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  • SOUTH AFRICA: Electrolux and PowerOptimal join forces for solar water heaters
  • Djibouti: Geothermal exploitation project in Lake Assal region receives funding
  • TOGO: UNDP seeks consultants to install 6,894 solar street lights
  • MOROCCO: World Bank report highlights wind energy potential
  • ZAMBIA: REPP finances drilling of 3 geothermal wells on Bweengwa site
  • EGYPT: EgyptERA authorises construction of a solar power plant for Arabian Cement
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Wind energy industry urges for green economic recovery plan
  • UGANDA: Promote clean renewable energy
  • DJIBOUTI: AfDB grants US$ 3.22 million for geothermal project around Lake Assal
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Hexicon and Genesis join forces to explore offshore wind energy
  • RWANDA: Nots Solar Lamps builds solar home systems factory
  • Djibouti: Geothermal project to boost green energy production capacity
  • EGYPT: Solar power plant to serve Engineering Faculty of Zagazig University
  • Ethiopia: Tulu Moye geothermal power project secures $10m loan funding from CTF
  • DJIBOUTI: MIGA guarantees investments in Ghoubet wind farm for $92 million
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Municipalities to be energy independent soon
  • ZAMBIA: Towards surplus electricity production from renewable energies
  • GAMBIA: IRENA encourages renewable energy take-up
  • KENYA: Turkana wind blows off electricity imports
  • MALAWI: Gilkes completes second phase of Ruo-Ndiza hydroelectric project

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Electrolux and PowerOptimal join forces for solar water heaters

    An agreement has recently been signed between Electrolux Africa, the subsidiary of Swedish household appliances giant Electrolux, and PowerOptimal, a supplier of energy solutions. The two partners will market solar water heaters for households in South Africa. In South Africa, energy solutions provider PowerOptimal has joined forces with the South African subsidiary of global appliance giant Electrolux. The partnership aims to market solar-powered electric water heaters. Specifically, PowerOptimal’s “Elon” solar photovoltaic water heating technology will be sold alongside Electrolux’s “Kwikot Superline” electric water heaters. “With the deployment of the “Elon” range, a customer can add solar capacity to most standard electric water heaters without the need for an inverter or battery,” explains Richard Fearon, CEO of PowerOptimal. According to the South African-based company, its “Elon” system allows direct use of the DC electricity generated by the photovoltaic solar modules to heat water using a standard electric geyser with an AC heating element and an AC thermostat. The system does not require the use of a solar inverter and batteries for electricity storage. According to PowerOptimal, the equipment also requires little maintenance. An alternative that reduces purchase and installation costs. The “Elan” solar water heating system “can be used by building developers to comply with standards that require at least 50% of the annual water heating needs for all new buildings to come from a source other than the electrical grid,” says PowerOptimal.


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    Djibouti: Geothermal exploitation project in Lake Assal region receives funding

    Djibouti geothermal ambitions has received additional funds for its exploitation project in the Lake Assal region following the approval of approximately US$ 3.22M by the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group. The pan-African bank has already granted two other loans for the implementation of this sustainable development project, US$ 6.83M and US$ 14.68M in 2013 and 2016 respectively. This brings the total AfDB’s investment in this project to US$ 24.73M. The US$ 3.22M grant will allow the cleaning of well number 2 and make more tests for all Djibouti geothermal wells in order to collect reliable data, intended for a feasibility study, with an acceptable risk profile for commercial exploitation. The project, located in the center of the East African country, will be undertaken in three phases on a public-private partnership (PPP) model. The first phase will be carried out to confirm the characteristics of the geothermal resource while the second phase will be the development of the geothermal field and the construction of a power plant with a capacity of 20MW, and finally the extension of the capacity of this plant to 50MW. The project, will ultimately increase the green energy production capacity of this country in the Horn of Africa, increase access to electricity through a more reliable and more efficient source, and consequently improve the quality of life of the Djiboutian population. Furthermore, it will reduce the country’s oil imports and greenhouse gas emissions.


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    TOGO: UNDP seeks consultants to install 6,894 solar street lights

    The office of the United Nations Development Programme in Togo (Pnud-Togo) has just launched a call for tenders for the selection of several national consultants, technicians in electricity and/or renewable energy. They will assist in monitoring and supervising the installation of 6,894 solar-powered street lamps in the country's regions. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) plans to install 6,894 solar-powered street lamps in the different regions of Togo: Maritime, Plateaux, Centrale, Kara and Savanes. To achieve this, the UNDP has recently launched a call for expressions of interest for national consultants, electricity and/or renewable energy technicians. They will be responsible for the control and monitoring of the installation works of solar-powered street lamps in the five regions of the country. The beneficiary localities have been grouped together in several areas where the work will be carried out. The operation falls within the framework of the Emergency Community Development Programme drawn up and adopted by decree on January 14, 2016 by the Togolese government in the Council of Ministers, in response to the needs of the Togolese population, which is essentially rural, for access to infrastructure, basic equipment and social and economic services. The programme aims to provide the country’s population with 10 000 solar street lamps. Under the pilot phase of the programme, 104 street lamps have already been installed. A few years later, in 2019, the first phase of the PUDC was launched. So far, another 1,465 street lamps have been installed in four regions of Togo.


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    MOROCCO: World Bank report highlights wind energy potential

    A recent analysis of emerging offshore wind markets, carried out by the World Bank's Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme, in partnership with the International Finance Corporation, describes Morocco's wind potential as "great". The report points to various territories in the country that have offshore wind potential. A few years ago, in 2014 to be precise, Morocco imported about 90% of its energy needs. At the time, the country made a commitment to improve the security of electricity supply by reducing dependence on electricity exports and increasing the use of renewable sources. Since then, Morocco’s onshore solar and wind energy production has grown significantly. By the end of 2019, Morocco’s renewable energy capacity reached 3,685 MW, of which 700 MW is solar, 1,215 MW is wind and 1,770 MW is hydro. Four solar power plants and eleven wind power plants contribute to this new renewable energy production. The Noor Ouarzazate solar power plant has the largest capacity, with 580 MW. In the wind energy sector, the Tarfaya plant has the largest capacity, with 301 MW. Today, Morocco is facing a new challenge. The country has the ambition to include 42% of renewable energies in its electricity mix by the end of 2020, i.e. a production of 6,000 MW according to the Moroccan Agency for Renewable Energies (Masen), and to increase the share of renewable energies to 52% in 2030. The country has the potential to meet these challenges. A recent analysis of the emerging offshore wind markets, carried out by the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme, in partnership with the International Finance Corporation, revealed that Morocco has a “fantastic” offshore wind resource “too attractive to ignore”.


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    ZAMBIA: REPP finances drilling of 3 geothermal wells on Bweengwa site


    The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), a UK government-sponsored renewable energy finance platform, is providing $3.2 million for further geothermal exploration at the Bweengwa site in Zambia. Kalahari GeoEnergy receives funding to continue exploration drilling around the Bweengwa River in Zambia. The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), a UK government-funded renewable energy financing platform, is providing $3.2 million to the developer of this project located west of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. The funds will be allocated in two stages. The first portion of $2.2 million will enable the drilling of two shallow wells. The other part of the loan, $1 million, will be made available to Kalahari GeoEnergy “on condition that one of the two wells demonstrates a deep reservoir temperature of at least 130°C”. “The REPP Convertible Loan Facility will allow us to drill and test additional small diameter wells to determine reservoir capacity. The addition of a sustainable energy supply to the grid will contribute positively to Zambia’s sustainable development goals, while secondary uses of geothermal energy are expected to attract investment to the district,” said Peter Vivian-Neal, Kalahari GeoEnergy’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Vivian-Neal.


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    EGYPT: EgyptERA authorises construction of a solar power plant for Arabian Cement


    The Egyptian Electricity Utilities Regulatory and Consumer Protection Agency (EgyptERA) has given its approval for the construction of a 7.5 MWp solar photovoltaic power plant that will power the Arabian Cement Company's facilities in the governorate of Suez. Good news for Arabian Cement Company. Its project to install a solar photovoltaic system for its cement plant in the governorate of Suez has just been approved by the Egyptian Electricity Utilities and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (EgyptERA). More than a year ago, the company, which supplies almost 6% of Egypt’s cement, signed an agreement with SolarizEgypt. The agreement was for the construction of a solar photovoltaic power plant for the Arabian Cement Company’s facilities in the governorate of Suez in Egypt. The plant to be built under a BOOT (Build Own Operate Transfer) will have a capacity of 7.2 MWp, occupying an area of 96,000 m². SolarizEgypt, acting as an Independent Power Producer (IPP), will sell the output of the solar power plant to Arabian Cement Company. The cement company estimates that the 7.5 MWp supplied by this project represents 4% of the electricity consumed by its facilities. The project will also enable Arabian Cement Company to reduce the environmental impact of its facilities. The cement company sees the initiative as part of the Egyptian government’s strategy to achieve 20% of the country’s electricity supply from renewable sources by the end of 2020. The construction of the solar power plant for the Arabian Cement Company’s cement plant will require an investment of 100 million Egyptian pounds, or $6.3 million.


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    SOUTH AFRICA: Wind energy industry urges for green economic recovery plan


    The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is pushing for a green economic recovery plan, which should consider renewable energy as one of the main components of the government economic stimulus package post-COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a severe strain on the economy of South Africa resulting in disruption of capital flows, increased unemployment rates, and growing debt burdens. In his address on 21 April, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated: “Central to the economic recovery strategy will be the measures we will embark on to stimulate demand and supply through interventions such as substantial infrastructure build programmes…”. To achieve a sustainable and lasting economic recovery, these actions should focus on long-term impacts, as well as the short-term need to generate growth and jobs, SAWEA argues. It is expected that the energy demand will start ramping up as the country eases lockdown conditions in line with published lockdown levels, and additional energy capacity will be required. Therefore, SAWEA says the government should take measures to stimulate demand by moving decisively to electrify the economy.


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    UGANDA: Promote clean renewable energy


    The government of Uganda and that of the UK signed a Compact Agreement under which the country committed to promoting and expanding investments in off-grid solar opportunities for people as opposed to reliance on hydro and fossil fuel-based grid. It was recognised that the grid electrification could not improve access to clean energy for Ugandans, especially for vulnerable groups such as women, youth and others where more than 80 per cent of the population remain reliant on biomass energy and other dirty sources. The agreement was a recognition that grid electricity and use of fossil fuels were the biggest obstacles to improving clean energy access to uplift the living standards of people, especially for the vulnerable groups such as women. It is clear that grid and fuel based electrification remains unaffordable, unreliable and consequently, this undermines efforts to improve services in education, health, clean water, environmental conservation and others. The country is richly endowed with abundant energy resources, which are fairly distributed across the country with an average of 5.1 kWh/m2 of solar energy, access to quality solar energy remains low with progress in the sector curtailed by a number of challenges like poor coordination by government for off-grid connections.


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    DJIBOUTI: AfDB grants US$ 3.22 million for geothermal project around Lake Assal


    A geothermal exploitation project around Lake Assal is receiving US$ 3.22 million in financing from the African Development Bank (AfDB). The project will eventually produce 50 MWe in two phases. The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has just approved 3.22 million Dollars for Djibouti. This financing is earmarked for the continuation of the geothermal exploitation project in the Lake Assal region, in the centre of the country. The aim of the project is to exploit the natural heat of the subsoil in this region. Under a three-phase programme, exploration of this geothermal field will first be carried out to confirm the characteristics of the geothermal resource. The AfDB has already granted two other loans for the implementation of this sustainable development project. In July 2013, the pan-African bank allocated US$ 6.83 million to Djibouti, followed by US$ 14.68 million in 2016. This brings the AfDB’s investment in the geothermal exploitation project in Djibouti’s Lake Assal region to US$ 24.73 million. The US$ 3.22 million recently allocated will be used specifically to clean the second geothermal well and to carry out “tests for all the boreholes in order to collect reliable data for a feasibility study with an acceptable risk profile for commercial exploitation,” says the financial institution based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.


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    SOUTH AFRICA: Hexicon and Genesis join forces to explore offshore wind energy


    Swedish wind specialist Hexicon AB has teamed up with South African company Genesis Eco-Energy Developments to explore investment opportunities in offshore wind energy in South Africa. GenesisHexicon is the name of the joint venture between Hexicon AB, the Swedish wind energy project developer, and Genesis Eco-Energy Developments, a South African-based company. The two wind energy specialists are joining forces to explore investment opportunities in offshore wind energy. According to Hexicon, the initiative is expected to contribute to South Africa’s “ocean economy” and renewable energy production goals. The company also estimates that the Rainbow Nation is among the top 10 long-term markets in the world for deep-sea wind deployment. This is the reason for choosing to work with a company based in South Africa. “We are proud to team up with Genesis Eco-Energy Developments, which since 2002 has a proven track record of developing onshore wind and solar projects and working with government stakeholders to define renewable energy policies in South Africa,” says Henrik Baltscheffsky, CEO of Hexicon. In South Africa, the government has launched the Renewable Energy Independent Power Procurement Programme(REIPPP). This ambitious initiative has led to the development of renewable energy projects involving Genesis Eco-Energy Developments. The South African company developed the Khobab wind project with Mainstream Renewable Power, a company based in Dublin, Ireland. The plant is located in the municipal area of Hantam, 60 km north of Loeriesfontein in the North Cape. It is located on 3,453 hectares of agricultural land and has a capacity of 140 MW with 61 wind turbines of 99 m in length.


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    RWANDA: Nots Solar Lamps builds solar home systems factory

    The Government of Rwanda has recently concluded an agreement with the Dutch company Nots Solar Lamps, a supplier of electricity using an African-made "Mutimax" solar system, to build a local factory for the assembly of solar systems. The company will inject more than 64.5 million euros, (close to 60.6 billion Rwandan francs), into the project. In Rwanda, certain habits have become the norm due to the intermittent operation of the electricity grid. People are therefore accustomed to lighting their homes with oil lamps, cooking on charcoal, using diesel generators for irrigation systems or queuing at public kiosks to recharge their mobile phones. This has a negative impact on the protection of the environment and the health of the population. To improve access to electricity in the country, the Rwandan government recently concluded an agreement with Bart Hartman, founder and CEO of Nots Solar Lamps, a Dutch company specialising in providing electricity through a solar home system. Mutimax (“MSS”) made in Africa. The partnership includes the construction of a local plant for the assembly of solar systems. “The goal of Nots Solar Lamps is to help remedy the situation in Rwanda. As a first step, we will sell simple solar lamps in stores,” says Bart Hartman, founder and CEO of Nots Solar Lamps. Here


    Djibouti: Geothermal project to boost green energy production capacity

    The board of directors of the African Development Bank approved, additional funding of $3.22 million for the geothermal exploitation project in the Lake Assal region of Djibouti. This financing is in addition to the earlier $6.83 million and previous $14.68 million approved by the Bank’s board of directors in June 2013 and May 2018 respectively, bringing its total contribution to $24.73 million. The project for which this additional funding is intended aims to improve the quality of life of the Djiboutian population through the increase of green energy production capacity, the reduction of oil imports, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Its objective is to explore the geothermal steam field of Lake Assal, located in the centre of the country, and to confirm the characteristics of the geothermal resource. This additional financing from the Bank will allow the cleaning of well number 2 and make more tests for all the wells in order to collect reliable data, intended for a feasibility study, with an acceptable risk profile for a commercial exploitation. In a three-phase programme, exploration of the field in question will first be carried out to confirm the characteristics of the geothermal resource; next will be the development of the geothermal field and the construction of a power plant with a capacity of 20MW; and finally the extension of the capacity of this plant to 50MW.


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    EGYPT: Solar power plant to serve Engineering Faculty of Zagazig University

    The University of Zagazig's Faculty of Engineering will soon be operating a small photovoltaic solar power plant. With an expected capacity of 90 kWp, the installation of these panels is part of the Egypt-PV project. In Egypt, the Industrial Modernization Center (IMC) has just approved the construction of a small solar power plant to supply the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Zagazig in the governorate of Ach-Charqiya. The construction of this grid-connected facility is part of the Egypt-PV project, initiated by IMC in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Launched three years ago, the Egypt-PV project aims to install small grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems for households and small and medium-sized enterprises. “The project will catalyze the development of the market for small-scale, decentralized and grid-connected renewable energy generation in Egypt, and in particular solar PV. The objective is to facilitate the installation of at least 4 MWp of new private decentralised PV capacity during the life of the project,” said Egypt-PV officials. A total of 144 small solar power plants will be built in 13 governorates. The solar photovoltaic plant to be installed at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Zagazig will cover the roofs of six buildings, with an expected capacity of 90 kWp. This installation will enable the Faculty to save on its electricity bills. In addition, the plant is expected to avoid the emission of 96 tons of carbon dioxide per year.


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    Ethiopia: Tulu Moye geothermal power project secures $10m loan funding from CTF

    In a release before the weekend, the African Development Bank welcomed a decision by the Trust Fund Committee of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) , one of two funds within the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), to extend a $10 million concessional senior loan for development of the 50 MW Tulu Moye Geothermal Power Plant project in Ethiopia. The CTF approved the loan on 20 April 2020 for the project, which is seen as a critical step to the East African country’s drive to harness sustainable and resilient energy resources to support its economy and livelihoods. With this investment, CTF becomes the first progressive geothermal Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Ethiopia. “We welcome the participation of CTF in this project. This concessional resource will be instrumental in helping the country to diversify its energy mix by facilitating the deployment of renewable energy technologies while supporting Ethiopia in meeting the targets under its National Electrification Plan 2.0,” said Anthony Nyong, Director of Climate Change and Green Growth at the Bank.

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    DJIBOUTI: MIGA guarantees investments in Ghoubet wind farm for $92 million

    The developers of the Ghoubet wind project have obtained the support of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). The World Bank subsidiary guarantees investments in the project to the tune of US$91.6 million. The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), a subsidiary of the World Bank Group, has recently given its support to the Ghoubet wind project in Djibouti by guaranteeing the investments of the Djibouti Wind Company, the ad hoc company set up to develop the project. The $91.6 million guarantee was issued for the company’s shareholders, namely the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a pan-African fund dedicated to infrastructure development based in Lagos, Nigeria; Climate Fund Managers (CFM), a climate investment fund manager; and Great Horn Investment Holding (GHIH), an investment fund set up for the development of Djibouti. The Netherlands Development Finance Corporation (FMO) is also a member of the consortium developing the Ghoubet wind project. The MIGA guarantee covers 90% of the risks related to the investments made and the future revenues of the project for a maximum of 20 years. According to the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), this guarantee will provide protection against currency inconvertibility and transfer restrictions, expropriation, breach of contract, war or civil unrest. “In addition to its own resources, MIGA is using the International Development Association’s Miga Guarantee Facility (MGF) to provide a first layer of losses in support of the project. The MGF helps to fill gaps where market and MIGA capacities are insufficient or unavailable to attract private investment,” explains the investment agency.

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    SOUTH AFRICA: Municipalities to be energy independent soon

    South African municipalities will soon have the freedom to choose their own alternative energy. The draft amendment to the electricity regulations concerning new generation capacity is currently being adopted in South Africa. A new era is on the horizon in South Africa. Before long, every municipality in the country will be able to decide which alternative energy it wants to install to develop its territory. South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, made public on May 5, 2020 the proposed amendment to the electricity regulations concerning new production capacities. It aims to clarify the regulatory regime applicable to municipalities for the acquisition or development of electricity generation capacity. Once these regulations are in place, they will allow municipalities to purchase electricity from independent power producers (IPPs). It also assumes that municipalities will be able to determine the type of electricity they wish to use. This follows the announcement made by Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, in his State of the Nation address on February 13, 2020. “An Article 34 ministerial decision will soon be issued to give effect to the Integrated Resources Plan in 2019, allowing for the development of additional grid capacity from renewable energy, natural gas, hydropower, battery storage and coal. The government will then initiate the purchase of back-up power from projects that can supply electricity to the grid within three to 12 months of approval,” he said.


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    ZAMBIA: Towards surplus electricity production from renewable energies

    Zambia is already self-sufficient in electricity. The authorities estimate that the country's electricity production will increase tenfold by 2022 with the commissioning of developing renewable energy projects. Zambia has made significant progress in power generation. According to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the country has an installed capacity of 2,800 MW. According to the Zambian government, this generating capacity has helped make the country self-sufficient in electricity. Zambia stopped importing electricity as of 2018. The authorities even estimate that electricity production will be in surplus by 2022. Today, current production is provided by hydroelectric facilities that supply 2 380 MW, or 85% of the country’s installed capacity. This situation, however, makes the national electricity system vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as drought that has been increasingly persistent in recent years in Eastern and Southern Africa. In recent months, the drought has seriously reduced the operation of the country’s large dams such as Kariba, whose 1,626 MW of generation is shared between Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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    GAMBIA: IRENA encourages renewable energy take-up

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) praises the Gambian government's efforts to promote renewable energy production while encouraging the country to further adopt clean energy in its electrification projects. The Gambia can and should electrify its population while making a successful energy transition. This was the message that officials from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) wanted to convey at a recent online press conference. Irena calls on the Gambian authorities to give absolute priority to renewable energy in their policy for the electrification of the country. According to the IRENA, the adoption of renewable energies must be generalised by diversifying the different sources of supply. These include solar and wind energy, geothermal energy, hydroelectricity, bioenergy (biogas and biomass) and marine energy. The International Renewable Energy Agency is thus offering its support to the Gambia in its energy transition, which began in March 2019. The government of this West African country launched an ambitious renewable energy programme with the support of its partners, notably the World Bank and the European Investment Bank (EIB). As part of this programme, the Gambian government wants to set up a 150 MWp solar power plant in Soma, a town located in the centre of Gambia, near the border with Senegal.


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    KENYA: Turkana wind blows off electricity imports

    The Lake Turkana Wind Power project has strengthened Kenya’s efforts to attain energy sufficiency, paving the way for reduction of electricity imports from Uganda and Tanzania. Kenya’s electricity imports from the two countries have increased steadily over the past four years, from 58.8 Gigawattshour (GWh) in 2015 to 212GWh in 2019. In 2018, total electricity imports were 130GWh. “The main reason is the coming on stream of new renewable capacity—the Turkana Wind Plant, and also the Garissa Solar Power Plant. Kenya now has 70 per cent renewable energy—wind, solar, hydro, geothermal of the installed capacity, which stands at 2,819MW,” Patrick Obath, an energy consultant and associate director at Adam Smith International Africa, told The EastAfrican. “The increase in generation capacity has been faster than the rise in consumption—2400MW versus a peak demand of 1900MW.” According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) data released this past week, wind generation increased more than fourfold from 375.6GWh in 2018 to 1,562.7GWh in 2019, following full operationalisation of the Turkana Wind Power Plant. In addition, solar generation rose from 13.7GWh in 2018 to 92.3GWh in 2019 as a result of the commissioning of the Garissa Solar Power Plant.


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    MALAWI: Gilkes completes second phase of Ruo-Ndiza hydroelectric project

    The British company Gilkes has recently completed the Ruo-Ndiza hydroelectric project. The project carried by Mulanje Renewable Energy injects 8.2 MW into the national grid. The Ruo-Ndiza hydroelectric project is definitively completed. Its second phase was recently commissioned by Gilkes. The company, based in Kendal, UK, implemented the project on behalf of Mulanje Renewable Energy. The second phase of the project allowed for the construction of a run-of-river power plant, i.e. a facility that does not depend on a water reservoir for its operation. The plant was built on the Ruo River at the foot of Mount Mulanje near the town of Blantyre in southern Malawi. The facility is equipped with two 3.3 MW Pelton turbines. The first phase of the project was already a run-of-river power plant built on the Ndiza River. Gilkes commissioned this facility in 2019. The 8.2 MW of power generated by this facility is sold to the state-owned Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed in September 2018. “After seeing the shortfall in the country’s power generation, we proposed to bring in power from the Ruo and Ndidza Rivers, which would mitigate outages on the national grid,” said Ian MacKersie, Managing Director of Mulanje Renewable Energy in 2019.


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