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  • Nigeria: Group Canvasses Commercialisation of Renewable Energy in Nigeria
  • Australian firm gets nod for 300MW wind farm
  • World Bank provides funding for Morocco’s Noor-Midelt complex
  • Kenya: Menengai geothermal project receives funding
  • Kibo Mining partners with Mozambique energy company
  • Namibia: new solar project to push socio-economic development agenda
  • Lake Turkana wind power project on course to connect by September
  • South Africa: Govt Aims for 'Zero Carbon' Buildings in Green Push
  • Nigeria: EU, Nigeria's Gve Build N242.9m Solar Mini Grid in Two Plateau Communities
  • Ethiopia’s 100MW Assela wind farm lands financing
  • Kenya: French firm signs contract for a 50MW PV plant
  • Grid connected clean energy capacity reaches 70 GW in April
  • Africa: Solar Energy Could Help Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Rwanda: How Renewable Energy is Changing Lives in Rural Rwanda
  • First solar powered desalination plant launched in South Africa!
  • Gauteng turns to drones to monitor construction projects
  • Generate power from waste, Busia county urged
  • Mapping municipal revenue and more
  • Angola: Ende Expands Power Grid to the Outskirts of Soyo
  • Morocco's megawatt solar plant powers up
  • The gravitational vortex water turbine puts small hydro on the map
  • North Africa: Solar Power Could Save Water in Thirsty Middle East, North Africa, Analysis Says
  • Zimbabwe: Sanyati Strikes Solar Plant Deal
  • MIGA approves guarantees for three SA wind farms

  • Nigeria: Group Canvasses Commercialisation of Renewable Energy in Nigeria

    As part of efforts to bridge the gap between research, development and marketing in the renewable energy sector in Nigeria, Women in Renewable Energy Nigeria (W.I.R.E) has called on government, development and funding partners to create a system of safe sale platforms where researchers in the industry can access capital funds for commercial production. The Editor for Environment Africa Magazine, Sam Ifeanyi Owosu who made this call at the second edition of W.I.R.E 2.0 in Lagos said there are various technologies available in the renewable energy sector but the appropriate mechanism to deploy them for commercial purpose is absent, thereby creating a vacuum in the emerging industry.Nwosu who is the founder of W.I.R.E observed the need not only to develop the industry in terms of creating technologies, but also to grow the market to accommodate the sector.

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    Australian firm gets nod for 300MW wind farm

    Dares Salaam: Tanzania is set for a wind farm, which has a capacity to produce up to 300 megawatts of electricity, after issuance of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Certificate for the project. The certificate allows the project developer - Windlab Developments Tanzania Ltd – to construct the Miombo Hewani Wind Farm and Transmission line project, located 10km north of Makambako, in Njombe Region.Windlab Developments Tanzania Ltd is a subsidiary of Windlab Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:WND). The ESIA certificate which was signed on May 30, 2018 is the first to be issued in the country for a wind farm project. Miombo Hewani will be built in phases with the first one expected to be around 100MW and include up to 34 wind turbines as well as electrical infrastructure connecting the wind farm to national electricity grid at the Makambako substations, the company said in a statement issued yesterday.

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    World Bank provides funding for Morocco’s Noor-Midelt complex

    The World Bank has approved $125 million in additional support for Morocco’s adoption of innovative solar technology, as part of the national goal of developing the country’s world-class solar and wind energy resources. The additional financing, which includes $25 million from the Clean Technology Fund, will support the development and construction of the Noor-Midelt I and II plants, which will have a total capacity of 600-800MW. “This is yet another step toward a promising clean energy future for Morocco,” said Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, World Bank country director for the Maghreb. “The Noor-Midelt power complex seals Morocco’s position as the region’s pioneer in renewable energy,” Marie-Nelly added. Noor-Midelt complex. The Noor-Midelt complex will be Morocco’s second concentrated solar power (CSP) complex built under the Noor Solar Plan. The solar plan is a critical component of the country’s goal of producing 52% of its electricity through renewable energy by 2030.

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    Kenya: Menengai geothermal project receives funding

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a senior loan of $29.5 million and a concessional loan of $20 million from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Clean Technology Fund (CTF) to Quantum Power East Africa GT Menengai. The funding will be directed towards the development of a 35MW geothermal power plant at the Menengai geothermal field in Nakuru County, one of three modular geothermal plants in the Menengai field with a combined capacity of 105MW. The project is part of the CTF Geothermal Concessional Finance Program under the Dedicated Private Sector Program designed to finance programs that can deliver development results, impact, private-sector leverage and investment at scale and can be deployed rapidly and efficiently. “Kenya has nearly 7,000MW of geothermal potential, yet only about 200MW is currently being developed,” said Amadou Hott, Vice-President, Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth at the African Development Bank.

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    Kibo Mining partners with Mozambique energy company

    The multi-asset Africa-focused energy and resource company, Kibo Mining has signed a Joint Venture Agreement (the Benga Power JV) with Mozambique energy company Termoeléctrica de Benga S.A. (Termoeléctrica) to construct and operate a 150-300MW coal-fired power station. The JV will participate in the further assessment and potential development of the Benga Independent Power Project (BIPP). Kibo Mining and Termoeléctrica shall hold initial participation interests in the unincorporated joint venture of 65% and 35% respectively. The Benga Power JV is another step in advancing Kibo’s strategy to position the company as a leading regional energy player. Subject to the successful outcomes of further and more detailed studies on the BIPP, the company envisages being able to develop the BIPP in an expedited manner alongside its Mbeya Coal to Power Project (MCPP) in Tanzania and the recently acquired Mabesekwa Coal Independent Power Project (Mabesekwa) in Botswana.

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    Namibia: new solar project to push socio-economic development agenda

    Namibia's minister of mines and energy Tom Alweendo has underlined the need for government and private sector to collaborate in order to address socio-economic development challenges. Alweendo said this when he launched the B2Gold Otjiko Solar Farm in the Otjozondjupa region. The solar plant will serve as a sustainable power solution as B2Gold works to improve economic returns, reduce impacts on the environment, and could potentially be a funding source for community development. It is reported that last year B2Gold signed a memorandum of understanding with Total Namibia, which will commit two cents of every litre of heavy fuel oil (HFO) sold to B2Gold Namibia to the Namibian Chamber of Environment. "The expected saving on the consumption of HFO is in the region of 20%. This will not only reduce costs, but will also significantly reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions into our pristine skies," he noted.

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    Lake Turkana wind power project on course to connect by September

    After experiencing delays in constructing a transmission line for the 310MW Lake Turkana Wind Power project, the wind farm is finally expected to connect to the national grid by September. The Kenyan Energy Regulatory Commission Director-General Pavel Oimeke, said the project was delayed due to challenges that faced Spanish companies, forcing the government to resort to another contractor. "Most Spanish companies had difficulties. They went under and could not manage to source materials to complete the project. As a country, we are safe and on course. We believe by September, we will have power from wind," Oimeke said. The project's main contractor, Spain's Grupo Isolux Corsan, closed shop due to financial difficulties. However, in January Chinese consortium consisting of NARI Group Corporation and Power China Guizhou Engineering Company committed to complete the transmission line linking Lake Turkana to the national grid by August 31. The Daily Nation cited the Energy Ministry stating that the power line linking the wind power plant to the national grid is 70% complete, with the remaining work being put up by high voltage cables.

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    South Africa: Govt Aims for 'Zero Carbon' Buildings in Green Push

    Cape Town — Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana knows how much cash going green can save. Four years ago, after signing up for "My Green Home" - an effort by the Green Building Council of South Africa to make buildings more energy efficient - her family saw their house in the middle-class suburb of Pinelands retrofitted with energy saving LED lights, low-flow showerheads and roof-top solar panels, as well as winter insulation. As part of the green makeover, the family also learned to cut their energy use by hanging laundry out to dry rather than using a tumble dryer, switching off appliances that aren't being used, and switching to washing laundry with cold water. "My children were very excited as we got to do this as a family," Makalima-Ngewana, a consultant at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business, told the Thompson Reuters Foundation. Better yet, since joining the programme, her family's energy costs have fallen by nearly 90 percent, she said. As South African cities aim to battle the effects of climate change, from drought in Cape Town to the threat of rising seas and flooding in Durban, four cities have banded together to try to create zero-carbon buildings, which produce no contribution to climate change in their use of energy.

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    Nigeria: EU, Nigeria's Gve Build N242.9m Solar Mini Grid in Two Plateau Communities

    Abuja — The European Union (EU), Germany and indigenous renewable energy firm, Green Village Electricity (GVE) Project Limited, have completed and activated two solar mini grid plants with the collective capacity to generate 100 kilowatts (kW) of clean electricity to power two communities -- Angwan Rina and Demshin in Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau State. With the completion and commissioning of the projects by the Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong, at the weekend in the communities, up to 2,500 people are expected to have access to clean sustainable energy. The Managing Director of GVE, Mr. Ifeanyi Orajaka, disclosed to THISDAY at the projects' sites that the two solar mini grids, with 50kW capacity each, were constructed at the cost of €681,000 (N242,892,270 according to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) exchange rate of N356.67 to one euro).

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    Ethiopia’s 100MW Assela wind farm lands financing

    The 100MW Assela wind farm in Ethiopia has been awarded $200m in financing to support construction from the Danish International Development Agency. The giant project, which will be located near the Rift Valley, is expected to start construction later this year after Ethiopia and Denmark signed the loan agreement. Work is expected to be completed by 2025. The wind farm is anticipated to produce 330,000 kWh per year-the equivalent of electric power supply to approximately 500,000 persons at a cost of less than € 0.09 per kWh. No details have been yet available on turbine choice or numbers. The African Development Bank (AfDB) has already financed a detailed and comprehensive feasibility study for the project. AfDB will also fund the grid connection and a substation at an estimated cost of €8.3m.

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    Kenya: French firm signs contract for a 50MW PV plant

    A France-headquarted renewable energy firm has signed a power sale contract for a 50MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Kenya. Voltalia, a producer and seller of renewable power, will leverage the expertise of its teams based in Portugal for both the construction and operation of the plant. The 50MW solar power plant project is located in Kopere (Nandi county), about 300 km North-West of Nairobi. Initiated by Martifer Solar, the development of the project has been finalised by joint teams. The Kopere project benefits from a 20-year electricity sale contract signed with Kenya Power and Lightning Company (KPLC), the Kenyan electric power utility. It will be effective from the commissioning of the solar power plant. Read more: Kenya’s economic growth projected to reach 6.1% by 2020.

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    Grid connected clean energy capacity reaches 70 GW in April

    India added 269.64 MW of renewable energy capacity last month taking the total grid connected clean energy capacity to 70,053.81 MW as on April 30, a government report has said. According to the report by the ministry of new and renewable energy, India added 34,165 MW of wind energy, 21,885.1 MW solar energy including rooftop solar, 4,489.80 MW small hydro (of up to 25 MW) and 8,700.80 MW Biomass (Bagasse) Cogeneration as on April 30.The nation also witnessed 674.81 MW of Biomass (non-bagasse) Cogeneration)/Captive Power and 138.30 Waste to Power till April 30. India also installed off grid clean energy of 40 MW in April taking the total installed capacity in this segment to 1046.93 MW at April end this year. Under the grid connected renewable capacity, India did not add any capacity of Waste to Power and Biomass (Bagasse) Cogeneration). Similarly, under the off grid clean energy capacity, nothing was added in waste to energy.

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    Africa: Solar Energy Could Help Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

    This need for reliable energy is essential to improve health care and tackle the global concerns about antimicrobial resistance. While there is much that remains to be addressed-from rebuilding to restoring basic services- the lack of reliable electricity is causing many hardships. This includes threatening the prevention and treatment of an increasing number of drug-resistant infections known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR). That is where solar energy comes in as a solution to enable Nepal to implement the newer diagnostic tools in, if not all, at least the referral hospitals across the country. The prevalent dire circumstances have already led many hospitals and health clinics to explore alternative power sources, and various organizations and groups-such as SunFarmer, Gham Power and Garud Energy- have found that solar is uniquely suited to the task. Extending the national grid to reach isolated rural communities in Nepal is expensive and unlikely in the near future as critical infrastructure is absent. Getting hospitals in urban areas to go hybrid could help relieve the pressure on the national grid, which could then eventually contribute to supplies in the rural areas.

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    Rwanda: How Renewable Energy is Changing Lives in Rural Rwanda

    With renewable energy, business activity booming and social infrastructures like the health centre being guaranteed of electricity, the welfare is steadily changing in Kanombe Village. Security, health, education and businesses are changing face for better while communication and information through more acquisition of TV sets and handsets keep residents informed on government development programmes. "Our children can now do their homework and revise at night; they are doing well in school," says another resident. "Children used to go to bed at the same time as the rest...very early, now they have plenty of time to revise," he adds. The solar power is also empowering villagers to create newer sources of income, or small enterprises. Residents are progressively breaking away from pre-industrial era to commercial farming. The one-cow-per-poor-family scheme is also changing lives of some families that have shifted to use of biogas out of livestock wastes

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    First solar powered desalination plant launched in South Africa!

    The first highly cost-effective solar powered desalination plant in South Africa will be commissioned by the end of October 2018 at Witsand, Hessequa Municipality, Western Cape. The project was initiated by Prof. Erwin Schwella, Professor of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch and Tilburg Universities with the Municipality of Hessequa. This project is co-funded by the Western Cape Government through the drought relief fund, and by the French Treasury, through a fund dedicated to the implementation of innovative green technologies. In this Municipality 250km east of Cape Town, several coastal villages are suffering from a structural water deficit, even outside of drought periods. A site, part of Witsand village suffering from critical water shortages, was designated for the implementation of this first solar powered desalination unit.

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    Gauteng turns to drones to monitor construction projects

    The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development launched a drone on Monday to monitor and collect data in a bid to improve inefficiencies and reduce on project delays. A drone was modelled for the media and departmental officials at the Phillip Moyo Community Health Centre in Etwatwa outside Benoni, east of Johannesburg, where the department is building an extension to the clinic. The construction began in July 2017 and was supposed to have been completed 12 months later but the project had to be extended to March 15 2019 as it is only 45% complete. The costs of the delays — partially caused by community protests demanding local procurement — have not yet been calculated and the small clinic on the East Rand is a microcosm of a much larger problem in public infrastructure programmes where projects frequently run over time and budget.

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    Generate power from waste, Busia county urged

    A Busia resident has urged the county to generate power from waste and sugarcane bagasse to end frequent outages. Walter Opondo, an engineer with Kenya Electricity Generating Company, said the only way to end the blackouts is for the county to generate its own electricity. He spoke when he visited the county Energy chief officer Gilbert Oduory on Wednesday. “Investors are willing to partner with the county to put up a plant that can generate up to 25MW megawatts from waste and bagasse,” Opondo said. He said power outages in Busia have been hurting business.

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    Mapping municipal revenue and more

    Spatial technology allows chief financial officers and managers to improve financial management, reporting and governance at local government level by analysing financial data within its real-world context, on a map. The few chartered accountants that have heard the term geographical information systems (GIS), consider it technical jargon that applies to engineers and town planners, with little bearing on what happens in the finance office. This article attempts to shed some light on GIS technology, and explain some of the ways in which the finance function at municipalities can benefit from maps. In simple terms, the approach entails plotting data from a spreadsheet on a map, from where users can view and analyse the data in its physical context, and perform analysis based on records’ relative position.

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    Angola: Ende Expands Power Grid to the Outskirts of Soyo

    Soyo — Some of the outskirts districts of the city of Soyo, northern Zaire province, will benefit from electricity in the coming days, as part of the expansion of the distribution network of the National Electricity Distribution Company (ENDE) in the region. According to the company provincial director, Masale Paulo, in statements Wednesday to the press at the end of a meeting with Chieftains, the work consists in the installation of the low voltage network and of energy transformation stations (PTE). For the director, at present, the city of Soyo has a production of 60 Megawatts of electric power, but a considerable part of this product is not consumed due to lack of transformation stations in the peripheral neighborhoods, and degradation of the low voltage network.

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    Morocco's megawatt solar plant powers up

    Morocco is close to completing the world's largest concentrated solar power farm. The site near the city of Ouarzazate -- famous as a filming location for Hollywood blockbusters like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Gladiator" -- aims to produce enough energy to power over one million homes by the end of the year and reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 760,000 tons per year. The first part of a three-phase project of the thermosolar farm was officially turned on in 2016 by His Majesty Mohammed VI of Morocco. Africa has tremendous potential for solar generation that remains largely untapped. Sameh Mobarek, World Bank project manager. "It's been operational since 2016. The final two are under construction and are in the final stages and should be fully operational by the end of this year," Moez Cherif, Lead Energy Economist for the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region for the World Bank, told CNN.

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    The gravitational vortex water turbine puts small hydro on the map

    The interest in small hydropower systems has led to new designs exploiting technologies not suitable for large-scale hydro generation. The vortex turbine uses both kinetic (run-of-river) and static potential energy (head) principles and promises to provide a power generation system resulting in minimum interference with the river and aquatic life. Mini hydropower plants have good potential for providing electricity to remote communities. The gravitational water vortex power plant (GWVPP) is an economic and clean energy system allowing for the conversion of the low-head potential energy into kinetic energy to drive power turbines by means of a gravitation vortex pool. Small hydro systems can use either run-of-river (RoR) or drop in elevation to extract energy and generate electricity. RoR systems must be placed in the river to exploit the water flow, and static head-based systems require either a weir or dam, or a significant natural drop such a waterfalls or rapids. The vortex system uses both river flow and a gravitational vortex to turn a turbine and generate electricity.

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    North Africa: Solar Power Could Save Water in Thirsty Middle East, North Africa, Analysis Says

    New York — Thirsty Middle Eastern and North African countries could tap into their solar-energy potential to cope with freshwater scarcity, according to resource experts. Water could be saved by switching to renewable solar energy from fossil fuel electricity generation that uses up water, said the World Resources Institute (WRI). The findings show moving to clean energy has benefits aside from cutting planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, said Tianyi Luo, a senior WRI manager. "A lot of times, the water savings, that kind of benefits from renewable projects are overlooked," Luo told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan ranked among the top countries, measured by lack of freshwater and solar energy potential, that could benefit from such a switch, the WRI said.

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    Zimbabwe: Sanyati Strikes Solar Plant Deal

    Sanyati Rural District Council has struck a deal with a Germany-based firm for the setting up of a 100-megawatt solar plant in the area, an official has revealed. The multimillion-dollar project is expected to employ at least 2 500 people. In an interview yesterday, the district administrator for Sanyati, Mr Amigo Mhlanga, said the deal was already at an advanced stage. "There is a German firm, Ridgewell, that has expressed interest in investing in the energy sector here in Sanyati," he said. "It recently tabled its proposal seeking 600 hectares of land to the local authority to set up their plant. A special full council meeting was held with council having already identified and availed 350 hectares for the project."

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    MIGA approves guarantees for three SA wind farms

    MIGA, a member of the World Bank Group, announced guarantees of $73 million in support of the construction, operation and maintenance of three wind farms in South Africa, namely, Noupoort, Khobab, and, Loeriesfontein 2 wind farms. The wind farm projects will have a collective generation capacity of 360MW, and were selected as preferred bids during the third round of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPP). “The wind farms will help diversify the country’s energy mix, and directly benefit local communities,” said MIGA executive Vice-President and CEO Keiko Honda. “Such large power generation capacity also provides opportunities for South Africa and its neighbours to further realise their development potential,” Honda added. Noupoort wind farm began operations in 2016, while the Khobab, Loeriesfontein 2 wind farms followed at the end of 2017. The power generated from all three farms will be purchased by the national state-owned utility, Eskom, under 20-year Power Purchase Agreements that are backed by the Implementation Agreement with the government of South Africa.

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    Nigeria: AfDB Approves $1.5m for Jigawa Solar Power Programme

    The Board of Directors, African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved 1.5 million dollars grant to support the implementation of Jigawa state "One Giga Watt (GW) Independent Power Producer (IPP) Solar Procurement Programme". In a statement on Wednesday, AfDB said the approval reaffirmed the bank's commitment to developing renewable energy and increasing energy access on the continent. "At full one GW capacity, the programme will assist the government to achieve its national goals of reaching 75 per cent electricity access by 2020. "It will also provide electricity to unserved and underserved areas, particularly in northern Nigeria where access rates are lowest. "It will also increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix to 30 per cent by 2030," AfDB said.

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    Ethiopia seeks to develop Didessa hydroelectric power project

    State-owned utility Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP) is pleased to invite private potential project developers qualified to finance, design, procure, construct, commission, operate and transfer the Didessa hydroelectric power project. The plant is estimated to have an installed capacity of 550MW, with annual gross energy generation capacity of 5,580GWhr, on BOT contract modality. EEP will enter into a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the successful bidders for the entire capacity and electrical output of the projects. The projects under consideration are described in details in their respective reconnaissance or feasibility studies together with the PPA and implementation agreement made available for all bidders' information to prepare their bid. The bidders’ scope of works shall be to gather additional site investigation information as required, design, construct, supply, install, test and commission, own and operate Didessa hydroelectric power project.

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