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  • Stiegler's Hydroelectric Power Project to Create Over 5,000 Jobs
  • ZAMBIA: Bangweulu’s solar park (54 MW) recently delivered by Neoen and IDC
  • TANZANIA: Eurus Energy invests $10 million in Winlab and Miombo Hewani wind farm
  • GABON: Solar electric barriers to protect crops from wildlife
  • ONE PLANET SUMMIT: AfDB will release $25 billion for climate projects by 2025
  • SIERRA LEONE: Winch Energy to supply small solar power plants to 24 localities
  • 11 mini-grids under construction in Tanzania
  • KENYA: GRMF injects $13 million into Baringo-Silali geothermal project
  • Azuri Technologies and Energise Africa Launch Campaign to Raise $3.3 Million for Solar in Africa
  • GAMBIA: State and partners launch renewable energy programme
  • UGANDA: EAIF and PIDG Invest $ 27 Million in Kikagati Hydroelectric Project
  • SADC region sees 38.7% growth in renewables capacity
  • ETHIOPIA: KenGen and Shandong Kerui win 70M geothermal drilling contract
  • GUINEA: Sinohydro to build 294 MW Koukoutamba hydroelectric dam
  • Togolese government approves innovative solar subsidy
  • Angola: Sonangol to Invest in Solar Energy Production
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Enel launches construction of 140 MW wind farm in Nxuba
  • ETHIOPIA: CGGC invests $40 million in Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project
  • Wind, solar cut Sh6bn of Kenya Power diesel uptake
  • CHAD: Amea Power will supply 120 MW of solar energy to the grid by 2020
  • KENYA: Vr and Woima plan to produce electricity and biogas from waste

  • Stiegler's Hydroelectric Power Project to Create Over 5,000 Jobs

    At least 5,400 Tanzanians are set to get employment during the implementation of Stiegler's Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station (SGHPS), which will be able to generate over 2,100MW. Minister for Energy, Dr Medard Kalemani, told the Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Minerals, which visited the construction site recently, that 5,000 Tanzanians would be employed as temporary workers and 400 others would be employed under permanent contracts. The parliamentary committee, which visited the construction site to assess mobilisation procedures, was led by its chairman, Mr Danstan Kitandula. According to Mr Kalemani, between 3,000 and 5,000 Tanzanians will be employed during the construction, while between 250 and 400 others will get permanent employment after construction. "Other 400 Tanzanians will be employed when the project starts to generate 2,225MW. This means they will be employed after construction," he noted. He added: "Employment opportunities will help Tanzanians get income and improve their lives."


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    ZAMBIA: Bangweulu’s solar park (54 MW) recently delivered by Neoen and IDC

    Zambian President Edgar Lungu recently visited Bangweulu for the commissioning of a solar power plant. Located in the Great Lakes region, in the northeast of the country, Bangweulu is a large and very sunny plain. It is in this part of Zambia that Neoen, a French company specialising in renewable energy production, and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a local company, have installed the 54 MW solar power plant. IDC represents First Solar’s investments in this project, a consortium of private power producers (PPIs). Neoen and IDC jointly created Bangweulu Power Company Limited, the company behind the project. The design of the Bangweulu solar park was carried out by Neoen. All the plant’s equipment was supplied by First Solar, one of the world’s leading suppliers of solar panels. The company Neoen, which is the majority shareholder of the ad hoc company carrying out this project, has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO). The public company will buy the MW/h at $60.15. The 54 MW plant is expected to supply 30,000 households and several companies. The project required a $60 million investment. In addition to the $39 million contribution from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Bangweulu solar project received funding from Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a US-public development finance institution.


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    TANZANIA: Eurus Energy invests $10 million in Winlab and Miombo Hewani wind farm

    The development of the Miombo Hewani wind farm project in Tanzania is accelerating. Windlab Africa, a subsidiary of Winlab Limited, a company based in Canberra, Australia, which initiated the project, has recently received a $10 million investment from Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation, one of Japan’s largest wind energy developers. Through this investment, Eurus Energy, which therefore takes a 25% interest in Windlab Africa, is now holding a place on the company’s board of directors based in South Africa. Even the agreement between the two parties does not concern Windlab Africa’s assets in South Africa and Mozambique. The Australian group’s African branch is also developing projects elsewhere in Africa: in Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi and especially in Tanzania, where it is building the 300 MW Miombo Hewani wind farm. The development of this project will require a total investment of $750 million, making it the largest wind power project in Tanzania. “We will work together to accelerate the development of our projects in this region (East Africa). While many of these markets are not without challenges, the need for massive investment in power generation infrastructure is clear,” said Roger Price, Windlab’s CEO. This investment will mainly accelerate the development of the Miombo Hewani wind farm located in Makambako District, Njombe region in southwest Tanzania.


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    GABON: Solar electric barriers to protect crops from wildlife

    Gabon’s National Plan for the Management of Human-Wildlife Conflict (dubbed PNGCHF in French) is coming back to life. After more than two years of hibernation, the initiative launched in 2016 is being revived as a government programme to build power dams around protected areas. According to Christian Mbina, Communications Director at the National Parks Agency (ANPN), Gabon and its partners need to raise 50 new electrical barriers every year. “It is a national objective. We will do it. ”, Christian Mbina said during a press conference held on March 6, 2019 in Libreville, Gabon’s capital. These barriers, built around farms around the country’s 11 national parks, will be powered by solar panels. The animal that tries to reach the crops will automatically receive an electric shock, says the ANPN. The PNGCHF’s reactivation is motivated by the recurrence of human-wildlife conflicts, observed in areas bordering wildlife reserves. Now living not far from human habitat, legally protected pachyderms regularly destroy vast expanses of fields, which are the main means of subsistence for the villagers. The phenomenon, denounced by the riverside communities, is observed throughout most of Gabon’s territory, 85% of which is covered by forests. The National Plan for the Management of Human-Wildlife Conflict (Pngchf) is a variation of the Kenyan model where the construction of electric fences has proven its worth in animal reserves for many years.


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    ONE PLANET SUMMIT: AfDB will release $25 billion for climate projects by 2025

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) is the undisputed leader in green finance in Africa. The financial institution, which now devotes 100% of its energy portfolio to climate initiatives, does not intend to stay on such a good path. AfDB president, Akinwumi Adesina, led a delegation on March 14, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya, to attend the One Planet Summit (OPS 2019), which was held as part of the 4th session of the United Nations General Assembly for the Environment. An opportunity that allowed the AfDB President to make important announcements, promoting resilience and adaptation to climate change in Africa. The pan-African financial institution has doubled its climate budget. This is now set at $25 billion. This money will finance sustainable agriculture, insurance against natural disasters and the construction of climate adaptation infrastructure. This is an important step towards the objective set by the Bank in its 2nd Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP2). Last year, nearly one third (about 32%) of the Bank’s total approvals were for climate financing, already representing a 6% increase over 2017.


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    SIERRA LEONE: Winch Energy to supply small solar power plants to 24 localities

    An agreement was recently signed between the Sierra Leone Ministry of Energy and Winch Energy, a company specialising in the supply of mini solar grids, located in England. It will build small solar power plants to supply 24 communities in this West African country. In Sierra Leone, people in 24 communities will finally have access to electricity. Energy will be produced from solar panels, thanks to an agreement now between the Ministry of Energy and Winch Energy, a company specialising in the supply of mini solar grids, based in England, as part of a public-private partnership (PPP).


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    11 mini-grids under construction in Tanzania

    An independent renewable energy developer and majority shareholder of JUMEME Rural Power Supply, RP Global, announced that construction of the first phase of its ambitious solar-hybrid mini-grid project in Tanzania is in progress. In this first scaling phase, 11 new mini-grids are currently being constructed to bring 24/7 electricity supply to a population of more than 80,000 people. Built on a cluster of islands in Lake Victoria, these independent solar-hybrid mini-grids, equipped with battery storage technology, will electrify 20 villages. This project was enabled by the European Union, who provided co-financing through the ACP- EU Energy Facility. Commissioning is scheduled to take place in June of this year. In the upcoming second scaling phase of the project, JUMEME aims to build up to 11 more mini-grids to electrify 23 additional villages, bringing energy services to a population of over 160,000 people. This project extension is well underway, with consents and permits already secured and preparations for the implementation taking place.


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    KENYA: GRMF injects $13 million into Baringo-Silali geothermal project

    In western Kenya, Geothermal Development Company (GDC), the Kenyan state-owned company is developing the Baringo-Silali geothermal project in the Rift Valley. Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF), a sub-regional organisation that finances and facilitates the development of geothermal energy in East Africa, has decided to provide a grant of 1.3 billion shillings ($13 million) to GDC. This allocation will be used to finance the drilling of wells to produce steam to run the reactors of the geothermal power plant. According to GRMF, the $13 million represents only 20% of the total investment required to complete this project, which would eventually produce 300 MW. More specifically, this amount is intended to finance 40% of the cost of drilling two wells. In order to achieve the expected capacity of this project, six steam wells will have to be drilled. These wells will be mainly located in Paka, Silale and Korossi.


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    Azuri Technologies and Energise Africa Launch Campaign to Raise $3.3 Million for Solar in Africa

    Azuri Technologies and crowdfunding platform Energise Africa have launched a campaign to raise $3.3 million (£2.5 million) for pay-as-you-go-solar and help more than 100,000 off-grid people in Sub-Saharan Africa access clean, affordable energy. The investment will support low-income families in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania. Universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services is one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and can only be met with access to sufficient investment. Crowdfunding has emerged as a powerful way of financing the off-grid solar industry and is leading the way in increasing investor interest in the market. Azuri is a leader in pay-as-you-go solar technology and since 2012 has been supplying affordable solar home systems and products to the millions across Africa living off-grid without access to mains electricity. In 2018, Azuri and Energise Africa raised $2.2 million (£1.7 million) from hundreds of UK investors to deliver clean, affordable energy products to more than 16,000 families in Sub-Saharan Africa.


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    GAMBIA: State and partners launch renewable energy programme


    Like many countries in the West African sub-region, Gambia is embarking on renewable energy. On the 4th of March 2019, at a ceremony in Kanifing, near the capital Banjul, Ousainou Darboe, Vice-President of the Republic of Gambia, launched a programme for the development of renewable energies. In the presence of representatives of several development partners who are stakeholders in the adventure, including the World Bank, the European Union Ambassador, Attila Lajos and Maria Shaw-Barragan, Director of the European Investment Bank. They all reiterated their interest in supporting the authorities’ programme to promote clean energy production. This marks the return of these financial institutions to The Gambia since the fall of Yahya Jammeh in January 2017. As a first step, the authorities want to focus on building a solar power plant, with an expected capacity of 20 MW, to be able to electrify 1,100 schools and health centres. This should be accompanied by the construction of a 430 km long transmission line. According to the government, the country has significant investment opportunities in the energy sector. The total installed capacity is 125 megawatts (MW) and the actual generation is approximately 75 MW, which is approximately 40 MW less than current demand. About 47% of Gambians have access to electricity.


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    UGANDA: EAIF and PIDG Invest $ 27 Million in Kikagati Hydroelectric Project


    An agreement has recently been signed between Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), an investment fund managed by Berkeley Energy, Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), an infrastructure financing platform, and Kikagati Power Company Limited (KPCL). The latter company was created ad hoc to manage the 16 MW hydroelectric project at Kikagati, in southwestern Uganda, on the border with Tanzania. Together, the two financial partners will inject $27 million. “The Kikagati hydroelectric power plant will strengthen the foundations for economic development in Uganda and Tanzania,” said Emilio Cattaneo, Executive Director of EAIF. The hydroelectric dam is built on the Kagera River, the largest tributary of Lake Victoria, which serves as the natural border between Tanzania and Uganda. On this 400 km long river, KPCL engineers have been building a dam since 2018, 8.5 m high and 300 m long. It will have a 4 km2 reservoir in Tanzanian territory. The water retention will allow the three 5.5 MW generators of the nearby power plant to operate. This project also includes the construction of a 33 kV transmission line.


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    SADC region sees 38.7% growth in renewables capacity


    The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is realising a considerable increase in the number and quality of its renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, according an updated status report. Titled '2018 SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report', the report has been prepared by the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE), in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). It reveals that by mid-2018, the SADC region had 21,760MW of installed renewable energy capacity with another 17,361MW of renewables capacity reaching financial closure and awaiting commissioning. The 2018 edition builds on the initial report issued by REN21 in 2015 and provides an updated review of renewable energy and energy efficiency developments in the SADC region, including market trends, achievements in renewable energy on- and off-grid, achievements in energy efficiency, evolving policy landscapes and investment flows. The report also notes that decentralised renewable energy generation and distribution has proven to be a clean and cost-effective way of increasing energy access in remote areas.


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    ETHIOPIA: KenGen and Shandong Kerui win 70M geothermal drilling contract


    Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen) is well known in Kenya for being the largest electricity producer in the East African country. It has been investing in geothermal power plants for about 40 years, with the Olkaria I geothermal project , which has a production capacity of 185 MW. Now, the company is crossing Kenya's borders to bring its expertise to the Aluto-Langano geothermal project in central Ethiopia. Specifically, in partnership with Shandong Kerui Oilfield Service Group, a company based in China it will carry out geothermal drilling. A contract has just been signed between the two companies and Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), the public company in charge of the production and distribution of electricity in Ethiopia. The contract, which now links KenGen and Shandong Kerui to EEP, stipulates that the two foreign companies will have to build 22 geothermal wells. They will also have to provide all equipment for drilling. Shandong Kerui already supplies equipment for offshore oil drilling. All the facilities will produce 70 MW and the Aluto-Langano geothermal project should take place in two phases. The first involves the purchase of drilling equipment and the second involves the provision of drilling services. The contract stipulates that KenGen will supply about 30% of the components of Phase II, which is about $ 6.2 million.


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    GUINEA: Sinohydro to build 294 MW Koukoutamba hydroelectric dam


    The Organization for the Development of the Senegal River (OMVS) was created for a coordinated management of the Senegal River, which has its source in Guinea, crosses Mauritania, Mali and Senegal before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean . It has conducted several irrigation projects, drinking water and environmental protection around the river. Today the priority is energy with the hydroelectric development of Koukoutamba, located in Guinea, in the region of Labé, sub-prefecture of Tougué. OMVS has appointed the Chinese company Sinohydro for the implementation of this project. This choice was recently formalized when the signing of the commercial contract between Hamed Diane Ségéga, OMVS High Commissioner, and Ding Zhenguo, the CEO of Sinohydro. The ceremony was held in the presence of Guinean President Alpha Condé in Conakry. The infrastructure of the Koukoutamba hydroelectric project will be built in the Bafing River valley, about 7.5 km upstream from its confluence. Koukoutamba being a tributary of the Senegal River.


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    Togolese government approves innovative solar subsidy

    From 1 March, BBOXX customers in Togo will receive a subsidy to spend on solar energy – in what is the first government subsidy for the purpose of solar energy payments in Africa. Dubbed the CIZO Cheque, households with solar home systems will be granted a monthly subsidy of 2,000 FCFA ($3.5) over a three-year period. BBOXX’s solar home systems are available to customers via mobile money on a pay-as-you-go basis. The company has been operating in Togo since December 2017, after being awarded a tender to install 300,000 solar home systems by 2022 across the country, largely in rural areas. This subsidy is targeted at encouraging people to opt for clean solar energy as opposed to kerosene – contributing to UN Sustainable Development Goal 7. Less than a fifth of Togo’s rural population has access to electricity, which is a major stumbling block to economic development. The CIZO Cheque will first focus on 11 regions in the country with the lowest electrification rates, and this forms part of the government’s national electrification strategy, the CIZO initiative. Mansoor Hamayun, CEO and co-founder of BBOXX commented: “This pioneering initiative is a major stride forward in tackling a key obstacle to achieving universal electrification in Africa – this being that many customers are still living in poverty.

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    Angola: Sonangol to Invest in Solar Energy Production

    A solar energy project, valued at USD 33 million, begins to be implemented in 2020 in the province of Namibe, announced today the chairman of the board of the National Fuel Company of Angola (Sonangol), Carlos Saturnino. With capacity to produce 100 MW, in a first phase, the plant will produce 25 megawatts. Already feasibility studies have been carried out to pass the implementation phase, according to the manager speaking at a press conference, made in reference to the company's 43rd anniversary, which is being marked today. He explained that the production of solar energy of this line will be inserted in the National Transport Network (RNT) and will compensate in times of high demand. He explained that the initiative is due to the identification of a corridor between the provinces of Namibe and Huíla, where the incidence of solar hours is great and the need for electricity in this corridor adapts to the initial production capacity of this project.

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    SOUTH AFRICA: Enel launches construction of 140 MW wind farm in Nxuba

    A new wind farm is in the making in South Africa. It is located in Nxuba, a locality in the Eastern Cape region. Enel Green Power RSA, a subsidiary of the Italian group Enel, which owns the project, recently announced the start of its construction. According to the company, which employs nearly 69,000 people worldwide, the future Nxuba wind farm will be one of the most modern in South Africa. She promises to create software that will allow the site to be monitored remotely. This new technology is expected to enable faster, more accurate and reliable data collection, improve the quality of construction and facilitate communication between on-site and off-site teams. Ultimately, the new facility will have a capacity of 140 MW. “With the start of construction of the Nxuba wind farm, which is the first of the five projects awarded to the company, under the call for tenders launched in 2015 in South Africa, Enel confirms its commitment to strengthening its presence in the country,” explains Antonio Cammisecra, head of Enel Green Power. The new wind farm is expected to generate 460 GWh of wind energy annually. This should also reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 500,000 tonnes over the same period.


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    ETHIOPIA: CGGC invests $40 million in Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project

    China Gezhouba Group Corparation Limited (CGGC) has recently signed an agreement with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). The Chinese company will invest $40.1 million in the Great Renaissance hydroelectric project, which will produce 6,000 MW on the Blue Nile. China Gezhouba Group Corparation Limited (CGGC) joins the mega hydroelectric project of the Grand Renaissance in Ethiopia. The Chinese company has concluded an agreement with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), the operator that distributes electricity in Ethiopia and manages the project located in the regional state of Benishangul-Gumuz in the west of the country. CGGC will invest $40.1 million. With this agreement, the Chinese company will now be able to participate in the construction of the dam, which should hold up to 74,000 million m3 of water. It should therefore collaborate with Salini Impregilo, the Italian company that was selected to build the dam. According to Abrham Belay, the director of EEP, CGGC’s intervention should give the project a boost. In order to promote this momentum, EEP is involving other companies in this hydroelectric project, which should produce 6,000 MW.

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    Wind, solar cut Sh6bn of Kenya Power diesel uptake

    The value of diesel-generated electricity that Kenya Power sold to consumers between July and December last year dropped by Sh6 billion, even as users’ power bills remained unchanged. Half-year results released by Kenya Power last week showed that only 10 percent of the electricity that was sold to customers came from expensive diesel plants. This helped the majority State-owned power firm to cut fuel costs by 44 percent to Sh6.88 billion from the comparative July to December 2017 cost of Sh12.29 billion. Fuel costs are usually pass-through costs that are directly loaded onto consumers’ bills. During the period, 44 percent of the power sold came from geothermal sources while 39 percent was from hydro. Wind contributed 15 percent while imports accounted for five percent. “The drop in fuel costs means less reliance on thermal sources, which should lead to a drop in fuel cost charge element,” Kenya Power said in response to the Business Daily queries, adding that green energy has reduced reliance on thermal plants.

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    CHAD: Amea Power will supply 120 MW of solar energy to the grid by 2020

    Chad will soon have a solar power plant, located near N’Djamena, the capital. An agreement to this effect has recently been signed between the government of this Central African country and Amea Power, an energy producer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The agreement was sealed between Mahamat Hamid Koua, Chad’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, and Hussein Al-Nowais, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Amea Power. The company will build a 120 MW solar park with a capacity of 120 MW that it plans to deliver to the Chadian government by 2020. This project is important for the country whose electrification rate is one of the lowest in the world. Once completed, the solar park is expected to triple the country’s generation capacity. Currently, electricity consumption in the country is 200 million kWh per year, while more than 90% of the population is not yet connected to the electricity grid.

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