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South African led consortium building $2.2bn photovoltaic park

By on February 27, 2015 in Renewables, Solar with 0 Comments
South African led consortium building $2.2bn photovoltaic park

SA company GSC Energy will start work on a 500MW solar photovoltaic park costing about $2.2bn in Cameroonin the second half of this year, founder and chairman Steven Moti said in a Business Day report. GSC Energy heads a consortium that includes Austria’s Sun Value , and two other SA firms, Tricom Structures and Conco […]

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Africa’s Energy potential continues to grow

By on February 24, 2015 in Home, Mining, Oil & Gas, Power, Regulation, Renewables with 0 Comments
Africa’s Energy potential continues to grow

Africa had the potential to be one of the biggest providers of energy in the world, but was still seen as a ‘good for nothing’ continent, particularly with regard to USinvestment, World Energy Council (WEC) Africa vice-chair Bonang Mohale is quoted in a Polity report as saying. Addressing delegates at the recent Africa Energy Indaba […]

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Solarcentury launches commerical solar arm for East Africa

By on February 20, 2015 in Renewables, Solar with 0 Comments
Solarcentury launches commerical solar arm for East Africa

Global PV developer, Solarcentury, is formalising its growing operation in East Africa by joining forces with Kenyan firm, East African Solar, to form Solarcentury in East Africa. The new company will deliver solar projects throughout East Africa, where solar is emerging as a promising alternative to expensive diesel-generated power. Both companies have solid experience of […]

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72MW project to boost Cameroon’s growing PV pipeline

By on February 19, 2015 in Solar with 0 Comments
72MW project to boost Cameroon’s growing PV pipeline

The African Development Bank is to back a 72MW PV project in Cameroon, pushing the country’s solar pipeline close to 200MW. The AfDB’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa is to release a US$770,000 grant to JCM Greenquest Solar Corporation to develop plans for what would be the Central African country’s first independent power producer (IPP) […]

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A 40MW utility PV power plant due in Kenya soon.

By on February 18, 2015 in Renewables, Solar with 0 Comments
A 40MW utility PV power plant due in Kenya soon.

Kenyan independent power producer, Greenmillenia Energy, is planning a 40MW utility PV power plant in the East African country. The plant, which is planned for Kenya’s northern Isiolo county, would be the first solar project to qualify for Kenya’s feed-in tariff. Greenmillenia Energy said the plant was at a pre-finance stage of development. “We are […]

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Kenya’s first commercial scale “pay as you use” solar project, enabled by Solar4Africa, successfully completes the pilot phase

By on February 16, 2015 in Press Releases, Solar with 0 Comments
Kenya’s first commercial scale “pay as you use” solar project, enabled by Solar4Africa, successfully completes the pilot phase

NVI Energy, the founder of Solar4Africa, received some funding from the Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF) to pilot the concept of pay-as-you-use solar for commercial power. Pilot project took place at Cheli and Peacock’s Tortilis Camp in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. The project is thought to be Kenya’s first third party financed and operated solar […]

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Solar and other renewables to grab bigger slice of Kenya’s clean energy pie

By on February 15, 2015 in Renewables, Solar, Wind with 0 Comments
Solar and other renewables to grab bigger slice of Kenya’s clean energy pie

Kenya is moving to boost its solar energy capacity, with a new plant now under construction aiming to start producing electricity for the national grid by January 2016. This heralds a shift in the balance of the country’s efforts to embrace renewable energy, which have so far focused on hydropower, geothermal and a small amount […]

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American firm to supply 2MW from ‘Mathenge’ Biomass in Kenya

By on February 13, 2015 in Biomass, Renewables with 0 Comments
American firm to supply 2MW from ‘Mathenge’ Biomass in Kenya

American engineering firm Cummins Incorporated will from next month inject two megawatts of power into the national grid, generating electricity from a toxic shrub popularly referred to as Mathenge that predominantly grows in arid areas. Cummins becomes Kenya’s second biomass power plant to connect to the national grid after a Naivasha flower firm announced a […]

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Zimbabwe Power Projects Commence

By on January 16, 2015 in Hydro, Power, Thermal with 0 Comments
Zimbabwe Power Projects Commence

Mega power deals sealed by President Mugabe in China in 2013 have taken off, with construction already underway at key projects expected to add 1,500 megawatts to the national grid. The projects are 1. Kariba South Hydro Power Station (300MW), 2. Hwange Thermal Power Station expansion (600MW) and 3. construction of the Gwayi-Shangani Thermal Power Station […]

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Africa’s solar future grows

By on November 6, 2014 in Renewables, Solar with 0 Comments
Africa’s solar future grows

Africa continues to offer significant growth potential for SolarWorld Africa, a subsidiary of the German-based manufacturer of solar panels, SolarWorld. At the time of writing, the company was supplying Liberia, Mali and Burkina Faso, while Nigeria remains a significant market for SolarWorld which is supplying between 4 000 to 5 000 solar panels a year […]

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