Category Archives: Africa ECO
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant supporting a feasibility study for a 130 MW wind power project in Zambia. The grantee is Access Zambia Wind One Limited, a wind power project developer and subsidiary of Access Power, a Power Africa partner and developer, owner, and operator of power assets in emerging and frontier markets.
LUX* Resorts & Hotels has implemented 130 solar panels and batteries to fully substitute diesel-based power generation for the needs of Ile des Deux Cocos, off-grid South-East Mauritius (www.iledesdeuxcocos.com/fr). The 20kWp project’s state-of-the-art design and storage solution will allow for 11 hours of utilization daily and fulfill self-sufficiency of the property including during night-time.
Egypt has the objective to increase its share of renewable energy to 22% of the total energy consumption by 2020.
As an environmental activist, I have come to appreciate that nature gives us everything. Our basis of life is dependent on nature and thus, it’s important that we see nature as our source of life rather than a resource for mere exploitation. It is this second line of thinking, which I believe has the people of Ghana troubled as the country’s vice president enters into an agreement to acquire $15 billion from China. The weariness of the citizens is very strong as the country strives to stop illegal small-scale mining which was largely driven by Chinese immigrants in Ghana.
Several regional energy ministers confirmed for October power forum
Encouraging private and public collaboration to make energy deals happen is high on the agenda at the rebranded Future Energy Central Africa forum that is taking place from 2-3 October in Yaoundé, Cameroon this year. “We have deliberately put together a very practical programme” says event director Marie Sachet, “because I believe all stakeholders agree on what the generation potential in the region is, but we need specific actions to prepare the sector for much-needed investments and bankable power projects.”
She continues: “Future Energy Central Africa is working with the energy ministries in the region, project developers, financiers as well as regulators to set the agenda to encourage private and public cooperation in order to increase energy capacity and economic growth in Central Africa. Our conference programme includes a high-level ministerial keynote panel discussion on the opening day, successful project leaders from the private sector as well as utility leaders.”
The webinar, taking place online on Wednesday, July 5th 2017 at 2pm Dubai time will analyze the Tunisia renewable energy framework. Places are free but limited and offered on a first come first served basis. Places can be reserved at http://bit.ly/2tifBC0
Future Energy Uganda investment forum launches in Kampala in SeptemberUganda’s immense power potential and enormous energy investment opportunities will be in focus when stakeholders and decision makers meet for a strategic two-day conference and showcase during the inaugural Future Energy Uganda in Kampala from 12-13 September 2017.
“The numbers in Uganda’s energy sector speak for themselves: the country is without a doubt the next energy investment destination,” says Future Energy Uganda event director Le-ann Hare-Keymer.
In a world first, Nigeria is pioneering a new solar electricity service and it is already transforming lives.
The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) has shortlisted 5 consortia to bid for the phase 1 of the 800 MW Noor Midelt solar power complex. Noor Midelt is the first complex that specifies hybrid plants including both CSP and PV. Total capacity is expected to reach 400 MW, of which 150 to 190 MW would be provided by CSP with with minimum of 5 hours storage.
The consortiums officially pre-qualified are:
On 8th June 2017 the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Christian-Matthias Schlaga, and Mr. Simson Uri-Khob Chief Operations Officer of the ‘Save the Rhino Trust‘ Namibia, unveiled the 56.4 kWh ground mounted off-grid photovoltaic solar system at the Palmwag Base Station of ‘Save the Rhino Trust’ Namibia. Representatives of the German Embassy, as well as Trustees of ‘Save the Rhino Trust’ and other donors, attended the event.
Power Africa attended the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) to further advance its goal to increase energy access and power generation in sub-Saharan Africa. Through grant signings, facilitated events, and targeted meetings with government and private sector partners, Power Africa plans to further increase the number of transactions that have reached financial close. Currently, the 76 projects that have reached this status are expected to generate over 7,107 megawatts (MW) since the initiative’s 2013 launch.
ENGIE (www.ENGIE-Africa.com) and eleQtra (www.eleQtra.com), a developer of power and transportation projects in sub-Saharan Africa, signed a Joint Development Agreement that defines the terms and the schedule for the development and construction of the 50 MW Ada Wind power project in the Greater Accra Region in Ghana. The project is expected to require an investment of approximately $120 million and to start operations early 2019. ENGIE will enter as a 40% partner in the project.
A delegation of the Canary Island Government led by its president, Fernando Clavijo, traveled to the United States to promote the Africagua Forum, the international meeting on Water and Renewable Energies held in Fuerteventura on the 6th and 7th of November.
Three African renewable energy projects announced as winners of the US$7million Access Co-Development Facility competition
The three winning projects, hailing from Tanzania, Rwanda and Ghana, were selected from a technologically and geographically diverse pool of 82 entrants from 23 countries after having presented to a live panel of industry expert judges. The panel based their final selection on the commercial, technical and environmental merits of the projects presented, as well as the local regulatory environment and capability of the project teams. The winners will share the US$7 million pot provided by the Access Co-Development Facility as well as technical support and expertise.