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  • Uganda:Sun24 brings solar power to Uganda's poorest
  • Ghana: Off-grid initiatives drives livelihood transformation
  • Kenya’s solar wakes up: 160 MW under development
  • Tanzania:Renewable Energy Projects Are Uplifting Maasai Women
  • Zimbabwe: Green Economy - Tool for Sustainable Development
  • South Africa: Silo solar PV plant launches in SA
  • Mozambique to develop first solar PV power plant
  • Nigeria:Renewable energy employs 15,000 in Nigeria, others, says agency
  • Ghana:First of its kind, solar energy laboratory to be built in RMU
  • Ghana:Renewable energy project from Ghana among winners of $7m global competition
  • Kenya:Major geothermal hub in Nakuru to be African model
  • Tanzania:Renewable energy technology training center to open in Tanzania<
  • South Africa:Eskom’s electrification programme improves quality of life
  • Lessons for Nigeria from Kenya’s solar ecosystem
  • Tanzania to open renewable energy technology training centre
  • Nigeria:Nigerian minister unveils rooftop solar energy project
  • Africa: All Roads to Sustainable Energy Lead to the Sun
  • South Africa’s green housing development achieves milestone
  • Renewable energy employs 9.8 million people worldwide, says IRENA report
  • Africa:Access Power shortlists five renewable energy projects
  • Kenya:Kenya shows renewables scope to plug Africa’s power supply gaps
  • Ethiopia:Ethiopia reports huge revenue in power supply over last 10 months
  • Kenya: Alevo, Xago Africa partner on energy storage in Kenya
  • Ethiopia: Tapping Hydro-Power Potential for Green Development
  • Kenya:Kenya To Build East & Central Africa’s Largest Solar-Power Plant In Garissa
  • Tanzania: Households Supplied With Solar Electricity
  • Uganda:Uganda-government to extend Renewable Energy countrywide
  • Uganda: Sun24 brings solar power to Uganda's poorest

    Sun24, a Florida-based non-profit solar power company, has announced its partnership with Caritas Uganda – the social service arm of the Catholic Church – to offer low-cost lighting to poor families. Each of the 22 dioceses in Uganda will receive 2,000 solar lights for the churches to distribute to families with no access to electricity, at a very low price. The proceeds will go towards purchasing more lights in the future, and the cost for citizens will be much lower than they currently pay for kerosene. “Our partnership with Sun24 is easing a great need for the poorest of poor in my country,” said Father Michael Mukasa, Caritas Kiyinda Mityana Diocese, Uganda.The lights are self-contained units with LED lights in the front, a solar panel on the back, and a battery inside. They are twice as bright as kerosene lights, provide four hours of light per night, and last for over three years."With its unparalleled infrastructure, the Catholic Church distributes to the poorest of poor in the most remote areas," said Kevin McLean, President of Sun24. "These families have no access to quality solar products.“We are transparent in partnering with the Catholic Church. We hope others copy and even improve upon our model."600 million sub-Saharan Africans lack electricity, and most of them use kerosene which is inherently unhealthy to burn, both for people and the atmosphere. These lamps are having a massive effect on climate change, and the sooner they can be replaced with something sustainable, the better."In my diocese, few homes have electricity. Kerosene lamps cause many fires and lung disease. Kerosene is expensive. The Sun24 solar lights are a blessing," said Father Emmanuel Tamale, Kiyinda Mityana Diocese in Uganda.


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    Ghana: Off-grid initiatives drives livelihood transformation

    “What invigorates us about this work is the livelihood transformation that we witness daily in the lives of beneficiaries as a result of the off-grid initiatives undertaken, ” says Andrew Barfour.Barfour is the Project Coordinator of the Ghana Energy Development and Access Project (GEDAP) at the Ghana Ministry of Power and fellow engineers Frank Yeboah Dadzie and Seth Mahu. Barfour spoke at Energy Revolution Africa during African Utility Week in May about how Ghana’s Ministry of Power is driving their mini-grid programme.Currently we are coordinating and promoting innovative renewable energy solutions in Ghana on behalf of the Government of Ghana. Interventions span off-grid standalone installations for public, private and commercial establishments, mini-grids for island communities, utility scale RETs, policies and strategies and raising funds for key public sector led projects.What invigorates us about this work is the livelihood transformation in the areas of education, health, entertainment, information and economic empowerment that we witness daily in the lives of beneficiaries as a result of the off-grid initiatives undertaken. In addition, we are inspired by the opportunities and order that is created through the policies that we help create. Key achievements on the policy and law side include mini-grid policy, the Renewable Energy Act 2011, Act 832, and Feed-in-Tariff Policy rate setting instruments amongst others.


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    Kenya’s solar wakes up: 160 MW under development

    Kenya is currently generating less than 1% of its electricity from solar PV installations, but this is going to change soon.Kenya was one of the most hopeful cases discussed at the recent Africa Energy Forum (AEF) that took place in Copenhagen, Denmark.There are several reasons for this optimism. Firstly, the country appears to have an electricity tariff that reflects the real costs of electricity generation and transportation. There are a few situations where the state would subsidise the electricity sector, for example at a time of drought, however this happens only for a short period.Secondly, Kenya already relies predominantly on renewable electricity generation, mainly hydro and geothermal power. Moreover, it prepares to decommission existing fossil fuel-based power plans, and replace them with new renewable energy plants, mostly geothermal facilities. In fact, newly added geothermal units have helped Kenya to reduce the cost of electricity generation, and this has been passed to consumers through a reduced electricity tariff, Joshua Choge, chairman of Kenya’s Electricity Generation Company (Kengen), told the Forum.Isaac Kiva, director for renewable energy at Kenya’s ministry of energy and petroleum, told last year’s Africa Energy Forum in London that Kenya had achieved electricity connection to 54% of its population, but it was aiming 70% and 100% connectivity for the years 2017 and 2020 respectively.


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    Tanzania:Renewable Energy Projects Are Uplifting Maasai Women

    Solar panel and clean cookstove programs are reducing emissions, electrifying remote parts of Kenya and Tanzania.Not so long ago, few remote Maasai villages in southern Kenya or northern Tanzania had access to electricity. But now, women in these villages are championing the use of clean, renewable energy in the form of solar panels, as well as clean, efficient cook stoves.. At the same time, they are forging new roles for themselves as community leaders and entrepreneurs.This is a unique development in a community unaccustomed to women taking on leadership roles. The Maasai are a marginalized, nomadic community that is almost entirely dependent on livestock for its livelihood. Raising livestock is an occupation performed exclusively by the men of the community. Customarily, the only work open to women has been taking care of their homes and children.In Tanzania, an international collaborative called the Maasai Stoves and Solar Project has begun to change that norm by introducing the use of clean-energy cookstoves and solar power to the Maasai community. The project trains women to distribute and install cookstoves and solar panels in their manyatta (traditional mud houses), work that in the past would have fallen to men.According to Kisioki Moitiko, the project manager in Tanzania, in each of the villages, the Maasai women work in groups of five to ten, selected by fellow women during a community meeting. Within these working groups the women elect their own leaders, who manage them and organize their daily work. The women are trained in approximately ten days to install the stoves and solar panels.


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    Zimbabwe: Green Economy - Tool for Sustainable Development

    The green economy paradigm is necessary to overcome challenges of sustainability that the world is facing today, an expert has said. A green economy is one which ensures sustainable development without degrading the environment, one that minimises adverse impacts on society whilst fostering economic growth in the country.Chief Sustainability Consultant at Toxiconsol, Tawanda Muzamwese said at the rate of growth and consumption the world was experiencing, a shift in the patterns of consumption and production was required at international, regional and national level.Mr Muzamwese said the world with a population of seven billion people which was projected to reach nine billion by 2050, it was imperative for countries to understand and embrace the green economy."Zimbabwe is endowed with a wide array of natural resources. Efficient utilisation of natural resources in every economic sector is now widely regarded as the key to unlocking the potential of the country. It is now imperative that as a country we shift towards a green economy and facilitate the up scaling of clean technologies," he said."Such a shift in the way we produce and consume goods offers an opportunity for leapfrogging what developed countries have done. It could also enable more companies to export goods and services internationally and gain competitiveness."


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    South Africa: Silo solar PV plant launches in SA

    South Africa’s first ever silo solar photovoltaic (PV) plant was launched this month by agricultural company Senwes Group.Installed at the firm’s Hennenman silo in the Free State province, the total projected solar utilisation per annum is 472,460 kWh.The firm said in a statement that this constitutes 62% of the total electricity consumption of the Hennenman silo and will result in a significant cost saving.Francois Strydom, Group chief executive said: “In line with our sustainability objectives and, inter alia, our contribution to reducing the carbon footprint, the Solar PV will save approximately 1kg CO2/kWh. The projected carbon savings will amount to 472,5 tonnes of CO2 per annum.”The plant has a total 1,120 installed solar panels, which has a total generation capacity of 358kWp.The project commenced in January this year and was completed in April, when it was integrated into the existing electricity grid, the firm noted.Silo manager Nico Els, monitors the solar modules using a specialised computerised application, Sunny Portal, which gives you the total kWh produced per hour at a glimpse.According to the company statement, Els is optimistic with the results yielded thus far.The system has already clocked 16,00kWh and 281kWp, 10% above the projected maximum demand of 266kWp, the firm explained.


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    Mozambique to develop first solar PV power plant

    Mozambique is gearing up to develop its first solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, funded by a consortium of financiers.The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has promised $19 million in funding as part of a $55 million package to support the new utility in Mocuba, Africa Times reported.According to Africa Times, in addition to the IFC pledge, the funds include $19 million from Climate Investment Funds, and a loan of up to $17 million.“The signing of the Mocuba financing is a great achievement for EdM and Mozambique’s electricity sector,” said Mateus Magala, Chairman of EdM.Magala extended his gratitude to the financing partners for “their excellent cooperation and the hard work in getting the project to this important milestone.”According to the IFC, this project is part of broader efforts to promote private investment and help bring reliable and clean electricity to consumers while diversifying the energy mix in an effort with long-term climate change impacts in view, Africa Times reported.Mozambique's state-owned power utility, EDM, will procure the generated power through a signed 25-year power purchase agreement.Media explained: "The plant is being developed by Scatec Solar, headquartered in Norway, and the local Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) utility, along with the Norfund development finance agency."Other financial support comes from the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), with a grant from the Technical Assistance Fund of the Private Infrastructure Development Group.


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    Nigeria:Renewable energy employs 15,000 in Nigeria, others, says agency

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has said no fewer than 15,000 people were employed in the renewable energy sub-sector of the power industry in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and other countries in West Africa and Southern Africa (excluding South Africa) in 2016.The Agency, a renewable energy research group, in an online report on the rate of employment in renewable energy sub-sector in countries across the world, said 9.8million employment was recorded globally in 2016.The Agency further stated that considering the enormity of renewable energy potentials in West and Southern Africa countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Namibia, among others, the sub-sector supposed to create much more employment than the 15,000.According to IRENA, the employment figure in the renewable sub-sector is expected to increase to 30million in 2030 from the current 9.8million as more countries are taking steps to combat climate change while investing in renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, bio-mass and others, in order to improve electricity supply.


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    Ghana:First of its kind, solar energy laboratory to be built in RMU

    A world class solar energy laboratory, the first of its kind in the West African sub-region is to be built at the Regional Maritime University in Accra.The facility forms part of the University's agreement with REDAVIA GmbH (Germany), solar energy providers, to offer renewable energy support to the school.The move, recommended by government would go a long way to reducing electricity tariffs that's putting significant strain on the University’s budget.This was announced by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Elvis Nyarko, at the 11th Congregation and official launch of the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the University in Accra on Saturday.“The agreement has been entered into and the necessary installation works will begin soon. Beyond the solar farm implementation, REDAVIA will also support the introduction and establishment of a Renewable Energy Institute in collaboration with the RMU in Ghana,”he stated.The Prof Nyarko continued that REDAVIA will also build a world class solar energy laboratory on campus at no cost to the University. This will make RMU the first university to have such a facility in the sub-region, to train students in solar technology to the highest level"Such involvement by REDAVIA, he said will facilitate knowledge transfer and support staff to build the curriculum, to prepare RMU students for engineering jobs in the sector as well as boost the development of renewable energy sources for Ghana and Africa at large.


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    Ghana:Renewable energy project from Ghana among winners of $7m global competition

    Access Power , a developer, owner and operator of renewable power projects in emerging markets in partnership with EREN Renewable Energy a global independent power producer, are delighted to announce the three winners of the 2017 $7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) - an innovative funding and support platform for renewable energy projects in Africa.The three winning projects, hailing from Tanzania, Rwanda and Ghana, were selected from a technologically and geographically diverse pool of 82 entrants from 23 countries after having presented to a live panel of industry expert judges. The panel based their final selection on the commercial, technical and environmental merits of the projects presented, as well as the local regulatory environment and capability of the project teams. The winners will share the US$7 million pot provided by the Access Co-Development Facility as well as technical support and expertise.This year’s winners are:Tanzania: 30MW, Kondoa, Solar PV project, Rwanda: 9.7MW, Rukarara, Hydro project,Ghana: 48MW, Winneba, Wind project.When completed, the projects will collectively provide over 85MW of electricity, enough to power more than 420,000 homes and business across Tanzania, Rwanda and Ghana. The winners were announced today in Copenhagen at the 19th annual Africa Energy Forum, following a presentation by the five shortlisted developers to a panel of expert judges.


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    Kenya:Major geothermal hub in Nakuru to be African model

    Unep will set up an African regional geothermal hub in Kenya as a centre of excellence for the rest of the world.African Rift Geothermal Development Facility programme manager Meseret Zemedkun said Kenya has successfully adopted renewable energy sources.“Kenya will be the main hub of the African region in terms of capacity building of geothermal technology. This is also the main achievement because they have built a very good experience and capacity. They can share their best practices with the rest of the world,” she said.Zemedkun spoke during a tour of GDC projects in the Menengai Crater on Saturday.“Kenya has developed a coherent geothermal policy anchored on the Geothermal Act, which strengthens public and private partnership in developing the renewable energy power project. The African Centre of Excellence will be set up in Nakuru county,” she said.The hub will be fully operational by next year.It will be used for capacity-building of geothermal technology. Unep will provide technical support.


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    Tanzania:Renewable energy technology training center to open in Tanzania

    The government of the Republic of North Korea will open a training center for renewable energy technology in Arusha, Tanzania. The decision follows release of a study stating solar power is the dominant electricity source in the country’s rural areas.The Energy Access Situation Report, 2016 Tanzania Mainland, released by the National Bureau of Statistics and the Rural Energy Agency in April of this year shows that grid electricity is the second largest source of power in rural areas with 34.5% of households connected, while solar is leading by nearly 65%.According to the Tanzania Standard Newspapers, Dr. Herb Rhee, director of the Innovative Technology and Energy Centre (ITEC), stated the renewable energy technology centre will open in August of this year, and will have the capacity to train 1,000 students per year.Dr. Rhee also stated, the ITEC has already trained 300 secondary school students and 200 teachers in Arusha in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), in order to increase renewable energy expertise in the region.


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    South Africa:Eskom’s electrification programme improves quality of life

    Over 90% of South African households currently have access to electricity, a jump leap from a mere 34% in 1991 when the electrification programme was launched.In partnership with the Department of Energy (DoE), Eskom has concluded the current financial year ending March 2017, having realised an amazing achievement of connecting 207,436 new households to the electricity grid against a target of 169,722 that has been set for us by the Department of Energy.his effectively means that, from the dawn of democracy in 19More work still needs to be done to reach the remaining 10% of households that still do not have access to electricity.To this end, that National Treasury has allocated about R18 billion ($1 billion) to the DoE for electrification over the next three years94 until now, a cumulative total of 4.7 million new households have been connected to the grid.More work still needs to be done to reach the remaining 10% of households that still do not have access to electricity.To this end, that National Treasury has allocated about R18 billion ($1 billion) to the DoE for electrification over the next three years


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    Tanzania: EU Gives Tanzania U.S.$200 Million to Develop Energy Sector

    The European Union, through the Energy for Growth and Sustainable Development programme, has given Tanzania €180 million ($200 million) to develop its energy sector.The bloc, working with the German Development Bank (KfW) and the French Agency for Development (AFD), is funding a €42 million ($47 million) electrification project in northwestern Tanzania, covering the Kagera, Geita and Kigoma Regions.The head of the EU delegation in Tanzania, Roeland Van de Geer, said that reliable energy is key to poverty reduction and pledged more support to make energy available across Tanzania.Energy is one of the three focal areas of the EU's development co-operation with Tanzania. The other two are agriculture and governance.


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    Lessons for Nigeria from Kenya’s solar ecosystem

    Kenya’s renewable energy market and ecosystem particularly for solar energy (off grid solar PV and solar home systems) is unarguably the most successful in sub-Saharan Africa and the world. It has one of the largest per capita markets in the world –its level of product development, penetration and growth, consumer base, use of innovative solutions especially smart metering and mobile payment systems, and efficient customer service has remained a subject of learning in the sector, particularly for other African countries.In a previous article, I highlighted Nigeria’s poor energy policy environment compared to the other 110 countries that were studied for the Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE) report. What I didnot highlight is that Kenya is the only sub-Saharan African country that scored tops for all three categories – energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. The other countries in the developing world that scored highly in the three categories were India and Sri Lanka. Compared to Nigeria’s overall score of 22, 11 and 29 for energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy respectively, Kenya’s scores are 82, 48 and 63 respectively. Easily observed is the fact that Kenya’s phenomenal solar market development is reflective of a good and enabling sustainable energy policy environment. What this means is that the huge success of Kenya’s solar market is a result of deliberate government and development sector policy interventions that align and connect with other market interventions and activities.


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    Tanzania to open renewable energy technology training centre

    Following a study revealing that renewable energy, particularly solar, is dominating rural Tanzania, there are now plans to open a training centre.The director of the Innovative Technology and Energy Centre (ITEC), Dr Herb Rhee, has announced plans to open a training centre for renewable energy technology in Arusha, Tanzania.According to local media, Tanzania Standard, Dr Rhee said the renewable energy technology centre will open doors in August this year, and will have the capacity to train 1,000 students per year.Renewable energy technology training centreAccording to media, Dr Rhee stated that they are also planning to construct power transmission grids for use of solar power in rural areas."The centre, aimed at energy development, will be situated at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha. Also, we have opened two centres but at small-scale at Karatu and Dodoma," he said.Media quoted him saying that they have already trained 300 students from various secondary schools and 200 primary and secondary school teachers in Arusha on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), to increase energy and power experts in rural areas.


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    Nigeria:Nigerian minister unveils rooftop solar energy project


    Earlier this week, the Nigerian minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, commissioned the 125kVA rooftop solar energy project at the Citadel and Towers of House on the Rock, in Abuja.Among the attendees was the director general of the Nigerian Energy Commission, Dr Alhassan Musa, representative of the Central Bank Governor, Ebipere Clarks and House on The Rock Church, Paul Adefarasin.Local media the Daily Trust reported that the project was constructed by a local company, Protergia Ltd.Speaking during the unveiling, Fashola said: “I am highly impressed that a Nigeria company could do remarkably well in taking giant steps in actualising such massive renewable energy projects.”The minister also said: “The challenges we have to deal with are sufficient bastions of opportunities if the right policies are in place.“This project sits very well with all of the policies the Buhari Administration has enunciated. Under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, power and energy supply is one of the five urgent actions that President Buhari has challenged us to deliver upon.”According to local media NaijaCynth, the company’s CEO, Ayodeji O. Deji, noted that Nigeria as one of the highest energy and power consuming countries of the world still needs urgent intervention and innovation in the area of renewable energy generation and distribution.


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    Africa: All Roads to Sustainable Energy Lead to the Sun


    Humans consume 221 tonnes of coal, 1,066 barrels of oil, and 93,000 metric cubes of natural gas per second. These materials were wonderful for the industrial revolution that started in Britain in the 18th century and made use of "new energy" sources such as coal and petroleum. At the start of the 21st century, however, it's time to reassess the notion of "new energy". Fossil fuels have no place in any long-term sustainable energy solution for the planet. It needs to be replaced with renewable energy sources. But which ones?Sooner or later humanity needs to get its head around the fact that the only long-term sustainable energy solution is solar energy. This is simply borne out by the immense amount of energy potential that the sun can provide versus any other renewable resource such as wind, nuclear, biomass or geothermal. To place that in perspective: the theoretical potential of solar power is 89 terawatts (TW), which represents more energy striking the Earth's surface in 90 minutes (480 Exajoules, EJ) than the worldwide energy consumption for the entire year 2001 (430 EJ) from all other resources combined.


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    South Africa’s green housing development achieves milestone


    The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has announced Africa’s first residential project that has met the EDGE resource-efficiency standard, which will be receiving EDGE final certification.According to a press release, the Fourleaf Estate residential development located in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province, is now 29% more energy efficient, 25% more water efficient and boasts up to 43% reduction in the energy used to make construction materials.The Fourleaf Estate residential project is funded by the Housing Impact Fund of South Africa (HIFSA) and managed by the Development Impact Funds team within Old Mutual Alternative Investments. Lenore Cairncross, who has been leading the EDGE certification process for HIFSA’s new housing developments, said: “As the fund manager for this project, Old Mutual is delighted to be at the forefront of green housing developments by bringing the first EDGE-certified residential project to the market in Africa.”“Sustainability is high on the agenda of our clients. As fund managers, we can provide a tangible indicator of green environmental performance by encouraging EDGE certification on our housing developments,” Cairncross added.


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    Renewable energy employs 9.8 million people worldwide, says IRENA report


    Global energy system creating more jobs in renewables than in fossil-fuel technologies, says a new IRENA report.More than 9.8 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector in 2016, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017, released at IRENA’s 13th Council meeting, provides the latest employment figures of the renewable energy sector and insight into the factors affecting the renewable labour market.“Falling costs and enabling policies have steadily driven up investment and employment in renewable energy worldwide since IRENA’s first annual assessment in 2012, when just over seven million people were working in the sector,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.


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    Africa:Access Power shortlists five renewable energy projects


    A competition run by Access Power called the 'Access Co-Development Facility' (ACF) has officially closed. Five entrepreneurs have made it as the runner ups for the innovative $7 million funding and support platform for renewable energy projects in Africa.According to a company statement, the projects were selected from a pool of 82 qualifying projects from across the continent, representing a full spectrum of renewable energy technologies.The facility is now on its third edition this year and is being deployed in partnership with EREN Renewable Energy. The five shortlisted projects include:Zimbabwe: 75MW Kadoma Solar PV project,Tanzania: 30MW Kondoa Solar PV project,Rwanda: 9,7MW Rukarara Hydro project,Ethiopia: 75MW Beseka Solar project,Ghana: 48MW Winneba Wind project.The successfully shortlisted projects will progress to the final stage of the evaluation process where they will have the opportunity to present their projects to a panel of industry experts, comprised of senior representatives from Power Africa, InfraCo Africa, Proparco, the Dutch Development Bank, Overseas Private Investment Corporation and Access Power at the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen on June 7, 2017.A maximum of three projects will be selected to win a share of the prize.


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    Kenya:Kenya shows renewables scope to plug Africa’s power supply gaps


    Most visitors to Hell’s Gate national park, 75km north-west of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, go there to see the wildlife and rock formations. But they usually leave with an additional memory: the intense geothermal activity after which the park is named.The Kenyan government has been harnessing this clean energy source for decades. Kenya Electricity Generating Company, the government-controlled company that produces about 75 per cent of the country’s power, reckons that 47 per cent of Kenya’s energy consumption is from geothermal. Hydro accounts for 39 per cent, conventional coal, gas and oil-fired generators 13 per cent and wind 1 per cent. Few countries in sub-Saharan Africa are as lucky as Kenya to have such a large supply of reliable clean energy. The challenge facing not only east Africa’s dominant economy but the whole continent is the extent to which it can drive its economic development through producing clean energy. 


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    Ethiopia:Ethiopia reports huge revenue in power supply over last 10 months


    Ethiopia says it has earned over $165m in revenue for sale of electric power over the last 10 months. Out of the amount, $49m was from supply to neighbouring Sudan and Djibouti.The state-affiliated FANA broadcasting corporate (FBC) quoted an official with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity as saying the amount fell short of the country’s target of $200m.According to FBC, the suppliers were meeting local power demands and had plans to sell electric power to other countries as more power generating units are completed. It was not exactly clear which other entities were customers of Ethiopia.Beside Sudan and Djibouti, Kenya and Tanzania are also in the process of getting power from Ethiopia. A 400MW deal has been reached with Tanzania and Kenya is also looking to buy an estimated 200MW to compliment its energy.Work on the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (GERD) is past the 50% mark, it is estimated that it will produce over 6,400MW of power – and will have the pride of being the largest on the continent.Ethiopia is in line to become the subregion’s leading power exporter and renewable energy hub on the continent. A combination of their power generating sources – hydroelectric, geothermal, wind and solar energies – is estimated at 60,000MW.


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    Kenya: Alevo, Xago Africa partner on energy storage in Kenya


    Xago Africa is developing a 40-MW solar power project in Siaya County. Its work with Alevo to add integrated battery storage to utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) capacity is supported by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), which announced the signing of a grant for the scheme last month. The project will be one of the first utility-scale battery storage installations in Africa, according to the announcement.Alevo said on Wednesday that a USD-1.4-million (EUR 1.3m) technical study backed by USTDA will also provide detailed analytics for the Kenyan power system and a roadmap to help advance the energy storage market in the country.


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    Ethiopia: Tapping Hydro-Power Potential for Green Development

    The human being has been taking advantage of hydro-power as a source of energy for centuries. However, in the late 19th century, hydro-power became a source for generating electricity. The first hydroelectric power plant was built at Niagara Falls in 1879 designed by the inventor Nicola Tesla.The 6th World Hydro-power Congress, a landmark event that came to Africa for the first time, was held in Addis Ababa last week. Dealing with issues related to clean and sustainable energy development, the Congress primarily stressed out the fact that poverty reduction and prosperity are unthinkable without universal access to electricity.Hydro-power, nowadays, is an advanced and cost competitive renewable energy source. It plays an important role in today's electricity mix, contributing to more than 16 percent of electricity generation worldwide and about 85 percent of global renewable electricity.The contribution of hydro-power in the energy mix is thus twofold: the primary benefit is its provision of clean, renewable electricity, while it simultaneously enables other renewable efforts as it serves for the reduction of carbon from the environment. Besides, it is affirmed that hydro-power is the only renewable energy source that has the potential to expand access to electricity to large populations.

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    Kenya:Kenya To Build East & Central Africa’s Largest Solar-Power Plant In Garissa

    Kenya has arguably been making inroads as far as power connectivity in many parts of the country is concerned. This has been on diverse energy sources such as the World Bank-funded Last-Mile (main grid connectivity) project in the remotest of places, wind energy plants and other renewable energy sources. The government, through the Rural Electrification Authority which is the implementing agency in this project, has signed a $USD 135 Million solar energy pact with the China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation to put up a 55-megawatt plant in Garissa, a north-eastern town in Kenya. The project, which shall sit on 85 hectares of land in Garissa, shall be a power plant which is expected to generate 76,470 annual megawatt hours (to be fed to the national grid) which is sufficient to power 625,000 homes while at the same time, reducing tremendously, carbon emissions by 64,190 tonnes per year and saving coal consumption by 25,000 tonnes annually. The Chinese are financing the project with Kenya’s positioning as a strategic clean energy source in mind, as the plant is expected to facilitate massive technology and skill-exchange between countries in the region, and internationally.


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    Tanzania: Households Supplied With Solar Electricity

    Arusha — A solar energy firm, Zola Tanzania, intends to extend its services to various parts of the country so that more people are connected to the cheap and renewable energy.Speaking during the launching of two sales outlets in Arusha city, the company's managing director, Ms Nena Sanderson, said currently they have 35,650 clients across the country."We are facing a run down of challenges but our products are preferred because of their quality," she said as the sales points were opened in Sekei and Sombetini wards in the city.Another official, Mr Samaladu Zayumba, said the solar energy gadgets would be connected to the homes as well as the business areas, adding that they were affordable.


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    Uganda:Uganda-government to extend Renewable Energy countrywide

    The Government of Uganda is tapping into renewable energy resources to be able to extend power to off the grid areas in Uganda.Mr. John Tumuhimbise, the commissioner renewable energy resources at the ministry of Energy, while speaking at the new village power offices in Kampala early in the week, said government has set up a renewable energy policy framework which sets policies for increasing uptake of renewable energy in the country. The overall objective of this policy is to make renewable energy an alternative for energy sources.“We have a standardized power purchase agreement for renewable energy projects of up to 20 megawatts to reduce on the transactional costs involved in small projects,” he said.The government is also supporting association of renewable energy providers to scale up their work and also address major challenges in the market such as the poor quality of products and build technological capacity. One such provider is Village Power. The firm’s solar solutions for rural electrification provides affordable, sustainable and reliable electricity to off-grid areas and facilitate access to clean light, safe water, communication, information, medication and various business opportunities.Mr. Tumuhimbise said Village Power’s work in Uganda is in line with the ministry’s goals, vision, mission and larger mandate. “Village Power’s work in Uganda has helped thousands of people live better lives economically and socially,” he said.


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    Malawi: Solar Powered Irrigation to Transform Lives of Chikwawa Youths

    Chikwawa — The Sustainable Rural Growth and Development Initiative (SRGDI) says its K20million solar powered irrigation scheme to be constructed in Chikwawa will improve the economic status of the youths in the district. The revelation was made Tuesday during a Youth and Sports Technical Working Committee Meeting which was held at the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) office. The organization, with funding from IM Swedish Development Partners is implementing a three year 'Youth Economic and Social Actions' (YESA) Project in Traditional Authorities (T/As) Maseya and Lundu. SRGDI's District Coordinator, Ian Sukali said his organization noted that Chikwawa had the potential of utilizing available resources such as land and water to improve the economic status of the youths hence the coming in of the multi-million solar powered irrigation scheme.


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    Kenya: Exploring Private Sector engagement in meeting Refugees'needs

    NAIROBI, KENYA: Engagement of the private sector has been highlighted as one of the key strategies in promoting renewable energy access among displaced populations. The recommendation was made during an expert workshop organised by the Moving Energy Initiative on 27 April in Nairobi.The workshop that brought together experts from government, the UN, international and local NGOs and private sector specialists in renewable energy, sought to identify how the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya could benefit from improved energy access and how energy interventions could be structured to align with national energy priorities and encourage the growth of local energy markets.


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