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Renewable Energies – a Double-Edged
Oct 24, 2014 - Bradnee Chambers - ipsnews.net
The United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change has set a target of reducing
emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2.
One way countries can meet their obligations
is to switch energy production from the burning
of fossil fuels to “renewables”,
generally understood to include wind, wave,
tidal, hydro, solar and geothermal power and
- Namibia in line for first large-scale PV power
Nov 19, 2014 - Ben Willis - PV-tech.org
Namibia in southern Africa is expected to
see its first large-scale PV plant come online
early next year following a ground-breaking
ceremony last week.
renewable energy projects in Africa becoming ‘easy’,
Oct 28, 2014 - Monique Avila - pv-tech.org
The president and chief executive officer
of Windiga Energy, a Canadian-based independent
power producer, said it is now easy to develop
renewable energy projects, like PV, in Africa.
- From Cape Town to Kinshasa: could the Great Inga
dam power half of Africa?
Sep 19, 2014 - theguardian.com
As treaties are ratified and hopes rise for
a sustainable solution to energy poverty, NGOs
question who stands to benefit
- The electrification of Africa
August 12, 2014 - David Rogers - globalconstructionreview.com
A GCR special report into the surge of power
construction that will transform the continent
over the next six years.Sub-Saharan Africa
is made up of 49 countries, with a total population
of about 826 million. Together, they have an
installed generating capacity of 68GW. This
is equivalent to the electricity output of
Iran (62GW). About 65% of this capacity is
provided by one country: South Africa.
energy minister pushes for solar expansion
Jun 10, 2014 - Ben Willis - pvtech.org
The energy minister of Namibia, southern Africa,
has called for greater deployment of solar
to provide power in off-grid locations.
- Saudi, Egypt may tender power link in early 2015
May 14, 2014 - emirates247.com
Saudi Arabia and Egypt may tender their long-awaited
power link project in early 2015 and it would take
nearly three years to be completed, a Saudi electricity
official was quoted on Wednesday as saying.
- With A
Little Help, Africa Could Become Renewable Energy
6, 2014 - Ari Phillips - thinkprogress.org
The United States, China, India, Japan, and
Europe all fit within Africa, a continent that
lags behind those places in development. When
it comes to energy and electricity, this lack
of infrastructure or institutionalized energy
systems offers some opportunities for renewable
sources of energy to enter into a market that
is struggling to meet demand.
- Solar power to the people: green energy could boost African development
Apr 30, 2014 - John Vidal - theguardian.com
Sub-Saharan Africa's lack of electricity is hindering development but this can be reversed if countries turn to ambitious, large-scale renewable energy projects, an environmental thinktank suggests.
- Morocco turns to US in effort to kick start US$12 billion solar plans
30 Apr, 2014 - John Parnell - pvtech.org
Senior Moroccan officials will tour the US this June as they look to kick start the North African country’s ambitious US$12.4 billion solar plans.
- FiT launch gets Algeria’s large-scale PV plan underway
Apr 29, 2014 - Ben Willis - pv-tech.org
Algeria has launched a feed-in tariff (FiT) for large-scale PV power plants to support its goal of building 800MW of solar capacity by 2020.
- PV demand in Africa and Middle East set to triple by 2018 - Solarbuzz
Apr 25, 2014 - Ben Willis - pv-tech.org
PV demand in the Middle East and Africa is set to grow by 50% this year and more than triple by 2018 as countries such as Saudi Arabia begin serious levels of solar deployment.
- Spotlight on Africa: Renewable energy projects hold promise
Apr 14, 2014 - Reg Tucker - renewableenergyfocus.com
The roadblocks impacting renewable energy growth in some parts of Africa are well documented. But that's not discouraging aggressive expansion in those countries where the potential for new solar and wind projects is greatest.
- Renewables in North Africa: A Nation-By-Nation Report Card
Mar 25, 2014 - James Montgomery - renewableenergyworld.com
Spiking electricity demand, threadbare infrastructure, rising costs, geopolitical insecurity — yet renewable energy is still a priority for these five nations.
- Fraunhofer Institute Researches Reliable Solar Electricity Transmission in North Africa
Mar 12 2014 - IISD.org
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has announced a research project to help develop a network for the reliable transmission of electricity from solar energy facilities in North Africa, with potential future transmission to Europe. The Institute's 'Super Grid' project aims to develop and optimize technologies for the interface between electricity production and grid feed-in.
- IHS: Mexico joins South Africa and Turkey in top three emerging PV markets
Mar 12, 2014 - Andy Colthrope - PV-tech.org
Several hundred megawatts of PV projects currently under construction in Mexico are driving the country to third place in the world for attractiveness to investors, developers and manufacturers in the solar industry, according to analysis firm IHS.
East Africa: Rwanda to Build East Africa's Largest Solar Plant
Feb 19, 2014 - allafrica.com
Rwanda has started the construction of a new 8.5 MW solar PV plant, the first utility-scale solar power field in East Africa. The plant will be built on land belonging to Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village.
- Construction Begins on $7 Billion Power Africa Project
Feb 19, 2012 - Tam Harbert - spectrum.ieee.org
Obama's ambitious electrification project starts with solar and wind installations
- Solar power has role in transforming Sub-Saharan economy: Commerzbank
Jan 24, 2014 - John Parnell - pv-tech.org
The relatively quick deployment time of solar power could help to fix energy supply issues and get Sub-Saharan economies back on track, according to a new report by Commerzbank.
- Zimbabwe plans to build three solar power plants
Dec 9, 2013 - Reuters - timeslive.co.za
Zimbabwe plans to construct three solar-powered plants in the west of the country at a cost of $540 million in a bid to ease electricity shortages in the country, an official with the state power company said.
- Kenya's energy revolution: full steam ahead for geothermal power
Nov 22, 2013 - Jessica Hatcher - theguardian.com
Electricity may be at a premium in Kenya, but the country hopes to be the world's leading exponent of geothermal power by 2023
- Congo river's Grand Inga dam 'could power Africa'
Nov 15, 2013 - bbc.co.uk
The idea of using the mighty Congo river to provide electricity across the African continent has been around since the 1960s.
- African solar goes mainstream
Nov, 2013 - Philip Wolfe - solarbusinessfocus.com
In the last five years, deployment of utility-scale PV power stations has increased explosively, to become the fastest-growing sector of the solar industry. Wiki-Solar founder Philip Wolfe explains how Africa is starting to emerge as a player in the generation of mainstream solar power
- Nigeria plans 500MW of PV in joint German project
Oct 23, 2013 - Ben Willis - pv-tech.org
Nigeria is planning to deploy up to 500MW of solar power capacity across nine of its states in a joint programme with the German government, according to reports.
- Ethiopia eyes export of geothermal energy to East Africa
Oct 25, 2013 - sudantribune.com
October 25, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – As part of Ethiopia’s plans to become a major power exporter in East Africa, the state utility company said on Friday that it is building Africa’s largest Geothermal Power Plant.
- Enphase Energy Announces Clinton Global Initiative
'Commitment to Action' for Nigerian Microgrid
Oct 10, 2013 - enphase.com
PETALUMA, Calif. - October 10, 2013 – Enphase
Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH), announced today
its Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment
Action. Enphase has partnered with Beacon Power Services to provide a clean
and reliable energy alternative in Abuja, Nigeria, through piloting an innovative
solar energy microgrid system.
- Reykjavik Geothermal Agrees to Build 1,000 Megawatts in Ethiopia
Oct 4, 2013 - Justin Doom - renewableenergyworld.com
NEW YORK CITY -- Reykjavik Geothermal, the Icelandic
company that’s helped build power plants
in more than 30 countries, agreed to develop
as much as 1,000 megawatts of projects in Ethiopia
over the next 10 years.
- Africa’s largest PV project set for construction in early 2014
Sep 18, 2013 - Lucy Woods - pv-tech.org
Construction is due to start in the first quarter of 2014 on a 155MW PV project in Ghana, said to be Africa's largest PV power plant to date.
- Ethiopia says it won’t bow to Egyptian pressure over Nile dam
Jun 7,2013 - AARON MAASHO, ADDIS ABABA — Reuters - theglobalandmail.com
Ethiopia’s construction of a dam on a tributary of the Nile is not open to negotiation, the Addis Ababa government said on Friday, as a confrontation with Egypt over the project escalated.
- Uganda Launches Innovative Feed-in Tariff Programme
Jul 2, 2013 - Tildy Bayar - renewableenergyworld.com
In an effort to draw more private investment into renewable power projects in the country, Uganda has launched an innovative new renewable energy development financing programme, the Global Energy Transfer Feed-in Tariff (GET FiT).
- Eskom CEO calls for ‘super grid’ to power up sub-Saharan Africa
May 14, 2013 - By Kim Cloete - engineeringnews.co.za
The CEO of South African power utility Eskom, Brian Dames, said on Tuesday that countries in sub-Saharan Africa should work together to establish a “super grid” to boost electricity supply in the power-starved region.
- Interview: Africans should be more proactive
facing climate change: expert
Apr 23, 2013 - English.news.cn - xinhuanet.com
WINDHOEK, April 23 (Xinhua) -- As the
world marks Earth Day, a geology scientist
calls on Africans to be more proactive
and invest in alternative energy to stem
deforestation and spur development.
- Grand Inga Dam: Africa’s Path to Electrification?
Feb 7, 2013 - By Joelmallory - Wordpress.com
Twenty-five miles from the mouth of the Congo
River, the Inga Falls potentially holds the future
of Africa’s power generation. The largest
waterfall in the world by volume, Inga Falls
will potentially be the future site of a hydroelectric
power plant with over 40,000 megawatts (MW) of
- Power Africa's leaders (and skeptics) speak out
Jul 17, 2013 - By Michael Igoe - Devex.com
Power Africa, a new multi-billion dollar initiative by U.S. President Barack Obama to increase electricity access on the continent, is rallying supporters to generate some energy of its own.
- Powering Africa
Jul 15, 2013 - By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
President Obama’s “Power Africa” initiative, unveiled during his recent trip there, has the potential to make a major impact on a continent where millions of people — including more than two-thirds of those in the sub-Saharan region — live every day without reliable access to affordable electricity. But the outcome depends heavily on how the plan is designed and carried out and whether it is sustained.
- Kenya-Ethiopia power deal brings hope, controversy
Jun 12, 2013- Maina Waruru - Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
NAROK, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Each week, Lucy Wangui, 51, walks from her home, in an isolated hamlet in Kenya’s Narok County, to the local shopping centre 15 kilometers away.
- ETHIOPIA PLANS TO POWER EAST AFRICA WITH HYDRO
Jan 29, 2013 - E.G. Woldegebriel - Source: Thomson Reuters
ADDIS ABABA (AlertNet) - Ethiopia is gearing up to export large
amounts of clean power across East Africa in the coming years,
starting with neighbouring countries Djibouti and Sudan. But the
ambitious plans have ignited controversy on several fronts.
- Solar energy: African economies' secret weapon
June 25, 2013 - Keith Proctor- CNN Money
In recent years, the continent has become a haven for renewable energy, spearheaded by small, tech savvy companies keen on capitalizing off of the global south's hunger for energy.
- Ethiopia looks to realise its geothermal
Feb 13, 2013 - Matthew Newsome - theguardian.com
Ethiopia, like its fellow Great Rift Valley countries,
has enormous geothermal energy potential. However, the
costs involved and the need for skilled expertise have,
until now, been major obstacles.
- Powering Africa through feed-in tariffs
Heinrich Boll Stiftung, World Future council - Feb 2013 - www.worldfuturecouncil.org
Advancing renewable energy to meet the continent's electricity needs.
- Cote d'Ivoire to supply 17 MW of electricity
to Benin and Togo annually
Jan 26, 2013 - English.news.cn - xinhuanet.com
ABIDJAN, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Cote d'Ivoire will reinforce
electricity supply to Benin and Togo with an annual supply
of 138 GWh of electricity to the company charged with the
production and transportation of electricity to the two countries,
Benin Electricity Company (CEB).
- What Future for the North Africa-to-Europe Power Super-Grid?
Dec 30, 2012 - Dr. Daniel Novotny - The North Africa Post
With the EU aiming to increasingly meet its energy needs from renewable
sources – 30 per cent by 2020 and almost 100 per cent by 2050 –a
great portion of this renewable power will have to come particularly
from large-scale photovoltaic (PV) installations in sunny regions
of the North Africa.
approves new funds for Ethiopia-Kenya power project
Dec 8 , 2012 - sudantribune.com
December 8, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - The African Development Bank
(AfDB) has approved a loan agreement amounting US$115 million
to finance the construction of a cross-border electricity highway
running between Ethiopia and Kenya.
- Africa's largest solar power plant to be built in Ghana
Adam Vaughn - Dec 04, 2012 - guardian.co.uk
The largest solar power plant in Africa will be built in Ghana, the British company behind the plan said on Tuesday.
Source of much of the world's cocoa and an increasingly significant oil producer, Ghana's new drive to exploit the sun's energy is
predicted to create hundreds of jobs and increase the country's electricity
capacity by 6%, as well as cutting emissions.
- Scatec and IFC enter agreement to develop PV plants in West and Central Africa
Jun 11, 2012 - Anne Zimmermann - pv-tech.org
Norwegian-based Scatec Solar and IFC InfraVentures have entered an agreement to develop a number of PV plants in West and Central Africa, the companies have announced. IFC will be financing the projects while Scatec will be responsible for designing, developing, constructing and operating PV plants with a capacity of 10MW or more in different African countries. Among the first countries in which Scatec and IFC are planning to develop solar power plants are Benin, Cameroon, Togo, Niger and Burkina Faso.
- Is Desertec The Answer To Europe And Africa's Energy Woes?
Mar 22, 2012 - forbes.com
Standing on the shores of the Mediterranean, anywhere from Tangiers to Istanbul, it’s not exactly difficult to imagine the region’s renewable potential.
- South Africa has great wind energy potential
Mar 22, 2012 - newtoday.com.bd
There exists great wind energy potential that remains to be tapped in South Africa, experts said, reports Xinhua.
- UN urges Africa to facilitate private investment in clean energy production
Mar 7, 2012 - power-eng.com
India, Feb. 26 -- Government policies that facilitate private sector investment in energy markets are crucial to help tap Africa's massive renewable energy potential, which can fuel the continent's poverty reduction efforts and put it on a path to sustainable development, according to a United Nations report released today.
- Egypt to Help With Gaza Power Shortages
Mar 2, 2012 - Mohammed Daraghmeh - abcnews.go.com
Egypt has agreed to help ease Gaza's chronic power shortages as part of a three-stage plan that would eventually hook up the isolated territory to the regional grid, a Palestinian energy official said Monday.
- Ethiopian electric cable to Sudan completed
Mar 2, 2012 - Tesfa-Alem Tekle - sudantribune.com
February 19, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia has completed a power transmission line that links its power grid with neighbouring Sudan, state Electric and Power Corporation (EEPCO) announced.
- GE to construct 10,000mw power plant in Nigeria
Feb 23, 2012 - www.businessdayonline.com
General Electric (GE), a leading global company, originating from the USA, is to construct a 10,000 mega watts power plant in Nigeria, Minister of Power, Barth Nnaji has said.
- Turning Rwanda's rivers into renewable energy
Jan 31, 2012 - bbc.co.uk
One of the business ventures that African entrepreneurs tend to avoid - perhaps in order to avoid a shock - is electricity.
- South Africa Signs Major Energy Agreement with Democratic Republic of Congo
Nov 16, 2011 - John Daly - oilprice.com
Africa has for the last couple of decades found itself between a rock and a hard place on energy issues, seeing foreigners race in to exploit hydrocarbon reserves (Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, etc.) while soaring population rates and a lack of infrastructure investment have left many nation’s populations bereft of reliable and inexpensive energy resources.
- Sahara Solar Project to Present First Plant Design in 2012
Nov 3, 2011 - Stefan Nicola - bloomberg.com
The Sahara solar initiative backed by German turbine maker Siemens AG (SIE) and Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) will sketch out plans in 2012 for its first power plant, a 600 million-euro ($800 million) station in Morocco, its project manager said.
- Abu Dhabi hosts Africa meeting on renewable energy
Oct. 7, 2011 - Michael Casey - boston.com
African governments should consider investing in renewable energies like wind, solar and hydro power to help feed the continent's growing energy demands and combat threats of climate change, the head of a new international energy agency said Friday.
- Power Interconnection Project Costly but Needed
Aug 9, 2011 - George Mhango - ipsnews.net
BLANTYRE, Malawi , Jun 27, 2011 (IPS) - In Malawi's administrative and commercial capitals, Lilongwe and Blantyre, two things are clear, especially at night: blackouts and the sound of generators in various workplaces.
- How the DRC’s Inga project could solve much of Africa’s power problems
Jul 21, 2011 - Claude Harding - howwemadeitinafrica.com
Companies in Africa are severely handicapped by poor power supply.
- Can North Africa Light Up Europe With Concentrated Solar Power?
Jul 21, 2011 - Lisa Friedman - nytimes.com
HAMBURG, Germany -- Twenty-five years after Gerhard Knies conceived of powering Europe with the Sahara Desert's sun, the North Africa Solar project has grown into something considerably more than a mere mirage, but it's still less than a reality.
- Ethiopia Plans to Start Exporting Power to Djibouti This Month
May 22, 2011 - William Davison - bloomberg.com
Ethiopia expects to begin exporting electricity to Djibouti this month after completing a project connecting its power grid to the neighboring country, an Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. official said.
- Tunisia still in running for Desertec role despite turmoil
May 21, 2011 - globserver.com
Tunisia remains a leading candidate to host one of the first renewables projects built by the Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII), despite the North African country’s recent revolution.
- centrotherm, Kinetics Germany to build Africa’s largest module production facility
May 21, 2011 - Chris Whitmore - pv-tech.org
centrotherm photovoltaics and Kinetics Germany have signed an agreement with Société Nationale de l'Electricité et du Gaz (Sonelgaz) to build an integrated solar module manufacturing facility in Rouiba, Algeria. When completed, the 43,000-square-metre site, located 30 km east of Algiers, will be home to Africa’s largest solar module factory and have an annual production capacity of around 116MW.
- Botswana explores alternative energy sources
May 15, 2011 - Xinhua - energycentral.com
Botswana plans to develop renewable energy to tackle the increasing demand of energy that has recently been outsourcing supply in the Southern African country.
- Morocco Plans 2011 Solar Award As Investor Confidence Returns - Minister
May 04, 2011 - Doug Cameron - wsj.com
Morocco plans to award a landmark contract by year end to build one of the world's largest solar power facilities, the country's industry minister said Monday.
First Solar-Thermal Plant goes into Operation
Jan 10, 2011 - Worldofrenewables.com
In Kuraymat, roughly 100 kilometers
south of Cairo, a major solar-thermal power plant
is going into operation for the first time in Egypt.
Desert Project Aims to Power Half the World
Dec 14, 2010 - Lin Edwards - Physorg.com
A joint project by universities in Algeria and
Japan is planning to turn the Sahara desert, the
largest desert in the world, into a breeding ground
for solar power plants that could supply half the
world’s electrical energy requirements by
Says Talks with BHP on Inga Are 'Very Advanced'
17, 2010 - SF Gate
The Democratic Republic
of Congo's government is in "very advanced" talks
with BHP Billiton Ltd. on the Inga 3 hydropower
project, as the world's biggest mining company
seeks electricity for a possible aluminum smelter.
- Country 'Has Enough
Wind for 35 Percent of Electricity Supply'
Aug 24, 2010 - Business Day/All Africa Global Media
- Energy Central
A University of Cape Town doctoral study has found
that SA has more than enough wind to provide a
consistent feed of electricity into the national
- Wind Industry Wants 25 Percent of Energy to Be Renewable
May 24, 2010 - Business Day - All Africa Global Media - Energy Central
The South African wind industry has called on the government to set an ambitious 25% renewable energy contribution to electricity consumption by 2025.
Africa's Eskom to build 100MW CSP power plant
with World Bank funds
Apr 9, 2010 - Mark Osborne - pv-tech.org
As part of a US$3.75 billion loan from the World Bank to help South Africa achieve a reliable electricity supply, the country’s electricity provider, Eskom is to build a 100MW concentrated solar (CSP) power project with storage in Upington, South Africa.
- Developing Nations Eye Renewable Energy
Mar 30, 2010 - Lauren Poole - renewableenergyworld.com
Post-copenhagen targets for renewable energy show developing countries looking to strengthen their renewable energy portfolios.
- 100% Renewable Electricity – A roadmap to 2050 for Europe and North Africa
Mar 26, 2010 - Price Waterhouse Coopers
The study prepared by the European and international climate experts at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the European Climate Forum, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the International Institute for Applied System Analysis, examines the potential for powering Europe and North Africa with renewable electricity exclusively by 2050
- Phaesun builds solar systems in Africa
Mar 16, 2010 - renewableenergyfocus.com
German Phaesun and Ikratos Africa, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, are constructing 10 solar power plants in the Koudougou region, to be finished at the end of March 2010.
- Geothermal Firm on Course to Supply 280 MW
Mar 15, 2010 - The Nation - All Africa Global Media
Kenya's Geothermal Development Company (GDC) is drilling for steam which will be used to generate an additional 280 MW to the national grid, the east African nation's energy minister said on Monday.
- Solar Power Vastly Underrated in Region
Mar 11, 2010 - The Namibian/All Africa Global Media
THE southern African region has the highest potential in the world for the use of Solar Thermal Power (STP).