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Kenya Power gets Loan from UBA Bank

By on May 25, 2015 in Distribution, Power with 0 Comments
Kenya Power gets Loan from UBA Bank

The United Bank of Africa (UBA) has, given Kenya Power Company a US$10m loan facility to upgrade its infrastructure to distribute 5,000mw by 2017, which is expected to boost the capacity of the power company’s transmission lines. Star Africa reports that the facility was part of a syndicated loan from a number of lenders to finance […]

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Electricity hikes stifle economic recovery in South Africa

By on August 18, 2014 in Distribution, Power with 0 Comments
Electricity hikes stifle economic recovery in South Africa

Eskom being a public company that monopolises the South African energy generation sector, Eskom’s business model allows it to be able to absorb under-recovery of revenue from its customers. “An increase in competition in the form of private sector companies into the industry would force Eskom to rethink their business model,” says Muneerah Salie, industry […]

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KIVA Loan Facilitates Growth of POWERGEN Micro-grids in Off-Grid Communities around Kenya

KIVA Loan Facilitates Growth of POWERGEN Micro-grids in Off-Grid Communities around Kenya

PowerGen, is a renewable energy company operating in Kenya to facilitate access to energy for off-grid communities. Originally through solar and wind solutions and now micro-grids, they are allowing communities to benefit from energy access as well as assisting to secure finance for its installation.     Working with GVEP’s advisory services team has enabled […]

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US Firms in $1bn push for off-grid Africa power

By on June 18, 2014 in Distribution, Micro Grids, Power with 0 Comments

US companies have promised $1bn for off-grid power projects in Africa, putting a growing focus on small-scale and renewable energy in the push to ease the continent’s chronic electricity shortages. President Barack Obama’s administration announced commitments by 27 investors as it moves forward on a goal of doubling electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa, where a […]

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South Africa’s Eskom declares power “emergency”

By on June 13, 2014 in Distribution, Generation, Power with 0 Comments

South African power utility Eskom declared an emergency on Thursday (yesterday) saying the system remained severely constrained, a day after it temporary implemented rolling blackouts across the country to ease pressure on the grid. Eskom said in a statement that any extra load or faults in the power system were likely to result in more […]

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Electricity demand in Mozambique growing at 15% a year

By on June 3, 2014 in Distribution, Power with 0 Comments

Mozambique’s minister of energy, Salvador Namburete, says the country’s recent demand for electricity has been growing at about 15% a year and that keeping pace with demand will require adding generation capacity of at least 100 MW annually.  He also says this figure does not take into account extra demand for power from large scale […]

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Testing Distribution Strategies To Reach End Users in the Last Mile Across Uganda

Testing Distribution Strategies To Reach End Users in the Last Mile Across Uganda

High distribution costs in remote rural markets are a significant barrier for companies trying to reach populations at the base of the pyramid. Gaining access to end-consumers, often living in remote areas with little infrastructure, is costly and challenging. A pilot project is seeking to address this issue by building on existing distribution infrastructures across […]

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African Development Bank gives Angola $1 bln loan to develop energy network

By on May 16, 2014 in Distribution, Power with 0 Comments

LUANDA (Reuters) – The African Development Bank (AFDB) has approved a US$1 billion loan for Angola to help develop its war-ravaged electricity network and facilitate reforms to government financial management, the bank said. Angola’s power network was devastated by a 27-year civil war that ended in 2002 and the country has grappled with frequent and long […]

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Mozambique’s growing energy needs have much to offer financiers

By on May 12, 2014 in Distribution, Micro Grids, Power with 0 Comments

Lending to off-grid power projects and companies helping to maintain the grid are probably the most attractive opportunities for financial institutions in Mozambique at present, Standard Bank’s head of power and infrastructure, Ntlai Mosiah, said on Friday. He said this was not the same as project financing for transmission projects, which, in agreement with Old […]

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Off – Grid Lighting Companies Awarded Grants to Benefit Kenya’s Poor

Off – Grid Lighting Companies Awarded Grants to Benefit Kenya’s Poor

Eight off-grid lighting (OGL) distributors have been awarded grants in an effort to increase access to reliable and affordable OGL solutions for the Bottom of the Pyramid. The grant winners of a competition seeking to deliver financial support to eligible distributors of modern off-grid lighting products in Kenya were announced last month. The eight selected […]

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