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  • Botswana: Nickel Batteries Headway for Electric Car
  • DJIBOUTI: Ghoubet wind project (60 MW) enters construction phase
  • South Africa: Measures to Improve Energy Generation
  • BENIN: Aress to install solar systems in 5,000 homes in rural areas
  • Nigeria Plan Cheaper Power Tariff for Niger Republic
  • BURKINA FASO: Urbasolar is building a 33 MW solar power plant in Pâ
  • Two solar plants to bring power to Ghana’s Upper West Region
  • DRC: AVZ Minerals to revive old Mpiana-Mwanga hydroelectric plant
  • AFRICA: Schneider Electric partners with Qbera to equip companies with off grid
  • LIBERIA: AfDB finances Gbedin waterfalls hydropower project
  • TOGO: Government wants to reach the 500 eco-villages target
  • Kenya: 35 MW Sosian Menengai geothermal power project gets green light
  • SOUTH AFRICA: MTN wants to use 100% green energy to feed its grid
  • South Sudan to inject 100MW into the grid by March
  • RWANDA: Empower signs PPA for Rucanzogera mini-hydro project
  • Israel-linked solar firm to light up 87,000 homes and businesses in Burundi
  • Mali to host West Africa’s largest solar farm with 50MW capacity
  • Uganda: Government Launches New Electricity Consumer Monitoring System
  • Bboxx, DRC sign MoU to bring power to 10m people by 2024
  • EGYPT: Infinity and Masdar team up for renewable energy in Africa

  • Botswana: Nickel Batteries Headway for Electric Car

    Gaborone — Innovation in nickel batteries would be a breakthrough for the development of a Botswana-made electric car, says acting Permanent Secretary to the President, Mr Elias Magosi. He told a Botswana Institute for Technology, Research and Innovation (BITRI) seminar on the "Nickel Mining Industry" on Tuesday that the innovation would be a strategic development for cost-effective locally made cars. Mr Magosi pointed out that nickel had long been widely used in batteries, most commonly in nickel-cadmium and in the longer-lasting nickel metal hydride rechargeable kind. The major advantage of using nickel in batteries, he said, was that it helped deliver higher energy density and greater storage capacity at lower cost. He said the batteries would be for the local market but targeted more for export in pursuit of the export-led economy. Mr Magosi said BITRI, through its research areas of energy and Nano-materials, was engaged in research and development in the area. He said the Nano-materials team was currently conducting research on value addition to nickel, especially on taking the metal from low grade ores to battery grades.


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    DJIBOUTI: Ghoubet wind project (60 MW) enters construction phase

    The consortium which is currently developing the Ghoubet wind project in Djibouti has announced the launch of the construction of this wind farm which will be located near Lake Assal. It will have a capacity of 60 MW. The construction of the Ghoubet wind farm is finally launched. The realisation of the project starts after a financial closing made by the consortium in charge of its development. It is made up of the Dutch Development Finance Corporation (FMO), Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a pan-African fund dedicated to infrastructure development based in Lagos, Nigeria, Climate Fund Managers (CFM), a climate investment fund manager, and Great Horn Investment Holding (GHIH), an investment fund set up for the development of Djibouti. All the partners in the Ghoubet wind project have launched a special purpose company called Djibouti Wind LP. It will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the project and the construction of the future Ghoubet wind farm.


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    South Africa: Measures to Improve Energy Generation

    Government will be implementing measures that are set to fundamentally improve South Africa's energy generation capacity. "Over the next few months, as Eskom works to restore its operational capabilities, we will be implementing measures that will fundamentally change the trajectory of energy generation in our country," President Cyril Ramaphosa said. Delivering his State of the Nation (SONA) Address to a Joint Sitting of Parliament on Thursday, President Ramaphosa assured South Africans that government was working to address the country's energy challenge. Eskom recently announced that the probability of load shedding was expected to increase as the power utility carries out its newly developed comprehensive maintenance plan, aimed at fixing its system which is constrained, unreliable and unpredictable. Last December, Eskom implemented Stage 6 load shedding for the first time in its 96 year history. Government has moved to rapidly and significantly increase generation capacity outside of Eskom by introducing measures that will be implemented in an effort to improve the constrained energy supply. These include a Section 34 Ministerial Determination that will be issued shortly to give effect to the Integrated Resource Plan 2019, enabling the development of additional grid capacity from renewable energy, natural gas, hydro power, battery storage and coal.

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    BENIN: Aress to install solar systems in 5,000 homes in rural areas

    Aress and Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) signed a partnership on February 5, 2020, for the electrification of 5,000 households, or 25,000 people, spread over five counties in Benin. The project, which will have a total cumulative power of 350 Kilowatts (kW), will be implemented over a two-year period. The share of solar energy in Benin’s energy mix will be further increased. African Renewable Energy Systems & Solutions (Aress), will connect 5,000 households, or 25,000 people, to solar systems in 5 divisions of the country. The local supplier of solar solutions in Benin concluded a partnership on 5 February 2020 in Cotonou with Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), an American fund aimed at accelerating economic growth in developing countries, to achieve this goal.

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    Nigeria Plan Cheaper Power Tariff for Niger Republic

    Abuja — Nigeria plans to send cheaper electricity to its West African neighbour, Niger Republic, the Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman, has disclosed. Mamman, stated this at a recent meeting with the Nigerien Minister of Energy, Mrs. Amina Moumouni, who had complained that the current tariff being charged her country was unbearable. He had also said Nigeria would always assist her neighbours especially Niger Republic, on power and security. A statement from his office contained the minister's comments at the meeting with Moumouni. He explained that he was going to work with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), through which the country supplies power to the Republic of Niger and other neighbouring countries, to work out modalities and the feasibility of reducing the electricity tariff of Niger Republic. This, he added will, "alleviate their sufferings." According to Mamman, the power sale from Nigeria to Niger Republic was based on bilateral agreement on basis of the construction of dams along River Niger


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    BURKINA FASO: Urbasolar is building a 33 MW solar power plant in Pâ

    The French company Urbasolar has recently started construction work on a solar power plant in the municipality of Pâ. It is the second largest solar power plant in Burkina Faso, with a capacity of 33 megawatts (MW). It is a project through which the constructor intends to demonstrate its capacity to expand in West Africa. Burkina Faso’s solar programme is on track. This West African country, which aims to achieve 200 MW of solar energy via the construction of a series of five-power stations, has just laid the first milestone on the construction site. On February 1, 2020, the Burkinabe authorities and their partners officially launched the construction of the solar power plant in Pa, a commune located 250 kilometres west of the capital Ouagadougou. Installed on a surface area of 35 hectares, the plant will be equipped with 25,000 panels for a total production capacity of 33 MW. The cost of the work amounts to 32.8 million euros or 21.5 billion CFA francs.


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    Two solar plants to bring power to Ghana’s Upper West Region

    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on 4th February cut the sod for the construction of two solar power plants in Kaleo and Lawra, under the 17MW peak solar power project. According to Akufo-Addo, this project reaffirms the commitment of his government to diversify the country’s energy generation portfolio, and, thereby, help increase the renewable energy component of Ghana’s energy mix, and contribute to her fight against the effects of climate change. With the solar project coming on the heels of construction of the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam and Irrigation Project, the 17MW project is being funded the German Government’s Development Bank, KfW, at a cost of €22.8 million.


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    DRC: AVZ Minerals to revive old Mpiana-Mwanga hydroelectric plant

    An agreement between the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Australian mining group AVZ Minerals has recently been signed. The deal concerns the rehabilitation of the Mpiana-Mwanga hydroelectric power station. The Mpiana-Mwanga hydroelectric power station should be rehabilitated very soon. Such is the aim of the Australian mining group AVZ Minerals. Its subsidiary AVZ Power has recently signed an agreement with the Ministry of Hydraulic Resources and Energy of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The agreement provides for the launch of a study for the rehabilitation of this old hydroelectric power station located on the territory of Manono, Tanganyika province in the east of the DRC.


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    AFRICA: Schneider Electric partners with Qbera to equip companies with off grid

    Schneider Electric Solar Spain, a subsidiary of the French group Schneider Electric, has concluded an agreement with Qbera Capital LLP, a financial company based in London, UK. The two partners want to provide solar off grid to companies in sub-Saharan Africa. How can companies become more productive and profitable in sub-Saharan Africa? One of the keys to achieving this goal is securing the supply of electricity. This is difficult to achieve in this part of Africa, where production and the capacity of national electricity grids are in deficit, causing load shedding. Two companies have joined forces to provide a solution to this problem. They are Schneider Electric Solar Spain, the Spanish subsidiary of the solar branch of the French group Schneider Electric, which has teamed up with Qbera Capital LLP, an asset management company that facilitates and provides debt and capital solutions to renewable energy companies in emerging markets. Both partners offer a comprehensive approach to electricity access in Africa: financing and technology including hardware and digital environment.


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    LIBERIA: AfDB finances Gbedin waterfalls hydropower project

    An agreement has recently been signed between the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and the Government of Liberia to finance the Gbedin Hydroelectric Project on the St John River in Nimba County in the east of the country. Liberia will receive US$33.74 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB). An agreement approving the loan was recently signed in Monrovia between Liberian Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah and Orison M. Amu, the AfDB’s Country Director for Liberia. The funds are intended to support investment promotion agencies in Liberia and in particular a hydropower project at Gbedin Falls on the St. John River in the east of the country. The hydropower project is intended to electrify the people of eastern Liberia, near the border with Ivory Coast. It is being developed in the Sanniquellie-Mahn district which is part of Nimba County. The project involves the construction of a “small water reservoir” at the top of the Gbedin Falls. The dam reservoir will occupy an area of 22 hectares. A 100 m-long penstock will descend the falls to reach a hydroelectric power plant equipped with turbines capable of generating 9.34 MW.


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    TOGO: Government wants to reach the 500 eco-villages target

    Togo's rural electrification strategy is based on the construction of eco-villages. There are already two such rural settlements in Togo that promote sustainable development and fight against climate change. Five more are under construction, and the government plans to increase this number to 500. The Togolese government’s enthusiasm for eco-villages is considerable and internationally recognised. Based on these successful experiences, in December 2019, at COP25 in Madrid, Spain, the West African country joined the Global Eco-village Network (GEN). An experienced organisation with 6,000 eco-villages in 114 countries around the world. Since 2017, Togo has been committed to the installation of eco-villages. Donomadé and Ando-kpomey, located on the coastal part of the country, are the first villages to have benefited from an ecological transformation. In addition to the agroecological techniques that have helped increase their harvests, the two villages have benefited from the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which has made it possible to develop drinking water sources and build mini-solar power plants.


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    Kenya: 35 MW Sosian Menengai geothermal power project gets green light

    Sosian Energy has been granted approval to drill geothermal power in Menengai, Nakuru (Kenya). The firm got the green light through a notice last Friday by the National Environment Management Authority (Nema). The environmental watchdog further invited the public to share their views on the project within 30-days from last Friday. The firm, associated with Steel and cement tycoon Narendra Raval, is one of the three Independent Power Producers (IPPs) contracted by the state to build the 105-MW Menengai Geothermal power plant. The approval boosts the country’ efforts to shore up its renewable energy in a bid to provide low cost power to businesses and light up more households, coming months after completion of the Olkaria V project.


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    SOUTH AFRICA: MTN wants to use 100% green energy to feed its grid

    In South Africa, solar and wind energy are gradually gaining ground in MTN's power supply. The country's second largest mobile phone operator plans to increase the share of clean energy in its electricity consumption to 100%. The aim is to overcome the dictates of electricity shortages and reduce its carbon footprint. For MTN, things are clear. The guarantee of a stable and optimal telecommunications network now depends on electricity generated autonomously from renewable sources. For this reason, the second largest mobile phone operator in South Africa and the rest of the continent, is constantly increasing its initiatives to green its network. It all started in 2010, when the South African company built a 2 megawatts (MW) methane-fired trigeneration plant. Methane is a clean-burning, reliable and sustainable gas with a constant supply. Thus, the MTN trigeneration plant is the first of its kind in Africa, a project costing 1.4 billion euros, or 22 million South African rand. Located on its headquarters campus in Fairland, Johannesburg, the power station supplies power to a building housing a data centre and a test switching centre. “We intend to increase the generating capacity of the power station by at least 3.2 MW in the near future to make our headquarters completely independent in terms of electrical power,” said Jacqui O’Sullivan, MTN South Africa’s business manager.


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    South Sudan to inject 100MW into the grid by March


    South Sudan’s Ministry of Energy and Dams is working on the rollout of public-private partnerships to bring power to regional cities, based on the success of its partnership with Ezra Power in Juba. The city grid became operational in 2019 and will electrify all homes and businesses by March 2020, said Minister of Energy and Dams, Hon. Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol. Ezra has invested $289 million in a thermal and solar power plant that will add 100MW to the grid when fully completed. A new city grid has been constructed alongside the power generation plant. “Electricity is a basic need and electricity is the engine of development. If you look into the criteria used to start development, you will see that electricity is at the top. If we aspire to be like other developing countries, we need to help generate electricity,” said Wol. The ministry has acknowledged the high tariff price of the new power system and is working on reducing it as a priority. To assist low-income residents, the first 100kW of power is free.


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    RWANDA: Empower signs PPA for Rucanzogera mini-hydro project


    The Rucanzogera small hydropower project will soon enter its construction phase. It is being developed by a consortium consisting of the Norwegian company Empower New Energy, the Rwanda General Engineering Works Company (Tiger) and Malthe Winje, a company based in Oppegård, Norway. The three partners have concluded a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Rwanda Energy Group (REG), the company responsible for the import, export, supply, generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity in Rwanda. The consortium is developing the project near the locality of Rusiga. The consortium will build a run-of-river hydroelectric power plant. This is a facility that does not require the construction of a dam to operate. The turbines rotate according to the flow of the river in which they are installed. The Rucanzogera hydroelectric plant will have a capacity of 1.9 MW. Empower New Energy says electricity generated at Rucanzogera will be able to supply 10,000 people in rural Rwanda. The Norwegian company also estimates that the plant will avoid carbon dioxide emissions of 7,000 tons per year.


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    Israel-linked solar firm to light up 87,000 homes and businesses in Burundi


    Full construction work is due to start this week on a solar energy project that will supply electricity to 87,000 homes and businesses in Burundi, one of the poorest countries in the world, thanks to a Dutch company with American investors that has offices in Israel. Gigawatt Global’s 7.5 MW photovoltaic solar panel project will add 15 percent to the East African country’s generation capacity and represents the biggest private-sector investment in that nation’s energy sector in 30 years. The company would not say how much the project is worth, but it is understood to be in excess of $10 million. The solar field will be located on a 115,000-square-meter (28.4-acre) plot of private land that has been leased in the village of Mubuga, some ten kilometers (six miles) from Gitega City, seat of the Kingdom of Burundi until its abolition in 1966. “We hope this historic solar project will further warm our bilateral relations and shine a light in Africa on practical solutions to both economic development and the climate crisis,” said Raphael Morav, Israel’s ambassador to Burundi.


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    Mali to host West Africa’s largest solar farm with 50MW capacity


    Located in the town of Kita, 180km west of Bamako, the solar PV farm project will have a total production capacity of 50MW. When construction is completed in 2020, the project will become the largest solar farm in West Africa and one of the largest in sub-Saharan Africa. The build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) concession for the project was signed in 2015 on a 30-year basis with a 28-year power purchase agreement with national power company Energie du Mali (EdM). It is the first utility-scale renewable project in Mali and was the brainchild of R20-Regions of Climate Action, an NGO founded by actor and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger. The solar PV farm project is intended to generate social benefits including creating local and sustainable jobs for Malian people. At full capacity, it is expected to provide over 91,700 households in Mali with green electricity and save more than 51,700 metric tonnes of carbon emissions each year. “This is the first of a number of clean energy projects that PASH Global is looking to invest in across the globe.


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    Uganda: Government Launches New Electricity Consumer Monitoring System


    Kampala — Minister of Energy Mary Goretti Kitutu flipped a switch that unveils the home page of the electronic database information and management system (EDIMS). She was launching the EDIMS on Monday, a system that is expected to curtail the carbon emissions produced by use of fossil fuels in the country. "This application supports the validation of emissions reduction generated through the connection of households to the grid and replacement of fossil-based lighting," she said adding that will track areas currently connected to the grid and those that are not in an effort to increase connections. Access to electricity including off grids currently stands at 51 per cent with 38 per cent in the rural areas. The digital system will also indicate efficiency of different electricity sub-sector players by the scope of connections they have made. Addressing journalists at the launch, Mr Godfrey Turyahikayo, Rural Electricity Agency (REA) executive director said the system seeks to improve connectivity in the country through tracking consumers on the network. The system through monitoring customers, he also noted could be used to detect power theft through changes in consumption in different areas.


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    Bboxx, DRC sign MoU to bring power to 10m people by 2024


    British firm Bboxx, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to bring affordable, reliable and clean electricity to 10 million citizens – the equivalent to 10% of the population – in the DRC by 2024. The agreement was signed by Eustache Muhanzi Mubembe, DRC’s Minister of Hydraulic Resources and Electricity and Co-founder and COO of Bboxx Laurent Van Houcke at the UK - Africa Investment Summit in London. The MoU builds on Bboxx’s ongoing work in the country where it has already provided 200,000 people with access to electricity, transforming lives and unlocking potential. Access to electricity will trigger wider economic growth in the DRC while helping to advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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    EGYPT: Infinity and Masdar team up for renewable energy in Africa

    An agreement has been signed between the Egyptian company Infinity Energy and the UAE company Masdar. The two companies are launching a new corporation that will develop projects in the renewable energy sector in Egypt and elsewhere in Africa. There is strength in numbers. The Egyptian company Infinity Energy and the UAE company Masdar have decided to enter into a joint venture. Its name: Infinity Power. Its mission: the development of projects in the renewable energy sector in Egypt and Africa. According to Taymour Aboul Kheir, the investment manager of the new entity, it will start operations in 2020, since “there are a number of renewable electricity generation projects for which Infinity Power is planning to compete”. Overall, the alliance between Infinity Energy and Masdar is strategic for both partners.

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