Year 1 | Edition 2 | 12 November 2021

[Independent Energy Case] 2 MWp solar project kicks off in Somalia

How satisfying to see that a friendly meeting in Djibouti in 2020, is followed by the installation of over 5000 solar panels in Somalia more than a year later. It happened just before Covid began spreading, and it was impossible to predict how this virus would impact lives around the world shortly after.

The Independent Energy team flew out shortly after concluding these constructive talks, just in time because the airspace from and to Djibouti was closed just after. When the team returned to the Netherlands, they immediately began...

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MafAfrique to raise €170 million for sustainable climate solutions

Strategy advisory and fund management group, MafAfrique is seeking to raise €170 Million to support climate-related advisory and investment in Southern Africa and Eastern Europe aimed at providing sustainable climate solutions.

The €170 Million will be deployed over the next two years across two critical sectors, solar energy and “green tech” metals. It will be deployed to support the Southern Africa region to scale up its rare earth supply chain to Europe and to pilot a solar power plant as part of Eastern Europe’s...

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Globeleq consortium to build 12 renewable projects in South Africa

Globeleq, Africa’s independent power company and the majority partner in the Ikamva Consortium, has been selected to contribute more clean and renewable wind and solar projects across the country.

The six wind and six solar PV projects will total 1,274 MW of generation capacity adding to Globeleq’s nine majority owned and operated wind and solar assets in Africa, which have a total capacity of 450 MW.  Globeleq and its partners in the Ikamva Consortium were named by South Africa’s...

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FTC solar announces its first solar project in Africa

FTC Solar, Inc., a fast-growing global provider of solar tracker systems, software and engineering services, announced that it has been awarded its first project in Africa since entering this new market earlier this year.

“We’re pleased to announce the first of what we expect will be many projects in Africa for FTC Solar,” said Ali Mortazavi, FTC Solar’s head of Sales and Marketing. “This exciting FTC Solar opportunity represents our initial project on the continent and our first with Soventix, a strong global EPC company with a...

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Tlou Energy, Synergen Met partner to produce green hydrogen at the Lesedi Power Project in Botswana

Tlou Energy and hydrogen technology partner Synergen Met (SM) are working on combining large, established natural gas reserves with abundant solar energy to produce green hydrogen at the Lesedi Power Project in Botswana, to provide a complementary range of cleaner and greener power generation options.

Tlou has secured a 10MW Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Botswana Power Corporation, and power dispatch under this PPA will help displace existing carbon-intensive power. The construction of transmission lines to connect Lesedi to the...

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InfraCo Africa and Helios establish new climate-focused investment vehicle for Africa

InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) and Helios Investment Partners (Helios) are working together to establish a pan-African investment vehicle: Climate, Energy Access and Resilience (CLEAR).

CLEAR will fund climate-aligned infrastructure and growth businesses whilst also working towards achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative will address the growing demand from domestic and international investors for sustainable investment opportunities that can help to close ...

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Malawi's electricity generating company signs deal with Chinese electrical company for construction of solar power plant

The Electricity Generation Company (Malawi) Limited (EGENCO) has signed a 10 Megawatts (MW) power deal with CHINT Group, a Chinese electrical company, to construct and commission a 10MW solar power plant in Salima, Nanjoka.

According to EGENCO’s Chief Executive Officer, William Liabunya, this is part of the company’s drive of not only increasing power generation, but also of diversifying its power sources. “We have to look to the future and ensure that...

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[Kenya] KenGen outlines three-year plan to accelerate deployment of renewable energy

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano, says the company is accelerating deployment of renewable energy to combat the adverse effects of climate change.

Speaking during a panel discussion under the theme, Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment at the COP26 World Leaders Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Miano said KenGen is committed to the fight against climate change and is supporting the Government of Kenya’s ambition to...

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AfDB receives $136 million in donor support for Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa

The African Development Bank has welcomed  $136 million in additional donor commitments for the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA).

The announcements were  made during an event at the COP26 conference featuring government ministers and a panel of leaders in renewable energy. The event was an occasion for SEFA donors to reaffirm their support for the Fund’s institutional priorities. SEFA is a multi-donor trust fund managed by the African Development Bank. Denmark...

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SEforALL and Enel Foundation launch partnership to create next generation of energy leaders in Africa

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Enel Foundation have launched a new partnership to create the next generation of energy sector leaders in Africa, where energy deficits and access rates are among the world’s highest.

Under the banner of an expanded Open Africa Power programme, the partnership targets the training and leadership development of women and youth within the energy sector. Leveraging two existing programmes – Enel Foundation’s Open Africa Power and SEforALL’s Women at...

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[Column] Mansoor Hamayun: The power of the consumer in Africa’s clean energy transition

As consumer demand for better clean energy options ramps up across the globe, it’s important to shine a light on the consumer in Africa in particular.

It can be argued that in the western world, consumers increasingly look towards governments to provide the solution to the most pressing challenges, including in the clean energy transition. However, in developing economies where governments are not as scaled up, for example in many instances across Africa, the consumer has even greater...

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African Development Bank launches Climate Change and Green Growth framework

The African Development Bank launched its Climate Change and Green Growth Framework at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland. The framework is the first of its kind by any multilateral development bank.

The framework strengthens the Bank’s ambition and vision to address climate change and promote green growth, building on over a decade of targeted efforts and lessons learnt and is grounded in “African realities”. Al Hamndou Dorsouma, Officer-In-Charge and Manager for Climate and Green Growth..

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TotalEnergies launches Bateke Carbon Sink afforestation operations in Congo, Brazzaville

TotalEnergies, in partnership with Forêt Ressources Management, launched the "Batéké Carbon Sink" afforestation operations on the occasion of the National Tree Planting Day in the Republic of the Congo. 

This large-scale project consists of 40,000 hectares of planted forest on the Batéké Plateaux. Some 40 million trees will be planted in total over 10 years and cared for over 35 years. During the past eight months, local tree nurseries have already produced more than one million plants, which will be...

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Namibian government selects Hyphen to develop $9.4 billion green hydrogen project

The Namibian government has issued a notice of award stating its intention to appoint Hyphen Hydrogen Energy as preferred bidder to develop the country’s first large-scale vertically integrated green hydrogen project in the Tsau //Khaeb national park.

 The project, worth an estimated $9.4 billion, will ultimately produce 300,000 tons of green hydrogen per year for regional and global markets, either as pure green hydrogen or in derivative form (green ammonia). The announcement...

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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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