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  • 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: AfDB Approves $1.5m for Jigawa Solar Power Programme
  • Ethiopia seeks to develop Didessa hydroelectric power project
  • South Africa: Massive Clean Green Electricity Plant to Be Officially Launched in Northern Cape This Month
  • Namibia: REFIT programme marks milestone
  • Japan-Africa forge alliance to bolster cross sector collaboration
  • Toshiba to assist Malawi in developing geothermal power
  • Zimbabwe: Energy Ministry Builds $300k Green Building
  • Chinese firm launches clean energy project- Humbrella
  • Senegal selects Wärtsilä tech to boost its power supply
  • Mozambique launches 100MW floating power station
  • S.Africa: Nordex Group awarded 147MW contract
  • Zimbabwe: Financiers Identified for $4bln Batoka Hydro-Electricity Project
  • Harnessing Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development
  • Nigeria: TCN inaugurates 100MVA transformer
  • Majority rules: utility customers prefer clean power resources
  • South Sudan bolsters electricity supply through new installation
  • Sierra Leone: JV wins $25m for clean energy project

  • 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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    South Africa: Massive Clean Green Electricity Plant to Be Officially Launched in Northern Cape This Month

    Spanish multinational Abengoa will officially launch its third large-scale solar thermal plant in South Africa on May 18, near Pofadder in the Northern Cape. It is expected to have an impact on the local community and demonstrate the viability of renewable energy as a sustainable source of electricity. The parabolic thermal installation, Xina Solar One, has a total installed capacity of 100MW and follows the launch of KaXu and Khi, making it the largest such system in Africa."Khi, KaXu and Xina Solar One, all together, reach an installed capacity of 250MW of renewable and dispatchable energy, offset 831 000 tons of CO2 emissions every year and supply upward of 220 000 homes," Dominic Goncalves, vice-president of business development at Abengoa South Africa told News24.


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    Namibia: REFIT programme marks milestone

    The energy ministry's ninth renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFIT) project has been connected to the national electricity grid, feeding 5MW of power. Speaking at the official opening and inauguration of Aloe Investments' 5MW solar PV power plant, minister of mines and energy Tom Alweendo highlighted the progress of the programme since its inception. “The REFIT programme was initiated by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Electricity Control Board and NamPower in 2015, with the intention to reduce our electricity imports and attract private investment in the development of renewable energy resources in Namibia,” said Alweendo. According to the Namibian, the minister underlined that energy remains the number one key input for development, thus government recognises it in both the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) and the fifth National Development Plan as a priority infrastructure area needed for the nation's socio-economic growth and development.


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    Japan-Africa forge alliance to bolster cross sector collaboration

    south African Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe on Thursday attended the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum in Johannesburg to discuss how public and private sector can work together to boost investment and make the best use of their resources. The Japan-Africa Public-Private Forum is co-hosted by the government of Japan and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) in collaboration with South Africa. Speaking at a Plenary Session themed on energy and infrastructure enhancement in Africa, Radebe noted: “For Africa to realise its full economic and social potential, the continent will require robust power infrastructure to deliver affordable, clean energy to all of its citizens, including those in rural areas.” The Minister explained: “The Japanese private sector can work with African countries in recognition that Africa has a diverse energy landscapes throughout its many countries – each with its own resource potentials, needs and political and economic systems.”.


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    Toshiba to assist Malawi in developing geothermal power

    Japanese multinational conglomerate Toshiba and Malawi’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining (MNREM) have concluded a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development of geothermal power. The MoU anticipates a comprehensive partnership in geothermal power projects including capacity building programmes in relation to the technology. Under the terms of the MoU, Toshiba will collaborate in the development and supply of major equipment for a geothermal power plant, develop operation and management guidelines, and facilitate capacity building programmes. The Japanese company aims to contribute to the early construction of the plant, and to supply geothermal power generation equipment, including a 1-10MW type of Geoportable, a wellhead geothermal power generation system, in the future.


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    Chinese firm launches clean energy project- Humbrella

    A Chinese clean energy company, Hanergy Group, has launched a solar-powered project dubbed Humbrella. The innovation, aimed to light up African villages, forms part of the company’s corporate social responsibility. A company statement underlined that thin-film solar power research and development has been the main focus at Hanergy since 2009. As a result, nine years later, the Humbrella has been launched “providing practical solutions to the ever persistent problem of unstable power supply in Africa.” The Humbrella converts sunshine and stores as much as 4,000 mAh electricity, the product is not only efficient but also environmentally friendly as it leverages thin-film solar power generation to directly convert solar energy into electricity replacing diesel generators thus achieving 'zero emission’ energy. The company’s Vice-President, Lyu Yuan shed light on the venture he spearheaded. Yuan said: “We pushed R and D (Research and Development) people and also marketing people to find the way.”


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    Senegal selects Wärtsilä tech to boost its power supply

    Wärtsilä is set to engineer, manufacture and deliver a 130MW Flexicycle power plant, which will form an integral part of Senegal's energy future. The Flexicycle solution is based on a gas, multi-fuel, or liquid fuel power plant combined with a steam turbine. The power solutions provider claims that its Flexicycle power plants can operate both in highly efficient combined cycle mode and in dynamic and fast simple cycle mode. The Malicounda power project in Mbour is located 85 km from the country’s capital Dakar, is part of Senegal’s strategy to increase its energy production, while in the medium term, reducing the cost of electricity for consumers. Importantly, the Wärtsilä thermal plant solution will provide the flexibility needed to facilitate the integration of intermittent renewable energy into the country’s network. In addition, the West African country is creating its energy future blueprint and is exploring other essential technologies including energy storage.


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    Mozambique launches 100MW floating power station

    Turkey-based Karadeniz Holding is to supply Mozambique and Zambia with 100MW through a floating power station, launched over the weekend by the two state presidents. Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi and his Zambian counterpart Edgar Lungu launched a 100MW floating power station in Nacala, Northern Province of Nampula in efforts to boost power supply between the two neighbouring countries, reports local media. Lungu was on a three-day state visit to Mozambique, during which a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on electricity was signed. According to the chairperson of state-owned power electricity company, EDM, Mateus Magala, the electricity produced by the floating power station will be injected into the national grid at the Nacala sub-stationThe media reported that, in February this year, a Turkish vessel containing the power station was docked at Nacala port and 110kV cables were connected, linking the ship to two special reception pylons, 65 and 85 metres tall.


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    S.Africa: Nordex Group awarded 147MW contract

    The Nordex Group in South Africa has been awarded a 147MW contract following the recent signing of the outstanding power purchase agreements. Following the signing of the power purchase agreement by public-sector utility Eskom, the contract for the installation of the South African ‘Roggeveld’ wind farm has now also come into effect. The wind farm is situated in the Karoo on the boundary between the Western and Northern Cape provinces. The contract includes the supply of 47 AW125/3150 and AW125/3000 turbines with a combined capacity of around 147 megawatts and a high capacity factor of more than 47%. According to a company statement, the contract comprises the delivery of the turbines including the towers, which are to be produced in South Africa, as well as service for at least 15 years. Local installation work near Laingsburg will be commencing in 2019, creating a good 700 jobs in the construction and operation of the wind farm.


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    Zimbabwe: Financiers Identified for $4bln Batoka Hydro-Electricity Project

    Victoria Falls — The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has said it has identified a number of financiers and developers who have shown interest in constructing the $4 billion Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Project. ZRA chief executive Munyaradzi Munodawafa said the project will be executed in a finance-build-operate and transfer manner. "The intention is to start next year and at the moment we are assessing contractors," Munodawafa said in an interview last week. "We have a database of those who have shown interest and we have partners in United States, China, Brazil, Canada and other European and countries in the East as well as some local consortiums which I cannot mention." The dam wall will be erected about 54km downstream from Victoria Falls town and is expected to be 181 metres high. Engineers have said the initially planned 192-metre high dam wall would have reduced the Victoria Falls waterfall by six metres and led to flooding of the resort town.


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    Harnessing Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development


    Energy is the lifeblood of modern economies and societies. As such, the management and development of energy resources constitute an absolute priority from a sustainable development perspective. This is reflected both in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, which commits UN member states to ensuring “access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,” and in the broader recognition that energy will be key in achieving almost all of the SDGs. In particular, improving energy access will be critical to progress towards agreed global targets in the areas of poverty reduction, industrialisation, economic growth, health, and education, among others. Importantly, efforts to increase energy access must also factor in climate change as encompassed in SDG 13 on climate action as well as the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Carbon-intensive economic development is no longer an option, meaning that clean and renewable sources must be put at the centre of energy policy.


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    Nigeria: TCN inaugurates 100MVA transformer


    On Monday, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) inaugurated a 100MVA transformer at Alimosho substation, Lagos. The objective of the installation is to boost electricity supply to residents within Ikeja Disco, The Nation Online reported. According to Usman Mohammed, the managing director of TCN, the upgrading of 1X30MVA with 1x100MVA transformer at Alimosho 132/33KV transmission substation had increased the station’s output capacity from 160MVA to 230MVA. “With this development, TCN has not only established adequate transformer capacity to serve these parts of Lagos but has also provided the necessary redundancy in line with the requirements of N-1 reliability criterion at Alimosho transmission substations at present. “In addition, two projects under the transmission rehabilitation and expansion programme will intervene in Lagos and environs,” Mohammed explained.


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    Majority rules: utility customers prefer clean power resources


    Renewable energy and natural gas sources seem to be the favourable choices in investments, with 57% of utility customers preferring them for their environmentally friendly benefits. This is according to the study by Market Strategies International, which states that demand for programmes to help consumers manage their energy use and reduce their own environmental footprint has seen a steady increase over the past four years. The 2018 Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement: Residential, a Cogent Reports, indicates that many utilities across the globe have recognised this trend and are benefiting from the consumption and carbon footprint management offerings they have implemented. In honour of Earth Day (April 22), Market Strategies is awarding the 2018 Environmental Champion designation to 43 utilities.


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    South Sudan bolsters electricity supply through new installation


    On Thursday, South Sudan installed equipment at a newly built 100MW power plant in Juba, which will increase access to electricity from the current 1% to 21% by 2020. This is according to Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol, the minister of energy and dams, who noted that the 100MW would bridge the country's 500MW gap, which is needed to bolster electricity supply, Xinhuanet reported. "The total demand according to the 2012 power assessment was 500MW. The construction of this 100MW will close that gap and raise electricity access to 21 percent," he said. Minister Wol added that the suspension of the Norwegian support for construction of the 850MW Fula hydroelectric dam necessitated this, media reported. "There are many young engineers and skilled workers who are engaged with this project," said Wol. He added that the new plant will help ease the region’s dependency on heavy fuel fuel – currently there are 5,000 generators operating day and night in Juba consuming eight million litres of fuel.


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    Sierra Leone: JV wins $25m for clean energy project


    The Masada Waste Transformers has taken first place for the West African Forum for Climate & Clean Energy Financing award worth $25 million. The business plan of the Masada Waste Transformers; a joint venture comprising of The Waste Transformers from the Netherlands and Masada Waste Management in Sierra Leone, was recognised as the best out of 150 contestants, reports the Sierra Leone Telegraph. The 10 selected finalists were invited to pitch for a mix of over 200 investors and judged by a panel of judges, consisting of representatives from the African Development Bank, Private Equity and Institutional Finance. Aminata Dumbuya, a partner in Masada Waste Management, said: “Together with The Waste Transformers, we have gone on a long journey in order to bring us this far. Sierra Leone has experienced a rapid increase in energy demand in recent years while simultaneously grappling with problems that swing from Ebola to growing waste volumes and increased need for an intelligent (re)application of our natural resources. The socially inclusive, innovative approach we have developed provides effective solutions to both challenges.”


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    Kenya: Primier Solar to Build 1.8 MW Plant at Sh200 Million


    Nairobi — Premier Solar Solutions is in process of executing 1.8 Megawatts (MW) of captive solar projects in the next two to five months, adding to the 20MW already in the pipeline. The Nairobi-based solar power solutions provider says the solar projects comes at a time when there is a significant surge in the use of captive Solar PV technology to power the Commercial and Industrial sectors. Chief Executive Rupesh Hindocha says the capacity additions are driven by rapid technological advances such as: Increase in efficiency, New manufacturing techniques, Use of new materials, Declining production costs, and shift of manufacturing bases to low-cost regions in Asia. Globally, solar energy is becoming the fastest-growing power generation technology with installed capacity of solar PV growing at the average annual rate of over 50 percent.


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    Egypt: China's Green Energy Company Starts Construction of Biggest Solar Plant in Egypt


    Egypt and China's clean energy company TBEA Sunoasis started Tuesday the construction of four solar power stations at the Benban Solar Energy Park in Egypt's southern province of Aswan. The stations, with an output of 186 megawatts, are part of the giant Benban Solar Plant which is expected to be completed by mid-2019. The Benban Solar Plant, after its completion, aims to generate up to 2 gigawatts of utility-scale solar capacity through a total of 40 projects. Lynn Xia, TBEA's vice president of overseas business, told Xinhua that the plant is going to be one of the largest in the world. "The responsibility is on our shoulders because we are the ones who deliver the work here," Xia said, adding that the project is TBEA's first in Africa. TBEA Sunoasis Company is a major global green and smart energy service provider with business in more than 20 countries. It is devoted to achieving sustainable development of human society with the use of smart, efficient and green energy.


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    Ethiopia builds the biggest hydro electric dam in Africa called the Grand Renaissance Dam

    The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will be the biggest dam in Africa upon completion. Situated around 30 miles from the Sudan outskirt, GERD is anticipated to deliver 6,000 megawatts of power for both residential use and for exportation, evaluated creation of 15,000 GWh every year, To compare, Ethiopia at present has the ability to create just 3,200 megawatts.Ethiopia's per capita utilization of power is among the most lowest on the world, utilizing only 65 kilowatt hours while the world average is 3,104 kilowatts hours. Without access to power, numerous Ethiopians depend on alternative source of energy, for example, wood, waste, and different types of biomass.

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