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  • South Africa Energy Department announces energy supply action plan
  • Flower firm Simbi Rose installs solar power plant
  • ALGERIA: Energy efficiency network is being set up, supported by GIZ
  • Zimbabwe turns to UAE-backed solar boom to fight blackout crisis
  • EGYPT: Government promotes waste-based electricity
  • NIGERIA: Lumos receives grant from REA for solar kit distribution
  • Tunisia: KfW finances several solar, water and sanitation projects
  • EGYPT: $183M from EBRD to strengthen electricity grid for renewable energy inflows
  • SA firm plans to build hydropower plant in Ugandan national park
  • Côte d’Ivoire joins the World Bank’s scaling solar programme
  • REPP will finance renewable energy projects run by women
  • Syama Gold Mine to reduce power bill by 40% through hybrid system
  • NamPower to invest $68 million to develop 2 wind energy projects
  • Sierra Leone: Easy Solar expands energy access to 300,000 people
  • GDC receives $19m grant for Baringo-Silali geothermal project
  • ZIMBABWE: Solar-powered pumped hydroelectric energy storage plant by Ngonyezi
  • Mombasa Cement sets up 36MW wind farm in Kilifi
  • AFRICA: Orange and Greenlight will distribute solar kits in several countries
  • Cote d'Ivoire: Joint agreement between IFC and government for 2 solar power plants
  • AMEA Power bags 25-year PPA for wind and solar projects in Egypt

  • South Africa Energy Department announces energy supply action plan

    South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has unveiled a series of interventions to address the country’s energy crisis, including steps to allow Independent Power Producers to enter the energy mix sooner. In a statement, the Department said it "commits to develop adequate generation capacity to meet electricity demand" adding that it was "an urgent and immediate task to ensure economic growth." As part of efforts to ensure security of electricity supply for the country, the Minister has considered short and medium-term interventions to both the electricity and energy challenges facing the country.


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    Flower firm Simbi Rose installs solar power plant

    Thika-based flower farm Simbi Roses on Saturday installed a 150-kilowatt peak (kWp) solar system in Thika as part of a wider plan to reduce its electricity costs. It joins a growing number of companies in agricultural and commercial space leasing sectors that have built solar and hydro energy plants for their consumption. They include Kenya Tea Development Agency and Centum Investment Company, which built hydro and solar power plants respectively. Some of the companies sell their excess capacity to electricity distributor Kenya Power, with the independent power generation seen as a bid to boost supply reliability besides reducing energy costs. Simbi’s solar system consists of 454 solar panels and five inverters that it said would help the agricultural farm reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 144 metric tonnes per year.


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    ALGERIA: Energy efficiency network is being set up, supported by GIZ

    The very first energy efficiency network has recently been set up in Algeria. The decision to create this platform was taken during the second edition of the Algerian-German day. It is one of the first fruits of the cooperation between Germany and Algeria in the field of renewable energy. Advancing the use of renewable energy resources and improving energy efficiency in industry are the main missions based on the energy efficiency network that is gradually being set up in Algeria. This is the very first network of its kind in Algeria and is the result of the cooperation established since 2015 between this North African country and Germany. The news of the creation of this network was made public during the second edition of the Algerian-German Energy Day. The network will bring together eight Algerian companies from the private and public sectors.


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    Zimbabwe turns to UAE-backed solar boom to fight blackout crisis

    Zimbabwe is to tap into Middle Eastern expertise to deploy a colossal solar fleet able to alleviate a long-running electricity crisis, president Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced. The African State, reeling after months of widespread power outages, will be assisted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as it looks to deploy a 2GW solar portfolio across the country and integrate it with a lake-turned-storage-facility. In a statement aired by a government website, president Mnangagwa explained how the deal with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, was brokered in the run-up to its rubberstamping in capital Harare on Monday 25 November.


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    EGYPT: Government promotes waste-based electricity

    It was a much-awaited decision by the independent power producers (IPPs), which specialise in waste recovery. The IPPs have just obtained from the Egyptian government an increase in the feed-in tariff for electricity produced from waste incineration. Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli has set the cap at 8 cents per kWh of electricity. The government’s objective is to attract more investors to support its waste management plan, which will fully enter its implementation phase within a few weeks. The challenge is also economic since, according to the World Bank, Egypt loses 1.5% of its gross domestic product (GDP) each year (on average), or $5.7 billion, due to the waste recovery deficit. While their treatment (storage and landfilling) generates costs. In addition, when waste is not properly treated, it pollutes the environment, causing other negative impacts.


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    NIGERIA: Lumos receives grant from REA for solar kit distribution

    The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has begun to implement its new strategy to accelerate access to electricity in Nigeria. It has therefore decided to subsidise the Dutch company Lumos Global with 75 million euros. With the availability of these funds, the Amsterdam-based company has revised its objectives upwards. It now plans to provide solar kits to one million households by 2025, the end date of the REA grant. Nigeria has a population of more than 200 million people, 60% of whom have no access to electricity. “The market is huge (…) Having help for capital expenditures through these kinds of grants is a great help,” says Alistair Gordon, Lumos’s Executive Director. Its kit typically consists of a solar panel, an inverter and a storage system that provides electricity to households after sunset. The company also supplies energy saving bulbs, charging stations for mobile phones and plugs that can support a radio, TV or fan.


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    Tunisia: KfW finances several solar, water and sanitation projects

    The Tunisian authorities have recently signed eight agreements with the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the German development agency, to finance several projects in the country. In total, KfW provides loans totalling €63.75 million to the Tunisian State. The first agreement, for a loan of €18 million, was signed with the National Sanitation Office (Onas). The funds are intended for the implementation of Phase II of the Industrial Areas Remediation Programme. It will affect the industrial areas of Moknine, Ben Arous, Utica, Bizerte, Sfax, Enfidha, Oued El Bey, Monastir and Medjez El Bab. The aim is to collect and treat wastewater discharged by plants to prevent it from discharging into wetlands and Mediterranean coasts or, quite simply, to prevent it from coming into contact with people. KfW accompanied its loan with a grant of €600,000 for technical assistance in the treatment and disposal of settling sludge from wastewater treatment.


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    EGYPT: $183M from EBRD to strengthen electricity grid for renewable energy inflows

    Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), the company that provides the electricity utility, receives funds for the modernisation of its network. This is a $183 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The money will be used not only to modernise the electricity grid, but above all to strengthen it through the construction of new substations that will allow the integration of new energy sources. The ultimate goal is to facilitate the injection of 1.3 GW of electricity produced from renewable sources. Currently in this North African country, two sources of electricity are more highly valued, with large-scale production. First of all, there is solar energy, with production concentrated mainly in the Benban photovoltaic solar complex, which will eventually provide a production capacity of 1.65 GWp. The project is fully developed by independent power producers (IPPs). This is the case of the Norwegian Scatec Solar and the French EDF Renouvelables, a subsidiary of the giant Électricité de France (EDF).


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    SA firm plans to build hydropower plant in Ugandan national park

    The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) in Uganda has lifted its objections to a South African firm conducting a study for a hydropower dam at Murchison Falls. According to the tourism ministry, Uganda will approve the feasibility study into building a 360MW hydropower plant near the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls. This decision comes three months after vowing to scrap the project. The state minister for tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda, told AFP: "Cabinet decided that there must be a feasibility study and that scientific study will form the basis on whether the proposed hydropower project should go on in Murchison Falls National Park or not." In July 2019, ERA published a notice indicating that a South African firm, Bonang Power and Energy, had applied for a permit to conduct a feasibility study on a 360MW power project on Murchison Falls. The project is located on the Nile between the Ugandan lakes Kyoga and Albert.


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    Côte d’Ivoire joins the World Bank’s scaling solar programme


    Côte d’Ivoire has plans to reach at least 42% of its power from renewable sources by 2030. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, signed the agreement with the government of Côte d’Ivoire to help the country, one of West Africa’s largest economies, develop 60MW of grid-connected solar power through two public-private partnership (PPP) projects, which will power thousands of homes and businesses in the country. Abdourahmane Cissé, Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energy, said: “Developing and diversifying our energy supply is a top priority for Côte d’Ivoire as we grow our economy and increase the number of countries to which we export electricity. In accordance with our COP21 climate change commitments, Scaling Solar will help us tap our abundant solar resources and bring clean power to the people of Côte d’Ivoire, especially those in rural areas.” Aliou Maiga, IFC Regional Director for West and Central Africa, added “Scaling Solar has set a new standard for developing solar power in Africa while consistently reducing its costs.


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    REPP will finance renewable energy projects run by women


    It is an initiative that will support women’s entrepreneurship in Africa and at the same time promote renewable energy. The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), a platform managed by Camco Clean Energy and dedicated to the financing of renewable energies, has issued a call for expressions of interest to finance renewable energy projects run by women on the African continent. The objective is to help them develop their projects that will contribute to improving access to energy, one of Africa’s greatest current challenges. But women have difficulty obtaining funds to finance their initiatives. Yet, according to a recent report by Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, an organisation that promotes entrepreneurship, there are currently 250 million women entrepreneurs worldwide. Many of these women are in Africa. The financing of their project could contribute to the emergence of the African continent.


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    Syama Gold Mine to reduce power bill by 40% through hybrid system


    Resolute Mining has announced its partnership with power generation provider Aggreko for the development of a new hybrid modular power station at the company’s Syama Gold Mine in Mali. In a company statement, Resolute noted that the new hybrid modular power station will deliver cost-effective, environmentally friendly, capital-efficient power and long-term electricity cost savings of up to 40% (relative to Syama’s existing power supply) while reducing carbon emissions by approximately 20%. The plant will combine solar, battery and thermal generation technologies in one integrated power solution ensuring optimal efficiency, reduced energy costs, and positive environmental outcomes. Work will commence in the current quarter, and once fully operational in December 2020, the new power plant is expected to reduce Syama’s power costs by approximately 40%.


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    NamPower to invest $68 million to develop 2 wind energy projects


    Two new wind farms will be built in Namibia. It is the objective of NamPower, the company that provides electricity service in this southern African country. The company wishes to launch two wind energy projects in the Tsau//Khaeb (Sperrgebiet) national park, located near the coast in the southwest of the country. The first wind farm will be developed by NamPower with an investment of N$1 billion (close to US$68 million). The project will start with the installation of a measuring mast to confirm the wind potential of the site and define the vertical wind profile. If the wind potential of the site is proven, 16 wind turbines will have to be installed, producing 40 MW. NamPower’s second wind power project will be developed as part of a public-private partnership (PPP). The independent power producer (IPP) that wins this concession will be responsible for building a 50 MW wind farm.


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    Sierra Leone: Easy Solar expands energy access to 300,000 people


    Sierra Leone’s clean energy provider, Easy Solar, announced that it has reached a new milestone of 300,000 users nationwide. “We are thrilled to be making life easier for so many individuals who do not have access to reliable electricity. No one should have to live in the dark,” said Nthabiseng Mosia, co-founder and director of customer experience at Easy Solar. Mosia added: “Our customers are families and small scale entrepreneurs in urban and rural areas. We believe they should be empowered by electricity, not limited by it. Our agents and staff are dedicated to improving our customers’ lives and we’re excited to bring a range of even better products like 24 and 32 inch TVs coming in January, as well as small business and agricultural solutions in 2020.” Today, the company remains at the forefront with its products powering more than 40,000 households, and shops in 15 out of 16 districts where consumers can access a range of services and products including lanterns, home lighting systems, and appliances, as well as recently introduced fuel-efficient cookstoves.


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    GDC receives $19m grant for Baringo-Silali geothermal project


    Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has received a boost for its drilling operations after the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) awarded the government a grant of Sh1.9 billion ($19 million). The funds are meant for geothermal exploration in the larger Baringo-Silali block. This grant is seen as a major boost to the power sector in Kenya where geothermal energy is tipped to lower power tariffs. “The award of the funds is a strong demonstration of confidence in GDC and also in geothermal as the energy of the now and the future,” said GDC Managing Director Johnson Ole Nchoe in a statement. An accelerated geothermal sector is a great economic enabler in support of various government development projects including the Big Four and Vision 2030, he added. Currently, GDC is drilling for geothermal steam at Paka. In August, the company struck a successful first well that confirmed the area as productive. The entire Baringo-Silali project is estimated to have 3,000 MW of geothermal steam.


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    ZIMBABWE: Solar-powered pumped hydroelectric energy storage plant by Ngonyezi

    A pumped hydroelectric energy storage (PHES) power plant will be built in Zimbabwe. It’s the content of an agreement that has recently been reached between the Zimbabwe National Water Authority and Ngonyezi Projects, a company based in Pretoria, South Africa. It will be operated by a solar photovoltaic power plant. This hydroelectric power plant, the first of its kind in the country, will be built on the site of the Osborne dam on the Odzi River in Manicaland province. It is an installation that produces electricity thanks to a reversible system. In practical terms, the plant operates with two tanks (upper and lower). The water from the upper reservoir flows down into the lower reservoir by rotating the turbines of the hydroelectric power plant. The water from the lower tank is pumped again to supply the upper tank, and so on.

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    Mombasa Cement sets up 36MW wind farm in Kilifi

    The company, which produces the Nyumba brand of cement, said the facility – whose construction got underway early this year – will help it overcome power inefficiencies that increasingly undermine its profitability. “We had to pay for the 16 days we lost last year without working due to outages and we failed to meet demand,” the company’s head of plant Koppal Srikantaiah said. According to Mr Srikantaiah, the Kilifi wind farm – which is expected to go live next month – consists of 12 turbines of 3MW each on a section of the 1,200-acre piece of land on which it operates a clinker plant. “We have already initiated setting up of 132-kV transmission line direct from main supply in Kaloleni to ensure a steady supply of power but the inefficiency in the supply of power and the high cost is real eating in our profits,” he said. Mombasa Cement, which began operations in 2007, is now the second largest cement manufacturer in Kenya after Bamburi – with a market share of about 15 per cent. The company has joined a growing list of establishments that have set up their own power production units to battle inefficiencies of the State-controlled Kenya Power.

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    AFRICA: Orange and Greenlight will distribute solar kits in several countries

    A new alliance for the electrification of rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa has been formed. It was signed between the French telecommunications giant Orange and Greenlight Planet, a supplier of home solar kits. It is a strategic partnership that will enable both sides to strengthen each other in Africa. “This partnership with a leading operator like Orange is a great success, as it proves that our solutions are perfectly adapted to the needs of the sub-Saharan population,” said Patrick Muriuuki, Director of Business Development for Africa at Greenlight Planet. This company markets solar systems called Sun King. They are mainly composed of solar panels, batteries for electricity storage and LED light bulbs, which save electricity. Greenlight Planet’s Sun King systems also have spaces for charging phones. As for the Orange telephone company, for several years now, it has launched its Orange Energy service, the aim of which is to promote access to electricity in rural areas. As part of its diversification strategy, the company has therefore become a distributor of solar kits at home.


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    Cote d'Ivoire: Joint agreement between IFC and government for 2 solar power plants

    Two solar photovoltaic power plants will soon be built in Ivory Coast. They will be located near the cities of Touba in the northwest and Laboa in the northeast of the country. These two projects were at the heart of a dialogue that culminated in an agreement between Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly of Ivory Coast and the heads of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private sector financing subsidiary. The agreement was signed on the margins of the recent Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C., USA. “The agreement covers IFC’s assistance with the feasibility study, financing and advisory assistance. The two plants will have a capacity of 30 MWp each. Discussions with the IFC also focused on developing a strategy for targeted intervention for a more competitive private sector in the coming years…”, says the Prime Minister of Ivory Coast.

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    AfDB devotes its capital increase to renewable energy

    By 2030, the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) capital will increase from US$ 93 billion to US$ 208 billion. This decision was taken by the Bank’s 80 shareholder states, meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on October 31, 2019. Following this historic capital increase, the largest AfDB has seen since its creation in 1964, its president, who claims the African Development Bank’s leading role in electrifying Africa and financing renewable energy, confirms that these new resources will be invested mainly in electrification projects from renewable energy sources in Africa. “This capital increase is a tremendous vote of confidence from our shareholders. The AfDB, which is already a leader in renewable energy investment, will continue to invest in this sector. We believe that Africa’s future lies in renewable energy,” said Nigerian Akinwumi Adesina, President of the AfDB, at the end of the second edition of the Africa Investment Forum (AIF), hosted by the bank in Johannesburg, South Africa, from the 11th to the 13th of November 2019.

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    Egypt: US$2bn to be invested in construction of biomass power plants

    US $2bn is set to be invested in construction of biomass power plants in Egypt. The government made the announcement and said that each of the governorates that will house a power plant will have to buy back US $6.65 per kWh and the remaining US$2.23 will be paid by the environmental agencies under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Environment. The land that will house the plant will be offered by the host governorate under a usufruct regime (the right granted to an entity to use property and enjoy the income it provides, without being the owner). In addition, each governorate that will house a factory will have to provide the waste necessary for its operation free of charge. These infrastructure upon completion will make it possible to transform 600 tonnes of waste into energy every day. The repurchase price per kWh of the energy to be produced is estimated at US $8 over a 45-year period, part of which will therefore be subsidised by the State.

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