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Global independent power producer (IPP) Building Energy has unveiled the Tororo Solar Plant, located in eastern Uganda. According to the IPP, the Tororo 10MWp plant, with 16GWh of renewable energy generated annually, will cater for the energy requirements of 35,838 people and help reduce CO2 emissions by 7,200 tons. The renewable energy company claims that this solar power plant is among the largest in eastern Africa. Building Energy was also responsible for the development of the project, arranging the financing, as well as the construction and commissioning of the plant. The beginning of operations were celebrated on the occasion of the ribbon cutting ceremony in Tororo, in the presence of Matteo Brambilla, MD Africa and Middle East for Building Energy, and Attilio Pacifici, EU Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Uganda.The solar park is being developed under the Global Energy Transfer Feed in Tariff (GET FiT), a dedicated support scheme for renewable energy projects managed by Germany's KfW Development Bank in partnership with Uganda's Electricity Regulatory Agency (ERA) and funded by the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund, the governments of Norway, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Poor homes will now acquire 6kg gas cylinders with cooking accessories at a discounted price of Sh2,000, down from about Sh5,000, under a government subsidy plan aimed at cutting reliance on kerosene and charcoal. The cylinders, dubbed Gas Yetu, will be distributed to the poor across the country by State-owned National Oil. Under the plan, which has been piloted in Machakos and Kajiado counties, the Ministry of Energy will buy about one million new cylinders for distribution."This campaign is meant to increase the uptake of cooking gas by low-income households," National Oil CEO MaryJane Mwangi said. The company sells a complete 6kg cylinder of its flagship SupaGas brand at about Sh5,000. The equivalent cylinder of the new Gas Yetu brand at Sh2,000 is set to be a game changer in weaning poor homes from the use of firewood, charcoal and kerosene for cooking. The Treasury initially allocated the Energy ministry Sh2.2 billion for the programme and later added it Sh700 million in a mini-budget, pushing the total to Sh3.1 billion. The Treasury in July last year scrapped value added tax (VAT) on cooking gas to cut costs and boost uptake, but poor homes have continued to find the prices prohibitive.
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Among its already diverse energy mix consisting of hydropower, geothermal and renewables; Kenya now intends to add natural gas to the mix. Midway Resources International’s subsidiary Zarara Oil & Gas Ltd, has recently announced that it will soon start drilling two wells of natural gas after Kenya's National Environment Management Authority (Nema) approved environmental licences for well sinking on Pate Island off the coast in Lamu. The East African reported that the energy ministry has set strict deadlines for the company to begin drilling Pate 2 by the end of the year and later Pate 3.The deadlines set are in line with the government wanting to reduce the country's dependence on expensive hydro and thermal power.According to the East African, the licence granted to Zarara Oil & Gas will run until July 2019. Geoffrey Wahungu, director general at Nema, said Zarara is required to undertake exploratory drilling at an estimated cost of $159 million.
A Danish energy company is working on new machines that sort household trash from recycling, while rapidly breaking down organic materials like food to create power from biogas produced by the process. Dong Energy A/S, which runs hundreds of wind turbines in the North Sea, says its plant 30 kilometers (19 miles) outside of Manchester is one of the first to use enzymes on an entire waste stream and then combine it with recycling sorting technology. That would be particularly helpful in cities where space is at a premium and small apartments often have room for only one trash bin.The process “is a useful option for local authorities and waste companies that have not yet rolled out separate food waste collections,” said Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association.
A joint World Bank-IFC programme and innovation, Lighting Africa, has announced the launch of a two-year consumer education campaign in Tanzania to promote solar off-grid lighting and energy products in off-grid communities. The global financier underlined in a statement that solar energy and lighting products are seeing increased demand in the east African country, where most rural households depend on low quality solar lanterns and other electric products for lighting. The statement further noted that due to common early breakage, the low quality products have caused consumers to not only lose money, but has also lowered their confidence in the validity of solar products.The campaign, titled ‘Ngaa na Sola - Ndo Mpango Mzima,” (shine with solar, it is the complete deal), is aimed at raising consumer awareness about the benefits of modern, quality solar off-grid lighting, helping communities make informed purchasing decisions.
In West Africa, there are currently 150 million people without access to power, which Senegalese solar startup, Oolu, is striving to change.The startup has recently secured a $3.2 million Series A funding round to deploy in-home solar kits for a minimal monthly fee. Disrupt Africa reported: “The funding round was led by Persistent Energy Capital (PEC), and was joined by Y Combinator (YC) and other seed investors. “Oolu will use the money to further invest in its current operations in Senegal and Mali, and expand into a third market in 2018.”Disrupt Africa reported that the solar kits include three adjustable lights and two USB plugs, powered by a battery that holds a charge for up to six hours with maximum output.Media explained: “For a low monthly fee, paid through mobile money, the Y Combinator-incubated Oolu installs the system and performs any necessary maintenance, including free battery replacements and system upgrades.”
The expansion of mini-grids in Tanzania, enabled by bold and adaptive energy policies, is bridging the gap for the population lacking access to electricity.This is according to a new report compiled by the Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organisation (TaTEDO) and World Resources Institute (WRI), which highlights that more than 70% of the population still lack access to electricity. The report, Accelerating Mini-grid Deployment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Tanzania, was released on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam.The report has found that Tanzania now has 109 mini-grids, serving over 180,000 people. The country’s mini-grids’ 157.7MW of installed capacity consists of; hydro, biomass, hybrid, fossil fuel and solar systems. By comparison, Tanzania’s central grid has an installed generation capacity of approximately 1,500MW, with mostly hydro and natural gas, serving around 9 million people.
Kenya is set to benefit from a JPY 10 billion (about Sh9.3 billion) medium-term bond raised by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to help improve access to energy across Africa. AfDB announced it had raised the money through a ten-year bond sold to the third-largest life insurer in Japan Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company to help the continent achieve universal electricity access by 2025 with a focus on clean and renewable energy solutions. “As part of this effort, “Kenya’s Last Mile Connectivity Program II”, an energy project that provides access to electricity in Kenya, aims to provide power to 1.5 million people mainly from low-income groups and micro-enterprises that improve living standards and support economic growth,” the bank said in a statement. The second phase of the Last Mile Connectivity Project is expected to cost about Sh18.5 billion. The first phase of the project has been funded jointly by the Government of Kenya and the AfDB to the tune of Sh13.5 billion. AfDB has approved an additional $150 million (about Sh15.4 billion) in support of the project in the next phase.
The Ghanaian government has partnered with Israeli company Yam Pro Energy to generate renewable energy from ocean waves. The project is set to be developed on the coastline of Ghana’s capital Accra, Face2Face Africa reported. According to the media, the company is confident that it can use its innovative technology to find the right solution to the west African country’s energy crisis by exploiting the crashing ocean waves to generate hydraulic pressure that can easily be turned into electricity. The power plant is expected to generate at least 1,000MW per day, which will go a long way in addressing the energy crisis in the country. “We negotiated [with Ghana] for many years, but in the end we succeeded. The demand [for energy] is very big and I think it will help people [improve] their life,” Yam Pro Energy’s CEO, Zeev Peretz said.
State-run utility Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has issued a request for qualification (RfQ) for two solar PV projects each with a capacity of 125MW(AC). The tender will be structured through the World Bank’s ‘Scaling Solar’ programme and the deadline for applications is 21 November 2017. The Ethiopian tender is the fifth Scaling Solar tender in Africa to date. For example, Madagascar’s Ministry of Water, Energy and Hydrocarbons (MEEH) recently issued an RfQ for 25MW(AC) of solar near the capital Antananarivo. A qualification stage for this tender is expected soon, according to the Scaling Solar website. Elsewhere, Zambia’s Round 1 projects are expected to reach financial close soon, while Senegal and Zambia’s Round 2 have both gone through qualification stages and are awaiting the proposal stage.
In North Africa, the new airport in Oran, Algeria, the Ahmed Ben Bella International Airport, has commenced the installation of 1.39MW solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop system. Algerian renewable energy developer, Soliwind, will develop the project, which will contribute an estimated 30% to the airport’s energy needs.PV Magazine reported that the installation will be located on the airport’s roof surface of 15,900 m2 and will use 5,362 solar modules. “The company said it expects to finalise the project’s construction by the end of this year, and that the installation will produce around 2 million kWh per year thus being able to cover approximately 30% of the power needs of the facility,” media added. In addition, the firm noted that the project is also complying with the environmental requirements of HQE (High Environmental Quality) new buildings.
According to a new study compiled by the International Rivers, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in the position to harness its renewable energy potential to power its electricity needs. In the analysis Renewable Riches, researchers from the University of California's Energy and Resources Group modeled the DRC’s best wind and solar sites. According to the report, the country’s wind and solar potential, measured at 85GW, could address the country’s chronic power shortages and would far surpass the output of the planned 4.8GW Inga 3 Dam on the Congo River. 60GW of that energy could be installed at less than $0.07 per kWh, which makes it competitive with conventional power options, says the report. “The DRC is endowed with significant renewable energy potential,” said Dr. Ranjit Deshmukh, one of the study’s authors. Dr Deshmukh added: “More studies are needed to operationalise our findings, but this shows the DRC has abundant power at its fingertips, some of which could be brought online before construction even begins on Inga 3.”
The World Bank has approved an International Development Association (IDA) $150 million grant to bolster Mozambique’s energy sector.This grant will help Mozambique’s electricity utility company EDM improve the operational capacity of its electricity network as well as its operational efficiencies, the Bank said in a statement. According to the Bank, the country has increased power supply from 6% in 2006 to the current 26% with all administrative centres country-wide have energy access. Despite the significant improvements, the Bank highlighted that EDM’s total system losses were estimated at 26% in 2016, higher than the weighted average for Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, the country is challenged with poor network infrastructure; lack of a countrywide and interconnected transmission systems, among others. “I am pleased with the approval of this grant, especially in these times of much need public investment in this crucial sector,” said Mark Lundell, World Bank Country Director for Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Comoros.
Egypt’s solar PV project, developed under the feed-in-tariff (FiT) renewable energy programme, has received international backing. The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and Alfa Solar Co have signed facility agreements for a $28,5 million Shariah-compliant senior financier to part-fund the development, construction and operation of the Benban solar complex. Additionally, the pair is partnering with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which is providing the project with a matching conventional loan facility. The project will be located in Aswan province, and is anticipated to be one of the largest solar energy parks in the world, a press release highlighted .The project is expected to abate up to 100,000 tonnes of CO2-equivalent per annum, supporting Egypt’s emission reduction targets under the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as promoting sustainable energy development and private sector participation in the country’s energy landscape.
On Tuesday, Kenya launched the Kenya Off-grid Solar Access Project (KOSAP), a $150 million World Bank supported initiative. The intention is for the project to provide power to multiple areas across the east African region – forming part of governments 2020 vision. Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Joseph Njoroge, told a media briefing in Nairobi that approximately 690,000 households in 14 counties will benefit from the project, Xinhuanet reported."KOSAP will involve setting up mini-grids in areas that are not currently connected to the national electricity grid," Njoroge said.Xinhuanet reported that data from the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum indicates that 6.2 million households are connected to electricity, representing 70% of the population. According to Njoroge, the north has many arid and semi-arid areas that are not currently connected to the electricity grid.He explained: "This is because the cost of electricity infrastructure is very expensive given large distances and low population densities. “As a result these households are forced to use kerosene for lightning and cooking.”
All Rwandans will have access to electricity and water in the next seven years and will have easier access to public service, thanks to the use of latest achievements in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has pledged. The premier announced this yesterday while presenting the Government's seven-year programme. Under Article 119 of the Constitution, the prime minister has a responsibility to present to Parliament the government's programmes within a period of thirty (30) days after assuming office. President Paul Kagame appointed Dr Ngirente as prime minister last month, essentially entrusting him with the task of coordinating the government's efforts to implement the President's agenda to strengthen Rwanda's economy, social welfare, and good governance. It's these three pillars that the Government's seven-year programme that the premier presented yesterday focuses on.
Siemens has made positive strides in collaboration with the Ugandan government and key stakeholders to identify opportunities to support some of the country's immediate and long-term energy and infrastructure ambitions.Speaking during a panel session at Future Energy Uganda, Sabine Dall'Omo, CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa commented that since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in May this year at the World Economic Forum in South Africa, there has been significant progress to pinpoint areas of collaboration."At a high-level we have identified priority activities to strengthen the transmission grid and create innovative business-driven solutions that are practical, affordable, reliable and sustainable to electrify Uganda's rural households," said Dall'Omo.Uganda has one of the lowest electricity access rates by global and regional standards, with national access to grid electricity of less than 22% and only 7% of the rural population is currently electrified. Increasing electrification is a major drive to achieve national social and economic development objectives under Vision 2040.
Two companies; Symbion Energy and Highland Group Holdings Ltd. (HGHL) on Thursday signed an agreement that will see the latter co-invest $100 million towards the extraction of methane gas from Lake Kivu. According to a statement, the agreement will raise the $370m capital required to extract gas that will generate up to 106 megawatts of electricity from the lake. This deal, according to the statement, was signed between Symbion Energy CEO Paul Hinks and Lord Irvine Laidlaw, the Chairman at HGHL. Lake Kivu contains an estimated 55 billion cubic meters of naturally occurring methane gas. The total power generation potential of the resource has been conservatively estimated at more than 500 MW over a 40-year period.Only 25 Megawatts is produced today. Speaking at the signing ceremony in New York City Hinks said; "We are very excited about our new partnership with HGHL, they are injecting $100 million of cash equity into the Rwanda projects of Symbion Energy. "The work will begin in earnest in November 2017 and this funding means we can fast track at least 22MW of power within 18 months
The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum with the support from the World Bank has launched a 150 million dollar solar project that will enable majority of the residents in the arid and semi-arid regions in the country have access to electricity. The five year Kenya Off-grid Solar Access Project (KOSAP) is designed to scale-up electrification in households, market centres, schools, community facilities and enterprises in the furthest corners of Kenya which lack grid networks. Energy Principal Secretary Eng. Joseph Njoroge said the project will benefit 14 Counties which include Turkana, Marsabit, Samburu, Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Tana River,Lamu, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta and Narok.“This project is expected to contribute towards Kenya’s Vision 2030 which aims to transform the country into a newly industrializing and provide a high quality of life to all its citizens,” said Eng. Njoroge while he launched the project at a Nairobi hotel.
The first phase of Corbetti Geothermal project is to start generating 20MW of electricity next month. The Geothermal project is located in Corbetti town of the Oromia Regional State. Having a total electric generating capacity of 500MW, the project is estimated to cost around four billion dollars. The equity financing of the project is funded by Reykjavik Geothermal, an Iceland based company that mainly works on energy development projects. The company had signed a framework agreement with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) in October 2013. The agreement was facilitated by Power Africa Initiative, an initiative which works on increasing the power generation of the continent through Independent Power Producers. The initiative is also currently supervising a bidding process held by the EEP for a Methara Solar project, currently at the financial evaluation phase and is expected to be concluded by mid-October.Ethiopia Wrapping Up the Last Decade of Development. We have now embarked on the last year of the first Ethiopian decade into the third millennium.
Construction of power transmission line at Lake Turkana wind power project is expected to end in May 2018, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Energy Joseph Njoroge has said. This comes at a time when developers of the project had announced a monthly billing to Kenya Power and Lighting Company for failing to distribute the generated power from the plant. We have sat down and agreed with all stakeholders that the line will be through by around May next year, where the government will not have to spend the estimated Sh1 billion on billing,â€ Njoroge said. However, he confirmed that the developers had already billed the government. Currently, there is no production of power going on at the plant, and its transmission will start in May next year. On completion, the 438 kilometres transmission line will be connected to the 365 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 850 kilowatts of energy, and a high voltage substation. The wind farm, which is located in Loiyangalani, Marsabit County, is the largest in Africa with a capacity to provide 310 megawatts. According to the power purchase agreement, the energy, once produced, will be bought at a fixed price by Kenya Power over a 20-year period.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) under the DoE’s South African – German Energy Programme (SAGEN), has published a report that identifies the South African power system to be “sufficiently flexible” to cope with added wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generation. “The study presented in this report confirm that the South African power system will be sufficiently flexible to handle very large amounts of wind and PV generation. “To cope with increased flexibility requirements resulting from the installation of 4,2GW of wind generation and up to 12,8GW of PV by 2020, and 11GW of wind and 27,5GW of PV by 2030, flexibility requirements can be handled by existing and planned power plants at moderate additional costs.,” the report stated. The study was performed by international engineering consultants Dr.-Ing. Markus Pöller and Marko Obert, of Moeller & Poeller Engineering GmbH (MPE), for the South African DoE and power utility Eskom.
Kenya could foster its bid to be a top investment destination in Africa by investing in the renewable energy. Currently accounting for the country’s one third of the installed energy capacity, the renewables, mainly geothermal and wind, have enabled the country to stabilize its power supply in the wake of biting drought in the recent months. KenGen CEO, Rebecca Miano said the diversification into renewables had seen Kenya emerge as the top producer of geothermal energy in Africa and seventh in the world. The CEO, through a speech delivered by KenGen’s Assistant Manager in Charge of Resource Management, Cyrus Karingithi, said geothermal energy had a number of advantages including stability against weather variations and high yielding value. The address was delivered at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Wednesday, during the opening of an international forum for geothermal technology.
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By 2050, 85% of global electricity needs and 44% of total energy needs will be met by renewables, according to the Energy Transition Outlook 2017 report. On Monday, Dutch quality assurance and risk management company DVL GL published the report, which only took into account solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore and offshore wind and hydropower plants. Citing the report, Climate Action noted that final energy demand is expected to be 430 exajoules in 2050, compared to 400 exajoules in 2015 with a minor increase to occur before 2030, when demand will start flattening. “The slowing down of the demand growth is expected due to decelerating population and productivity growth, energy efficiency measures, and due to increased electrification especially in the heating and transport sectors.“Thus, electricity consumption is projected to increase by 140% becoming the largest energy carrier,” Climate Action cited.
Abu Dhabi — Since weather affects everyone, the idea that women are more susceptible to the effects of climate change may strike some as puzzling. However, according to a United Nations report, State of the World Population, women--particularly those in poor countries--will be affected differently than men. An Environmental Justice Foundation report revealed that by 2050 the number of people fleeing the impacts of climate change could reach 150 million. And, according to the Women's Environmental Network, 80 per cent of these climate refugees will be women and children.This is primarily because women make up the majority of the world's poor, tend to have lower incomes, and are more likely to be economically dependent than men - all of which greatly limits their ability to cope with difficult climate conditions.n addition, while extreme weather and disappearing water resources affect entire communities, women in rural areas represent 45-80 per cent of the agricultural workforce and are more likely to feel the brunt.
In East Africa, Ethiopia is preparing for Phase 1 construction of a $51 million ethanol plant, to commence in October.Together with Germany’s Eugen Schmitt Company, Ethiopia’s sugar Corporation will construct the ethanol plant at the Wonji Shoa Sugar Factory. communications director of the Sugar Corporation. Construction Review reported that Eugen Schmitt Company from Germany will have 83% of the share, while the Ethiopian government and the three other shareholders will take the remaining 14% and 3% shares, respectively.According to media, when the plant is in full operation, it will have the capacity of producing 60,000lt of ethanol per day using molasses. Molasses is a by-product of sugar, which the Wonji Shoa Sugar Factory discharges during its production processes. Finchaa and Metehara are the two sugar factories in Ethiopia that are currently producing ethanol from molasses, Construction Review Online reported.
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