Year 1 | Edition 1 | 1 November 2021

Mainstream Renewable Power and partners awarded 1.27 GW of wind and solar projects in South Africa

Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power, announced 12 of its projects have won preferred bidder status in Round 5 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

The wind and solar projects, which have a total capacity of 1.27 GW, represent half of the total allocation in the Round, which was the most competitive to date, being almost four times oversubscribed. The win makes Mainstream the most successful company in the history of the South African...

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Standard Bank Group, Citi, Norfund and CDC Group invests $75 million in Greenlight Planet Kenya

Standard Bank Group, Citi, CDC Group and Norfund have partnered to provide a $75 million equivalent KES denominated Sustainable Finance Facility for Greenlight Planet Kenya, Africa’s player in off-grid solar home solutions.

The landmark facility is one of the first sustainability-linked deals in Kenya, and one of the largest syndicated sustainable finance deals in the region to be provided in local currency. The transaction will allow Greenlight Planet to expand access to off-grid solar solutions to off-grid communities throughout...

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[Interview] Sidney Zeeman, Sales and Business Development Manager, Independent Energy BV

Independent Energy BV is a company that designs, manufactures and install on- and off-grid solar and backup solutions worldwide from small house-size systems to large complete “plug and play” installations.

The company has invested in modern technologies and systems which ensure that performance of the solar solutions can be assessed real time and technical issues can be detected at an early stage. Sidney Zeeman, the Sales and Business Development Manager explains...

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Uganda receives grant support from the Swedish Government to conduct floating solar studies

Following the successful signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Uganda, represented by the MEMD, and Swedish Government, represented by the Swedish Embassy in Kampala, a number of initiatives have been proposed to support the Ugandan energy sector.

One of the key initiatives mooted was to unlock the renewable energy potential of the country by venturing into the floating solar space. The Swedish support will enable Uganda to...

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Africa REN launches the construction of the largest solar plant in Burkina Faso

Africa REN, a pioneer in clean infrastructures in Africa, has launched the construction of the Kodeni Solar power plant, near Bobo-Dioulasso, in Burkina Faso.

With an installed capacity of 38MW, Kodeni Solar will be the largest solar power plant in the country as well as the first public-private partnership to reach financial close. The plant is scheduled to be commissioned in August 2022. Kodeni Solar has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SONABEL, the electricity utility of Burkina Faso, as part of a...

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[Column] Africa’s green manufacturing crossroads: Choices for a low-carbon industrial future

Africa is at a crossroads. As one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change and climate variability, it has a strong incentive to join global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and bolster its adaptive capacity.

At the same time, African governments are committed to industrializing their economies in order to meet the basic needs of growing populations and create jobs and wealth.  If the continent is to achieve both, it cannot afford to follow the same route to economic prosperity that developed nations...

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ITFC signs €100m Murabaha financing agreement with SENELEC to support Senegal’s energy Sector

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) approved a 100 million Murabaha financing to SENELEC (Senegal National Power Company), to enhance  the production, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Senegal.

The facility is purposed to cover almost 20% of SENELEC’s financing needs to purchase refined petroleum products, directly impacting the production, transmission, and distribution of electrical energy throughout the country. The...

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[Column] Nick Hurd: Governments must prioritize off-grid solar in Africa’s economic recovery

Bboxx, a next generation utility, and UCL’s Engineering for International Development Centre have published a new report Off-Grid Energy and Economic Prosperity. It uncovers the wealth of evidence on the relationship between access to off-grid electricity and economic prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

It highlights the urgent need for governments and policymakers to prioritize off-grid solar in a bid to accelerate inclusive and sustainable economic development. Globally...

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Scatec and Fertiglobe to develop green hydrogen as feedstock for ammonia production in Egypt

Scatec has entered into an agreement with Fertiglobe plc, an ammonia producer jointly owned by OCI N.V. and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and The Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE), to jointly develop a 50-100MW green hydrogen facility as feedstock for green ammonia production.

Scatec will build, operate and majority own the facility and a long-term off-take agreement will be entered into with Fertiglobe’s subsidiary EBIC. The facility will be located near EBIC in Ain Sokhna and is the first step towards developing...

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News Headlines

03-12-2021 | 08:48:00
Scatec’s green hydrogen consortium in Egypt selects Plug Power for delivery of 100 MW Electrolyser
Scatec and its partners, OCI NV, Fertiglobe, The Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE) and Orascom Construction, have selected Plug Power as the technology provider of electrolyser for the 100 MW green hydrogen facility.

03-12-2021 | 08:11:00
[Tchad] L'AfDB accorde un prêt de 18 millions d’euros pour le projet de centrale solaire de Djermaya
La Banque africaine de développement a signé les accords de financement pour un prêt de 18 millions d’euros pour le financement de la centrale solaire de Djermaya, qui constitue un projet phare de l’initiative « Desert to power ».

03-12-2021 | 07:00:11
Siemens Gamesa delivers 250 MW of clean wind energy to Egypt
It is the first renewable energy project in Egypt to be energized through a 220 kV Gas Insulated Substation (GIS) developed by Siemens Energy, that is highly reliable and requires a minimal amount of maintenance.

01-12-2021 | 08:56:23
Lekela reaches commercial operation of 250 MW West Bakr wind farm in Egypt
Lekela, the renewable power generation company that delivers utility-scale projects across Africa, announced it reached commercial operation of its West Bakr Wind farm in Egypt.

29-11-2021 | 12:49:00
IFC, Globeleq, and others partner to develop large-scale solar power project in DRC
To scale up clean energy production capacity in the Democratic Republic of Congo, IFC, Globeleq, CIGenCo, Greenshare Energy, Greenshare Congo, Volt Renewables, and Nzuri Energy have partnered to develop a large-scale solar power production plant in the country.

26-11-2021 | 07:52:29
KenGen commences drilling of first geothermal well in Djibouti
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) PLC has commenced drilling of the first of three geothermal wells in Djibouti setting in motion a Ksh.0.7 billion contract signed in February this year.

26-11-2021 | 07:47:46
All On and Salpha Energy sign $1 million investment deal for solar home systems distribution in Nigeria
The investment will be used to increase Salpha’s inventory and product range, expand sales channels and customer service infrastructure, and test more flexible pricing models to sustainably manage rural customers in states across Nigeria including in the Niger Delta.

26-11-2021 | 07:22:11
Sweden and Nefco launch facility to support the scale-up of clean cooking technologies in Africa
A new facility has been established to support the development and scale-up of clean cooking technologies in Africa, with an initial €27.8 million of financing from Sweden.

24-11-2021 | 14:49:47
TDB extends financing to Sunspot Energy to provide solar home systems kits in Kenya
The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) announced the closing of $4.2 million transaction with Sunspot Energy Kenya Limited (operating as Spark Possibilities), to finance new solar home systems in Kenya.

23-11-2021 | 14:33:00
TotalEnergies strengthens its presence in Libya, implements multi-energy strategy
TotalEnergies announced it signed various agreements with Libyan authorities for the sustainable development of the country’s natural resources.

22-11-2021 | 10:08:00
ENGIE Energy Access empowers 6.5 Million Africans with Clean Energy
ENGIE Energy Access (EEA) has considerably expanded its customer base and is now delivering safe and reliable solar energy to 6.5 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa.

22-11-2021 | 08:42:50
[Column] Mansoor Hamayun: Breaking down financial barriers is the key to unlocking Africa’s clean energy transition
There is no doubt that breaking down barriers to raising finance will be the single most significant action to support the clean energy transition in Africa.

20-11-2021 | 07:32:30
Dutch development bank FMO finances construction of four solar plants in Burkina Faso
Dutch development bank FMO has announced that the financing and contracting for the construction and operation of four solar plants in Burkina Faso has been finalized.

19-11-2021 | 08:14:00
InfraCo Africa, DOB Equity and Mobility 54 commit $3.4m to scale Zembo’s electric mobility in Uganda
InfraCo Africa, together with a consortium including DOB Equity and Mobility 54, signed an agreement with Zembo, committing €3.4 million to support the growth of the company’s electric motorcycle business in Kampala, Uganda.

19-11-2021 | 08:02:35
KenGen drills Ethiopia’s deepest geothermal well
Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has completed drilling the deepest geothermal well in Ethiopia reaching a depth of 3,000 meters, surpassing a target of 2,750 meters.


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