equipped the national headquarters of ABB, the global leader in power and automation technology, with a mounting solution for its 756 kWp solar microgrid installation. This is a world premiere for the innovative solution with fully grid-connected and off-grid functionalities designed to maximize the use of renewable energy …Read More

Decentralisation, hybrid models may answer Africa’s power challenges

Decentralisation, hybrid models may answer Africa’s power challenges

by Africa Business on Jul 26, 2016



The decentralisation of power generation and distribution, and hybrid models that put some power sector control into the hands of private entities, were among the long-term African power solutions proposed at the annual African power sector conference and exhibition, POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa, in Sandton last week. Speaking at the closing panel discussion entitled Visions …Read More

Avon Peaking Power, South Africa’s Largest IPP, Reaches Commercial Operation Adding 670 MW to the National Grid

Avon Peaking Power, South Africa’s Largest IPP, Reaches Commercial Operation Adding 670 MW to the National Grid

by Africa Business on Jul 25, 2016



On 20 July, Avon Peaking Power started full commercial operation of its 670 MW power plant, located in Shakaskraal, 65 km North of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal Province. The Open Cycle Gas Turbine plant consists of 4 units and is jointly owned by ENGIE, black majority owned Legend Power Solutions, Mitsui and the Peakers Trust representing …Read More

Democratic Republic of Congo: Government Announce New National Park

by Joshua Amponsem on Jul 20, 2016



In about a decade now, the Democratic Republic of Congo has lost most of its forest cover, amounting to an area of about 31,000 square miles. As described by the Global Forest Watch, Congo has lost a forest area which is equivalent to the size of the country, Austria. Surprising, as it might seem, this …Read More

A renewable energy pathway and biodiversity protection is crucial to poverty alleviation in Africa says Greenpeace International Executive Director

A renewable energy pathway and biodiversity protection is crucial to poverty alleviation in Africa says Greenpeace International Executive Director

by Africa Business on Jul 7, 2016



New Executive Director Greenpeace International (Greenpeace.org) Bunny McDiarmid visited the Greenpeace Africa office in Johannesburg to show solidarity and gain further insight into the key issues. The visit was McDiarmid’s first to the continent since taking office in April. Greenpeace Africa is concentrating its efforts on promoting sustainable development with particular emphasis on policies that support …Read More

Sub Saharan Africa Power Summit 2016

by Africa Business on Jul 6, 2016



Hosted by Vale Media Group | 26-28 October | Cape Town | South Africa The SSA Power Summit hosted by Vale Media Group, the number 1 Sub-Saharan African B2B events company, will provide a platform to address some key challenges of integrating renewable energy, improving aging power infrastructure, developing new power infrastructure, more cost effective temporary power …Read More

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

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