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  • 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
  • AFRICA: Proparco finances Metier II for renewable energies and resource efficiency
  • West Africa: ADFD funds two renewable energy projects
  • Ghana gets €250 million to upgrade electricity transmission infrastructure
  • AfDB to fund Ruzizi IV Hydro Power Project
  • Greenlight Planet Aims to Play a Major Role in Rural Ethiopia's Energy Sector Transformation
  • TANZANIA: Sany Heavy to produce 600 MW of wind power in the country
  • MADAGASCAR: AfDB Guarantees €89.4 M for Sahofika Hydroelectric Project
  • UGANDA: Royal Techno launches explorations on two geothermal sites
  • AfDB finances solar irrigation pump project in Sudan
  • KENYA: Jiangxi International commissions 50 MWp Garissa Solar Power Plant
  • TUNISIA: Chinese TBEA and Emirati AMEA get 100 MW solar plant
  • Namibia: Environment Ministry, Diaz Sign Land Lease for N$1,5 Billion Wind Farm
  • Mozambique: Neoen reaches financial closure for Metoro power plant
  • UNDP sees mini grids easing Malawi power woes
  • MALAWI: Phanes Group finances $67M for the Nkhotakota Solar Power Plant
  • MADAGASCAR: Cactus plants increase biogas production tenfold
  • TUNISIA: Scatec Solar to build 3 solar PV power plants of 360 MW capacity

  • 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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    AFRICA: Proparco finances Metier II for renewable energies and resource efficiency

    Proparco, the subsidiary of the French Development Agency (AFD), participated in the Metier Sustainable Capital International Fund II. The fund was created to finance renewable energy (RE) and resource efficiency projects. After the African Development Bank (AfDB), it is Proparco’s turn to participate in the Metier Sustainable Capital International Fund II. The subsidiary of the French Development Agency (AFD) Group, dedicated to the private sector, is thus allocating 10 million dollars to this fund which invests in clean energy production assets and companies specialising in energy efficiency in Africa. “The Metier Sustainable Capital International Fund II aims at a final amount of more than 150 million dollars to invest in renewable energy, resource efficiency and energy efficiency across Africa, which will directly contribute to the strengthening of the private sector and climate action on the continent”, indicates Proparco.


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    West Africa: ADFD funds two renewable energy projects

    The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) once again signed financing agreements for two renewable energy electrification projects with two West African countries. This was on the sidelines of the 10th General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) which was recently held in the United Arab Emirates. In Niger, the authorities and ADFD officials agreed to a loan of USD 10 million. The funds are intended to finance the “100 Village Electrification Project”. It is being carried out by the Niger Agency for the Promotion of Rural Electrification (Anper). The idea is to provide electricity to the populations of 45 villages by installing solar home kits. For the remaining 55 villages, the government of Niger plans to build off grid mini-solar power plants. The project is also supported by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (Fades), which will lend $10 million for its implementation. Liberia is also benefiting from an $8 million loan from the ADFD. The money will enable the implementation of a mini hydropower project.


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    Ghana gets €250 million to upgrade electricity transmission infrastructure

    The Government of Ghana, on Tuesday, 14th January, 2020, received, as part of Germany’s Compact with Africa programme, €250 million from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to upgrade and expand the country’s electricity transmission infrastructure. A Memorandum of Understanding, to this effect, was signed at Jubilee House, by Mr. Jonathan Amoako-Baah, CEO of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), on behalf of the Government of Ghana, and by Sabine Dall’Omo, a representative of Siemens, in the presence of the President of the Republic, and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG, Mr. Joe Kaeser. The signing of the MoU has seen Ghana receive a quarter of the €1 billion fund put in place by the German Government to boost the private sector in Compact countries, of which Ghana is one.

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    AfDB to fund Ruzizi IV Hydro Power Project

    The Board of Directors of African Development Bank Group has approved an €8 million grant drawn from the European Union’s Africa Investment Platform (EU-AIP) to support the preparation of the Ruzizi IV Hydropower Project. The plant will be situated on the Ruzizi River between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and will supply electricity to the DRC, Burundi and Rwanda. When completed, Ruzizi IV is projected to produce 287 MW of electricity and exploit the Ruzizi River’s full hydropower potential. Two power plants are already in operation: Ruzizi I produces 29.8 MW and Ruzizi II, 43.8 MW; a third, Ruzizi III, with a projected 147 MW output is under development with Bank support. The project will provide electricity to millions of households, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises and industries, thereby improving the living conditions of the regional population.

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    Greenlight Planet Aims to Play a Major Role in Rural Ethiopia's Energy Sector Transformation

    Greenlight Planet, the global market leader in the rapidly expanding pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar industry has powered more than two and a half million lives in Ethiopia through access to clean, affordable, and reliable energy. Working with a strong network of established Ethiopian distribution companies such as Lydetco P.L.C., Universal Electronics amongst others, Sun King products are now in 500,000 Ethiopian households and have offset more than 600,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas, enabling savings of more than 1.7 billion Ethiopian Birr ($53 million) for customers in Ethiopia. Throughout the last decade, the Government of Ethiopia has led one of the most successful electrification programs in sub-Saharan Africa, expanding the electric grid to nearly 60 percent of the country, now covering 6,000 towns and villages, compared with only 667 ten years ago.


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    TANZANIA: Sany Heavy to produce 600 MW of wind power in the country

    Will Tanzania soon have the largest wind farm on the African continent? This could be possible if the project of the Chinese group Sany Heavy Industries comes to fruition. The group, which specialises in the manufacture of construction machinery, is diversifying its activities, also producing wind turbines. For several years, the company has been developing its own projects. In Tanzania, it has obtained an agreement with the government to build a wind farm capable of producing 600 MW, making it the largest facility of its kind on the African continent, thus offsetting the Lake Turkana wind farm which supplies 310 MW of electricity to the grid in Kenya. According to our colleagues at Recharge News, Sany Heavy Industries will carry out its project in several stages, the first of which will produce 100 MW.


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    MADAGASCAR: AfDB Guarantees €89.4 M for Sahofika Hydroelectric Project

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) has granted a €89.4 million guarantee to the New Hydroelectric Power Consortium of Onive (Neho) for the hydroelectric project it is developing near Tananarive, the capital of Madagascar. The Sahofika hydroelectric project has just received support from the African Development Bank (AfDB). The Board of Directors of this pan-African financial institution has thus decided to grant a guarantee of 89.4 million euros in favour of the New Hydroelectric Power of Onive (Neho) consortium which is developing the project. The consortium consists of the French company Eiffage, the Moroccan company Themis and Eranove, a Franco-African group. The AfDB guarantee will help mitigate risks for both the consortium and the project’s lenders. It will also support the payment obligations of the state-owned Jirama.


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    UGANDA: Royal Techno launches explorations on two geothermal sites

    The Ugandan government recently issued permission to Royal Techno Industries to explore two geothermal sites in the Nebbi and Hoima districts in the northwestern part of the country. Is Uganda’s geothermal potential on its way to being exploited? At least that is the ambition of the exploration project which will start in January 2020. The objective of this work is to determine the level of heat in the subsoil of each geothermal site. The Ugandan government has entrusted the project to Royal Techno Industries. The company, based in Kira in Uganda, is responsible for digging 16 temperature gradient holes in Kibiro, in the Hoima District, and in Panyimur, in the Nebbi District in the north-west of the country. The work will also determine the locations of future geothermal wells to be used to generate electricity through steam turbines.


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    AfDB finances solar irrigation pump project in Sudan

    The new Sudanese government has obtained a grant from the African Development Bank (AfDB). The pan-African financial institution has decided to finance a project to install solar pumps for irrigation in two states of this North African country. The loan of US$ 21.7 million will go to the states of West Kordofan and North Kordofan. The AfDB-funded project will install 1,170 solar pumps on farms. The funding will also support the construction of pump maintenance and repair workshops, as well as the provision of equipment for a pump-testing laboratory. This is an important project in a country with a desert climate, where rainfall and surface water resources are scarce. Thus, 75% of the cost of installing solar pumps on the plantations will be borne by the government, thanks to the AfDB loan. The remaining 25% will be payable in instalments over three years.


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    KENYA: Jiangxi International commissions 50 MWp Garissa Solar Power Plant

    China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Co-operation (CJIC) completed the construction of the 50 MWp Garissa Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant. The plant was recently inaugurated in the presence of the authorities. Kenya has just acquired a solar power plant. It is located in Mbalambala, in Garissa County in eastern Kenya. The plant was recently inaugurated in the presence of the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and the authorities of Garissa County. The solar photovoltaic plant was built by the China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Co-operation (CJIC). The plant consists of 200,200 solar panels connected to inverters and installed on an area of 85 hectares. The entire system produces 50 MWp. “I am very proud that the project has been successfully completed and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. We hope it will serve Kenya for the next 25 years,” says Zhang Jian, representative of CJIC in Kenya.


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    TUNISIA: Chinese TBEA and Emirati AMEA get 100 MW solar plant

    The Chinese company TBEA Xinjiang New Energy and the Emirati company Amea Power have been awarded the contract to build a 100 MW solar power plant in the governorate of Kairouan, located in the desert north of Tunisia. Chinese companies on the African continent are mainly known for the construction of thermal and (to a lesser extent) hydroelectric power plants. In the future, however, this may change. The Tunisian Ministry of Industry and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises has appointed a consortium consisting of the Chinese company TBEA Xinjiang New Energy Co. Ltd. and the Emirati company AMEA Power for the construction of a 100 MW solar power plant in the governorate of Kairouan. This contract is awarded in the context of the tender launched by Tunisia for the construction of six solar photovoltaic power plants with a combined capacity of 500 MW. The Kairouan plant will prevent the production of 247,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year and generate a photovoltaic production of nearly 250,490 GHh at the same frequency. The project will benefit from the signature of a 20-year power purchase contract with the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (Steg) at a tariff of 97.920 TND/MWh (approximately €31.43).


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    Namibia: Environment Ministry, Diaz Sign Land Lease for N$1,5 Billion Wind Farm

    The environment ministry has signed a land lease agreement with an independent power producer for the construction of a 44-megawatt renewable energy plant. Independent power producer, Diaz Wind Power a subsidiary of the United Africa Group now has the land to set up its wind farm at Lüderitz. The cost of the project was estimated at N$1,5 billion. The environment ministry's public relations officer this week confirmed the signing of the lease agreement. This wind project is part of NamPower's new five-year corporate strategy and business plan. The power utility is embracing renewable power with the aim to make the country energy self-sufficient in the next five years. This means the country would reduce its energy imports, which stand at over 60%. In a tweet on Saturday, United Africa Group chairperson, Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, said Diaz Wind Power could now generate 44MW of clean renewable energy following the signing of the land deal.


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    Mozambique: Neoen reaches financial closure for Metoro power plant

    The Metoro solar power plant will be able to deliver its first megawatts by the end of 2020. The French energy company Neoen and Electriciade de Mozambique (EDM) announced that they had managed to raise 40 million euros to start construction work on this solar park. The financing was obtained from the French Development Agency (AFD) and its private investment subsidiary, Proparco. The Metoro solar power plant will have a production capacity of 41 MW. The financing of the Metoro solar power plant in Mozambique has now been completed. Neoen, which owns 75% of the plant, has just announced this. The remaining 25% is owned by Electriciade de Mozambique (EDM). The total cost of the plant is estimated at $56 million. To date, the company has been able to obtain $40 million from the French Development Agency (AFD). This amount, offered by the AFD and its subsidiary Proparco in the form of a loan, represents the minimum required to start the work. The search for funds was carried out with the support of Electriciade de Mozambique, Mozambique’s electricity distribution company.


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    UNDP sees mini grids easing Malawi power woes


    United Nations Dvelopment Programme (UNDP) says it seems energy mini grids as a solution for Malawi energy challenges.Speaking when the Ministry of Energy,Mining and Natural Resources commissioned Sotolo Solar Mini grid in Mchinji,head of UNDP resilience and sustainable growth in Malawi ,Andrew Spezowka,said he understands the enormity of the energy challenges daunting Malawi as a nation. "The energy challanges that daut the energy poverty in Malawi is qiute deep hence the need for concerted effort to lose the gap and ensure that not only Sitolo but surrounding communities benefit from reliable, affordable clean energy," said Spezowka. Spezowka said UNDP targets areas impartially by going where the needs are greatest to make sure that in the las mile connectivity, no one is left behind in terms of energy access. The Minister of Energy, Mining and Natural Resources, Binton Kutsaira said that the commissioning of the 80kw Sitolo mini grid power project was a clear testimony of government's commitment to ensuring that electricity reaches every corner of the country.


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    MALAWI: Phanes Group finances $67M for the Nkhotakota Solar Power Plant


    The Nkhotakota Solar Power Plant, one of the first solar projects in Malawi, has completed its financing round after raising $67 million. The first works have started at Nkhotakota, and construction of the first phase is expected to be completed by March 2020. Once completed, the project will add 46 MW of clean energy to the local power supply.Phanes, the company managing the project, has announced that it has completed the financial arrangements for the construction of the 46 MW plant. By March 2020, the workers will have completed the first phase of the construction of the solar park. About $67 million was needed to complete the work, and it is this sum that the Phanes Group has just raised. The plant is being developed by Phanes in collaboration with ResponsabilityRenewable energy holding and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic), the U.S. government’s development finance agency. In February 2019, a power purchase agreement (PPA) was signed between Malawi’s national electricity utility, Escom, and the three companies.


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    MADAGASCAR: Cactus plants increase biogas production tenfold


    A bioenergy project to plant cactus on 1,000 hectares in the south of Madagascar in the coming years is currently being developed. We learnt from agricultural engineers at the cactus day on December 11, 2019 in Antananarivo. Edible and resistant to drought, the virtues of the cactus are of great ecological interest in the south of Madagascar, where the plant is used for energy. The speed of fermentation of the cactus makes it possible to produce biogas faster and in greater quantities. Cactus, these xerophytic plants, which store juice reserves in their tissues to cope with long periods of drought, have enormous advantages in biogas production. In southern Madagascar, where these plants grow abundantly, experiments in the locality of Toliara have shown that the biogas yield of this plant is double that of the main energy crops grown or waste streams. This is because they grow very fast and have a high rate of decomposition into organic matter. With appropriate agronomic practices for this arid area, one hectare of cactus can produce up to 400 tonnes of biomass. The rapid fermentation of this biomass will produce methane, which can be used in cooking. As a result, households no longer have to clear the forest in search of wood. This constitutes a real ecological progress for the 1.8 million inhabitants of the great Madagascan south, who consume at least 100 tons of charcoal per day, the equivalent of a thousand tons of wood.


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    TUNISIA: Scatec Solar to build 3 solar PV power plants of 360 MW capacity


    The Norwegian company Scatec Solar has just concluded a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Tunisian State. The contract covers the construction and operation of three solar power plants with a cumulative capacity of 360 megawatts (MW). This energy will make it possible to connect 300,000 homes and thus reduce CO2 emissions due to fossil fuels. The Tunisian government seems to want to make up for the delay in the development of solar energy in its country. With only 3% of its electricity generated from renewable energies (mainly wind power), this North African country is now relying on solar energy to green its electricity network. The Tunisian government signed an Energy Purchase Agreement (EPA) on December 17, 2019 with the Norwegian company Scatec Solar, which specialises in the integration of photovoltaic systems. Scatec Solar is to build and operate for 20 years three solar photovoltaic power plants with a total capacity of 360 megawatts (MW): 60 MW in Tozeur (in the south-west), 60 MW in Sidi Bouzid (in the centre of the country) and 240 MW in Tataouine (in the south-east). The energy produced will be sold to the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (Steg). This supply will meet the electricity needs of more than 300,000 households, thereby reducing their ecological footprint.


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