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Kenya: Kengen to Invest Sh800 Billion in Green Energy Projects

The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) plans to add 721Megawatts (MW) of electricity from geothermal and wind sources to the national grid in the next five years at a cost of Sh800 billion. KenGen MD and CEO Albert Mugo, said the additional capacity was in line with the government's efforts to make power accessible and affordable. He said the company has already secured some funding from development partners and internal resources while other financing opportunities are being explored. In June the company successfully raised Sh26.4 billion through a Rights Issue, whose proceeds will go into the development of the energy projects. The projects lined up for completion by 2020 comprise the Olkaria V 140MW, Olkaria VI 140MW, Olkaria VII 140MW, Olkaria I Unit 6 70MW, Wellheads 25MW, Olkaria I Rehabilitation 5.7MW, Olkaria I AU & IV topping plant 60MW.


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Nigeria signs MoU with GE for five solar power plants

The Nigerian Northern States Governors' Forum has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with General Electric (GE) for the construction of five solar power plants. In West Africa, five states including Borno, Kebbi, Nassarawa, Niger and Taraba States will soon be benefitng from the implementation of solar power plants, each with a capacity to generate 100MW. To verify the deal, was Borno State governor and chairman of the Northern States Governors' Forum, Kashim Shettima, who signed the agreement on behalf of the other governors while GE’s senior executive, Western Europe and Africa, Armand Pineda, and the President/CEO of GE, Nigeria, Dr Lazarus Angbazo signed on behalf of their company, This Day reported. It is reported that the signing ceremony took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.


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Namibia: Solar Plant to Save Erongo Red N$127m

THE planned solar plant at Arandis will to save Erongo RED N$127 million over its 25-year lifespan. The plant will be constructed by OLC Arandis Solar Energy, a joint venture between O&L Energy, a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List Group and Cronimet Mining Power Solutions GmbH. Women of Destiny Trust is also a partner in Arandis Solar Energy. The plant will have a capacity of 3MW. "This plant is expected to save Erongo RED an estimated N$127 million over the 25 years lifespan and I must say that this is a significant saving for Erongo RED," said Tobias Nambala, chairperson of the ErongoRED board during the ground-breaking ceremony last week. He said the plant forms part of proactive efforts by Erongo RED to address continuous electricity cost increases and cushioning the impact on its customers. "I am very pleased that we have reached this point where OLC Arandis Solar Energy will start with the construction of the solar plant." The plant is expected to be completed in June next year.


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Kenya: KenGen’s green energy project receives 2016 award

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has recently awarded Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) with the 2016 Presidential award for its flagship green energy project, Olkaria I Units 4 and 5. The Olkaria I Units 4 and 5 were among eight projects and five individuals that have been recognised in 2016, Capital FM reported. Media reported that the 140MW geothermal power plants were funded by the Japanese agency in collaboration with various development partners. The Presidential award is said to be awarded to an individual or organisation associated with the agency and whose contribution in the field of development is recognised to be of great significance in the development of developing countries' society and economy.


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Tanzania: Dar Bank Seals 25 Billion/ - Deal With Afd for Renewable Energy Projects

Bank of Africa Tanzania has signed a credit facility agreement with the French Development Agency (AFD) worth 11.84 million US dollars (about 25.67bn/-) for lending to renewable and efficiency energy projects in Tanzania. The bank's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, said in Dar es Salaam yesterday at the signing ceremony that the innovative programme will enable the bank to provide both short and long term funding at attractive interest, lower than the usual commercial rates. "The credit line is accompanied with a technical assistance programme funded through European Union to support and enable the bank to strengthen its capacities in green finance," he said. Both institutions confirmed the collaboration through the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Energy Finance (SUNREF).


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US teams with SA in renewables drive

The US Embassy in Pretoria has partnered with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, the CSIR and Connect4Climate to further promote awareness around renewables. At the recently held 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22), countries from around the world, including South Africa and the United States, celebrated remarkable progress that has been made and the unity in the global community in fighting climate change with real action. South Africa’s commitment to renewable energy is just one of many remarkable contributions it has made to this worldwide effort. US Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, said: “South Africa has a world class renewable energy programme, thanks in part to its innovative energy policy that has facilitated the development of projects that are commercially competitive with plants using traditional fuels.


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Kenya: New Plan to Drive Down the Cost of Solar Power

Kenya's grid-connected solar power costs are projected to drop by a third under a proposed auctions regime to replace the current fixed tariffs. London-based Solarcentury, a developer of solar farms, says the new system of energy auctions to the lowest bidder is likely to bring down the cost of solar to about 8 US cents per kilowatt-hour from the present feed-in-tariff of 12 US cent per kWh. Energy Regulatory Commission director general Joe Ng'ang'a said the shift to hold competitive auctions for generation projects is to drive down the cost of electricity. "Everywhere an auction has been done the prices have reduced drastically. Price discovery and competition is the best market regulator," Mr Ng'ang'a said in an interview. The Ministry of Energy last month announced that it will adopt a World Bank model that swaps fixed prices for auction sales where developers with the lowest bid set up power plants.


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Rwanda: Experts Root for More Off-Grid Power Funding to Spur Access

Off-grid power access, including of solar home systems and mini-grids, plays a key role in Rwanda's ambitious target to extend power to 70 per cent of the population in the medium-term, Morris Kayitare, the director of primary and social energy development at Rwanda Energy Group (REG), has said. Kayitare added that renewable energy sources are instrumental in meeting the country's energy needs and, therefore, should not be overlooked. "Off-grid power is now part of the national rural electrification strategy and has seen a strong growth in the last few years, with some 50,000 solar systems installed across the country to date, representing 2 per cent electrification. This number will increase rapidly as companies, such as BBOXX, Mobisol, and MeshPower continue to scale up," Kayitare said.


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Zimbabwe: Gono's Firm to Invest $80m in Solar Project


PRIVATE energy firm, TD Energy -- owned by former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr Gideon Gono -- will soon invest at least $80 million in the construction of its 40,8 megawatt solar power plant in Norton.TD Energy has already received approval from regulators such as the Environmental Management Agency, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority and the Zimbabwe National Water Authority for its Hunyani Solar Plant. Photovoltaic solar power plants require significant amounts of water for regular cleaning of panels to derive optimum effect of sunlight intensity. The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), which will buy power from the Norton plant, approved the solar power project after concluding that it was technically compliant and critical to augment its grid power supplies. This followed a grid impact assessment study it did in May this year. TD Energy's unnamed foreign technical partner will fund the project. ZETDC wrote to TD Energy certifying sustainability of the solar power project. The State power utility said the project will not cause problems on the grid. "The connection of TD Energy plant to the grid will result in an increase in local generation, network efficiencies and operational flexibility and is therefore highly recommended."


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Nigeria: NIPC, NIGUS, LTI Sign $600 Million MOU On Renewable Energy Generation in N/East


A Consortium of renewable energy firms, NIGUS and LTI Re Energy have concluded arrangement to invest $600 million in solar and renewable energy generation in the Northeast part of Nigeria. The partnership is expected to generate 500 megawatts of electricity in the country within five years. This was disclosed at the maiden edition of the Renewable Energy Investment Roundtable which was held in Abuja, recently. The event was organized by the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) in collaboration with Nigus International Investment Ltd and LTI Germany Incorporated as part of the federal government's efforts to attract and retain Foreign Direct Investment into the Renewable Energy sector of the nation's economy. The NIPC with NIGUS and LTI have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate and develop the renewable energy market in the country with a focus on creation of the enabling environment for the sector. Speaking during the official launch of the project in Abuja, the executive secretary, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Ms. Yewande Sadiku said the federal government is confident in investing in the Northeast in its determination to make Nigeria the hub of renewable energy in West Africa.


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West African villages to receive solar kits


Telecoms company, Orange, in partnership with global power solutions firm, ENGIE, have committed to deploy solar kits to several villages in the west African region. During the currently underway UN world climate change conference (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco, the international companies have vowed to come together and distribute about 1,000 solar kits in Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon. A joint press release stated that the development follows an agreement the companies had signed last year to collaborate on ways to develop the electrification of rural areas and to optimise the supply of electricity to telecoms infrastructure in Africa. The statement further disclosed that several villages in rural areas have been identified to participate in the first phase of this pilot programme, prior to deployment on a larger scale.


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Nigeria: Clean Energy - Govt Urged to Invest in Efficient Technologies


The federal government has been urged to promote a clean energy economy through investment in more efficient energy technologies and processes. This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the 10th Annual National Stakeholders' Forum by the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA). The communiqué recommends that NESREA should promote strategies for the adoption of modern technologies that promote fuel efficiency and emissions reduction. While urging the federal government to provide adequate funds for equipment and vehicles for compliance monitoring and enforcement, NESREA it also implored to implement all ongoing programmes on air quality, including the National Vehicular Emission Control Programme (NVECP) and emissions from power generating sets. "The federal government should build capacity for national monitoring of emissions from both stationary and mobile sources, including the development and management of national emission inventories for the major air pollutants and greenhouse gasses," the communiqué states.


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Nigeria: Govt Backs Legislation On Emission Reduction, Renewable Energy


The federal government has stated its readiness to support legislative action that would lead to emission reduction and encourage use of renewable energy saying that there is a need for the National Assembly to possess a good understanding of the dynamics of international and national climate governance. Addressing newsmen at the ongoing 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed disclosed the need for NASS to keep abreast with revolving issues especially the concept of green economy and green growth. Recall that COP21 which took place in Paris, France ended with the landmark Paris Agreement known as the legally binding international agreement on climate change which has now been ratified by 79 Parties covering more than 55 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.


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Hydroelectric power to benefit three east African countries


The regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project, a Nile Basin Initiative, is set to benefit three east African countries, namely Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania. Last week, two contracts, worth $75 million were concluded for the initial construction works to begin for the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project. The New Times reported that the contracts were signed in Rwanda. The power project is expected to output 80MW of electricity. The first contract was signed between Rusumo Power Company Limited (RPCL) and a consortium of contractors, including CGCOC Group Ltd - Jiangxi Water and Hydropower Construction Company Ltd Joint Venture (CGCOC - JWHC JV). According to the media, the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme Coordination Unit signed on behalf of Rusumo Power Company Limited. Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme Coordination Unit regional coordinator, Elicad Elly Nyabeeya, expressed satisfaction with the progress on the project.


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Alternative electricity need ranks high in Nigeria


Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria, Nigeria, has signed a deal with Hungarian Agrar-Biothanol to produce 1,333 tonnes of liquid organic fertiliser and 2.66 million litres of ethanol annually, as well as to generate 1.2MW of electricity. According to Biofuels International, the plant will process farm, animal and human waste to use as feedstock to produce biogas and ethanol. The generated electricity could be enough to power 30% of the university’s electricity consumption while at the same time further improve agricultural training and research. Biofuels International reported that the Vice Chancellor of the university, Ibrahim Garba, said the independent power generation project became imperative as the institution could no longer sustain the 86 million naira ($272,799) monthly electricity bills. Hungary’s ambassador to Nigeria, Ternak Gabor, said that Nigeria’s growing population made the diversification to renewable energy production necessary.


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Rwanda: How Rwanda, Region Can Boost Power Generation and Access


Rwanda joined the global universal energy initiative, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), a United Nations-led initiative geared toward actions and commitments to positively transform the world's energy systems. The initiative promotes universal access to energy to facilitate sustainable development. Robert Nyamvumba, the energy division manager at the Ministry of Infrastructure, said the plan is to make sure all Rwandan households have at least basic levels of access to power by 2020, while government targets moderate access to electricity 10 years later. Rwanda is targeting to increase power output to at least 563MW of electricity by 2018, from the current 190MW and connect over 70 per cent of the population by 2020. Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, the Rwanda Energy Group (REG) chief executive officer, said the utility is looking to scale up power distribution and supply, as well as increase efficiency to meet increasing demand for electricity in the country.


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Solar developer to drive renewables in Nigeria

Three solar power plant developments are set to drive the Nigerian government's target of 75% of the nation's citizens gaining access to electricity by 2020. International solar developer, Phanes Group announced last week that it has acquired, and will co-develop, three 100MW grid-connected solar PV plants in Nigeria. According to a company statement the projects will contribute to the government’s ambitions to generate 2,000MW of power from renewable sources by 2020. The projects will be developed in three locations, which includes the Mando area of Kaduna, Birnin-Kebbi in Kebbi and Sokoto in the North-West of Nigeria. The solar developer noted that the Sokoto project is backed by one of the 14 recently signed Power Purchase Agreements with utility-scale solar power developers – which will collectively add around 1,200MW of solar capacity to the grid.

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Nigeria: Ebonyi Goes Green, to Purchase 5.5 Megawatt Biomass Plant

Ebonyi State Government is to acquire 5.5-Megawatt biomass plant from Germany that will utilise rice husk and other available waste materials to generate electricity. Governor David Umahi, who made this known after inspecting two of the three state-owned rice modern mills, recently, said the plant would arrive in the country in the next four months. He also disclosed that one megawatt of rice husk plant and another 500 kilowatt would arrive in the state soon. Governor Umahi added that the government was ready to meet the daily water intake of the three rice mills located in the three senatorial zones of the state. The inspection visit took the governor to Iboko in Izzi Local Government Area and Ikwo where he inspected the condition of these facilitates, on-going rehabilitation works and the production and packaging of various sizes of rice bags.


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France Provides €6-Million Grant to AfDB for the African Renewable Energy Initiative

The Government of France and the African Development Bank on November 6 signed a €6-million agreement for the implementation of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). The resources will help set up the Delivery Unit of the Initiative to be hosted at the African Development Bank The agreement was signed by Ségolène Royal, French Minister for Energy Environment, and Marine Affairs, and Frannie Léautier, Senior Vice-President of the AfDB. "I strongly welcome France's contribution to the AREI. I hope that this commitment, will be an important catalyst for others in helping us reach our funding goals as we strive to meet Africa's future energy needs," Léautier said. France's contribution will help map existing initiatives and programs for renewable energy development; identify new renewable energy development projects; and monitor priority projects of renewable energy development in Africa among others.


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ENEL on track with renewables drive in Africa

Italian power utility Enel is sailing through its 5,000MW renewable capacity target it set for Africa in 2015. According to the company's CEO, Francesco Starace, the utility will continue to drive investment in Africa, despite the political unrest in North Africa and the limited cross-border network connections, CNBC Africa reported. In 2015, the Italian multinational power manufacturer and distributer, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA) committed to add an additional 5,000MW of renewable power in South Africa within five years, which at the time initiated the construction of the 82.5MW Pulida solar power plant in the country's Free State Province. Starace claimed at the time that parent company Enel has intentions to invest in African power grids, which will make it Africa's second largest power group after South Africa's state utility Eskom.


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Kenya: Geothermal Company to Generate Sh1.7 Billion From Sale of Steam in Menengai

The Geothermal Development Company (GDC) projects to generate Sh1.7 billion from sale of steam from its Menengai geothermal fields in Nakuru County. According to GDC Corporate Communications Manager Ruth Musembi, the field is now ripe for electricity production, after three independent power producers were licensed to build power plants. Each plant has a capacity to produce 35 megawatts of power. The power plants are expected to be operational in 2017 when the sale of steam is expected to kick off in earnest. Quantam Power East Africa, OrPower 22 which is a consortium of Ormat, Civicon and Symbion and Sosian Energy have been contracted to construct the power plants. According to the agreement, the power producers will finance, design, construct, install, operate and maintain the plants. Besides GDC, the power producers have also signed a power purchase agreement with Kenya Power who will also buy the generated power to inject in the national grid.


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Algeria: Renewable Energies - Solar Power Plant Commissioned in Naama

A solar power plant has been commissioned Tuesday in the locality of Sedret-Leghzal (west of Naama), as part of the festivities marking the 62nd anniversary of the outbreak of the Liberation War of 1 November 1954. The 20 MW solar plant, which was commissioned by the province's authorities, comes under the Electricity and Renewable Energy Company. The new solar plant, part of the ambitious National Renewable Energy Development Programme, will contribute to the strengthening of the national electricity production network. Stretching over 40 hectares, the DZD4-billion solar plant was built by a German firm and it is expected to generate 40 permanent jobs.


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Northern Cape officiates 86MW solar PV installation

South Africa’s Northern Cape province is celebrating the successful connection of an 86MW solar PV project in the town of Prieska According to project developer Sonnedix, this plant is not only one of the largest in Southern Africa, measuring 125 hectares, but it has played a significant role in local Socio-Economic Development (SED). According to project developer CEO Andreas Mustad: “The construction phase is complete, yet this is a long term project. “We will be operating this plant for a minimum of 20 years with a local team, the local community, our local partners, and bring continued economic development and opportunities for the local community and businesses in the region.” Mustad together with South African developers Mulilo, in the presence of Prieska Mayor Howard Tshume, inaugurated the plant on Monday. The opening was honoured with the presence of all the project partners (Mulilo, Women in Power, Nedbank and Standard Bank – Facility agent, Fieldstone, Norton Rose Fulbright and Arup – Advisors) and all of the companies involved in the plant construction process, including the EPC Contractor juwi, their main sub-contractors and suppliers (PiA Solar, ABB, BYD).


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Tanzania: TBL Embarks On Solar Power to Brew Beer

Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) Group has embarked on using solar power for industrial production that assures reliable and cost efficient energy. The initiative started with installation of solar panels and other accessories at Mbeya beer production plant which paved the way for the industry using solar power at the tune of 138 kilowatts. "Going solar is a huge step for us," said TBL Group Company's Technical Director Gavin Van Wijk. "It is something we have been working toward for a number of years and has become the first beer production facility in East Africa Region to go solar. We are proud to be able to say our facility is making a contribution to easing the country's energy problems," He said the technology was advanced in Germany, with the capacity to suffice 30 per cent of the required energy at the plant. "At the moment, some 420 solar panels have already been installed to mark end of phase one of the project.


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Ghana's Political Parties Consider Investments in Renewal Energy

Ghana's political parties are considering investments into Coal, Nuclear, Geo terminal and tidal wave energy to help tackle the perennial power crisis. The NDC, CPP and NPP have respectively proposed theses on new energy generation sources should they be voted into power. This was revealed by the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) as part of its Citizens' Energy Manifesto 2016 program. The Executive Director at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, said the proposals from the political parties need critical scrutiny. "The NDC is talking about coal; and because we haven't used coal before it is very significant we interrogate the extent to which coal as a source of power is good for us. "The CPP is saying that they will embark on the use of nuclear power. Even though we have the nuclear center there, we really haven't used nuclear to produce power. So that is also new, it's significant. So we need to interrogate that.


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Senegal: GreenWish Partners synchronises solar plant

Senegal celebrates the commissioning and grid connection of the 20MW Senergy 2 solar PV power plant, which is a milestone ahead of COP22 next month. An investment company specialising in renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa, GreenWish Partners, has over the past weekend successfully synchronised “the first PV power plant of industrial size in West Africa, in Bokhol, Senegal.” A company statement noted that the power generated, which is anticipated to provide electricity to 160,000 people, will be managed by the country's national electricity company, Senelec. The plant consists of 77,000 solar panels that represent a cumulative length of 20 kilometres. GreenWish Partners’ CEO, Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian, commented: "Solar power will accelerate electrification of the continent in a sustainable, responsible and competitive manner.


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Nigeria: Sterling Bank, Consortium to Create 20 Million Jobs Through Solar Power Project

Sterling Bank Plc and a consortium of African Energy Summit, Africa Clean Energy Group Incorporated of the United States, Always Green Power & Systems and The Environment Communications Limited are set to create 20 million direct and indirect jobs through the supply of solar energy to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) under a national power programme across the country. Speaking recently in Lagos during the first inception media chat and presentation of the roadmap for the programme, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar said her ministry was partnering with the consortium on this project because consistent power supply is critical to the survival of MSMEs. The minister further stated that clean energy such as solar power could be a right step to actualising the implementation of Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP).


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Tanzania: 40,000 Homes 'To Get Power From Mini-Grids'

Over 40,000 households in 160 villages across the country would be connected with electricity by 2020 through mini-grids to be installed by PowerCorner Tanzania, a firm established in 2015 to provide energy access to the rural areas. A total of $ 140,000 will be spent on the mini-power grid with the connection charges not exceeding $1,000 per village, according to Frederic Madry, the managing director of the Dar es Salaam-based company. He disclosed this last week at Ketumbeine village in Longido district,the first village in the country to be supplied with electricity under the scheme during the official launching of the project executed through funding Engie Africa, a French multi-national electric utility company.


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Nigeria: Senate Urges Use of Clean Energy in Homes

The Senate has charged Nigerians on the use of clean energy for household cooking to protect the environment from the negative effects of global warming. He made the declaration while hosting the members of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cook stoves who paid him a courtesy call.Saraki assured who assured of the commitment of the National Assembly to step up actions to expand access to clean cooking, noted that apart from saving lives, the use of clean cook stoves would also help to create jobs for our people He said, "As the Senate, we shall step up actions to expand access to clean cooking. It is a fact that apart from saving lives, the use of clean cook stoves would also help to create jobs for our people. We are particularly happy that the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cook stoves is focusing on made in Nigeria cooking solutions", he said. The Senate President promised to work with his colleagues in the Senate to explore opportunities to use legislation to expand access to clean cooking energy in the country adding that the parliament will work to promote made in Nigeria clean cooking products.


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