Representatives and experts of UN bodies, ECCAS General Secretariat and CEMAC Commission are set to meet in Gabon this month to re calibrate their efforts at delivering support for the sustainable development in Central Africa.
Economic growth and development of many COMESA countries remain constrained due to inadequate energy infrastructure.
The growing appetite for energy in Africa despite unreliable hydro power has birthed renewable energy renaissance.
African countries have been pushing for an open skies agreement to make intra Africa trade and movement cheaper and faster.
The African Development Bank has unveiled the Africa Energy Portal, AEP, a platform that will consolidate, validate, and disseminate energy data and insights across Africa’s energy value chain.
The Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), said that with proper infrastructure, utilities, and management, the twenty-six approved Industrial Parks across South Africa can become Special Economic Zones.
Projects from Egypt’s private sector showed strongly at the just concluded Africa Investment Forum during which transactions close to US$50 billion were promoted by sponsors in three days of Boardroom sessions.
The African Development Bank launched the Africa Energy Portal (AEP) at the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg last Friday.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the Government of Cameroon, and EDF have signed a set of agreements that will lead to the construction of the Nachtigal hydroelectric plant.
For a country as populous as Nigeria, the wheels can and should not stop rotating. Supply rarely ever exceeds demand, investors are always welcome and jobs are never surplus.
Kenya has moved closer to to the final phase of developing production of nuclear electricity after the state agency Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (KNEB) invited expression of interest from consultants to undertake what it described as 'site characterization'.
Irfan Mirza is an IT consultant, project manager and strategist who co-founded Trend Solar, a power solution for rural communities in Africa.
Greenlight Planet, a provider of solar home energy products and its partner, Zonful Energy a pay as you go (PAYG) company in Zimbabwe have set an impressive record of distributing 10,000 Sun King™ solar home systems in a short span of four months.
The number of enterprises have doubled in the village of Gitaraga, Rwanda, since MeshPower’s solar mini-grid was set up last May.
BEAM, the investment platform created by Bamboo Capital Partners has announced a partnership with BBOXX and EDF to bring greater access to clean, reliable and affordable energy in Togo, powering economic growth and transforming lives.
Millennium Challenge Corporation Vice President, General Counsel and Board Secretary Jeanne Hauch has marked the closeout of the MCC Malawi Compact at a ceremony to commemorate the official hand-over.
RensourceEnergy, a Lagos-based distributed energy services company has announced an investment of an undisclosed amount in its first microutility project Sabon Gari Energy by Paris-based NEoT Offgrid Africa.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) was inaugurated in Windhoek, with several high-level interventions from the energy sector.
Togo Minister of Mines and Energy and the Director General of the pan-African industrial group Eranove, have signed a power generation concession agreement for the construction of the Kékéli Efficient Power plant.
Vestas’ global partner Enel Green Power has awarded Vestas a 294 MW order of V136-4.2 MW turbines, delivered in 4.2 MW Power Optimised Mode, for two projects in South Africa.
Small and medium sized businesses in Kenya represents 75 per cent of the country's workforce, constitute 98 percent of all businesses in Kenya and contribute 3 percent to the national purse.
Unveiled a decade ago in June 2008, the Kenya Vision 2030, the country’s development blueprint, has steered Eastern Africa’s largest economy to unprecedented heights. But the future of the blueprint is caught in a geo-political mire on three fronts.
UNICEF, in collaboration with Kilifi and Garissa counties, have recruited Energy 4 Impact in an institutional advisory capacity to support the implementation of Kenya’s Energy and Cash Plus pilot project.
Even as Kenya continues to seal loopholes of money laundering and illicit flows, details are emerging that the country is experiencing sophisticated forms of tax evasion.
Private Equity Funds managed by Blackstone has announced a partnership with an experienced management team, to create Zarou, a company fully owned by Blackstone.
Kenya has taken less than a decade to make giant strides in its energy sector. Key to this are two iconic renewable energy projects that have benefited from the support of the African Development Bank: Turkana Wind Farm and Menengai Geothermal Power Station.
The Nordex Group has received big-ticket contracts from South Africa to install a total of 80 AW125/3150 turbines for the “Garob” and “Copperton” projects.
The development potential of Nigerian mini-grids – generation and distribution systems capable of supplying up to 1 MW of capacity from renewable sources, independent of national transmission networks – is valued at up to $20bn, according to a report.
Chinese based LONGi Solar has signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with the Tunisian project developer SHAMS Technology for a long-term cooperation.
With Kenya having experienced proliferation of online news channels occasioned by an impressive penetration of the internet and a critical mass of consumers with an insatiable appetite for breaking news, truth and fact have been the latest casualties.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a $1.15 million grant to Globeleq Zambia Wind Limited (Globeleq) for a feasibility study for an estimated 100-megawatt wind power plant in the Muchinga Province of Zambia.
US based renewable energy company Renewvia Energy's first two microgrid facilities, outfitted with the company’s innovative new mobile payment platform are now successfully running on the Islands of Ndeda and Ringiti in Kenya’s Lake Victoria region.
Energy 4 Impact has awarded the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK) a prize of $50,000 for its design of a non-wood cooking concession that could increase the usage of LPG cooking gas to refugees.
Africa50 will support the development of Africa’s natural gas resources to help countries produce clean power, accelerate their industrialization and provide affordable energy to households.
BBOXX , a next generation utility, and General Electric, GE, have launched a partnership to provide energy access for small businesses, schools and other organisations in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The African Development Bank has approved a US$1.5 million grant from its Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), to assist Ghana’s s renewable energy investment drive.
Scatec Solar has increased its ownership share in Kalkbult, Linde and Dreunberg in South Africa from 39 to 45 per cent.
The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), managed by the African Development Bank, has approved a $1 million grant to Independent Power Producers in Angola to encourage private investment in renewable energy.
The 164th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved over US$270 million of new funding to benefit developing countries across the globe.
OFID, the OPEC Fund for International Development has extended grants in support of the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Solar energy company Fenix International, part of global energy group ENGIE, is establishing its global headquarters in Uganda and moving its engineering and technology development centre from San Francisco to Uganda.
Distributed Power business has announced that U.K.-based Clarke Energy has been selected to supply four of GE’s J320 Jenbacher gas engines for a trigeneration plant that will provide the mosque with reliable, efficient and lower-carbon power, heating and cooling.
UK Aid is set to invest £1.6 million of capital into Energise Africa to improve access to energy across sub-Saharan Africa and improve the lives of over 11 million people, while boosting UK business opportunities.
A new study led by University of Maryland (UMD) scientists conducted novel climate and vegetation model experiments to show that wind and solar farms could lead to a doubling of rainfall in the Sahara.
Pay-go energy company Fenix International, part of global utility Engie, has reached 30,000 Zambian households just 9 months after expanding into the country in partnership with telecom MTN.
The Enel Group’s global renewable energies division Enel Green Power (EGP) has started the construction of the 34 MW1 Ngonye solar PV plant, which is the Group’s first power plant in Zambia.
WorleyParsons has signed a 22-month engineering contract with Kipeto Energy Limited for the Kipeto Wind Power Project in Kenya.
A Study carried out on more than 1000 entrepreneurs in South Africa revealed that entrepreneurship in South Africa is not thriving, despite the fact that South Africa is one of Africa's strongest economies.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, countries with unreliable power cost some companies as much as 31 percent in sales, according to a new study released by the Center for Global Development.
Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited has awarded Japanese company Marubeni Corporation an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the construction of a 70 megawatts class geothermal power plant.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding in China with Nigerian-Chinese consortia towards developing sustainable biofuels in the country.
Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world's largest solar power companies has established a joint venture with ET Energy, a global clean energy developer and operator.
Azuri Technologies, a provider of pay-as-you-go solar home systems and Unilever Kenya, have announced a partnership to bring solar home solutions to millions more off-grid homes across Kenya.
Symbion Power has named Clarke Energy as the preferred bidder for two important power plants in Rwanda, which will generate power from dissolved biogas from deep below Lake Kivu.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to WHN Solar, S.A. for a feasibility study to assess the viability of a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant of up to 100 megawatts.
Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System Co. Ltd., a global solar product manufacturer, has announced the inauguration of its new PV module manufacturing factory in East London IDZ, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Kazang Solar, Azuri Technologies’ official distribution partner in Zambia, has been awarded $1.6 million from the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) under its Renewable Energy and Climate Adaptation Technologies (REACT) window.
Vantage GreenX Fund Managers have announced that through its second renewable energy fund, Vantage GreenX Note II, it has provided R2.05bn of funding to a combination of six solar and wind energy projects with a combined capacity of 433MW.
Africa, with its wealth of natural resources and fast-growing population, may have a significant impact on international energy markets over the next 25 years.
ENGIE has signed an agreement with CDC, the Gabonese financial institution Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, to deploy eight hybrid solar power plants in Gabon, representing a combined capacity of 2.2 MW.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has forged a new partnership with Gaia Energy to create a joint platform for the development of wind power and other renewable energy projects in Africa.
Uganda has become the first African country to sign an agreement with the Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF), a joint initiative of the development partners.
When the sun sets in Ethiopia, eight out of 10 citizens must resort to unhealthy lighting sources for basic daily activities like cooking or studying.
GE announced today that President & CEO GE Africa, Jay Ireland will retire from GE effective September 30, and Farid Fezoua, President & CEO, GE Healthcare Africa has been named President and CEO, GE Africa.
As Africa faces emerging opportunities to help deliver efficient, affordable and reliable electricity to consumers, GE Power’s Grid Solutions business has unveiled a whitepaper on the “Digitization of Energy Transmission & Distribution in Africa.”
Globeleq, a power sector leader in Africa, and an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management have reached a definitive agreement whereby Globeleq acquires Brookfield's interests in its South African renewable energy portfolio.
Kenya continues to be a global frontrunner in embracing renewable energy. Ordinary citizens are driving this revolution.
BBOXX, a next generation utility, has successfully delivered energy access to over 12,000 Togolese citizens with its smart solar home systems, just six months into its operations in Togo.
Africa Plantation Capital has signed an agreement to supply bamboo biomass to Bidco Africa group for a green and sustainable energy source.
Aligning with Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan, GE’s Grid Solutions business has completed a $40M Electricity Transmission System Improvement turnkey project with Ethiopian Electric Power.
At a time when the electricity needs of Africa continue to outstrip available supply, a company in Nigeria is investing in providing low cost, clean and sustainable energy to especially those not connected to the national grid.
The 7CGDP is an integral leg of the gas development strategy designed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to leverage the full potential of gas to meet the target of generating at least 15 gigawatts of electricity by 2020.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Côte d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Petroleum, Energy, and Renewable Energy Development have released a roadmap study that outlines pathways for achieving the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution.
Azuri Technologies Ltd, a commercial provider of pay-as-you-go solar home solutions to off-grid consumers, has appointed Collins Oneko who joins as Operations Director, East Africa.
Red Sea Housing Services, a global provider for modular living and working environments for industrial and residential communities, has chosen REDAVIA to implement its first showcase solar farm in Accra, Ghana.
General Electric (GE), the world’s premier Digital Industrial Company, has commissioned a scalable micro grid system powered by a Hybrid Distributed Power unit for Digo Village in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to the Kenya Tea Development Agency Power (KTDA Power) Company Limited, the power generation company of one of the largest private tea management agencies in Kenya.
Afam VI power plant in Rivers State is ready to deliver its net dependable capacity of 624MW into the Nigerian national grid barring any regulator’s restrictions.
As part of its strategic aspirations to derive maximum value from Nigeria’s abundant natural gas resources, the Federal Government is targeting 10 per cent of the world’s market share in traded Liquefied Natural Gas.
BOXX, a next generation utility, and DC Go, a provider of affordable off-grid electrification, have announced their intention to partner to provide energy services in southern Africa.
International Finance Corporation and the Government of Canada are providing approximately $25 million in financing for the second Scaling Solar project under development in Zambia.
Though African countries have developed robust institutional frameworks for the regulation of electricity sectors, much work remains in strengthening regulatory independence, says the Electricity Regulatory Index for Africa.
At the forefront of innovation and technology in energy while collaborating with power producers across the region, GE Power has announced that it has reached its 100th power plant installation in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Kenya Power has set aside an approximated $16 million to finance various projects aimed at strengthening the distribution network in North Rift region, to provide adequate and reliable power supply.
BBOXX, a next generation utility, has signed a pioneering deal with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which will bring reliable, renewable electricity to 2.5 million citizens in the DRC by 2020.
Kenya this week continues to strategically place itself to benefit from regional integration and reap from its warm relationship with development partners and international investors.
Through its office for Eastern Africa, the UN Economic Commission for Africa in collaboration with the government of the Union of Comoros and with the Stockholm Environment Institute- Africa Office, have conducted a five-day training on energy planning in Moroni.
Kenya Climate Ventures (KCV), a World Bank Fund has concluded an investment round in Sistema.bio to deliver sustainable renewable energy and agricultural solutions to farmers in Kenya.
Global wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power has completed financial close for the Kangnas and Perdekraal East Wind Farms in South Africa, which have a combined capacity of 250 megawatts
As Kenya now fully recovers from a grueling election that took a toll on its economy, key sectors are experienced renewed resurgence and the business climate is promising.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has commissioned an ultra-modern 220 Kv gas insulated substation to improve the power supply in Nairobi.
African Development Bank, Green Climate Fund and Africa 50 support Desert to Power programme across the Sahel
The African Development Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Africa50 investment fund have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the Desert to Power programme
SGS has picked REDAVIA to implement it's first renewable energy project in Ghana.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in support of Power Africa has developed a geospatial tool to guide the advancement of the Zambia energy sector.
Gulf Energy, the developer of Lamu Coal Power Plant, Amu Power, has entered into a Clean Coal Technology agreement with General Electric, GE, making it one of the most technologically advanced coal fired power plants in the world.
Renewable energy company MeshPower has launched a solar mini-grid in Gitaraga village, Bugesera District in Eastern Rwanda.
Technology group Voith has opened its new East Africa Hub in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa highlighting its active contribution to the development of electricity generation from hydropower in East Africa.
Electricity access rate in Kenya is the highest in East Africa according to the latest report from the World Bank tracking global achievements in sustainable energy for all.
Toshiba and RentCo sign agreement to expand geothermal power generation business in Sub Saharan Africa
Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation has concluded a General Cooperation Agreement with RentCo East Africa Limited, a major financial leasing company in Kenya and the wider Sub Saharan Africa.
Social impact investor Oikocredit has made a € 1 million, approximately $1.2 million convertible loan to Inyenyeri, a fuel-utility company providing clean and environmentally-friendly cooking solutions in Rwanda