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Call for Proposals Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond (16/06/2020)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is pleased to invite you to apply to the call “Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond” organized by its global network of Investment and Technology Promotion Offices.

Tanzania reaches renewable energy milestone as country’s first wind farm comes online (08/06/2020)
Tanzania’s energy sector has broken new ground after the country’s first ever wind farm started generating electricity as part of its start up testing procedures.

RFP - Renewable Energy Program for Sub-Saharan Africa (08/06/2020)

The European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) combines a Guarantee Fund (of up to 1.5 billion EUR) with two regional investment platforms - the Investment Platform for Africa and the Neighbourhood Investment Platform.

Invest in hydropower to tackle coronavirus and climate crisis impacts -2020 Hydropower Status Report by IHA (28/05/2020)
The Covid-19 pandemic has underlined hydropower’s resilience and critical role in delivering clean, reliable and affordable energy, especially in times of crisis. This is the conclusion of two new reports published today by the International Hydropower Association (IHA).
The 2020 Hydropower Status Report presents latest worldwide installed capacity and generation data, showcasing the sector’s contribution to global carbon reduction efforts. It is published alongside a Covid-19 paper featuring recommendations for governments, financial institutions and industry to respond to the current health and economic crisis.

Singrobo hydropower project to deliver electricity under a 35-year PPA (27/05/2020)
The Themis Group announced it has issued a Full Notice to Proceed (FNTP) with construction of the 44MW Singrobo Hydropower Project, in Ivory Coast.
Sponsored by a consortium including the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and IHE Holding, a local development company, Singrobo will begin delivering much needed electricity to the Ivorian power grid via a 35-year PPA with the national off taker, CIENERGUES in early 2023.

Government of Madagascar gets Euro 4 million from African Development Fund for Sahofika hydropower project (22/05/2020)
The African Development Fund has approved a 4.02 million euro loan with a grant component to finance the Government of Madagascar’s 30 million euro equity investment in the Sahofika hydropower project, which will generate affordable, clean energy benefiting some 8 million people.

The Sahofika project is located on the Onive River, 100 km southeast of the capital Antananarivo. It entails the construction of a 205 MW hydroelectric power plant on a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer basis and includes the construction and rehabilitation of 110 km of access roads and construction of a 75 km, 220 kV transmission line. Once commissioned, the Sahofika project is expected to contribute to the avoidance of 900,000 tons of CO2 equivalent annually.

Zimbabwe tenders for 500MW solar power plants in renewable energy drive (18/05/2020)
Zimbabwe's state power transmission company has invited bids for the construction of 500 megawatts (MW) of solar power plants as part of a drive to increase its use of renewable energy and end power cuts.

EEP Africa on how to COVID-proof early stage clean energy companies (07/05/2020)
By Anouk Verheijen and Faith Chege, EEP Africa Portfolio Coordinators for Southern and East Africa

The global economy is dealing with an unprecedented set of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many other sectors, early stage clean energy companies are heavily affected by the current crisis and the response of governments to it. Travel restrictions are hindering sales, distribution and repair of products. Prohibitions on large gatherings are limiting grassroots marketing efforts. Customers are struggling to pay energy bills and commission-based employees are unable to earn a living wage. New renewable energy projects are also stalled due to slower licencing and permit processes as governments focus on the acute health and economic crises in their country.

'Beyond the Grid Fund' for Africa expands to Uganda (07/05/2020)
The Embassy of Sweden, Kampala, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) are pleased to announce the expansion of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) initiative into Uganda. The aim is to stimulate the scale up of sustainable business models, which incentivise the private sector to offer affordable and clean off-grid energy access at scale in Uganda.

Empower signs PPA for Rucanzogera mini-hydro project in Rwanda (23/01/2020)
The Norwegian company Empower New Energy and its partners have recently signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Rwanda Energy Group (REG) for the Rucanzogera mini-hydro project in the west of the country.

African Development Bank approves €8 million technical assistance grant to support preparation of Ruzizi IV Hydro Power Project in the Great Lakes reg (13/01/2020)
The Board of Directors of African Development Bank Group has approved an €8 million grant drawn from the European Union’s Africa Investment Platform (EU-AIP) to support the preparation of the Ruzizi IV Hydropower Project. The plant will be situated on the Ruzizi River between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and will supply electricity to the DRC, Burundi and Rwanda.

Quadran International wins Seychelles tender for large-scale floating PV with bid of $0.095/kWh (10/01/2020)
The 4 MW plant will be deployed in Lagoon le Rocher on Mahé Island. Construction will likely begin in the second quarter of this year, while details of the 25-year power purchase agreement should be finalized by the end of March.

African Development Bank sponsored Off-Grid Energy Access Fund reaches final equity close with partner contributions (10/01/2020)
The Facility for Energy Inclusion’s Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF) has reached a final equity close with $59 million in committed equity capital and $36 million debt facilities, to support innovative, off-grid energy access companies.

African Development Bank approves $20 million investment in Metier Fund to support renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa (07/01/2020)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a $20 million investment in the Metier Sustainable Capital International Fund II, which channels funds to renewable energy and resource-efficient infrastructure projects across Sub-Saharan Africa.

African Development Bank approves guarantee of $100 million to Sahofika hydropower project (18/12/2019)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a Partial Risk Guarantee (PRG) of $100 million to support the Sahofika hydro-power project in Madagascar, which will add 205 MW of renewable energy generation capacity to the national grid, benefiting over 2 million people.

Burundi: African Development Bank’s SEFA grants $1 million to support innovative solar-hydro hybrid project (18/12/2019)
The African Development Bank-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a $990,000 grant to support the preparation of a 9-MW solar-hydro hybrid project in Burundi. The project consists of two plants, each featuring a solar and a hydro component as well as a local distribution network and interconnection to the national power grid. The innovative hybrid design is anticipated to regularize the power output during dry and wet season and mitigate power shortfalls caused by climate change.

Hydrobox Wins EDF Pulse Africa Award for most innovative Off-Grid electrification model (22/11/2019)
The prestigious EDF Pulse Awards, brainchild the leading European utility group EDF, aims to recognise and support African Innovators in finding and developing home grown solutions to African energy challenges.

BPA Completes Ghana’s First Micro Hydropower Plant (21/11/2019)
The Bui Power Authority recently completed Ghana’s first micro-hydropower plant, the Tsatsadu Generating Station, under the Ministry of Energy’s renewable energy initiative. The plant, situated on the Tsatsadu Waterfalls in the Hohoe District of the Volta Region, has a capacity of 45kW with the possibility of adding another 45kW capacity turbine in the future.

African nations can save billions through thoughtfully planned energy systems that consider an integrated approach (23/10/2019)
Study reveals energy planning is multi-billion-dollar opportunity.

Germany Africa Business Forum announces multi-million Euro funding commitment to invest in German-African energy startups (25/07/2019)
The Germany Africa Business Forum (GABF) brings together Africa’s foremost executives with German companies, investors and innovators with the aim of driving change

REDAVIA Partners with Lendahand to Crowdfund Upcoming Solar Farms (25/07/2019)
REDAVIA, a global market leader of cost-effective, reliable and clean solar power for businesses and communities, has launched a crowdfunding initiative to fund 10 upcoming solar Units in partnership with Lendahand, an online impact investing platform where socially conscious investors can invest in entrepreneurs and sustainable initiatives in emerging countries.

ResponsaBility teams up with leading Southern African hydropower developer REH (04/07/2019)
A responsAbility-managed energy holding company has acquired a 26% interest in Renewable Energy Holdings (Pty) Ltd (REH), a leading South African based developer, owner and operator of run-of-river hydropower projects in Southern Africa.

REDAVIA deploys solar farm for leading Ghanaian agrofoods business, Movelle Company (03/07/2019)
REDAVIA, a global market leader of cost-effective, reliable and clean solar power for businesses and communities, deployed a solar farm last week for the Movelle Company, one of Ghana’s leading agrofoods businesses at their site in Takoradi, Ghana.

Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility launched at the Africa Energy Market Place (AEMP) to support off-grid solutions (01/07/2019)
The Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility (ACE-TAF) launched its programme in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on 25-26 June, at the 3rd Round of the Africa Energy Market Place (AEMP). The AEMP is an African Development Bank’s energy sector platform involving country governments, private sector and development partners to review and fast-track priority transactions capable of transforming Africa’s power sector.

Zambia: US$500m to be invested in Ngonye Falls hydropower project (27/06/2019)
Zambia is set to receive US $500m from WESTERN Power company for the construction of the Ngonye Falls hydropower generation project in Western Province.

African Development Bank sets up $500m facility for sub-Saharan small scale renewables (26/06/2019)
The new credit lines are for the development of on and off-grid renewable energy projects. The European Commission is offering the fund a €40 million helping hand.

Mini Grids for Half a Billion People: Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers (25/06/2019)
Mini Grids for Half a Billion People: Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers is the most comprehensive study on mini grids to date. It provides policy makers, investors and developers with insights on how mini grids can be scaled up.

The European Union and JUMEME inaugurate new solar-powered mini-grid on Lake Victoria’s Mulumo Island in Kagera Region (24/06/2019)
JUMEME Rural Power Supply Ltd. (JUMEME), together with the European Union Delegation in Tanzania and its project partners, celebrated the launch of its newly constructed solar-powered mini-grid on Lake Victoria, Mulumo island in the region of Kagera. The facility in Mulumo is one of eleven mini-grids to be commissioned on 10 different islands on Lake Victoria in June 2019, constituting the first roll-out phase of the “Micro Power Economy, Tanzania Roll-out” project cofunded by the EU. Over the last 12 months, JUMEME has constructed more than 180km of low and medium voltage distribution grids, electrifying 20 villages with a total population of more than 80,000 people and providing 24/7 electricity services based on solar-hybrid power systems to residential houses, schools, hospitals, businesses and local entrepreneurs.

World Bank Group helps boost Cameroon's Nachtigal hydropower capacity (19/07/2018)
The World Bank Group (WBG) has approved an investment package of $794.5 million for the Nachtigal Hydropower project in Cameroon, to help the country reach its goal of providing access to electricity for 88 percent of its people by 2022.

Unilever Tea to install 600kW solar power plant (29/03/2018)
Unilever Tea recently signed an agreement with Cross-Boundary Energy for the installation and operation of a 600kW solar power plant at the company’s Kericho tea plantation in Kenya.

LINDA DOR Hospitality Group in Ghana to Benefit from Lower Electricity Cost and Higher Reliability thanks to REDAVIA Solar (27/03/2018)
LINDA DOR Hospitality Group, operating rest stops, restaurants and lodges in the Eastern Region of Ghana, chose REDAVIA, a global market leader of cost-effective, reliable rental solar power for businesses and communities, to implement its first solar farm for its group of companies.

Belgium finances renewable energy projects in Mozambique (16/03/2018)
Mozambique and Belgium signed an agreement in Maputo under which the Belgian government has undertaken to provide 12 million euros (about 14.8 million US dollars) for renewable energy projects in remote parts of Mozambique.

World Bank Group approves refinancing loans for Uganda’s Bujagali hydropower project (08/03/2018)
The Board of Directors of IFC and MIGA have approved a plan to refinance more than $400 million of loans to Bujagali Energy Limited and provide up to $423 million in guarantees in support of the Bujagali hydropower project, with the aim to help reduce electricity costs in Uganda, where only one in five people have access to electricity.

Rafiki Power and Mobisol have partnered to pilot a new approach labelled the Hybrid Grid (07/03/2018)
Rafiki Power (E.ON Offgrid solutions GmbH) and Mobisol GmbH have partnered to pilot a new approach labelled the Hybrid Grid for off-grid clients in rural Tanzania. The Hybrid Grid is combining the best of mini-grids and solar home systems to bring higher value and better service to their mutual customers at lower cost. While Rafiki Power will continue to build mini-grid infrastructure, Mobisol will complement the offer and help reduce overall costs by equipping customers lying outside the core perimeter of the mini-grid with their large solar home systems. Both the mini-grid and the solar home system option deliver reliable, clean and affordable energy.

The African Development Bank obtains US$ 52.5 million Green Climate Fund for Zambia Renewable Energy (07/03/2018)
At its 19th Board Meeting in Songdo, South Korea, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved the first funding proposal of the African Development Bank for Zambia’s Renewable Energy Financing Framework. The GCF will provide a US$ 50 million loan and a US$ 2.5 million grant

Small hydropower plant Wanjii in Kenya set to enjoy 20 percent higher output after upgrade (05/03/2018)
Technology group Voith is now extensively modernizing the Wanjii small hydropower plant in Kenya, which has been in operation for more than 60 years. The company is replacing the plant's turbines, generators, control technology as well as the electromechanical equipment. This will result in an increase in power plant output by around 20 percent. The extensive modernization works is scheduled for completion in mid-2019.

Mt Coffee hydro back to operation after 25 years (16/12/2016)
For the first time in more than 25 years, Mt Coffee is generating clean, renewable hydropower with the completion of the first of four generating units.

REH commissions its third hydro power plant South Africa (10/08/2016)
Stortemelk Hydro, the third hydro power plant developed in South Africa by hydro-power developer, owner and operator, Renewable Energy Holdings (Pty) Ltd (‘REH’) commenced commercial operations on 29 July 2016. The combined capacity of the REH’s portfolio of hydro power plants in South Africa is 11MW with an annual generation in excess of 70GWh.

World Bank looking for a renewable energy consultant in Tanzania (28/07/2016)
The Climate and Carbon Finance Unit of the World Bank Group, which manages the Tanzania Renewable Energy Programme as trustee of the Carbon Partnership Facility, together with Rural Energy Agency (REA) of the United Republic of Tanzania.
The World Bank is calling for expressions of interest for a full time local consultant for the programme.
Deadline 18 August 2016.

New 2 MW hydropower plant at Lonmin site, Rustenburg, South Africa (22/07/2016)
Russian nuclear giant Rosatom will begin work on a $40-million 2 MW hydropower plant for South African platinum producer Lonmin in August.

Sweden opens first financing round of €20m off-grid electrification fund for Zambia (21/06/2016)
The Government of Sweden and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) announced the opening of the first financing round of the Power Africa: Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia.

TESVOLT supplies Rwanda with the world’s largest off-grid battery system (14/06/2016)
The German commercial storage system manufacturer Tesvolt has been awarded the contract to supply the world’s largest decentralized off-grid storage system, which acts as a mini-grid during power cuts.

Scaling Solar's first auction in Zambia sets new regional benchmark for low-cost solar power (13/06/2016)
Zambia set a new benchmark for low-cost solar power in Africa on Monday with a competitive auction organized by Scaling Solar, a World Bank Group program that removes obstacles to large-scale solar power in developing countries.

Zambia’s Lufubu hydropower firm requests Expression of Interest (31/05/2016)
The Lufubu Power Company (LPC), a special purpose vehicle formed under the laws of Zambia as an independent power producer (IPP) seeking to develop a cascade project.

EEP opens new Calls for Proposals (22/03/2016)
The Energy & Environment Partnership (EEP) has opened two new Calls for Proposals for co-funding renewable energy projects in southern and east Africa. Deadline is 25 April 2016.

Eco-Fuel Africa wins EEP project of the year award 2015 (15/12/2015)
The Ugandan based Social Enterprise Eco-Fuel Africa won the prestigious title "Project of the Year 2015" at the annual Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) arranged by the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme of Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA).

IFC launches mini-grid program to increase energy access in Tanzania (15/10/2015)
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, this week launched a $5 million program to increase access to energy in Tanzania by developing a market for mini-grids. The initiative aims to bring affordable, off-grid renewable energy to households and businesses in rural Tanzania.

Joint venture to build and operate 'pipeline of hydropower plants' across Africa (01/09/2015)
African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) is forming a partnership with French hydropower equipment manufacturer Mecamidi to develop "a pipeline of hydropower plants" in several African nations.

Phase 2 begins for Kenyan 320 kW Ndurumo microhydro project (27/08/2015)
Phase 2 of the Ndurumo hydroelectric project on the Kathita River in Meru County, Kenya is set to begin in September with the construction of a penstock for a 320 kW micro-hydroelectric facility. Estimated total cost for the entire project is US$ 580,000.

South African research team develops concentrated solar power system (26/08/2015)
South African solar energy researchers at Stellenbosch University have designed and developed the Helio100 system, a portable and easy to install CSP installation.

KTDA Invests in Green Energy by Commissioning Four Hydro Power Plants (25/08/2015)
The Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd. broke ground Aug. 18 on its 1.8 MW Lower Nyamindi small hydro project.

Nigeria inaugurates 400 kW Tunga dam hydro power plant (14/08/2015)
Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba on Friday inaugurated the 400 kilowatt Tunga Dam Small Hydro Power Plant that would provide electricity to more than 10, 000 people on the Mambila Plateau.

Zimbabwe: Thumbs-Up for Mutirikwi Mini-Hydro Power Plant (01/06/2015)
Work on a $13,5 million mini-hydro power plant on Lake Mutirikwi Dam is set to begin soon after Masvingo Rural District Council gave the green light.

AfDB Five-Year energy review finds 14 million people enjoy improved electricity access (28/04/2015)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released the 2014 edition of its 'Development Effectiveness Review on Energy' (DER). The report, which was produced by AfDB's Quality Assurance and Results and Energy, Environment and Climate Change Departments, focuses on AfDB's energy operations and its contribution to building sustainable energy infrastructure on the African continent from 2009-2013.

Off-Grid Experts Awards search for special achievements and experiences with off-grid power supply (28/04/2015)
The Off-Grid Experts Awards 2015 are looking for companies, institutions and individuals that have set inspiring examples in driving forward the energy revolution with off-grid power based on renewable energies or made sustainable experiences in the field of energy independence. The deadline for submissions is May 30th, 2015.

EU unveils private equity fund to invest in African energy (24/04/2015)
The EU has unveiled plans to partner up with a Paris-based private equity firm to invest in energy companies across Sub-Saharan Africa.

South Africa to add 6.3 GW to future REIPPPP tenders (16/04/2015)
South Africa intends to procure an additional 6,300 MW of renewable energy capacity in future tenders following the "extremely successful" fourth bid window, which saw contract awards for 1,121 MW.

Cameroon prequalifies seven for Lom Pangar hydropower plant construction (13/03/2015)
The Cameroon government has released a list of seven companies pre-qualified to construct a 30 MW hydropower plant at Lom Pangar Dam, which is being built on the country's Sanaga River.

EEP announces Call for Proposals for renewable energy and energy efficiency market creation projects (05/03/2015)
The Energy and Environment Partnership Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA) is a challenge fund that promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean technology investments. EEP S&EA is active in Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Aurecon appointed EPCM role for Stortemelk hydropower plant (14/11/2014)
Construction of the 4.5 MW Stortemelk hydropower plant near Clarens in South Africa has begun after Stortemelk Hydro (Pty) Ltd, an SPV majority owned by Renewable Energy Holdings Pty) Ltd (REH) reached financial close for the development.

SEFA supports ICA and UNEP's effort to map Africa's energy resources (17/10/2014)
The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) approved a US $265,000 grant to the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) partnership for the development of the Atlas of Africa's Energy Resources.

Government authorises construction of Chemba hydroelectric plant in Mozambique (15/10/2014)
The Mozambican Council of Ministers has approved the resolution authorising negotiation of the project to build the Chemba hydroelectric plant on the Zambezi River in central Mozambique.

Energy sector is key to powering prosperity in sub-Saharan Africa - IEA Report (13/10/2014)
Increasing access to modern forms of energy is crucial to unlocking faster economic and social development in sub Saharan Africa, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Africa Energy Outlook, a Special Report in the 2014 World Energy Outlook series.

Global green energy awards announces 2015 call for entries (10/10/2014)
Seeking African sustainable energy pioneers
Deadline for entries: 4 November 2014

Ashden are looking for applicants for its 2015 Awards, rewarding pioneering sustainable energy organisations, businesses and NGOs with up to GBP 40,000, global media exposure, a tailored business support programme and the chance to become an active member of the Ashden Alumni, sharing sustainable energy knowledge and best practice.

2014 World Water Week in Stockholm: Africa Focus Day on hydropower (02/09/2014)
With Africa registering the lowest electricity generation in the world and hydropower severely underexplored, calls are mounting for leaders of government and industry alike to step up efforts to change the status quo. This emerged on the third day of the 2014 World Water Week in Stockholm, where one of the sub-themes was Africa Focus Day.

South African cabinet approves draft Grand Inga Project treaty (22/08/2014)
The South African cabinet has approved the draft treaty between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the development of the Grand Inga Project.

Solar wi-fi lamps to connect rural areas (21/08/2014)
South African-based technology company Net1 Mobile Solutions is preparing to roll out the Sun-e-light, a solar-powered lamp which also functions as a mobile phone charger and a wi-fi hotspot, as part of a corporate social responsibility project aimed at opening up the digital world to people in rural areas.

Zambia welcomes $150 million ethanol plant (18/08/2014)
Mahtani Group has partnered with UK-based Sunbird Group to develop a $150 million bioethanol plant in the Luapula Province, Zambia.

Umgeni Water is looking for an Environmental Assessment Practitioner for the Mooi-Umgeni water transfer system hydroplant (10/08/2014)
Umgeni Water has published a tender for the appointment of an Environmental Assessment Practitioner to conduct a Basic Assessment Study for the installation of a hydropower unit on the Mooi - Umgeni transfer system.

Kariba dam rehabilitation project - reshaping of the plunge pool - EuropeAid tender info (07/08/2014)
The objective of the contract is to reshape the plunge pool of the Kariba dam, which entails the removal of approximately 300.000 m3 of rock through blasting operations and the construction of a temporary cofferdam to secure working condition under dry conditions during the implementation period.

Eskom and the European Investment Bank agree on EUR 75M loan for CSP plant (07/08/2014)
Eskom and Europe's long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank (EIB), have agreed a new EUR 75 million (R1.1 billion) finance contract to support Eskom's 100 MW Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plant close to Upington in the Northern Cape.

SMA launches inverter-factory in South Africa (07/08/2014)
The SMA Solar Technology AG (SMS) launched an inverter-factory for local production in Cape Town, South Africa. It consists of a production line, storage facilities and a test center for central inverters.

EIB finances the DBSA's R 1,4 billion renewable energy project in Northern Cape (06/08/2014)
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is pleased to announce that it signed with the European Investment Bank (EIB) a R 1,4 billion finance contract to support the development of the !Ka Xu 100 MW concentrated solar power in the Northern Cape, South Africa.

Ballard and Anglo American launch fuel cell home generator in rural South Africa (05/08/2014)
Ballard Power Systems and Anglo American Platinum, the world's largest primary producer of platinum, announced the launch of a field trial of a methanol-fuelled home generator system in an off-grid residential application.

Solar panel production plant launched in W Cape (05/08/2014)
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the opening of a solar panel manufacturing plant in Cape Town is good for job creation and has the potential to create secondary industries.

World Bank Group commits US$ 5 Billion to boost electricity generation in six African countries (05/08/2014)
The World Bank Group committed $5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries - Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania - which have partnered with President Obama's Power Africa initiative.

Pre-qualification for rehabilitation and upgrade of Maziba small hydroplant in Uganda (22/07/2014)
The Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL) invites eligible providers to submit sealed bids for pre-qualification for the Provision of Rehabilitation and Upgrade of the Small Hydro Power Plant (HPP) Maziba.

deadline is 21 August 2014

South African firm builds solar PV weather reference station (21/07/2014)
South African firm Sinetech built southern Africa's first accurate solar PV panel and weather reference station on the company's roof at Strijdom Park. It will be used to generate real-time, objective solar PV panel data, in combination with weather data, specific to South Africa but of benefit to a global audience.

Yingli Solar to build 2MW PV plant in Dakar (18/07/2014)
Yingli has signed an EPC contract with Senelec, to construct a 2 MW ground-mounted PV plant.

EDF granted full rights to develop Cameroon's Nachtigal Hydroelectric Project (14/07/2014)
Basile Atangana Kouna, Minister of Water Energy of the Republic of Cameroon and Electricité de France (EDF) has signed a production concession contract, giving EDF full development rights for the Nachtigal Hydroelectric Project.

Concrete towers for Gouda windfarm: a first for South Africa (11/07/2014)
The 138 MW Gouda windfarm in the Drakenstein Municipality by ACCIONA and Aveng will is the first wind farm in South Africa using concrete towers.

138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm inaugurated (10/07/2014)
Globeleq, the leading private power generation company in Africa has celebrated completion of another of its renewable energy projects in South Africa, the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm located between the towns of Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape.

40 MW solar-tracking PV plant begins producing in Northern Cape (10/07/2014)
Commercial operations have started at Scatec Solar's 40 MW Linde PV project, located near Hanover in South Africa's Northern Cape and incorporating solar-tracking technology.

MTN unveils first concentrated solar plant (10/07/2014)
Telecommunications giant MTN this week unveiled Africa's first concentrating solar cooling plant, paving the way for South African companies to adopt similar strategies to reduce their carbon footprint.

SgurrMetMasts installed in Malawi for Scottish Government funded renewables programme (10/07/2014)
SgurrEnergy has completed the installation of two SgurrMetMasts, its wind monitoring meteorological mast product, in Malawi for the Wind Energy Preparation Programme (WEPP), part of the larger Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP).

Call for Proposals: Web-based GIS hydropower resource mapping for ECOWAS countries (09/07/2014)
ECREEE is planning to implement a web-based GIS hydropower resource mapping, to facilitate the identification of attractive sites for hydropower generation in the ECOWAS Region.

South Africa enters solar power world top 10 (08/07/2014)
South Africa has now connected more than half a gigawatt of utility-scale solar power, moving into the world top 10 of countries harnessing renewable energy from the sun, according to figures released last month by

Exim Bank of India adds line of credit for Congo's 64 MW Ketende hydropower project (07/07/2014)
The Export-Import Bank of India has extended a US$ 82 million line of credit to the Democratic Republic of Congo to finance the completion of its 64 MW Ketende hydropower project.

EDF and IFC sign agreement to promote rural electrification in Africa and globally (04/07/2014)
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and EDF, a global leader in the power sector, have signed an agreement to cooperate in developing off-grid electrification solutions in emerging markets, with the ultimate goal of serving up to half a million people living in rural areas, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Rwanda completes 2.2-MW Rukarara 2 hydropower project (01/07/2014)
Rwandan officials are hoping the recently completed 2.2 MW Runkarara 2 hydropower station will help improve the lives of residents in the country's rural Nyamagabe district.

ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility for Peri-urban and Rural Areas - Second Call for Proposals (01/07/2014)
The ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF) is a grant facility managed by ECREEE which provides grant co-funding for small to medium sized renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE) projects and businesses in rural and peri-urban areas.

EoI for small hydro project at the Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre in Namalundu (27/06/2014)
The Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre (KGRTC) has sourced funds from the Swedish Government for Business Development Phase I of KGRTC, and intends to apply part of the funds towards Consultancy Services to undertake feasibility studies and preparation of tender documents for the construction of a Small Hydropower Station in Namalundu.

WRC/UP project on conduit hydropower awarded Community Renewable Energy Award (27/06/2014)
As part of the Mail&Guardian Greening the Future Awards, the conduit hydropower project of the Water Research Commission received the Community Renewable Energy Award.

Inauguration of eight hybrid mini-grids in Mali (25/06/2014)
On the 25th June 2014, after 3 years of operation, the Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES) in the Netherlands and its company SSD-EN SA Yeelen Kura, inaugurated the 8 hybrid mini-grids utilized for the power supply of the localities of Koumantou, Kignan, Yorosso, Niena, M'pessoba, Kouri, Ourikela and Kolondiéba.

New report reveals finance and support gap for clean energy access enterprises (25/06/2014)
A new report published today by Ashden and Christian Aid reveals how donors, investors, technical experts and policy makers can improve support to enterprises providing access to clean energy in the developing world.

AfDB finances construction of two hydropower plants in Burundi (23/06/2014)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved on 23 June 2014 in Tunis a US$ 22 million grant from its Fragile States Facility for the Jiji and Mulembwe Hydroelectric Plant Project in Burundi.

UNECA Reports on Energy Access and Security in Eastern Africa (10/06/2014)
The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has launched a report detailing the state of energy access and security in 14 Eastern African countries. The report finds that Eastern Africa's population has one of the lowest electricity access rates in the world, ranging from 1% in the State of South Sudan (9.3 million people without access) to 22.5% in Ethiopia (nearly 64.5 million without access).

Equatorial Guinea to Install Solar Microgrid System on Annobon Province (05/06/2014)
The government of Equatorial Guinea has announced that it will install a self-sufficient solar microgrid project in Annobon Province in partnership with three American companies: the consulting firm MAECI Solar, GE Power & Water and Princeton Power Systems.

Renewables 2014 Global Status Report launched (04/06/2014)
The Renewables Global Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide. It enables policymakers, industry, investors and civil society to make informed decisions.

Second call for proposals for the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF) (03/06/2014)
ECREEE has launched the second call for the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF) which targets the implementation of renewable energy powered mini-grids and the establishment of a management, operation and maintenance systems in rural and peri-urban areas in West Africa.

GIZ Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) policy advisor job opening (02/06/2014)
GIZ is looking for a Policy advisor to support the advancement of the federal policy framework for RE, EE and Rural Electrification in Nigeria and to provide advice on favorable conditions for investors in grid-connected RE.

EEP S&EA Programme funding windows are open (01/06/2014)
The Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with Southern and East Africa is Programme which is seeking high-quality applications for projects in the two regions that can contribute to the reduction of poverty by promoting inclusive and job-creating green economy and by improving energy security while mitigating global climate change.

South African REIPPP bidding window 4 sees larger allocation for larger small hydropower projects (01/06/2014)
The South African government has issued a Request for Qualifications and Proposal for 4th bidding window of REIPPP, which includes larger allocations for small hydropower.

Two of the largest solar energy plants in South Africa come online (28/05/2014)
SolarReserve, a leading global developer of utility scale solar power projects and advanced solar thermal technology, today announced that two 75-megawatt (MW-DC) solar photovoltaic (PV) projects have completed construction and are fully operational and successfully helping to power the Eskom South African electric grid with renewable energy.

Round II of Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge by USADF / GE / USAID now open (28/05/2014)
The U.S. African Development Foundation, in collaboration with GE Africa and USAID, has opened the second round of its Off-Grid Energy Grant Challenge. They will be awarding $1.8 million in Renewable Energy Grants, for business solutions from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) officially launched (26/05/2014)
The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has been formally launched as the umbrella body and single voice for all renewable-energy associations in the country.

1MWp solar PV project bringing clean green energy to Kenyan tea farm (22/05/2014)
Williamson Tea has unveiled East Africa's largest solar project at its Changoi Tea Farm in Bomet County, Western Kenya. The solar system will cut Williamson Tea's energy costs by around 30%, supplying clean solar electricity during the daytime to meet most of the tea processing factory's energy demand.

Africa' s Decade of Sustainable Energy for All launched at AfDB Meetings in Kigali (20/05/2014)
Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, and Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, have officially launched the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All in Africa.

Nkula A Rehabilitation and Upgrading Works tender (19/05/2014)
The Millennium Challenge Account is looking for qualified consultants for rehabilitation work on the Nkula A hydropower plant in Malawi

R3bn solar plants unveiled in Northern Cape (16/05/2014)
A consortium led by British company Globeleq officially launched two solar power plants, representing a combined investment of R3-billion, in the Northern Cape this week.

uMgungundlovu District Municipality in South Africa is looking for consultants for a feasibility study on Albert Falls Dam hydro (14/05/2014)
The uMgungundlovu District Municipality seeks professional service providers to conduct a feasibility study for the development of a Hydropower Station at the Albert Falls Dam.

World Bank to finance new hydropower development in Burundi (22/04/2014)
On the 22nd of April, the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved a US$100 million grant to the Republic of Burundi to finance the Jiji and Mulembwe hydropower project.

Thirteen more SMART turbines sold in Nigeria (15/04/2014)
Smart Hydro Power recently signed a deal for thirteen additional kinetic water turbines in Nigeria, after the successful installation of two turbines at the end of 2013.

Results of the 4th National Energy Barometer Survey (NEBS) (14/04/2014)
Each year building owners and facility managers enter their buildings in the National Energy Barometer Survey (NEBS) to compare how they have improved their energy use against others in a similar industry - hospitals, offices, car dealers, hotels and shopping centers.

Call for proposals for clean energy projects in Africa launched by SEFA and partners (19/03/2014)
Together with partners, the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) is co-organizing the Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF-3) Business Plan Competition.

Bloemwater head office powered by microhydro plant (14/03/2014)
During the South African Water Week, which is taking place from March 17 to 23, research body the Water Research Commission (WRC) is launching the Bloemwater hydropower project, in an attempt to save on energy costs for the Bloemfontein area.

The Rwandan Energy Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA) calls for private sector companies to develop microhydropower plants as IPPs (03/03/2014)
The Rwandan public utility EWSA is looking for proposals from private sector companies to invest in 9 Greenfield micro-hydro projects operating on an Independent Power Producer (IPP) basis.

Solar power shines into Africa (01/03/2014)
A shopkeeper in the rural Kenyan town of Bomet sells more than 200 small solar lamps each month. After charging in direct sunlight each lamp lights a small room from dusk to dawn.

Google and 3TIER give universal access to global wind and solar resource potential data (27/02/2014)
3TIER, a Vaisala company and global leader in renewable energy assessment and forecasting, announced the public release of wind and solar annual averages from its global datasets as part of Google's Map Gallery launch.

ANDRITZ HYDRO to supply electromechanical equipment for Lauca hydropower plant, Angola (26/02/2014)
International technology Group ANDRITZ is to supply the electromechanical equipment for the new Lauca hydropower plant, Angola, via Construtora Norberto Odebrecht to GAMEK

NuPlanet looking for PROJECT COORDINATOR AND ANALYST (20/02/2014)
NuPlanet is a renewable energy project developer based in Cape Town. They are part of a group that specialises in the development, ownership and operation of small and medium hydro power plants across Southern Africa.

First compilation of world's small hydropower data launched (14/02/2014)
A new web-based knowledge sharing portal on small hydropower that features best practices from different regions of the world has been launched by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Centre on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP). It contains 20 regional overviews and 149 country-level reports.

MULK OGI - Oasis Gulf Investment, FZC wins Multimillion USD contract in Sierra Leone (03/02/2014)
Mulk OGI - Oasis Gulf Investment, FZC, a company of the Sharjah-based diversified conglomerate affiliated to Mulk Holdings , has recently won a multimillion USD contract to provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) expertise for the pioneering USD 18 million project, based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and to become one of West Africa's largest solar parks.

200,000 MW hydro to light Africa's future - a controversy? (01/02/2014)
Within the last ten years the World Bank has invested an estimate of US$ 550 million annually in hydro projects alongside with the African Development Bank's Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) prioritising investment into nine key projects within strategic African regions.

CTI PFAN Launches Call for Proposals for AFRICEF-3 (30/01/2014)
CTI PFAN is pleased to announce the Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing 2014 (AFRICEF-3).

South Africa demonstrates algae-to-energy technology (30/01/2014)
Innovative technology that uses algae to convert waste coal dust into a clean, high-quality coal which can readily be processed into biofuel was publicly demonstrated at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

Rutile project signs hydroelectric power MOU (17/01/2014)
Sierra Rutile Limited has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Smol Pawa Sierra Leone Ltd. with the objective of being a cornerstone purchaser in respect to its Moyamba hydro project.

African Utility Week to honour energy industry's best and brightest in May (15/01/2014)
Africa's leading utility and energy professionals and projects are to be honoured at the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa that is taking place in Cape Town from 13 - 14 May this year.

SEFA grant provides key support for Morocco wind project (08/01/2014)
A US $960,000 Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) grant for the Jbel-Sendoug (Khalladi) Wind Project in Northern Morocco was approved at the end of December 2013 to support outstanding preparation activities to bring the project to bankability.

Feasibility Study for a Mini-Hydroelectric Power Plant at Lubovane Dam, Swaziland (11/12/2013)
The Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) invites suitably qualified and competent consulting Engineering firms to submit tender bids for undertaking a feasibility study of a mini-hydroelectric power station utilizing water from the Lubovane Dam in the Lowveld.

Electrawinds and IFC InfraVentures jointly develop a large-scale wind project in Kenya (01/12/2013)
Electrawinds and IFC InfraVentures have signed a cooperation agreement for the development of a large-scale wind project in Mpeketoni (Lamu County).

SOLA Future appointed as Preferred Bidder on Woolworths Head Office PV project (27/11/2013)
Woolworths have appointed SOLA as the preferred bidder for a 108kW PV system on their head office in Cape Town.

AfDB Board commits US $113M to regional Rusumo Falls Hydropower project (27/11/2013)
The African Development Bank Group's (AfDB) efforts to improve sustainable energy supply and access in Africa took a leap forward with the Board of Directors approval of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydropower Project.

DBSA and the South African DoE join forces to increase rural communities' access to electricity (12/11/2013)
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) announced a R205 million combined Integrated National Electrification Programme frontloading loan facility (INEP frontloading loan facility) to fast-track implementation of the electrification projects.

Cameroon signs deal with EdF to build Nachtigal Falls hydroplant (12/11/2013)
Cameroon and Electricite de France have agreed to build a 400 billion CFA hydroelectric plant to generate 360 MW, and most of that power will be used to double production at a major aluminium plant, government officials said.

Preferred bidders in third window of South African REIPPP announced (04/11/2013)
The Department of Energy has signed agreements with 17 new preferred bidders in Window 3 of its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPP), which is set to boost South Africa's power supply.

SA and DRC sign Grand Inga project treaty (31/10/2013)
South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today signed a crucial treaty on the Grand Inga Hydropower Project.

UNIDO and ICSHP present the World Small Hydropower Development Report 2013 (30/10/2013)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has collaborated with the China-based International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) to produce the World Small Hydro Development Report 2013 (WSHPDR 2013) and to develop the first small hydropower knowledge portal providing a global assessment of small hydropower capacities and potential.

Official inauguration of the Ashegoda wind farm in Ethiopia (25/10/2013)
On 23 October, the Ethiopian government will officially open the Ashegoda power-generating complex, which is among the largest wind farms in sub-Saharan Africa with a capacity of 120 MW.

Rooftop PV for Waterfall Maal in Rustenburg (ZA) (21/10/2013)
Growthpoint Properties plans to install a R10-million utility-scale 892-MWh-a-year solar power rooftop plant to power its Waterfall Mall, in Rustenburg.

Zera develops feed in tariffs for renewable energy (20/10/2013)
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) is developing a renewable energy feed in tariffs (Refits), a policy structure that makes it mandatory for energy companies responsible for operating the national grid to purchase electricity from renewable energy sources.

SNV is looking for Multi Country Project Leader PicoPV4Africa programme (solar distribution) (18/10/2013)
SNV is seeking for an experienced senior professional with BoP marketing expertise focusing on renewable energy (picoPV units and/or rural electrification), who can lead the expansion and in particular, the innovation of SNV’s RE practice and portfolio across SNV countries in Africa.

Call for Papers for special "Renewable Energy" supplement of Energize magazine (18/10/2013)
After the successful first issue of Energize RE, the special Renewable Energy supplement Energize magazine in July 2013, EE Publishers is producing a second issue of Energize RE to be published in Feb 2014.

Eskom to sign EUR 100M deal with France for CSP plant (16/10/2013)
Eskom and Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) are to sign a R1.3 billion loan agreement, the power parastatal has announced.

Sod turning for the Grassridge Wind Energy Facility in Port Elizabeth (16/10/2013)
Construction of the Grassridge Wind Energy Facility in Nelson Mandela Bay officially began today, with project representatives from the Department of Energy (DoE), InnoWind (Pty) Ltd, PPC Ltd and community representatives from Motherwell turning the first soil of the R 1.2 billion wind farm.

WEC: Africa struggles to keep up with global electricity access (15/10/2013)
While access to electricity has improved across the world, sub-Saharan Africa would continue its struggle to light up the continent by 2050, the latest report by the World Energy Council (WEC) shows.

Young Africa Namibia is looking for head of Department Solar Technology (15/10/2013)
For its new to start Solar Technology Department YAN is looking for an experienced entrepreneur with proven skills in the field of solar technology to run the department and train students.

Soitec supplies solar CPV system for microgrid project in Madagascar (15/10/2013)
Fondation Energies pour le Monde (Paris) has completed installation of a 2.28 kW Soitec concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) system, which combined with pre-existing wind turbines powers a microgrid for a small community on the island of Madagascar.

Renewable Energy in West Africa: Status, Experiences and Trends (11/10/2013)
The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), Casa Africa and the Instituto Tecnologico de Canarias S.A. (ITC), jointly released the new publication Renewable Energy in West Africa: Status, Experiences and Trends.

Brand Engineering diversifies to incorporate renewable energy (11/10/2013)
Brand Engineering SA (Pty) Ltd is diversifying and expanding its role in the electrical engineering industry, and has been awarded a total of 14 projects in the implementation of solar and wind energy in South Africa.

100 000 sq meter PV roof in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (10/10/2013)
A R17-million, 1 MW industrial grid-tied solar plant, placed atop the 100 000 square meter roof of Belgotex Floorcoverings' manufacturing facility in Pietermaritzburg, was set to come online in November.

Boeing and South African Airways launch aviation biofuel initiative in southern Africa (10/10/2013)
Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) announced that they will work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent.

Chinese begin work on Uganda's Isimba Falls hydropower plant (10/10/2013)
The China International Water & Electric Corporation broke ground on Uganda's 183-MW Isimba Falls hydropower plant early October.

Procurement of solar pumps for agriculture project in Malawi (09/10/2013)
As part of African Development Bank support, the Government of Malawi is requesting bids for solar pumps and accessories for irrigation schemes.

uMgungundlovu District Municipality in South Africa initiates feasibility study on Albert Falls Dam hydro (02/10/2013)
The uMgungundlovu District Municipality is requesting quotations from reputable, experienced and reliable service providers for a feasibility study on the generation of Hydropower at the Albert Falls Dam. Deadline is 11 October 2013

CfC Stanbic Bank Kenya in Sh13b deal to build wind power project (02/10/2013)
CfC Stanbic Bank has signed a deal with independent power producer Aeolus Kenya, to build the Sh12.9 billion ($150 million) Kinangop Wind Park in Kenya.

IRENA publishes wind map of Africa (01/10/2013)
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published a complete wind map of the African continent as part of its Global Atlas for Solar and Wind.

Reykjavik Geothermal agrees to build 1,000 MW in Ethiopia (27/09/2013)
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.

Update on South Africa DoE energy programmes (26/09/2013)
The Department of Energy (DoE) on Thursday gave an update on programmes and projects presented in its 2013/14 budget vote speech.

New 4 MW hydroplant for two tea factories in Bomet, Kenya. (25/09/2013)
Kenya Tea Development Agency will build a Sh800 million hydropower project in Bomet. The project is undertaken by Kapkoros and Tirgaga tea factories.

Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge (24/09/2013)
US African Development Foundation and GE Africa are partnering to promote innovative solutions that develop, scale-up or extend the use of proven technologies for off-grid energy - reaching communities not served by existing power grids.

Solar system installed on Mfango Island (Kenya) to reduce diesel costs (23/09/2013)
On Mfangano Island in the eastern part of Lake Victoria, juwi installed a Solar-Fuel-Saver, an intelligent system for integrating solar systems into existing, or even new diesel generator grids.

Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa scales-up operations with USAID support (23/09/2013)
The Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved the conversion of the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) - a bilateral trust fund established with funding from the Government of Denmark and administered by the AfDB - into a multi-donor trust fund with a wider remit.

South Africa's mandatory biofuels blending to start in 2015 (23/09/2013)
South Africa has set the beginning of October 2015 as the date from which fuel producers will have to blend diesel and petrol with biofuels.

Samsung Africa installs its First Solar Generator at South African school (12/09/2013)
Phomolong Secondary School in Tembisa became the first school to be connected to one of Samsung's Solar Power Generators.

New biodiesel facility in Tunis on restaurant cooking oil (12/09/2013)
Incbio, a Portugal-based biodiesel technology provider, has signed a contract with Biokast Energy to supply an 8,000 tonne capacity a year ultrasonic biodiesel plant for installation in Tunisia, North Africa.

Solar PV IPP Kalkbult connects to SA grid (11/09/2013)
The 75MW Kalkbult solar plant has become the first PV project under South Africa's renewable energy programme to be connected to the grid.

US agency provides grant to support rooftop solar plans for Western Cape government in South Africa (11/09/2013)
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a US$ 545 000 grant to the Green Cape Sector Development Agency NPC (Green Cape), serving on behalf of the Western Cape Government's (WCG) Department of Transport and Public Works, to evaluate the technical and financial feasibility of implementing a large-scale rooftop solar photovoltaic project for the generation of renewable energy for the WCG’s own use in its buildings situated in Cape Town's central business district.

Ashden Awards 2014 call for submissions open (04/09/2013)
The search begins today for winners of the 2014 Ashden Awards, offering the chance for sustainable energy trailblazers in the UK and developing world to receive global recognition for their efforts and join an elite community of Ashden alumni.

South Africa to Host the next International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) in autumn 2015 (02/09/2013)
The Government of South Africa announced that it has teamed up with REN21 - the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century - to organise the next International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) in South Africa in autumn 2015.

DRC's Tshopo hydropower rehabilitated (02/09/2013)
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) saw its Tshopo hydropower plant rehabilitated after the local electric utility, SNEL, asked for help 13 years ago.

Government of Kenya plans to scale up massively its wind power programme in the near future (30/08/2013)
A high-level government delegation from Kenya has been on a study tour through Europe, facilitated by WWEA and as part of a major programme organized by Windforce Management which aims at analyzing and improving the conditions for wind power in Kenya in general.

Gauteng to roll-out R11bn solar panel project (29/08/2013)
The Gauteng Provincial Government (South Africa) is to spend R11 billion for a large scale roll-out of solar panels on all state-owned buildings across the province.

Abengoa completes tower construction of the first solar tower in South Africa, Khi Solar One (27/08/2013)
Representatives of the national government, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the local community attended flag raising event to commemorate the milestone.

Energy Cybernetics enters solar PV market launching SUNCybernetics (22/08/2013)
A joint partnership formed between Energy Cybernetics of South Africa and SUNfarming in Germany has resulted in the launch of SUNCybernetics - small, medium and large scale solar PV solution providers.

Biogas installation at Northern Water Works inaugurated (20/08/2013)
In what has been hailed as a first of its kind in South Africa, City of Johannesburg water utility, Johannesburg Water (JW),officially launched its pilot Biogas Project at the Northern Works Waste Water Treatment Plant on Tuesday, 20 August 2013.

Map boost for SA wind energy projects (01/08/2013)
South Africa's renewable energy efforts ramped up with the launch of the country's first large-scale high-resolution Wind Resource Map on Wednesday.

Vestas receives 105 MW order in South Africa (01/08/2013)
Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order for 35 V112-3.0 MW turbines for three wind power plants in South Africa.

Zimbabwean REA to roll out 64 biogas digesters (24/07/2013)
The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has invited bids to roll out 64 institutional biogas digesters in the country's eight provinces as it moves to ease the load on the national energy grid.

World Bank announces funding for Angola's Cambambe 2 expansion (12/07/2013)
The World Bank has committed US$512 million to Angola to finance an expansion of the Cambambe hydropower project.

AfDB expects African wind Power Ccapacity to increase 10-Fold (05/07/2013)
A report from the African Development Bank (AfDB) said that wind power is expected to increase by a factor of 10 over the next few years.

Biogas project underway in Zambia (01/07/2013)
Home owners in Solwezi, Zambia will be connected to biogas stoves thanks to a project run by the Devolution Trust Fund (DTF).

Lesotho Highlands Water Project phase 2 includes 1 GW of hydropower (24/06/2013)
Lesotho and South Africa have in principle agreed upon the R12 billion second phase of the Lesotho Highlands water project. It will boost water supplies to South Africa and generate hydroelectric electricity.

SolarWorld brings solar energy to South Africa wine farms (24/06/2013)
Two grid-tied solar electricity systems have been delievered to J.C. Bosman Boerdery.

Company to build R5m solar PV system at Anglo's Kriel colliery (20/06/2013)
Mining major Anglo American has awarded SolarPower Africa the contract to build a 240 kWp grid-connected, ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) system to provide electricity to the central administration offices at the Kriel colliery, in Mpumalanga.

Clarke Energy to develop biogas project for Tropical Power in Kenya (18/06/2013)
Tropical Power, a developer of biogas and solar plants in Africa, has signed a deal with Clarke Energy to supply the first two containerised Jenbacher biogas engines in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Electrawinds plans 90 MW windfarm in Kenya (01/06/2013)
Electrawinds, a Belgian renewable-energy developer, will work with the World Bank's International Finance Corp. to build a EURO 180 million ($234 million) wind farm in Kenya.

Voith to upgrade Inga 1 units (27/05/2013)
Voith has signed a deal worth more than $ 74 million with Democratic Republic of Congo's electricity utility to refurbish part of the Inga 1 hydropower site

Construction of 700 MW Zungeru hydroplant started in Nigeria (22/05/2013)
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in Zungeru, Niger State carried out a ground breaking ceremony of the 700 megawatts Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Plant Project.

Green light for Eskom's Sere wind farm (21/05/2013)
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa has given state company Eskom a licence to go ahead with its Sere wind farm near Koekenaap in the Western Cape.

EdM selects consortium for Mavuzi and Chicamba hydropower plants rehabilitation (21/05/2013)
A contract signed by state-owned power company Electricidade de Mozambique (EdM) and a French consortium will allow for the repair of the Mavuzi and Chicamba hydropower plants.

South Africa and the DRC agree on off take agreement for Inga 3 (20/05/2013)
With South Africa confirmed as a key partner, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has announced October 2015 as the launch date for construction of the first phase of what could eventually be the largest hydroelectric plant in the world.

UNIDO hands Nigerian hydro centre to energy commission (16/05/2013)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has handed over the administration function of UNIDO-Regional Centre for Small Hydropower Development in Africa to the Energy Commission of Nigeria.

Construction begins on 160 MW CSP plant in Morocco (10/05/2013)
Construction on Morocco's 160 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant project in Ouarzazate began on Friday with a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony by King Mohammed VI.

AfDB grants Malawi US $3M for Kholombidzo feasibility study (25/03/2013)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group approved, on March 25, 2013, a grant amounting to US $3.04 million to finance the Kholombidzo Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) Feasibility Studies in Malawi.

Grant for Nosy Be hybrid renewables investigation (15/02/2013)
The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a US$1 million grant to finalise pre-investment activities for a hybrid renewable energy project in Nosy Be Island in Madagascar.

US$17.6 million boost for small hydro in Uganda (01/02/2013)
Uganda's rural electrification drive has received a US$17.6 million boost from the Dutch ORIO Infrastructure Fund for feasibility studies leading to the construction of 10 mini hydro power stations around the country.

UNDP Study Outlines NAMA on Sustainable Charcoal in Uganda (31/01/2013)
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a 'Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action Study on Sustainable Charcoal in Uganda', identifying major opportunities in the charcoal sector to prevent carbon emissions and foster sustainable development in least developed countries.

KenGen's Kindaruma Unit II handed over (21/01/2013)
KenGen's Kindaruma Unit II has been handed over to the company after an upgrade by project contractors Andritz Hydro of Austria and Iran's Farab Company

AfDB Energy Policy to promote energy access and low-carbon growth (11/01/2013)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved its new Energy Sector Policy, providing a framework within which to promote access to modern, reliable and affordable access to energy for regional member countries (RMCs), as well as ensure that their energy sectors develop in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable manner. It is expected that the policy will also aid in addressing climate change and other environmental challenges.

Namibia's largest roof-mounted PV system complete (12/12/2012)
The 237-kWh PV installation, Namibia's largest roof-mounted crystalline PV system, has been successfully installed at Woermann Brock Supermarket.

Solea Renewables commissions off-grid diesel hybrid solar PV plant for South African mining company (06/12/2012)
Solea Renewables (Johannesburg, South Africa) completed and commissioned the world’s first 1 MW ground mounted diesel/solar photovoltaic (PV) hybrid electric power plant for industrial mining applications.

Zambian Shiwangandu small hydro-power plant inaugurated (05/12/2012)
The President of the Republic of Zambia, Michael Sata, today commissioned the Shiwangandu small hydro-power plant (SHP), which will supply a mini-grid that will benefit over 25,000 people. It is the first power plant built in Zambia since the 1970s.

Solar wind hybrid minigrid at Wadi el-Natrun, Egypt (15/11/2012)
German manufacturer juwi has completed its first project in Egypt: a solar power plant with four small wind turbines and a battery storage unit.

Niger's mobile services extended into rural areas using solar PV (14/11/2012)
As renewable energy applications continue to trend within the telecommunications industry, Niger becomes the latest country to see mobile connectivity via solar power.

SinoHydro gets Kariba South tender (14/11/2012)
The State Procurement Board of Zimbabwe has finally awarded the tender for Kariba South Power Station extension to SinoHydro.

Bioenergy standard to be implemented across East Africa (12/11/2012)
The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has confirmed new international bioenergy standards will come into operation by 2014 across East Africa.

AfDB study examines the role of wind energy in Africa's economic growth (01/11/2012)
The installation of wind power stations represents 'an original approach' for African countries seeking to ensure sustainable economic growth. This was the message behind a study released on Wednesday afternoon during the African Economic Conference, which is taking place in the Rwandan capital of Kigali.

IEA report offers roadmap for doubling global hydropower by 2050 (29/10/2012)
The International Energy Agency (IEA) and Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy have published a report laying out a roadmap for doubling global hydroelectricity production by 2050. According to IEA, the achievement of such hydro production levels could prevent up to three billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel plants.

NDF has approved a EUR 500 000 grant financing to support a comprehensive assessment of the sustainability of existing and identified hydropower schem (29/10/2012)
The Nordic Development Fund will in partnership with the World Bank (WB) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) finance a country wide hydropower sustainability assessment in Tanzania.

Masdar supports Mauritania with 15 MW solar project (25/10/2012)
Mauritania will soon get a 15-MW solar power plant, courtesy of Abu Dhabi-based Masdar, that will deliver 10% of the country’s electricity capacity.

Finance needed for large and small renewable energy projects in Africa (23/10/2012)
Africa needs ambitious financing for renewable energy projects of all sizes in order to stimulate investment, maintain rapid economic growth and provide universal energy access around the continent, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Eskom asks for 16% tariff increase (22/10/2012)
Power parastatal Eskom has asked the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) for a total 16% tariff increase over the next five years.

Development of Inga 3 moving forward with new plan for power exports (22/10/2012) reports that a new power export plan could give new life to the Democratic Republic of Congo's 4,300-MW Inga 3 hydropower project.

South Africa's first grid tied PV plant unveiled in Ekurhuleni (12/10/2012)
The City of Ekurhuleni showed its commitment to promote low carbon technologies when executive mayor, Mondli Gungubele officially unveiled what is claimed to be the first and only solar plant in the country in Wattville, outside Benoni, on Friday.

Uganda's Bujagali officially inaugurated (11/10/2012)
The US$900 million 250 MW Bujagali run of river hydroelectric scheme in Uganda was officially inaugurated on October 10th by the country's president Yoweri Museveni.

UNU-IAS Releases Policy Report on Biofuels in Africa (11/10/2012)
The United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), in collaboration with the University of Oxford and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) South Africa, has released a policy report analyzing the impact of biofuel production and use on ecosystem services, biodiversity and human well-being in Africa.

South Africa's renewables procurement programme to be enlarged by a further 3 200 MW (09/10/2012)
South Africa will move to procure an additional 3 200 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2020, over and above the 3 725 MW being procured currently under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP).

Tender ESKOM Megawatt park solar photo voltaic (PV) (30/09/2012)
Request for quotations by South African utility ESKOM for a rooftop PV system at their Megawatt HQ.

RFI fo solar augmentation at ESKOM coal power plants (28/09/2012)
South African utility ESKOM has issued a Request for Information on Solar Augmentation at their power plants.

South African Energy Efficiency workshop discusses policies, technologies and cooperation with Japan (28/09/2012)
The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) has reported on a workshop, titled 'Energy Efficiency Policies and Technologies in South Africa', which discussed energy efficiency policies in and technologies available to South Africa, and cooperation between South Africa and Japan in this respect.

Minister opens SA's first utility-scale solar inverter factory (21/09/2012)
International power equipment supplier 3W Power/AEG Power Solutions has officially opened a manufacturing facility, in the Western Cape, which has the capacity to produce 200 MW/year of solar inverters, as well as electrical distribution boxes.

Malawi Expression of Interest Wind service (21/09/2012)
Malawi’s Ministry of Energy and Mining is inviting expressions of interest from eligible consulting firms to undertake wind measurement and two site prefeasibility studies for wind power generation.

ICHSP conducts assessments of small hyrdo projects in Nigeria (17/09/2012)
The International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICHSP) has carried out a technical assessment on SHP projects in Southern Nigeria.

Sri Lankan company to construct power plant in Central Kenya (13/09/2012)
Sri Lankan company VS Hydro has won the tender to construct a Sh1.3 billion ($15 million) hydropower plant for four tea factories in Nyeri County.

SA Department postpones 3rd Bid of REIPPPP (13/09/2012)
The Department of Energy has announced that the 3rd bid submission date for the Renewable Independent Power Producers programme will be postponed to 7 May 2013 due to, amongst others, representations from the market, the need to focus on Window 1 and 2 financial close processes, and to update the RFP accordingly for subsequent windows.

AfDB is looking for a Junior Consultant to support its Energy Strategy Update (12/09/2012)
The African Development Bank is looking to engage an individual consultant for the review of existing draft strategy, including an update of the existing data and portfolio information. The consultant will also be expected to contribute to strategic initiatives.

AfDB supports Morocco in large-scale renewable energy development (03/09/2012)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that it granted over US$800 million in loans in the first half of 2012 to assist in developing Morocco's renewable energy sector, particularly its solar and wind energy sectors.

AfDB Supports Hydropower Project in Gabon (20/07/2012)
The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Board of Directors has approved a €57.5 million loan in support of the Coder Hydropower Project in Gabon.

Launch of the new South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) (19/07/2012)
Energy Minister Dipuo Peters on Thursday officially launched a new body to resolve the country's rising energy demands through green projects.

REEEP is looking for experts (18/07/2012)
Ahead of REEEP’s 9th programme cycle which kicks off in late August 2012, REEEP is conducting a call for experts who could assist with tasks related to this funding cycle and beyond.

IEA, GIZ to support the development of South Africa’s Solar Energy Roadmap (09/07/2012)
The Government of South Africa, supported by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the German Development Agency (GIZ), is in the process of developing a national solar energy technology roadmap, which aims to identify the steps the country should take to increase the uptake of solar energy.

South African Green Hour celebrates a year on radio (05/07/2012)
The Green Hour radio program, an initiative of the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) and Kingfisher FM in Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB), celebrates its first anniversary after producing 44 energy efficiency and sustainability awareness shows.

en.Lighten Initiative Installs solar LED streetlights in Nairobi (05/07/2012)
The en.lighten initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) has installed eight solar LED street lights along UN Avenue in Nairobi, Kenya.

ARE launches its Small Wind Campaign (01/07/2012)
As a cornerstone of its Small Wind Campaign, the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) has published a position paper 'The potential of small and medium wind energy in developing countries. A guide for energy sector decision-makers'.

ECOWAS agrees on regional renewable energy and energy efficiency policies (29/06/2012)
In a regional workshop, held from 25 to 27 June 2012 in Dakar, Senegal, the Directors of the ECOWAS Ministries of Energy agreed on the main targets and pillars of a regional renewable energy and energy efficiency policy of ECOWAS.

KenGen receives upgraded Kindaruma dam (24/06/2012)
KenGen has received the newly installed third unit at its Kindaruma plant from the project contractors, Andritz of Austria who carried out the electrical and mechanical works and Farab Intenational of Iran that implemented the civil works.

AfDB commits annual USD 1 billion to energy sector in Africa at Rio+20 (22/06/2012)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) will commit USD 1 billion a year to the energy sector, said the institution’s president, Donald Kaberuka, on 21 June at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro.

World Bank to Double Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects (21/06/2012)
During the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the World Bank announced a plan to double support in developing countries for expanded electricity access and more renewable energy initiatives.

AfDB funding for Itezhi-Tezhi hydro in Zambia (19/06/2012)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a USD 35-million senior loan and a USD 3 million standby facility to Itezhi-Tezhi Power Corporation (ITPC) and a concessional loan of USD 18 million to the government as Zambia Electricity Supply Company (ZESCO)’s share of the equity to develop the Itezhi-Tezhi hydropower plant project that will provide reliable, low-cost power and sustainable energy to the country.

IFC study finds $37 Billion opportunity for improved energy services at the Base of the Pyramid (19/06/2012)
A new report from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has identified a $37 billion opportunity for the private sector to improve energy services for people who live in relative poverty.

AfDB funding for Itezhi-Tezhi hydro in Zambia (19/06/2012)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a USD 35-million senior loan and a USD 3 million standby facility to Itezhi-Tezhi Power Corporation (ITPC) and a concessional loan of USD 18 million to the government as Zambia Electricity Supply Company (ZESCO)'s share of the equity to develop the Itezhi-Tezhi hydropower plant project that will provide reliable, low-cost power and sustainable energy to the country.

Ghana enters into PPA for 50 MW solar installation (15/06/2012)
The Electricity Company of Ghana has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) to buy 50 MW of solar power for 25 years. This agreement is valued at over US$280 million.

First steps towards private electricity sales in Swaziland (09/06/2012)
On the 8 of June the Times of Swaziland reported that locals will be able to sell power to SEC.

Expansion of Namibia's Ruacana hydropower plant complete (05/06/2012)
President Hifikepunye Pohamba turned Ruacana's new fourth turbine on at a ceremony this past week, raising the hydropower facility's total generating capacity from 240 MW to about 330 MW.

Eskom, TIA call for ocean-energy innovation bids (01/06/2012)
The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and State-owned power utility Eskom launched an ‘open innovation challenge’, through which they hope to stimulate the development of commercially viable ocean-current-energy technologies.

CleanStar Mozambique launches world’s first sustainable cooking fuel facility (18/05/2012)
The biofuel manufacturing plant enables innovative food and household energy venture to improve family health, increase farmer incomes and nutrition, and protect Mozambique’s forests.

AfDB Board Approves Financing for Moroccan Solar Power Station (16/05/2012)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Board has approved a loan of €168 million along with a US$100 million loan from the Clean Technology Fund for the first phase of the Ouarzazate solar power station in Morocco.

ECREEE and Partners Receive Grant for Dry Concentrating Solar Power Project (15/05/2012)
Through the framework of the African Union Commission (AUC) Research Grants Open Call for Proposals for 2011, the AUC has awarded the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) a three-year grant worth €1 million for a research project entitled “Development of a Cost-effective, Modular and Dry Concentrating Solar Power for Africa: Design and Test of Components.”

Rock Band launches Campaign for SE4ALL, Solar at Ugandan clinics (10/05/2012)
The rock band Linkin Park, through their “Power the World” Initiative, has launched a campaign to bring solar power to health clinics in Uganda and is encouraging its fans to sign a pledge to support the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative.

Euros 5 million earmarked for small hydro in West Africa (08/05/2012)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will team with the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the World Bank to implement a five-year programme on small scale hydro power for West Africa.

African Development Bank releases report on Clean Energy in Egypt (03/05/2012)
The African Development Bank has released a report titled "Clean Energy Development in Egypt." The report reviews the opportunities and challenges to improving energy efficiency, developing renewable energy resources and promoting the local manufacture of these products in Egypt.

GVEP support for small hydro in Tanzania (30/04/2012)
A key challenge facing developers of small hydro projects in Tanzania is the lack of access to finance. To help counter this, GVEP is implementing a Pre-Investment Technical Support programme in collaboration with the World Bank and Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency (REA).

UNDP Report highlights importance of complementary policies in improving energy access and employment in Sub-Saharan Africa (30/04/2012)
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report on integrating energy access and employment opportunities. The report was funded by the Government of Denmark and is titled “Integrating Energy Access and Employment Creation to Accelerate Progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

French led consortium wins Moroccan wind farm bid (26/04/2012)
A consortium led by EdF Energies Nouvelles, and also comprising Mitsui and Alstom, was selected as the preferred bidder by Morocco’s Office National d’Electricité (ONE) for the 150 MW Taza wind farm.

UK pledges support to CIF’s Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (24/04/2012)
The UK Deputy Prime Minister has pledged an additional £25 million to support the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) program to provide clean energy access to the world’s poorest countries.

Cennergi buys solar project from Subsolar Energy and Ruscello Renewable Energy (10/04/2012)
Cennergi, the newly launched South African energy company, has acquired development rights to a solar photovoltaic project from a consortium comprising Subsolar Energy and Ruscello Renewable Energy.

GEF Approves Mini-Hydro Infrastructure Project in Liberia (10/04/2012)
The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has completed the approval process for a US$1.8 million project to install multi-purpose mini-hydro infrastructure for energy and irrigation purposes in Liberia.

Foundation stone laid for 3 MW hydro plant in Sierra Leone (04/04/2012)
During his official visit to Sierra Leone, UNIDO Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella joined President Ernest Bai Koroma to lay the foundation stone of a 3 megawatt hydro plant in the North-West of the country.

Eskom issues Request for Information for 100 MW solar power-tower project (01/04/2012)
South African utility ESKOM has issued a request for information (RFI) to test supplier-market interest for the design, supply and installation of the 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant it is planning to construct near Upington, in the Northern Cape, by 2016.

South Africa: Study into R20bn Umzimvubu dam, including hydro option (23/03/2012)
A detailed feasibility study for the Umzimvubu water project, in the Eastern Cape, was started in January, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in a written response to a Parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance’s Gareth Morgan.

South African DoE tackles electrification issues at Indaba (15/03/2012)
The South African Government is looking for more efficient and effective ways to increase access to and availability of electricity to all South Africans.

Atlas to help tap Soth African wind potential (13/03/2012)
South Africa has released its first verified numerical wind atlas, which will help identify wind energy development sites in three provinces as the country pushes to increase its use of renewable energy sources.

Clean Cookstoves Initiative and Report Planned for East Africa (09/03/2012)
Supported by the Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC), an initiative of the UN Foundation, has partnered with the Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) to conduct a structured review of the clean cookstoves and fuels industry in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Novatec Solar to enter South African CSP market (10/02/2012)
Novatec Solar has joined ABB in entering the South African CSP market. ABB have signed an agreement with FG Emvelo, an independent solar power plant company, to develop high-efficiency concentrating solar power (CSP) plants at Karoshoek Solar Valley in Northern Cape province, South Africa.

Hydro Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT) in Rwanda (10/02/2012)
On February 9th 2012 the Government of Rwanda issued a Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT) for small and mini-hydropower.

Soitec secures financing for 50-megawatt solar power plant in South Africa (09/02/2012)
Soitec has secured financing from Investec Bank Ltd to build the company’s planned 50-megawatt peak solar power plant in Touwsrivier, Western Cape, South Africa.

Hydro Alternative Energy announces Hydrokinetic Energy project in Durban, South Africa (07/02/2012)
Hydro Alternative Energy, Inc., an emerging independent power provider ("IPP"), announced today its planned development and local government backed support of a hydrokinetic energy project in eThekwini Municipality in Durban, South Africa, to harvest ocean energy and transform it into electricity.

First ever cookstove CDM - PoA registered in Africa (03/02/2012)
The UNFCCC has officially registered Atmosfair’s PoA on improved cookstoves in Nigeria. It is the first cookstove PoA in Africa and the second ever registered PoA in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Pre-qualification for 1000 MW Moroccan integrated wind energy project (01/02/2012)
Moroccan utility ONE intends to select a list of companies and consortia to which ONE will address the tender for the development, design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of five wind farms with a total capacity of 850 MW. Deadline for this EOI is 2 March 2012.

FMO invests in renewable energy in Uganda (23/01/2012)
FMO arranged a USD 24 million senior loan for the financing of a 14MW run-of-the-river hydropower project in Uganda.

French firms to buy carbon offsets from Tunisian wind farm (09/01/2012)
CDC Climat, a unit of French state-owned bank Caisse des Depots, has agreed to buy carbon credits from a Tunisian wind power project in a deal which will see half the offsets go to project developer Orbeo.

GL Garrad Hassan Opens Cape Town Office (06/01/2012)
To support the developers and financiers of South Africa's burgeoning wind power industry GL Garrad Hassan opened its first office in the Rainbow Nation, in Cape Town on 1 January 2012.

Swedfund invests €10 m in Siera Leone bioenergy (21/12/2011)
Swedfund has invested €10 million into Addax Bioenergy, a company based in Sierra Leone.

Pico-hydro’s potential in Rwanda assessed (16/12/2011)
As part of its Energy Small and Medium Enterprises programme (ESMEs), GVEP has completed a study which looks at the pico and micro-hydropower market in Rwanda

Rwanda Montain Tea to construct Giciye Hydro-Power (11/12/2011)
Rwanda Mountain Tea, a local tea processing company, is set to construct a mini hydropower plant, worth US$12 million that will produce 4 megawatts (MW) of electricity, which will be fed into the national grid.

Ivory Coast to boost power production with new hydroelectric dam (06/12/2011)
Ivory Coast will build a 275-MW hydroelectric power station in Soubre, according to the country's Ministry of Mines.

Vacancy Senior Hydropower Expert - Mozambique (01/12/2011)
The Belgian development agency, BTC,is looking for a Senior Hydropower Expert for Mozambique.

New Uganda shasha Mini Hydro Power Plant switches on (22/11/2011)
The Ishasha Mini Hydro Power Plant in Kanungu District of Uganda will be switched on to the national grid today as the country grapples with power outages.

Two new hydro projects open for comments under CDM (21/11/2011)
The Angolan Cambambe Hydroelectric Second Power Plant and the Repowering of Cambambe Central I Hydroelectric Power Plant are entering the public commenting phase of the CDM process.

Rwandan prison uses biogas (21/11/2011)
Rwanda’s Nsinda prison is now running on renewable energy via the waste of nearly 8,000 inmates and cow manure; an initiative that will eventually reach Rwandan homes.

World Bank Supports Morocco’s bold solar power plans (17/11/2011)
The World Bank approved $297 million in loans to Morocco to help finance the Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power Plant Project, taking a historic step toward realizing one of the first large-scale plants of this kind in North Africa to exploit the region's vast solar energy resources.

SA, DRC to sign new ‘Grand Inga’ agreement (10/11/2011)
South African President Jacob Zuma and his Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) counterpart Joseph Kabila will preside over the signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) relating to the so-called ‘Grand Inga’ hydropower project.

SA initiative to grow renewables industry (03/11/2011)
South Africa will launch an ambitious project aimed at boosting its "green" economy and reducing the country's carbon footprint during the United Nations Climate Change Conference starting in Durban on 28 November.

Nile group names firm to study Kagera reservoirs including hydro (02/11/2011)
The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) has named Coyne et Bellier Ingenieurs Conseils/Tractebel Engineering SA to perform feasibility studies of multi-purpose reservoirs, including hydropower, in the Kagera River Basin of Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Wind/hydro hybrid for Morocco (01/11/2011)
On 2 November 2011, the governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved updates to Morocco’s investment plan under the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and a project that will finance Morocco’s ambitious Wind Energy Plan through the implementation of wind/hydro hybrid generating systems that will increase capacity by 1,070 MW and the expansion of rural electrification to 79,436 households in 24 of Morocco’s most isolated and vulnerable districts.

World Bank Supports South Africa’s Renewable Energy Plans (27/10/2011)
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved $250 million in funding for the Eskom Renewables Energy Support Project (ERSP) to help implement the pioneering and innovative Upington concentrating solar power and Sere wind power plants in South Africa.

Tanzania to rehabilitate two 71-year-old power plants (18/10/2011)
The government of Tanzania has moved to rehabilitate the 71-year hydropower plants in the Kilimanjaro and Mbeya regions by inviting international and local companies to bid for the rehabilitation works.

South African blending of biofuels draft regulations out for public comment (20/09/2011)
The South African government has published draft regulations on the mandatory blending of biofuels with petrol or diesel in the Government Gazette for public comment.

Expression of Interest for development of the national small hydro power resource atlas Kenya (20/09/2011)
The Kenyan Ministry of Energy issued a call for Expressions of Interest for development of the national small hydro power resource atlas and feasibility study for ten sites in Support of Vision 2030 Power Generation Flagship Project.

ABB to build pilot PV plants in South Africa (19/09/2011)
ABB will construct two solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants for Eskom, South Africa’s national electricity provider.

Mozambique: Honde system to be rebuilt (08/09/2011)
Reconstruction work on the Honde hydroelectric dam, in Mozambique’s Manica province, has begun in August,.

EoI resident advisor renewable energy Rwanda (01/09/2011)
The Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA) of Rwanda now invites eligible Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing services.

Second Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing Calls for Proposals (02/08/2011)
The Private Financing Advisory Network of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI PFAN) has opened a call for proposals from the Africa region for the second Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF-2) Business Plan Competition.

Tender on feasibility study of a 5 GW solar corridor in South Africa (01/08/2011)
The Central Energy Fund of South Africa invites interested parties to submit a tender for the provision of services to support the “Feasibility study of a 5 GW solar corridor in South Africa with phase 1 (1 GW) on the Upington Solar Park”

South Africa goes ahead with RE tender (31/07/2011)
The Department of Energy (DoE) has released information about the submission of proposals for the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of renewable energy projects including onshore wind, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, biomass, biogas, landfill gas and small hydro.

AfDB and Denmark: Technical Cooperation Agreement on Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (15/07/2011)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a technical cooperation agreement with the Government of Denmark for the establishment of a sustainable energy fund for Africa (SEFA) for capacity building and investment in sustainable energy over a five-year period.

Abengoa opens hybrid solar / gas plant in Algeria (15/07/2011)
The new Algerian plant will generate electricity from both solar energy and natural gas.

CSP-electricity from Tunisia for Europe? (13/07/2011)
Tunisia plans to build up to 2 GW of solar power stations from which the electricity will be delivered to Italy via a new cable.

AfDB might lend Cameroon $60 M for Lom Pangar (07/07/2011)
The African Development Bank is considering partial funding for the planned 1192 MW Lom Pangar hydroproject.

Rwanda: EIB confirms commitment to Ruzizi III hydropower project (07/07/2011)
The European Investment Bank today confirmed that it will work closely with financial preparation of the Ruzizi hydroelectric project to be launched later today in Kigali.

South African minister Rob Davies representing SARi in Berlin, Germany (05/07/2011)
The South African Embassy in Berlin together with Africa-Verein and Siemens held a reception for DTI Minister Rob Davies in Berlin. Minister Davies met wth the representatives from German Businesses in the renewables sector and spoke about South Africa’s long term, ambitious targets for developing renewables.

Tanzania Sisal Board pushes sisal biogas (05/07/2011)
The Tanzania Sisal Board is to invest $31.1 million (€21.5 million) to encourage the production of sisal biogas in the region.

SA Government confirms inclusion of price competition in first renewables round (04/07/2011)
The South African government has confirmed that price competition will feature in the procurement process for the first round of renewable energy projects, with the 2009 renewable energy feed-in tariffs (Refit) to be use as a “ceiling” price against which potential developers should tender their offers.

South African department publishes 'Saving Electricity in a Hurry' to address challenges (04/07/2011)
A new publication, 'Saving Electricity in a Hurry', has been launched by Energy Minister Dipuo Peters to help the country deal with its electricity issues.

€50m IFC investment to support SMEs, energy efficiency projects (01/07/2011)
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has arranged €50-million financing to promote the small and medium-sized (SME) business sector in South Africa, IFC VP for sub-Saharan Africa Thierry Tanoh announced this week.

Kenya’s first net metered PV project to be inaugurated (30/06/2011)
Construction on Kenya’s first net metered photovoltaic plant has been completed. Described as the third biggest system of its kind in East Africa, the project was the result of a German-Kenyan collaboration.

South African IDC looking for financial modelling consultant (27/06/2011)
The IDC is looking for the services of a specialist in financial modeling to develop generic Financial Models for PV, wind and hydro projects, which can be used to independently verify models received from Project Sponsors.

SMEC to work on Tanzania’s Ruhudji hydro project (27/06/2011)
Australian engineering and development consulting firm SMEC is to provide technical advisory support for the development of the Ruhudji Hydropower Project in Tanzania following the awarded of a contract by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM).

South African wind industry calls on Government to continue on REFIT path (24/06/2011)
The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) are looking forward to the national energy regulator's imminent announcement of the revised renewable energy feed-in tariffs and see this as a positive step in the implementation of renewable energy in South Africa.

Angola: Government to Build 150 Hydroelectric Plants (23/06/2011)
Angolan government intends to build 150 micro-hydroelectric projects, said Thursday the minister of Energy and Water, Emanuela Vieira Lopes.

Kenyan REA supports community hydro (18/06/2011)
Kenya ’s Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has begun upgrading community based mini hydro generation plants.

Seven additional African nations to join the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (16/06/2011)
On the heels of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit to Africa, seven African nations have joined the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. The governments of Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda and Tanzania, together with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, committed to join the public-private partnership to help save lives around the world.

SolarNow vacancy for Country Manager Tanzania (15/06/2011)
SolarNow is a social enterprise headquartered in the Netherlands with operations in Uganda, Tanzania, Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso.

South Africa commits $ 2.6 M for solar park feasibility study (07/06/2011)
South Africa has committed R18.6-million to complete a feasibility study for a solar park, in Upington. Localisation options are an integral part of the project.

Eskom gets $365m renewable energy loan (06/06/2011)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has granted Eskom a $365 million loan for financing Sere, the 100 MW wind project which the parastatal plans in the Western Cape and a planned 100 MW concentrating solar power project in the Northern Cape.

Call for Proposals ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (31/05/2011)
The ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has launched a call for proposals. The current call is open from 31 May to 15 July 2011

Sierra Leone plans to quadruple Bumbuna hydro capacity (31/05/2011)
The government of Sierra Leone has announced a planned expansion of the Bumbuna hydro-electric project that could more than quadruple the West African country's generation capacity by 2017.

EOI for Wind Measuring Stations in Lesotho (27/05/2011)
UNDP PSO is Calling potential suppliers for Supply, Installation and Training of Lesotho Meterorological Services personnel for Wind Measuring Stations in Lesotho

EOI for Solar Measuring Stations in Lesotho (27/05/2011)
Call for EOI for Supply, Installation and training of Lesotho Meteorological Services personnel for Solar Measuring Stations in Lesotho

SN Power AfriCA changes name to Agua Imara and announces new project in Zambia (25/05/2011)
Agua Imara, formerly SN Power AfriCA, has announced the first hydropower projects it will develop under its new name.

Suzlon announces first South Africa framework agreement for up to 200 wind turbines (24/05/2011)
Suzlon Energy Limited has signed a contract with African Clean Energy Developments ("ACED") for the supply and full EPC for 76 of Suzlon’s S88 – 2 MW series turbines, with an option for ACED to acquire an additional 124 turbines for the Cookhouse Wind Energy Facility.

Swaziland: Maguga Hydro Power Station officially opened (14/05/2011)
His Majesty King Mswati III officially opens the Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) 20 MW Hydro Power Station at Maguga Dam.

AFD line of credit for Kenyan banks (11/05/2011)
France’s development bank agreed to provide a 30 million-euro ($43 million) line of credit to two Kenyan banks for lending to businesses that want to invest in renewable energy projects.

IDG may finance Congo hydro-electric dam (10/05/2011)
South Africa's Industrial Development Group (IDG) has announced that it is studying the possibility of financing for a 1,200MW hydro-electric dam that it is considering constructing in Congo Republic.

South African Working for Energy programme Call for Proposals (09/05/2011)
The Working for Energy programme announced its call for proposals to provide support for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency projects in South Africa. Deadline is May 27, 2011.

Congo: Inauguration of Imboulou hydroelectric power plant (07/05/2011)
On Saturday May 7, a hydroelectric power plant was inaugurated in Congo by the Congolese head of State, Denis Sassou Nguesso.

Cameroon signs US$542 million loan from China to fund hydroelectric dam (05/05/2011)
Cameroon's government said on Tuesday it secured a US$542 million loan from the China Import-Export Bank to fund the construction of a 201 MW hydroelectric dam on the Ntem River.

Zarubezhstroy Corporation to invest in Tanzania hydropower (21/04/2011)
According to recent reports, a Russian utilities company, Zarubezhstroy Corporation (ZARS), is currently planning to invest in a five year plan to construct what they are expecting to become the largest independent Tanzania hydropower plant to date.

Solar Without Borders electrifies Tanzanian school (14/04/2011)
Irish charity Solar Without Frontiers has installed a solar power system to supply free electricity to a school in Tanzania.

SNV Ethiopia signs carbon credit agreement for biogas digesters (14/04/2011)
On 14th April 2011, SNV in Ethiopia signed a three year agreement of Euro 1,275,000 with the Oromia Regional Bureau of Water, Mineral Energy/ Regional Biogas Coordination Office and the Oromia Credit and Saving Share Company, for credit financing of the biogas households in the National Biogas Programme.

AfDB Supports Bioenergy Development in Sierra Leone (11/04/2011)
The African Development Bank is providing a €25 million loan ($36 million) to support a bionergy project in Sierra Leone, which also aims to improve livelihood opportunities and boost food security in the project area.

Smart Hydro Power reveals first micro-hydro turbine with an international roundtable on decentralized electrification (04/04/2011)
On Monday April 4th Smart Hydro Power revealed its first 5kW micro-hydro turbine system to an international audience.

Ethiopia launched Grand Millennium Dam Project (02/04/2011)
Construction of the Millennium Hydropower plant, the biggest hydropower plant in Africa yet, officially launched today in Benishangul Gumuz regional state in Ethiopia.

ESKOM requests EoI for EPC services Upington CSP plant (27/03/2011)
ESKOM has requested Expression sof Interest for the provision of Engineering and Project Management Services for its 100 MWe CSP plant in Upington.

6th Joint Experts Group Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) (25/03/2011)
From 17-18 March 2011 the 6th Joint Experts Group Meeting (JEG) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) took place in Mauritius.

China's Goldwind opens office in Cape Town (14/03/2011)
China's Xinjiang Goldwind has opened an office in Cape Town with the aim of supplying equipment and project finance in Africa.

Vacancies at Wind Prospect South Africa (11/03/2011)
The Wind Prospect Group, one of the UK’s leading renewable energy businesses, is expanding its operations in South Africa.

Zambia secures loan from India for Ithezi Thezi hydropower project (28/02/2011)
Zambia has secured a US$50M from India to develop the 120MW Ithezi Thezi hydropower project. It is part of an initiative led by the Indian government under what is known as the Africa India partnership forum.

Mpanga Hydropower Project to boost Uganda electricity supply (14/02/2011)
The technical commissioning of the 18 MW Mpanga Hydropower Project was conducted on Thursday, while President Yoweri Museveni is expected to officially launch the project in March, top officials said.

First grid-connected solar power plant in Mali (12/02/2011)
The 216 kWp solar power plant was inaugurated on Febraury 12, 2011. Attendees were Amadou Toumani Toure, President of Mali, the Minister of Energy, the executive board of the national energy supplier (EDM) and the members of the local council of Ouéléssébougou.

40 MW Biomass Gasification facility to benefit Ugandan coffee industry (10/02/2011)
U.S. based Taylor Biomass Energy has signed a collaboration agreement with Uganda 's Sesam Energetics Ltd. to construct a $160 million biomass gasification plant in Kampala, Uganda.

TENDER Preparation of the SADC Renewable Energy Strategy and Action Plan (04/02/2011)
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) in close cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) intends to explore options to increase the use of renewable energy in the SADC Region. One of the concrete outputs of this cooperation will be a Renewable Energy Strategy and Action Plan (RESAP) for the SADC Region.

Juwi opens office in South Africa (03/02/2011)
German developer of wind, solar and bio energy opened a local office in South Africa

Sea wave plant for Kenya (01/02/2011)
Israeli firm SDE Energy says it has been given Kenyan government approval to build a 100MW power plant to tap waves on the East African country’s coastline.

South Africa: Spitskop draft scoping report open for public comments (01/02/2011)
A Draft Scoping Report has been produced for the planned Spitskop Wind Farm project which is located in the province of Eastern Cape, South Africa.

USD 23 Million Grant to Guinea access to electricity project (27/01/2011)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, approved on 21 January 2011, a USD 23-million grant to finance a rural electrification project in Guinea. The project will enable 60,000 rural people in 31 communities to access electric power along the national interconnected grid.

New software to accelerate RE investment in Ghana (25/01/2011)
REEEP-supported geospatial information system (GIS) toolkit to accelerate Ghana’s low-carbon energy development offers a model for future climate finance initiatives

Namibia to harness wind power (20/01/2011)
Development of the country’s first-ever wind power generation plant, with a capacity to generate 44 megawatts of electricity, has started with a detailed wind assessment at Diaz Point in Lüderitz.

Low-Income Communities in Africa outline energy needs for World Bank (19/01/2011)
Almost 500 people in 10 towns and villages across Liberia, Madagascar and Togo participated in World Bank-sponsored workshops from May to September 2010 aimed at gathering input from low-income communities about how best the Bank can help meet their energy needs.

South Africa: Energy centre to boost growth in Qunu (14/01/2011)
The South African Government and fuel company Sasol launched the R8 million Integrated Energy Centre (IEC) at former President Nelson Mandela's birth place earlier today. The centre will provide products such as aluminum paraffin, diesel, petrol, gas burner stoves as well as renewable energy solar system.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) approves Malawi Power Sector Revitalization Project (05/01/2011)
The Power Sector Revitalization Project seeks to improve the availability, reliability, and quality of the power supply by increasing the capacity and stability of the national electricity grid and bolstering the efficiency and sustainability of hydropower generation.

India ExIm bank provides loan for Kakobola plant in Congo (01/01/2011)
India has signed a deal with the Democratic Republic of Congo to extend a US$42 million credit line for building the 9.3 MW Kakobola plant, the Export-Import Bank of India reports.

Ugandan hydro project wins clean energy award (01/01/2011)
The 8 MW Kakaka project in western Uganda is one of two clean energy projects selected as winners of the Climate Technology Initiative's (CTI) Private Financing Advisory Network's (PFAN) Clean Energy Financing Award 2010.

AfDB and EIB Finalise Financing Agreement for Cape Verde Wind Farm (14/12/2010)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB), on Tuesday, 14 December 2010, closed the financing agreement to provide € 45 million to design, construct and operate onshore wind farms on four islands in the Cape Verde archipelago.

Standard Bank Group uses carbon trading to light up Tanzanian homes (13/12/2010)
Standard Bank Group is to help replace kerosene lamps with hand-held LED lights in 1.5-million homes in Tanzania, funding the scheme by buying the carbon credits generated through the large scale replacement of fossil fuel lighting.

Midterm review of Lesotho renewable energy-based rural electrification (01/12/2010)
The UNDP is looking for a team of an international consultant and a national consultant for the midterm review of Lesotho renewable energy-based rural electrification.

Solar water heater plant opens in East London (SA) (26/11/2010)
A R40million solar water heater manufacturer – with strong Taiwanese links – was launched at the East London Industrial Development Zone on Friday the 26th of November 2010.

Expression of Interest for Manica (Mozambique) bioenergy project (22/11/2010)
A newly established Mozambican agroindustrial company has issued a request for expressions of interest (EoI) from consulting engineering companies to carry out a study into a possible $330-million bioenergy and food project in the Southern African country's Manica province.

South Africa signs $435m solar deal with Yingli (17/11/2010)
South Africa has signed a deal with Chinese company Yingli Solar to build a $435 million manufacturing plant with a local partner, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

BBE Energy builds locally developed linear Fresnel CSP plant (16/11/2010)
Power and energy management company BBE Energy has constructed South Africa's first locally developed linear Fresnel concentrated solar-power (CSP) demonstration plant, at its premises in Bryanston.

Tongaat may sell power to Eskom (16/11/2010)
Internationally-known sugar company Tongaat Hulett, which has considerable expertise in bio-fuel production and electricity co-generation, faces the prospect of multi-billion-rand earnings by selling electricity to Eskom.

Zephyr small wind turbines announces new partner in Southern Africa (10/11/2010)
Zephyr Corporation announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Lapp Group Southern Africa, a telecom systems integrator headquartered in South Africa.

Energy Indaba 2011to host WEC Africa meeting (09/11/2010)
The Energy Indaba will host a World Energy Council (WEC) Africa regional meeting as a side event to the main forum in Johannesburg next year.

Western Cape launches GreenCape initiative (05/11/2010)
A new initiative to promote renewable energy and the green economy in the Western Cape was launched in Cape Town on Friday the 5th of November 2010.

Martifer finishes 5 MW park in Cape Verde (02/11/2010)
Martifer Solar and the Ministry of Economy, Growth and Competitiveness of Cape Verde (MECC) has inaugurated today the second of two solar parks contracted in January.

NuPlanet to build 5-MW hydropower plant in Zimbabwe (01/11/2010)
South African hydropower plant developer, owner and operator NuPlanet has been granted a generation license to build a 5-MW greenfield hydropower plant at the Mutirikwi dam, Zimbabwe’s largest reservoir.

DBSA provides $105m for Zambia hydropower expansion (26/10/2010)
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has provided the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco) with a $105-million loan facility to co-finance the expansion of its Kariba North Bank hydropower station.

Climate-neutral office building for UNEP Nairobi (21/10/2010)
The Cologne-based company of Energiebau Solarstromsysteme GmbH has received a commission to construct a highperformance photovoltaic system on the roof of the new UNEP office building in Nairobi, Kenya.

First wind farm in Nigeria (20/10/2010)
The project company Terrawatt Planungsgesellschaft mbH from Germany is building the first wind farm in Nigeria. The 10 MW farm will help improve the country's electricity supply.

South Africa to support rural electrification in Angola (14/10/2010)
South Africa will support a project for the electrification and improvement of electric power network in rural areas in Angola, the visiting South African Energy Minister, Ms Dipuo Peters, revealed in Luanda this past Monday

Fluor develops Master Plan for South African Solar Park (13/10/2010)
Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR) announced today that it was selected to perform a study for a potential solar park development in the Northern Cape for South Africa’s Department of Energy.

South Africa: draft Integrated Resource Plan out for consultation (08/10/2010)
The South African Department of Energy has release the draft IRP2010 for public consultations.

Suzlon to open office in South Africa (05/10/2010)
Suzlon Energy Limited, the third leading wind turbine manufacturer in the world, announced today it was appointing Silas Zimu as country CEO and setting up an office in South Africa.

Zambia: Copperbelt Energy plans 40-MW hydropower project (04/10/2010)
Independent power company Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is planning to build a 40-MW hydropower plant, in Zambia, to further increase its electricity provision capacity.

Sudan: Kenana does deal with Dedini (30/09/2010)
In a deal that will help the African nation of Sudan diversify its energy portfolio, Kenana Sugar Company has signed two deals with Brazil-based Dedini.

Second call for proposals Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) Programme for Southern and Eastern Africa (28/09/2010)
The Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) Programme for Southern and Eastern Africa announced its Second Call for Proposals (due date 20 October 2010)

Borodino of Russia to construct Rumakali (Tanzania) (27/09/2010)
The government of Tanzania has signed a deal with Russia-based Borodino for the construction of the $700 million Rumakali hydropower plant in Tanzania's Iringa region, news agencies reported.

South Africa to attend Africa-EU Energy Partnership (13/09/2010)
South Africa is to attend the first high-level meeting of the Africa-European Union Energy Partnership (AEEP) in Vienna, Austria.

Kenya extends renewable energy tariff payment period (10/09/2010)
Kenya, East Africa's feed-in tariff pioneer, has increased the minimum period for payments to investors in the renewable energy sector from 15 to 20 years.

World Bank appoints Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency leader (09/09/2010)
The World Bank announced the appointment of Daniel M. Kammen as the organization’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, a new position created to provide strategic leadership on this topic within the Bank.

South African game park converts to concentrated PV (01/09/2010)
Paving the way for solar power projects in South Africa, Concentrix Solar, a leading supplier of Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) systems announced the inauguration of its first power facility in South Africa at the Aquila Private Game Reserve in Touwsrivier on September 1, 2010.

NamPower plans hydropower scheme along Lower Orange river (31/08/2010)
Namibian power utility NamPower has called for consultants to assist it with aspects related to the proposed development of the 100 MW run-of-river Lower Orange Hydroelectrical Power Scheme (LOHEPS).

Suntech to Build 100 MW Solar Power Plant in South Africa (30/08/2010)
Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd, a large solar power panel producing company from China, declared that it has entered into an agreement to build solar power plants in South Africa amounting to nearly 100 MW.

Phaesun starts project on rural electrification in Mozambique (27/08/2010)
Solar energy vendor in Memmingen (Germany) establishes distribution network and trains traders in Mozambique.

Mozambique approves 1,500-MW Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project (18/08/2010)
Mozambique's government has approved construction of the US$2 billion Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project on the Zambezi River, with the project slated to begin construction in 2011.

Wind Prospect sets up in South Africa (18/08/2010)
Wind energy company Wind Prospect intends to open an office in South Africa, hoping to become the number one service provider to the African wind market by 2012.

Tunisia & Japan Sign Cooperation Agreement (23/07/2010)
Tunisia and Japan signed today an agreement to carry out a 5 megawatt-pilot solar power station at El Borma, south of Tunisia, a joint communique said.

Aura and Tolao Energy Nigeria enter into biodiesel agreement (13/07/2010)
Aura Bio Corp. has entered into a formal agreement with Nigerian biodiesel producer Tolao Energy on the biodiesel project in Cross River State, Nigeria.

Rwandan prison runs on biogas (09/07/2010)
In Rwanda a biogas plant has been constructed for Nsinda Central Prison in Rwamagana District, Eastern Province.

Renewable energy and energy efficiency center opens in West Africa (08/07/2010)
The Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has been formally opened in Praia, Cape Verde, as a regional center to help develop renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in West Africa.

South Africa: New energy-efficiency hub initiated (07/07/2010)
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Wednesday opening the way for the establishment of the so-called South African Regional Energy Efficiency Centre (SAREEC), which is expected to begin operations within 24 months.

South Africa: Revised energy-efficiency strategy to go before Cabinet by year-end (05/07/2010)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) has initiated a "comprehensive" review of South Africa's National Energy Efficiency Strategy, which sets a target for energy-efficiency improvement of 12% by 2015.

Ghana: Vepower does deal with Jatropha Africa (02/07/2010)
Dedicated to the production of sustainable energy, UK-based Vepower has entered into an exclusivity agreement with biofuel feedstock company Jatropha Africa, with the goal of financing the company’s 50,000 hectare plantation in Ghana, West Africa.

Africa's biggest wind farm opens in Morocco (29/06/2010)
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI inaugurated a 140 MW wind farm near Tangiers, which an official source said was the biggest in Africa.

Yingli Green to provide solar for soccer training centres (24/06/2010)
Yingli Green Energy announced that it will provide its expertise in solar energy to power "20 Centers for 2010", the official campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. This campaign is part of the Football for Hope movement, which is using the power of the game for positive social change.

Consultancy service for study on Monontša Pumped Storage scheme in Lesotho (23/06/2010)
The Government of Lesotho has received a loan and a grant from the African Development Fund towards the cost of LESOTHO ELECTRICITY SUPPLY PROJECT and intends to apply part of the proceeds of the loan to cover eligible payments under the contract for “The Pre-Feasibility study of Monontša Pumped Storage Scheme.

World Bank Board Approves Additional $70 m for Ghana Energy Development and Access Project (GEDAP) (23/06/2010)
The World Bank Group approved an additional amount of US$70 million for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) under the Ghana Energy Development and Access Project (GEDAP).

CSP hybrid plant opened in Morocco (23/06/2010)
A 470 MW integrated solar combined cycle (ISCC) power plant has been opened in Morocco.

Morocco solar plant draws big investor interest (17/06/2010)
Investor interest in phase one of Morocco's $9-billion solar power scheme has exceeded expectations with about 200 firms submitting expressions of interest, the head of Morocco's solar power agency said.

Egypt: The World Bank supports wind power development project (15/06/2010)
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a loan in the amount of $ 220 million for Egypt to support Wind Power Development Project, out of which $150 million is financed from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF).

Landmark Conference Aims to Transform Low Cost Off-grid Lighting Sector (18/05/2010)
IFC and the World Bank today began hosting the region’s Lighting Africa conference in Nairobi, Kenya as part of an effort to bridge the energy gap in Sub-Saharan Africa through off-grid lighting solutions. Lighting Africa’s objective is to transform the lives of 2.5 million people by 2012 by developing a commercially viable platform that can enable the development of low-cost off-grid lighting. It aims to reach 250 million people by 2030.

China to invest in Zambia's Kafue Gorge Lower power plant (11/05/2010)
China plans to spend $1-billion to help build a power plant to boost Zambia's electricity supply by 600 MW.

300,000 hectares of jatropha for Namibia (06/05/2010)
LL Biofuels Namibia is set to produce its own biodiesel after signing an agreement that will see the cultivation of jatropha on 300,000 hectares of land located in the north-eastern Caprivi Region, Namibia.

China's Sinohydro to expand Zimbabwean Kariba (03/05/2010)
Zimbabwe has signed a $400M agreement with China's Sinohydro to expand its Kariba hydro electricity plant.

Nigerian government plans to harness hydro potential (29/04/2010)
A new committee has been created by Nigeria’s Federal Government to focus on the development of small and medium capacity hydro power projects in the country.

Seawater-based biofuels project in Egypt (21/04/2010)
Houston-based energy project development player Energy Allied International and The Seawater Foundation and Global Seawater have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop the world’s first commercial-scale seawater-based biofuels project in Egypt.

German - South Arican collaboration: EUR 75 million for (renewable) energy (09/04/2010)
Germany has dedicated € 75-million to develop renewable energy and energy generation in South Africa, Germany's Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel said on Friday.

Renewable energy adviser sought for Rwanda (09/04/2010)
The government of Rwanda invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve as resident adviser to a sustainable energy development project with several components. Deadline for applications is April 22.

Call for proposals Energy and Environment Partnership Programme (08/04/2010)
The Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with Southern and East Africa (EEP-S&EA), with a budget of €10-million, has made its first call for proposals from companies, research institutions and other public and private sector institutions, seeking financial assistance for renewable energy projects. Submission deadline is April 14, 2010.

Tanzania: World Bank Energy Development and Access Expansion Project approved (06/04/2010)
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the Energy Development and Access Expansion Project for Tanzania.

South Africa: Hatch Africa Energy prepares solar power plant study for Exxaro (05/04/2010)
Hatch Africa Energy has been retained by Exxaro Resources to prepare a prefeasibility study for a 200-MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant near the Grootgeluk coal mine in the Limpopo province, South Africa.

Zambian Kariba North upgrade project faces delay (01/04/2010)
The commissioning of the upgraded fourth turbine at the Kariba North power station, in Zambia, faces a delay of at least a year, the country’s electricity utility said this week.

South Africa: job opening Programme Coordinator Renewable Energy Market Transformation (REMT) Project (31/03/2010)
The DBSA has a job opening for a Programme Coordinator for the Renewable Energy Market Transformation (REMT) Project. Deadline for application is the 16th of April, 2010.

Mozambique utility awards grid study for linking new hydro projects (29/03/2010)
Mozambique utility Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM) awarded Vattenfall Power Consultant and Norconsult AS a contract for the study of a transmission backbone system to deliver power from proposed new hydro and thermal power plants to southern Mozambique.

Biodiesel plant planned for Botswana (29/03/2010)
In Botswana plans are underway to construct a biofuels plant that will produce 50 million-litres of biodiesel annually.

EU awards solar energy in Africa (25/03/2010)
The Dutch Rural Energy Foundation received the prestigious EU Sustainable Energy Award 2010 from EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger.

Angola approves new biofuels law (24/03/2010)
Angola's parliament on Wednesday approved a new law to regulate the production of biofuels, opening the way for multi-billion dollar investments in the sector.

Cape Town to start selling Darling Wind Farm’s Green Electricity (24/03/2010)
The City of Cape Town today announced its imminent plans to sell Green Electricity Certificates, which will give Capetonians the opportunity to buy green electricity generated at the Darling Wind Farm on the West Coast, from the City.

Japanese Embassy in Pretoria installs 410 PV panels (19/03/2010)
The Japanese Embassy in South Africa has installed 410 solar panels to the value of R8-million in an effort to reduce its yearly carbon emissions.

Call for Proposals: Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (18/03/2010)
The CTI PFAN Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF), seeks to nurture individuals, project teams and consortia, start-up and existing companies with environmentally beneficial business proposals with the aim of making them happen.

Sweden to help South Africa with clean energy (18/03/2010)
The Swedish government has promised to help South Africa develop more renewable energy sources as the two countries seek ways to to fight the devastating effects of climate change.

Kayema installs solar water heating pannels on Sandton Hotel (15/03/2010)
Israeli Ambassador to South Africa Dov Segev-Steinberg and Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Enoch Godongwana on Monday inaugurated the 117 flat panel collector solar water heating installation above the rooftop of the Hotel Da Vinci, in Sandton.

South African IDC takes stake in Kenya wind project (10/03/2010)
Kenya's Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) said on Wednesday it will offload a 70% stake in its wind energy project to South Africa's Industrial Development Corporation and London-based energy firm Aldwych International.

Phaesun wins bid and builds solar systems for telecommunications plants in Burkina Faso (09/03/2010)
Along with its partner Ikratos Africa, based in Burkina Faso ’s capitol Ouagadougou , Phaesun GmbH from Memmingen , Germany , is constructing ten solar power plants in Koudougou Region in Burkina Faso , to be finished at the end of March.

Ethanol refinery in Zimbabwe announced (08/03/2010)
The Zimbabwean government has launched plans for the construction of a sugarcane-to-ethanol refinery.

Ethiopia: Consortium wins contract for Mandaya and Beko Abo feasibility studies (08/03/2010)
Ethiopia has awarded a consortium comprising of Norplan, Norconsult, EDF and Scott Wilson a NOK 86M (US$14.6M) contract to conduct the feasibility study for Mandaya and Beko Abo multipurpose projects on the River Abay.

Nigeria to build biorefinery (03/03/2010)
A $22.3 million (€16.3 million) dual-purpose biorefinery will be constructed in Ipao Ekiti, Nigeria. There are also other biofuels projects located in Ilemeso and Iyemero in Oye and Ikole local government areas respectively.

Sierra Leone: Addax Bioenergy to develop new facility (19/02/2010)
A Greenfield project is currently being developed in Sierra Leone, West Africa, by Addax Bioenergy.

Kenya: Ormat to increase capacity of Olkaria III Geothermal Plant (17/02/2010)
Ormat Technologies this week said that its project subsidiary has signed a letter of intent with the off-taker, Kenya Power & Lighting Co. Ltd (KPLC) for further expansion of its Olkaria III power plant by up to 52 MW (from 48 MW to up to 100 MW) within the framework of the existing power purchase agreement (PPA).

Botswana pioneers pilot solar power station with Japanese aid (11/02/2010)
In September this year, Botswana’s first power station is due to be built with the intention – should it be a success – to replicate this model throughout the country and move away from coal generated power.

Mozambique Receives Additional World Bank Financing in Support of Greater Energy Access (04/02/2010)
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of US$80 million equivalent in support of the implementation of the Government of Mozambique’s Energy Development and Access Project.

PPA signed for Kenyan Turkana wind farm (29/01/2010)
Construction on a $750-million wind power project in Kenya could begin soon, following the signing of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) between the developer of the project, Lake Turkana Wind Power Consortium (LTWP), and Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC).

India in finance agreement for Rwanda project (28/01/2010)
Exim Bank of India has approved a loan of US$60M to the Government of Rwanda to finance construction of the Nyabarongo hydro power project in Rwanda.

Fund commits €10m for clean energy in southern Africa (27/01/2010)
The Global Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF) will commit the funds to the ‘Evolution One Fund’ that is dedicated to clean energy investment in Southern Africa.

Morocco hopes to shine in mega solar project (20/01/2010)
Morocco has launched what it claims is the biggest solar-thermal energy project in a single country, aiming to produce nearly 40 per cent of its electricity needs — 2,000 megawatts (MW) — by 2020.

South Africa joins global renewable energy agency (18/01/2010)
South Africa yesterday became a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), which aims to promote the use of renewable energy.

RES enters South African wind market with acquisition of 300 MW development portfolio (18/01/2010)
RES has announced the acquisition of a portfolio of wind power projects in South Africa which marks the RES Group’s first step into this market.

IDC studies polysilicon plant for South African solar panel industry (14/01/2010)
The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is planning to initiate a study into the viability of a polysilicon plant in South Africa, as interest in the solar energy market continues to grow.

Ethiopia inaugurates Gilgel Gibe II (14/01/2010)
Ethiopia’s 420MW Gilgel Gibe II hydro power project was officially inaugurated yesterday in a ceremony attended by foreign and Ethiopian government officials, media and business leaders.

Kenya plans open-ended green energy fund (14/01/2010)
Kenya plans to launch an open-ended green energy fund in the next fiscal year to step up generation of environmentally friendly energy.

Cameroon awards contract for Lom Pangar hydro project environmental study (12/01/2010)
The government of Cameroon awarded AECOM Tecsult Inc. a US$71 million contract to study the cumulative environmental impact of the 56-MW Lom Pangar hydroelectric project in the Sanaga River Basin.

South Africa: Eskom increases rebates for solar water heating programme (11/01/2010)
A substantial increase in the solar water heater rebates offered by Eskom, in some cases up to 120%, is set to bring environment-friendly solar heated geysers within the financial reach of thousands of South Africans wishing to reduce their home energy costs.

Hydropower Africa 2010 announces call for abstracts (11/01/2010)
The organisers of Hydropower Africa 2010 invite you to present your ideas and experiences.

Solar-powered irrigation a shining success in Benin (06/01/2010)
Solar-powered irrigation systems can boost food and income levels in rural Sub-Saharan Africa, researchers have found.

Japanese grant of 610 million JPY to Djibouti for development of solar energy (02/12/2009)
The Government of Japan has decided to extend grant aid (the Project for Introduction of Clean Energy by Solar Electricity Generation System) totaling a maximum of 610 million JPY to the Republic of Djibouti.

South Africa: 40 MW wind-power project planned for Tsitsikamma (01/12/2009)
A memorandum of understanding was signed on Monday the 30th of November at Wittekleibosch in the Eastern Cape between partners hoping to develop the Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm (TCWF) project.

EIB to lend €40m to promote renewables and energy efficiency in South Africa (01/12/2009)
The loan package to FirstRand Bank is the first dedicated energy efficiency loan in South Africa made by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

South Africa's wind resources can meet over 70% of its current electricity demand (01/12/2009)
A study by Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and state of the art Mesoscale wind flow modelling concludes that South Africa has enough economically viable wind energy sites to generate 184 Terawatt hours (TWh) of indigenous, sustainable energy.

$40-million hydro agreement signed between Ethiopia and Norway (01/12/2009)
The development of hydropower resources in Ethiopia, including the Mandaya and Bako-Ambo multipurpose projects, will be funded by a $40M agreement signed with the government of Norway.

African energy utilities workshop held in Johannesburg (30/11/2009)
Earlier this month, Standard Bank -- one of the leading financiers of power projects in Africa and a member of the ‘Private Investors for Africa’ coalition that promotes investment in Africa – teamed up with the World Bank to organize a unique brainstorming workshop that brought together senior managers from power utilities across Africa.

AfDB loan for ESKOM for coal, wind and solar (26/11/2009)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved €1.86 billion (UA 1.70 billion) loan for South Africa’s energy utility company, Eskom Holdings Limited, to finance a power project that will significantly boost the energy capacity of South Africa and the southern African region.

World Bank Africa Vice President lauds Kenya’s Clean Energy Program (25/11/2009)
World Bank Vice President for Africa, Ms. Obiageli Ezekwesili, on Tuesday commended Kenya for its vision of clean energy growth and urged African countries to resolve their energy crises through clean energy solutions.

New policy to boost Kenya’s biodiesel industry (16/11/2009)
Kenya has introduced a new five-year strategy for developing biodiesel as a clean source of energy.

Morocco unveils $9 bln solar power scheme (03/11/2009)
Morocco announced on Monday a solar energy project worth $9 billion which officials said will account for 38 percent of the North African country's installed power generation by 2020.

Job opening for Energy Specialist at local World Bank office in Mozambique (30/10/2009)
The World Bank AFTEG group intends to recruit an Energy Specialist for a position based in Maputo, Mozambique. The new position reflects the growing energy work program in AFCS2 countries (in particular Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe and Malawi) and other Southern African countries. Closing date is the 13th of November 2009.

Stakeholders come together to boost Renewable Energy in Africa (10/10/2009)
Representatives from various African countries today in Addis Ababa established the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA). In this Alliance, utilities, industry, policy-makers and the civil society will work together to boost the take-up of sustainable electrification and thermal power.

Renewable methane supply secured on the shores of Lake Kivu (09/10/2009)
Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo get help from COWI to generate electricity from the methane dissolved into the waters of Lake Kivu.

Electrawinds Belgium to invest EUR 110 M in South African wind farm (11/09/2009)
Electrawinds Belgium is finalising the feasibility in setting up a commercial wind farm which will be located in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality of South Africa.

South Africa: R 2 bn investment plan for Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (08/09/2009)
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is planning to attract some R 2-billion in investment in a suite of renewable energy projects over the next five years, including wind energy. solar water heating, land fill gas and microhydro power.

Eskom to assist Angola generate up to 10 000 MW (07/09/2009)
The South African government and Eskom have agreed to assist Angola develop its large hydroelectric power potential of up to 10 000 megawatts.

Cameroon: SinoHydro to take over Memve’ele hydro project (03/09/2009)
The Chinese construction company Sinohydro has reached a preliminary agreement to take over the 200 megawatt Memve'ele hydropower station located in southern Cameroon.

Emami to build biofuel factory in Ethiopia (14/08/2009)
Indian biofuels specialist Emami Biotech is to invest $80 million (€56 million) in Ethiopian biofuel production. The cost includes the purchase of 12,000 acres of land for a feedstock plantation.

UNIDO Director-General, Brazil Ambassador discuss possible cooperation to help developing countries in Africa (26/06/2009)
Cooperation in the area of energy, particularly bio-energy, was the focus of discussions between UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, and Ambassador André Amado, Under-Secretary General for Energy and High Technology, Brazilian Foreign Ministry, during the international energy conference in Vienna this week.

Mali energy sector boosted with $120 M of World Bank support to increase access and efficiency (18/06/2009)
The World Bank’s Executive Board today approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit in the amount of US$120 million for the Mali Energy Support Project to improve access and efficiency of electricity services in Bamako, the capital city, and in targeted rural areas.

World Bank Assists in Improving Nigeria’s Power and Gas Sectors (16/06/2009)
The Board of the World Bank today approved US$600 million of assistance to the Power and Gas sectors in Nigeria, comprising US$200 million in IDA Credits to assist in network investments and technical assistance to improve electricity supply and a further US$400 million in Partial Risk Guarantees (PRGs) in support of domestic gas market development.

Sudan opens ethanol plant (12/06/2009)
The President of Sudan, Omar al-Beshir, has opened a new 200 million-litre ethanol from sugarcane plant in the White Nile State.

South African forestry firm completes feasibility study for 20MW cogen plant (29/05/2009)
A feasibility study into the South African Forestry Company’s (Safcol’s) proposed 20-MW cogeneration project has been completed, with management and cofunders now expected to decide on the way forward for the project.

AfDB provides equity investment of ZAR 100 M for the Evolution One Fund (29/05/2009)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved a ZAR 100 Million equity investment in the Evolution One Fund, the first specialized private equity fund focused on the acceleration and deployment of clean energy and sustainable technologies across southern Africa to mitigate the effects of climate change on the Continent.

Mozambique to start building $2bn dam in 2010 (15/05/2009)
Construction of Mozambique's $2-billion Mpanda Nkuwa Hydro-electric dam in the northern Tete province will begin in 2010

South Africa: Eastern Cape mall powers up with solar and wind (01/05/2009)
The Equinox shopping mall in Jeffrey's Bay (South Africa) has been fitted with eigth IBC 260 W solar panels and a 3 kW wind turbine.

Namibia and Angola to build $ 7b Epupa Hydro project (21/04/2009)
Namibia and Angola plan to build a joint $7 billion hydro power plant on a river that runs along their common border. The plant will have a capacity of 400 megawatts.

Kenya wind power firm seeks contractor tenders (20/04/2009)
A firm putting up a wind farm in north western Kenya said it was seeking construction tenders for a 428-km power line and four substations to connect the renewable power to the national grid.

Principle Energy plans Mozambique plant for May (06/04/2009)
Principle Energy plans to start building its $290 million (€217 million) bioethanol plant in Mozambique in May this year.

Uganda: Invitation for bids for construction of Suam micro-hydro power scheme (06/04/2009)
Within the context of bilateral cooperation between the Governments of Uganda and Germany, GTZ supports the sustainable development of the Ugandan energy sector. As part of this support, GTZ is promoting the construction of a micro hydropower scheme at Suam Village, Bukwo District in Eastern Uganda. The scheme shall include an electricity minigrid to serve small and medium enterprises, Government Institutions, households, etc.

South Africa: Impregilo, CMC joint venture to build Ingula pumped storage (01/04/2009)
A joint venture led by Italian firms Impregilo and CMC has been awarded a contract by Eskom Holdings to construct the underground works and reservoirs for the Ingula pumped storage project in South Africa.

Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariffs (REFIT) South Africa announced (31/03/2009)
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) announced on Tuesday March 31st that the Energy Regulator approved the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) Guidelines.

South African firm plans biodiesel plant (31/03/2009)
South African biodiesel production company First In Spec BioDiesel is planning to build a R250-million (€20 million) biodiesel plant that would convert waste vegetable oil into biodiesel.

Tanzania building 60 new biogas plants (30/03/2009)
Over 60 new biogas plants will be opened in Tanzania, in the Tanga region, by June this year.

Mozambique approves National Biofuel Policy and Strategy (25/03/2009)
The Mozambican Government approved a National Biofuel Policy and Strategy on 24 March, with the aim of ramping-up production on a nationwide-scale.

More research needed to tap Africa's biogas potential (23/03/2009)
Lack of local research is preventing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa producing energy from waste, according to a report.

South Korean Group to build 210 MW windfarm in Tanzania (23/03/2009)
A group of South Korean investors plans to build a 210-megawatt wind-power farm in Tanzania’s central Singida region by 2011 at a cost of $400 million

Irish-S.Africa joint venture to spend $1.2 bln on wind energy (20/03/2009)
Ireland-based renewable energy firm Mainstream Renewable Power and a South African wind farm developer will build 500 megawatts of wind energy in South Africa by 2014 at a cost of 850 million euro.

Small wind turbines for South African homes (08/03/2009)
David Gordon will be supplying the South African Government with wind turbines - and could soon been placing them atop Scotland's lampposts.

Vacancy: Renewable Energy (Solar PV) Technical Advisor, UNDP, Gaborone, Botswana (01/03/2009)
The Government of Botswana and UNDP are currently seeking motivated candidates with appropriate experience for the post of Renewable Energy (Solar PV) Technical Advisor for the Renewable Energy-based Rural Electrification Programme (RE Botswana).

South Africa to explore use of renewable energy for large telescope (26/02/2009)
South Africa is to explore ways in which green energy can be used to operate the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope.

Plans for Concentrated Solar Power Heat Up in Tunisia (26/02/2009)
Generating solar power in North Africa is a hot topic these days, and will certainly stay in the news, thanks to the Mediterranean Solar Plan that was presented in 2008 as part of the Union for the Mediterranean.

New report by WWF on renewables in South Africa (25/02/2009)
A week ahead of South Africa's second National Climate Change Summit (to be held from 3 - 6 March at Gallagher Estate), environmental organization WWF is calling on policy-makers to "get out of the starting blocks" in the global rush for renewable energy.

Swaziland tenders prefeasibility study 120 MW hydropower plant (24/02/2009)
The Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) has invited submissions from engineering consultancy firms, for the full feasibility and predesign study for the Ngwempisi hydropower cascading scheme.

Craton Equity funds Mozambiquan biofuels (23/02/2009)
Craton Equity Partners, a Southern California, US-based clean technology fund, has made a commitment of $10 million (€7.9 million) to Principle Energy Limited (PEL), a sustainable biofuel development company with projects that target sub-Saharan Africa.

Ericsson, Orange Deploy Solar Base-Stations in Africa (19/02/2009)
Ericsson and Orange Guinea Conakry are deploying 100 mobile phone base stations in the African country of Guinea that use power from solar panels and diesel batteries, the companies said on Thursday.

World Bank approves grant to Central African Republic (18/02/2009)
The World Bank has approved a grant of US$8M to support the Government of the Central African Republic's (CAR) plans to rehabilitate the country’s power infrastructure – including hydro power facilities – while balancing supply and demand in the capital Bangui, and helping the country’s power utility to improve its financial and operational sustainability.

SMEC wins new hydro contracts in Africa (13/02/2009)
Consulting firm SMEC has won contracts on multiple new hydro projects in Rwanda and Sudan

Botswana: Gaborone Sun to harness sun for hot water (13/02/2009)
The Gaborone Sun has become the first hotel in Botswana - as well as the first hotel in the Sun International hotel group - to harness solar power for its hot water requirements.

South Africa: Geothermal to power new boutique hotel in Port Alfred (12/02/2009)
A seventy percent reduction in energy consumption is targeted for a new hotel development in Port Alfred through the application of geo thermal energy.

Kenya: First hydro project to be constructed under Greening Tea initiative (05/02/2009)
Construction of the first small hydro-power project that will help tea factories reduce their cost of electricity by a third will start in June.

Lesotho: ADB approves US$ 16 Million for Electricity Supply Project (04/02/2009)
Efforts by the Lesotho government to improve electricity supply in the country received support from the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group which approved a combined loan and a grant of US$ 16.4 million, to finance the country’s Electricity Supply Project.

World Economic Forum Report: US $ 515 Billion needed in Green Investments (29/01/2009)
The World Economic Forum today released the Green Investing: Towards a Clean Energy Infrastructure report. The report outlines the scale of the investments needed to develop a clean energy infrastructure and move to towards a low-carbon economy.

Sierra Leone begins bioenergy project (26/01/2009)
Sierra Leone has launched a $200 million (€154 million) renewable energy project, which includes the production of ethanol.

South Africa and Denmark to collaborate on wind energy (24/01/2009)
Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica and Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller on Friday signed a Declaration of Intent with a view to using wind energy as a renewable energy source in the country.

Nuts to boost Tanzania biofuels (19/01/2009)
A biodiesel project in Tanzania is looking at manufacturing biofuel using the oil from the nuts of the Croton tree.

Kenya firm plans 300 MW wind farm by 2012 (19/01/2009)
A Kenyan firm plans to produce 300 MW of electricity by 2012 by harnessing renewable wind power in the north of the country.

EU – South Africa Partnership extended to include energy issues (16/01/2009)
As follow-up on their joint summit in Bordeaux in 2008, the EU and South Africa agreed by a joint declaration today on ways to deepen their partnership in five new areas. One of the new areas is energy and energy security.

Mozambique to modernise Hydroelectric Cahora Bassa (16/01/2009)
Mazambique's major Hydroelectric Cahora Bassa (HCB) Dam on the River Zambezi will undergo extensive refurbishments this year.

South Africa: New energy research organisation to be established this year (14/01/2009)
The establishment of the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi), as promulgated by the National Energy Act, which was gazetted in November, to be implmented soon.

India to build hydroplants in Cameroon (14/01/2009)
Indian engineering firm Angelique International will build two hydro power plants in Cameroon as part of a 125 billion CFA francs ($251.5 million) aid deal.

Namibia: tender open for 4th turbine at Ruacana (12/01/2009)
Namibia's national power utility, the Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower), has issued a tender for the appointment of a contractor to undertake the civil works portion of a project to add a fourth turbine-generator unit to its Ruacana hydropower plant, on the country's northwest boundary with Angola.

Kenya: Israelis to install 30 windmills (12/01/2009)
Israeli desert experts are set to install 30 windmills in Nyatike Constituency to help pump water from Lake Victoria to remote parts of the area.

Renewable energy feed-in tariff to be approved in March (05/01/2009)
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) hopes to finally approve the long-awaited renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit), aimed at stimulating investment in the sector, on March 9.

Nigeria to build bioethanol refineries (02/01/2009)
Nigeria-based Global Biofuels is establishing the first of a number of refineries for the production of bioethanol from sweet sorghum.

EC’s clean energy fund to invest €22m in Africa and Asia (16/12/2008)
The Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF) set up by the European Commission, has decided on a first set of investments totalling €22 million in Africa and Asia.

New agency to be global voice of renewables (15/12/2008)
A new agency to be launched next month (26 January) in Bonn, Germany, aims to promote a swift transition towards the use of renewable energy worldwide.

1GW PV for Jordan (12/12/2008)
A joint venture has launched a multi-year project to construct a 1 GW photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Jordan, including an integrated 200 MW thin-film PV module factory.

BioTherm Receives $150M for Energy Production in S. Africa (14/11/2008)
Boston-Based Denham Capital announced this week that it will invest up to ZAR 1.5 billion (US$ 150 million) in BioTherm Energy, a South African developer, owner and operator of clean energy projects.

Lesotho in power deficit, new wind and hydro hoped to ease problems (13/11/2008)
Lesotho is facing a power deficit due to a surge in demand that outstrips its 72 MW capacity and South Africa's power crisis has worsened it, a senior energy official said on Thursday.

Eskom, AfDB sign $500m loan to help fund expansion (10/11/2008)
State-owned electricity producer Eskom on Monday signed a $500-million, 20-year loan with the African Development Bank (AfDB), as part of its capital raising plans to fund its R343-billion investment programme.

South Africa: DME and DBSA to implement World Bank renewable energy market transformation programme (07/11/2008)
The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME), together with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), has established a renewable energy market transformation programme (REMT) to assist investors in overcoming some of the obstacles and barriers preventing growth in the renewable energy sector.

World Bank, Zambia agree $75,5m power deal (22/10/2008)
World Bank agreed on Tuesday to a $75,5-million facility with Zambia to boost electricity generation and said the mineral-rich country required up to $2-billion to meet growing power demand.

Vergnet Signs 120-MW Wind Contract in Ethiopia (16/10/2008)
The Vergnet group has signed a major contract with the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo). The contract, involving the sale and installation of 120 of the company's 1-megawatt (MW) GEV HP wind turbines over a period of three years.

Morocco Backs Asola's African Plans (15/10/2008)
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. announced that it's German solar photovoltaic (PV) partner Asola has signed an exclusive agreement to establish a joint venture in Morocco.

Sierra Leone: AfDB Group Approves US$ 16 Million Supplementary Loan for Bumbuna Hydroelectric Project (08/10/2008)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, approved a loan of 10.30 million Units of Account (UA*), approximately US$ 16 million, to finance the Bumbuna Hydroelectric Project in Sierra Leone.

2.2 billion euro for renewable energy in Morocco (08/10/2008)
Morocco plans to invest some 2.2 billion euro in renewable energies over the next five years. The Moroccan National Electricity Office, ONE, clearly shows its intention to be one of the global players operating in the development of renewable energy and thereby increase its energy production.

New fund to invest in clean technologies (03/10/2008)
The Evolution One Fund, a 10-year private equity fund that focuses on investments in clean technology (cleantech) in the southern African region, has raised R400-million from four core international investors to date, and is expected to grow to R1-billion by mid-2009.

30 percent of African Governments' energy funds for small hydro proposed (26/09/2008)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the African Energy Commission of the African Union have called on African governments to set aside 30 percent of their energy funds for the development of Small Hydro Power (SHP) in the rural areas.

Tunisia to build 120 MW wind farm (19/09/2008)
Spanish wind turbine generator manufacturer Gamesa would supply 91 wind turbine generators, worth some €200-million, to Tunisia’s Société Tunisienne de L'Electricité et du Gaz (Steg), for what would become the North African country’s largest wind power facility.

South Africa's first battery-operated electric car unveiled (14/09/2008)
The Joule, South Africa's first battery-operated electric car, has been unveiled in Cape Town.

Global Green Energy Awards: international entries needed by 21 October 2008 (12/09/2008)
The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy are seeking inspirational and innovative local sustainable energy projects based in countries with developing economies.

Namibia: castor beans for biofuels (11/09/2008)
Israel's Evogene, Ormat Industries and the Leviev Group of Companies said on Wednesday they will set up a joint venture to grow castor beans in Namibia for the production of biodiesel.

Nigeria: Zamfara to Build 19 Billion Naira Power Plant (11/09/2008)
The Zamfara State Government is to build a hydro power plant that would generate 100 megawatts of electricity at the cost of N19.2 billion.

Nigeria plans ethanol project (10/09/2008)
Nigeria is planning to launch the first fuel ethanol project in Africa, worth N14.4billion (€ 86.7 million) in Ekiti State.

Africa-EU energy partnership to promote Africa electrification (09/09/2008)
A joint statement stresses the urgent need to promote Africa electrification and agreed to launch as soon as possible the process for the elaboration of an Electricity Master-Plan for Africa including, for instance, renewable energy cooperation.

South Africa: DME to move to new energy efficient offices (08/09/2008)
The minerals and energy department is to move into a five-storey A-grade office building being built in the second phase of the R750 million Trevenna office campus in Sunnyside, Pretoria.

Africa could substantially increase its share of the global Carbon market (03/09/2008)
A new report from the World Bank highlighting the potential of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for Sub-Saharan Africa was released today during the AFRICA CARBON FORUM in Dakar, Senegal.

South African government helps poor access energy (17/08/2008)
South Africa's Minister of Mineral and Energy, Buyelwa Sonjica, at the official opening of energy cluster centre at Makgobistad says energy cluster centres where poor communities can now access gas, petrol, diesel and paraffin are of great importance.

Ethiopia's ethanol production to escalate (08/08/2008)
In the next five years, the Ethiopian government plans to produce 130 million litres of ethanol from the present 8 million litres a year.

South Africa: Khanya launches first solar powered computer laboratory in Western Cape (08/08/2008)
Yousuf Gabru, MEC for Education in the Western Cape, opened the first solar-powered school computer laboratory in the province today.

Kenyan courts consider terminating biofuel plans (05/08/2008)
The Kenyan courts are considering halting the first stage of a US$370 million biofuel project that aims to replace up to 20,000 hectares of coastal grassland with irrigated fields of sugarcane.

Call for Proposals for technology transfer to Madagascar (Pelton & Banki turbines) (04/08/2008)
A transfer of technology on Banki and Pelton turbines to Madagascar is launched as part of the rural electrification program RHYVIERE implemented by Gret. Deadline is September 14, 2008.

South Africa: solar shower for medical campus students (01/08/2008)
Home Comfort, an Eskom approved supplier and installer of solar powered geysers nationwide, has recently completed a project to convert the entire hostel’s water heating system to solar power.

South Africa: Production of superthin solar innovation delayed (01/08/2008)
The start of production of the South African super-thin solar-panel innovation has been delayed by more than six months due to technical challenges with the equipment at the purpose-built German plant.

Mozambique seeks $400m to electrify country (31/07/2008)
Mozambique is negotiating with foreign partners to obtain $400m in funding to electrify the entire country by 2015, a senior government official said.

Namibia backing 400 MW solar tower-agri concept (24/07/2008)
A new proposal involving the construction of a R1-billion solar tower that will be able to generate 400 MW of electricity is being backed by the Namibian government, which is prepared to foot the bill for half of the prefeasibility study costs, says intellectual property company Hahn & Hahn MD Alan Dunlop.

2007 Sustainable energy investment in Africa fivefold of 2006 (17/07/2008)
Although Africa continues to lag other regions in terms of sustainable energy investment, asset finance was up in 2007 to $1.3 billion (five times as much as in 2006), reversing a gradual decline since 2004 and bearing witness to increasing installed renewable capacity.

Mozambique clears $ 280m cane-based ethanol plant (16/07/2008)
Mozambique has approved a $280-million agricultural project to produce ethanol from sugar cane, a cabinet spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Tanzania: Sisal biogas electricity pilot plant opened (16/07/2008)
Tanzania President, Jakaya Kikwete, inaugurates UNIDO-funded Sisal Biogas Electricity pilot plant

Tanzanian sustainable biofuel production gets support (03/07/2008)
The Shell Foundation and DOEN Foundation are supporting Diligent Energy Systems, a Dutch company from Eindhoven that has expansion plans for sustainable biofuel production from the tropical plant Jatropha in Tanzania.

Anger at Kenya biofuel approval (03/07/2008)
A government decision to allow a biofuels project to go ahead in Kenya has caused a furore with Kenyan environmentalists.

South Africa: Carbon tax plan including RE targets and incentives (29/06/2008)
The national treasury has been given a mandate to investigate the introduction of a carbon tax as well as a cap-and-trade system that will form part of the government's strategy to build a climate change policy.

Ethiopia refugees’ clean stoves scheme wins international green energy award (19/06/2008)
The Ashden Award green energy prize awarded £20,000 for a pioneering sustainable energy project to the Gaia Association, an organisation working with the UNHCR in the Kebribeyah refugee camp near Ethiopia’s border with Somalia.

Tanzanian Blacksmiths’ innovative tree-saving stoves win international green energy prize (19/06/2008)
At a ceremony in London, the Ashen Award, the world’s leading green energy prize awarded £20,000 to the Kisingani Smith Group (KSG), a pioneering sustainable energy project working in Njombe near the Southern highlands of Tanzania.

Uganda fair trade fruit export company wins international green energy award (19/06/2008)
The world’s leading green energy prize, the Ashden Award, awarded £20,000 to Fruits of the Nile, a company in Njeru, Southern Uganda operating a pioneering sustainable energy project.

Zambia: Omnia invests R29m in jatropha research (18/06/2008)
Noting the importance of biofuels in the changing agricultural landscape, the Omnia group has made an investment of some R29-million into research on jatropha agronomics in Zambia.

Mauritius: One third of electricity from sugar by 2015 (18/06/2008)
About a third of Mauritius' electricity will come from sugar waste by 2015, making it by far the largest component of an ambitious national target for renewable energy, a senior sugar official said on Wednesday.

South Africa: National hub in energy efficiency launched at the University of Pretoria (10/06/2008)
A national hub offering a postgraduate programme in Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management was launched at the University of Pretoria on Wednesday 10 June 2008.

South Africa: German school in Johannesburg on solar power (08/06/2008)
Children at the German International School in Johannesburg have been given a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about how solar power works. A solar energy system has been installed on the school's roof as part of a programme by the German Energy Agency (dena).

Mozambique: Tongaat Hulett considers ethanol plant (06/06/2008)
Tongaat Hulett might build an ethanol plant in Mozambique within two to three years, the company said yesterday.

South Africa: 80-MW wind farm in Western Cape (29/05/2008)
The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, together with the Saldanha Municipality, Seeland Development Trust, Oxfam UK and Genesis Eco-Energy, embarked on a process to develop an 80 MW wind farm on Thursday, with signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) governing the development of the project.

South Africa: Minister switches on the Darling Wind Farm (23/05/2008)
In a first for South Africa, the Minister of Minerals and Energy, today officially switched on the Darling Wind Farm.

Kenya forms biodiesel association to promote jatropha (09/05/2008)
In Kenya, a biodiesel association has been formed to promote jatropha-based biodiesel production.

Swedish group to produce African ethanol (09/05/2008)
Sweden-based ethanol producer SEKAB Group is planning and preparing for the production of ethanol in Tanzania and Mozambique. With the tropical climate and its unused areas with good access to water, Africa harbours excellent national conditions for growing biomass for biofuels.

World Bank and IFC Reward 16 Companies for Innovative Lighting Projects for Africa (09/05/2008)
The World Bank Group has selected 16 companies and organizations as winners of the Development Marketplace competition for their innovative products or services tailored to Sub-Saharan Africa’s off-grid lighting market. The winners will receive up to $200,000 to implement projects that offer affordable, clean, and safe off-grid lighting and that improve access to lighting for people living without electricity across the region.

Toyota's South African plant to go solar (07/05/2008)
Toyota has become the latest company to answer power utility Eskom's call for companies to reduce electricity consumption and to find alternative energy sources, by installing over 200 solar panels at its Prospecton plant in Durban.

Tanzania presents Power Sector Master Plan at Financing Options Workshops (06/05/2008)
In collaboration with the World Bank , the Tanzanian government last week held a two-day workshop in Dar-es-Salaam on Public Private Partnership (PPP) Awareness in the Energy Sector at which the Canadian consulting firm, SNC-Lavalin International Inc., presented a 25-year Power Sector Master Plan (PSMP) for Tanzania (2006-2031) which was financed by the African Development Bank.

South Africa: No investors for Eskom solar plant (25/04/2008)
Eskom is still struggling to secure funding for its 100 megawatt solar power demonstration plant, but a new proposal will be presented to the utility's board in the next few weeks to overcome this.

Uganda: Lake levels up but power cuts stay (24/04/2008)
The Lake Victoria water levels have risen but the amount of electricity produced at the Jinja-based hydropower complex will reduce further due to restricted water outflow.

Tanzania: 50 MW commercial wind farm in Singida region (21/04/2008)
A group of villagers gather at the local bicycle repair shop at Njiapanda, a dusty roadside hamlet on the rift valley in Singida region in central Tanzania, to marvel at magazine pictures of massive electricity-generating wind turbines.

DRC: Funders to gather in London to discuss giant Inga power project (17/04/2008)
The inaugural financiers conference for the much-vaunted Inga 3 hydro-electric project, proposed to be sited on the mighty Congo river in the western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), will take place in London on Monday and Tuesday next week.

South Africa: Joburg suburb installs solar streetlights as part of regeneration plans (11/04/2008)
Solar power was playing an illuminating role in Johannesburg inner city regeneration efforts, as solar streetlights have been installed on Kenmare street, in Yeoville as a part of the Hillbrow, Berea, Yeoville upgrade being carried out by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA).

South Africa: more power from Cahora Bassa (09/04/2008)
Africa’s biggest power utility, Eskom, on Wednesday confirmed that it could now import up to 1 500 MW from Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa hydroelectric power station, after it signed a five-year agreement for an additional 250 MW.

Lesotho: energy efficient lighting bulb factory planned by Philips (31/03/2008)
Philips Electronics NV has confirmed it will build a new plant in Lesotho. The plant will be capable of producing 15 million compact fluorescent lamps annually and will be jointly owned by the government of South Africa, Karebo Systems Ltd and Philips.

Morocco: King Mohamed VI launches Ain Beni Mathar thermo-solar plant (28/03/2008)
King Mohamed VI on Friday, 28 March, laid the foundation stone of the Ain Beni Mathar thermo-solar electricity plant at a ceremony attended by many officials.

South Africa: new windfarm for East London (27/03/2008)
AltX-listed diversified industrial firm Safic, which is planning to change its name to Accentuate by April, is actively pursuing its wind-power generation ambitions, and could soon build a small pilot plant in East London.

East Africa: 'Green' Bamburi to switch to biomass energy (17/03/2008)
Bamburi Cement Group is turning to biomass to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

South Africa: new 288-million litres/yr biodiesel plant for Coega (15/03/2008)
Australian-owned firm Rainbow Nation Renewable Fuels (RNRF) was in the "final stages" of applying for a licence from government to produce 288-million litres a year of biodiesel from a R1,5-billion plant it was building at Coega in the Eastern Cape, it said this week.

Uganda: Bujagali Hydro Earns African Power Deal of the Year Award (15/03/2008)
Project Finance Magazine has awarded its 2007 African Power Deal of the Year to the Bujagali Hydropower Project in Uganda.

South Africa: Private sector holds key to ending energy shortage (14/03/2008)
The private sector can plug the gap in South Africa's electricity needs more effectively than Eskom itself, according to Michael Meeser, the head of project finance at Investec.

Cameroon: GreenStep project on village wind and hydro (08/03/2008)
The people of M'muock will soon learn how to construct their own wind turbines and hydroelectric plants using local materials in a pilot project organized by Munich, Germany-based Green Step.

Liberia studies feasibility of reviving sole hydropower plant (07/03/2008)
The Liberian government has contracted US-based engineering company Stanley Consultants to carry out studies on the feasibility of resuscitating the country’s only hydropower plant, which was damaged during the West African country’s bloody civil war.

Kenya: Biwako Bio-Laboratory to invest in jatropha biodiesel (06/03/2008)
Japan's Biwako Bio-Laboratory will invest $19.4 million (€13 million) in a jatropha biodiesel facility and jatropha plantations in Kenya.

Garrad Hassan Represents Morocco State Utility in RFP for 300MW Tarfaya Wind Project (06/03/2008)
Garrad Hassan and Partners (GH) in Bristol, UK is acting as the Technical Advisor to the Morocco state-owned utility Office National de l'Electricité (ONE) in support of an RFP for a 300 MW wind farm to be developed near Tarfaya on the Atlantic coast in Southern Morroco.

South Africa: Solar Water Heaters compulsory by 2010 (05/03/2008)
Electric geysers will have to incorporate solar heating by 2010 in all new houses valued at over R750 000, or larger than 300 square metres, Parliament heard on Wednesday.

Nigeria's first biofuel refinery to be constructed (29/02/2008)
Nigeria's first ethanol refinery will be constructed by Global Biofuels. At full capacity the refinery will produce 1.5 million litres of ethanol a day using sorghum as feedstock.

South Africa: France to invest €100m in Eskom windfarm (28/02/2008)
France's development agency AFD plans to invest €100-million to help South African electricity utility Eskom build a wind farm, the company said on Thursday.

Requests for consultancy services feasibility studies East Africa hydro at tea estates (28/02/2008)
The East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) invites bids the feasibility studies of 6 small hydro projects in East Africa.

Uganda: Alstom wins Bujagali turbine order (22/02/2008)
A contract to supply five generating units and other equipment to the 250MW Bujagali hydropower plant being developed in Uganda has been awarded to Alstom Projects India (API).

MAN Ferrostaal enters solar cooling market (18/02/2008)
MAN Ferrostaal and the Aachen-based SOLITEM Group are to jointly market solar cooling systems in future.

Madagascar targets 76 percent hydropower by 2012 (16/02/2008)
Madagascar aims to produce 76 percent of its electricity from hydroenergy by 2012, plugging a major gap in its existing capacity, the president of the Indian Ocean island country said on Friday.

Tunisia: Solar power generating systems for 500 households (13/02/2008)
Kyocera Corporation announced that it will supply and install its solar power generating systems in the Republic of Tunisia under a yen-loan project by the Japanese government through Itochu Corporation.

South Africa: energy saving targets exceeded (13/02/2008)
South Africans are currently saving more than the 10% reduction target in electricity consumption set by the government, and emergency measures will continue over the next six months to ensure a further drop in demand, says Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin.

World Bank to establish clean technology fund soon (12/02/2008)
Poor countries will soon receive billions of dollars from a new World Bank fund to help them cut pollution, save energy and fight global warming, the organisation has said to Reuters.

South Africa: Trade & Industry Department to facilitate renewables (05/02/2008)
The trade and industry department is working on a plan to increase local capacity to produce alternative energy products in a bid to help ease Eskom's strained supply system.

Namibia: Finnish researchers study viability of bush chips for energy production (14/01/2008)
Producing electricity in Namibia on the basis of bush chips is not profitable in biomass power plants without investment aid and benefits from emission trading.

Uganda: EIB lends USD 136 million for Bujagali (07/01/2008)
The European Investment Bank (EIB in London signed the documentation for a loan of the equivalent of EUR 92 million loan to be extended to Bujagali Energy Limited. (BEL), a private company established in Uganda to build, own and operate a 250 MW hydro-electric project on the upper Nile at Bujagali.

Uganda: Japan to assist with Ayago Power Project (02/01/2008)
JAPAN has agreed to send hydropower experts to assist the Government in preparing for the construction of the proposed 500 megawatt Ayago Hydropower Project.

South Africa: R80bn methane project (18/12/2007)
NT Energy UK, empowerment partner Bataung Oil and South Africa's state-owned Central Energy Fund are to begin exploration for coalbed methane reserves as part of a project to develop sustainable sources of alternative energy for the country.

Uganda: South African firm eyes Uganda's RE market (11/12/2007)
Okhela Renewable Energy Corporation, a South African energy company, eyes the Ugandan energy market through the development of renewable energy.

South Africa lowers its biofuel production targets (06/12/2007)
The South African cabinet lowered its target for biofuel production because of concerns about the security of food supply.

Zambia: prize for engineer Zambezi Rapids (06/12/2007)
Arup engineer Daniel Rea has been highly commended in the Young Consultant of the Year category of the British Expertise International Awards for his work on the Zambezi Rapids micro-hydro scheme.

South Africa: New Eskom dam power project approved (16/11/2007)
State power utility Eskom has received all the necessary approvals, including an environmental record of decision, to proceed with a second multibillion-rand pumped-storage scheme, dubbed Project Lima.

WEF and WEC join forces on energy access in Africa (15/11/2007)
The World Economic Forum and World Energy Council have joined forces to promote sustainable energy supply and use in Africa.

Namibia: ABB wins $180m power order (09/11/2007)
ABB wins power order for HVDC Light technology to strengthen grids and enable power trading

African tea and sugar industries to get hydro, cogeneration plants (09/11/2007)
Green financial mechanism the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Environment Programme (Unep) have joined forces to deliver small-scale hydropower projects and cogeneration power projects to East African states.

South Africa: Retailer destroys thousands of bulbs in energy efficiency drive (07/11/2007)
In a gesture of their commitment to environmental conservation, Clicks SA crushed their remaining store of 56,320 incandescent bulbs, and will only stock energy efficient light bulbs in future.

South Africa: Energy efficiency agency pushes for more solar traffic lights (06/11/2007)
The National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA) hoped to roll out a further 100 solar-operated traffic-light intersections through the 20 major Metropolitan areas in South Africa, NEEA operations manager Barry Bredenkamp announced.

South Africa: Final biofuels strategy handed to Cabinet (06/11/2007)
South Africa has finalised its strategy on biofuels, which Cabinet will now consider, a top government official said on Tuesday.

South Africa: Eskom receives 5 000 MW in cogeneration offers (05/11/2007)
South African power utility Eskom has received expressions of interests for more than 100 cogeneration projects, which, if implemented, could add 5 000 MW to South Africa's energy mix.

DRC: BHP Billiton to fund Inga III feasibility study (24/10/2007)
Mining group BHP Billiton has agreed to fund the feasibility study for Inga III hydro power project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Uganda: Biofuel plant planned (22/10/2007)
A local investor is planning to set up a plant which will use foodstuff like maize, cassava and sugarcane to manufacture oil and gel for lighting and cooking respectively. The investor, who currently imports the biofuels (synthetic oil and gel) from their South African-based parent company Liquifier Pty Limited, hopes to set up the plant in east and western Uganda, by the end of June next year.

Malawi endorses ethanol-fuelled cars (17/10/2007)
The Malawi government is promoting imported ethanol-fuelled cars to wean the country off its fossil fuel dependency and better harness the country's ethanol industry.

South Africa & Namibia in talks to build hydropower station (12/10/2007)
South Africa and Namibia may build a 30-MW hydro-electrical power station on the Orange river, to supply electricity into the southern parts of the neighbouring country.

South Africa: Solahart colours its way into Featherbrooke Estate (11/10/2007)
Solahart achieved a South African solar water heating first when the company recently introduced coloured tanks. The new coloured tanks earned Solahart the nod from the Featherbrooke Estate aesthetics committee, making it the first solar water heater producer to be approved for this prestigious development.

South Africa: CEF launches carbon-markets unit (10/10/2007)
The State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) is to launch its International Carbon Markets Business on Wednesday evening.

NEPAD Infrastructure mission in Central Africa (05/10/2007)
A joint mission of the African Development Bank NEPAD Division and the NEPAD Secretariat Infrastructure Unit has visited Libreville and Brazzaville at the invitation of the Central African Economic Community (ECCAS), for talks with ECCAS, the Central African Development Bank, the Central African Power Pool and the Central African Economic and Monetary Community.

South Africa: DME biofuel won't burn food prices (03/10/2007)
South Africa could commit itself to biofuel production, confident that increased demand for maize will not burden food prices, Sandile Tyatya, chief director for clean energy at the department of minerals and energy (DME), said yesterday.

South Africa: Cape Town pilots 'green' traffic light (02/10/2007)
South Africa took another step toward improving its energy efficiency as the first set of traffic lights backed up by solar-power was piloted at an intersection in Cape Town.

South Africa: Gas engines installed at emissions credit-funded biogas plant (02/10/2007)
GE Energy has supplied three of its ecomagination-certified Jenbacher biogas generator sets to the owner of a process effluent-to-biogas plant that will provide electricity to a gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery in South Africa.

South Africa: Solahart awarded SABS mark (01/10/2007)
Solahart is the first South African Solar Water Heating company to be awarded the SABS mark. The award follows the safety and performance test by SABS, as well as an Audit of Solahart's procedures and an inspection by the SABS of the factory in Australia.

Namibia: Belgian firm aims to build another 100-MW wind farm (28/09/2007)
Privately owned Belgian company Electrawinds is planning €120-million worth of 100-MW wind energy plants along the Namibian coast, becoming the second privately owned firm to venture into wind energy in Namibia.

Germany Looks to North Africa's Untapped Solar Thermal Potential (27/09/2007)
A study by the German Aerospace Center estimated that harnessing the sun's energy falling on just 6,000 square kilometers of desert in North Africa would supply energy equivalent to the entire oil production of the Middle East of 9 billion barrels a year.

South Africa: Union says renewable energy sector offers 'huge' employment potential (27/09/2007)
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called upon the government to step up efforts to examine the number of employment opportunities that could be generated by a viable renewable energy industry in South Africa.

South Africa: energy policy review to be completed by end-2008 (25/09/2007)
South Africa has begun a review of its energy policy, introduced in 1998, on Tuesday, with the view to complete the process before the end of 2008.

South Africa: subsidy and finance office set up for renewble energy (25/09/2007)
The South African government has set up a subsidy and finance office to guide funding for renewable energy technologies, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Tuesday.

South Africa: energy efficient facilities for national parks (17/09/2007)
The Environmental and Tourism Affairs Department has secured R500-million for the installation of energy efficient facilities in the country's national parks.

Development marketplace grant competition for Sub Saharan Africa (13/09/2007)
The World Bank Group and its partners announce the Lighting Africa Development Marketplace Grant Competition "Innovations in Off-Grid Lighting Products and Services for Africa".

South Africa: Eskom start building 100-MW wind farm in 2008 (12/09/2007)
State power utility Eskom could start building a 100-MW wind power plant, on the West Coast of South Africa, as early as mid-2008, to be operational by the beginning of 2010, a company spokesperson said on Wednesday.

South Africa: Bethlehem hydro commissioning delayed by 3 months (07/09/2007)
The completion of South Africa's first commercial independent hydropower project, the Bethlehem hydro scheme, in the Free State, has been delayed till May 2008.

Eritrea: turn key 178 kW wind project agreement signed (07/09/2007)
On September 5th Fortis Wind Energy from Netherlands signed in Asmara (Eritrea) a one million US$ contract with the Ministry of Energy and Mines.

World Bank & IFC launch "Lighting Africa" initiative (05/09/2007)
The World Bank Group today launches an initiative to provide modern lighting to the 250 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa who have no access to electricity. Jointly managed by the World Bank and IFC, Lighting Africa aims to develop market conditions for the supply and distribution of new, nonfossil fuel lighting products, such as fluorescent light bulbs and light emitting diodes, in rural and urban areas of the region that are not connected to the electricity grid.

Botswana: Solar Energy Curriculum Development programme launched (30/08/2007)
The Solar Energy Curriculum Development (SECD) programme seeks to establish training standards and curricula for the two main solar energy technologies used in Botswana.

Mozambique: Petromoc unveils $550-million biofuels project (30/08/2007)
State-owned Mozambican Petroleum Co. (Petromoc) on Thursday unveiled a $550-million bio-fuels project aimed at easing an energy crunch in the fast-growing southern African nation.

South Africa: Private sector gets leading role in generation expansion (28/08/2007)
The government yesterday took a decisive step towards involving the private sector in the energy arena with the appointment of a consortium led by U.S. power producer AES to build two new independent power plants at a cost of more than 5bn.

Uganda: Construction of Bujagali officially begins (23/08/2007)
Construction of the 250MW Bujagali hydro project on the White Nile river in Uganda has been officially launched.

Kenya: KenGen signs deal for 35 MW geothermal plant (21/08/2007)
The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) plans to construct a new geothermal plant that will boost generation by 35 MW, the power producer said.

Kenya: Chinese to invest in solar PV plant (17/08/2007)
A Chinese company has entered into a Sh9 billion partnership with a Kenyan firm to build the first solar panel factory in East Africa.

South Africa: Study of West Coast wind farm begins (15/08/2007)
Eskom's plan to develop South Africa's first commercial wind farm on a 25km2 site just inland from the beach and opposite Vredendal on the West Coast is gathering momentum.

Cameroon: Sud Energie to build Memve'ele hydropower station (10/08/2007)
Sud Energie, controlled by British state-owned emerging markets power generator Globeleq, has signed a deal to build the new 200 megawatt (MW) Memve'ele hydropower station in Cameroon.

Algeria aims to tap vast sunbelt to export solar energy to Europe (09/08/2007)
It's a vision that has long enticed energy planners: solar panels stretching out over vast swaths of the Sahara desert, soaking up sun to generate clean, green power.

South Africa: Cargill to generate power from Humphries pig farm waste (08/08/2007)
Cargill is to build an anaerobic digester on a pig farm in South Africa, the first time such technology will be used in the country. The digester, which will convert pig effluent into power, is to be built at Humphries Boerdery Pty Ltd, a family-run pig farm business, situated north of Johannesburg.

Tanzania: Sun Biofuels to invest $20 million in biofuel processing project (07/08/2007)
Sun Biofuels, a UK-based producer of biodiesel, has invested $20 million (€14.5 million) into a biofuel processing project in Tanzania, called Sun Biofuels Tanzania, in which Sun Biofuels owns an 88% stake.

South Africa: US$ 500 million AfDB loan for ESKOM (07/08/2007)
South Africa’s national electricity company, Eskom Holdings Limited, will benefit from the biggest loan ever granted by the Private Sector window of the African Development Bank (AfDB). The US$ 500 million program loan approved by the AfDB Board of Directors will help enhance the capacity of the South African utility through investment in generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure.

Namibia: Nampower to hand out free CFLs (06/08/2007)
Namibians will soon receive free CFLs, to be distributed to urban households at the end of this month, in a nationwide campaign to save electricity.

Mozambique: Energem acquires jatropha biodiesel project (02/08/2007)
Canadian company Energem Resources has acquired a 70% controlling interest in a jatropha based biodiesel venture in Mozambique. The equity deal is in return for a commitment from Energem to fund the further development of the project for an amount of up to US$5.5 million.

DRC: Banro eyes hydro plant for gold mine (31/07/2007)
A hydro power plant has been highlighted as a key power option in preliminary studies for a gold mine being planned in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by Canada-based firm Banro Corporation.

South Africa: biofuel subsidy unlikely, says minister (30/07/2007)
South Africa is unlikely to introduce subsidies to support a biofuels programme that has been billed as a lifeline for the struggling farming sector, a cabinet minister said on Monday.

Uganda: Total stations to use solar power (30/07/2007)
TOTAL has launched a solar power system for its stations, becoming the first oil company in Uganda to do so. The Vice-President, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya lauded Total and Uganda Batteries for initiating solar power use for petrol stations, saying it is vital during loadshedding hours.

Burkina Faso: World Bank approves Energy Access Project (28/07/2007)
On July 26, 2007 the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the $38.8 million Energy Access project for Burkina Faso. The goal of the Energy Access project is to increase access to, and improve Burkina Faso's electricity services.

Ghana: World Bank Energy Development and Access project approved (26/07/2007)
On the 26th of July 2007 the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the Ghana Energy Development and Access project, which will be funded by US $ 95.5 million IDA credit and US $ 5.5 million GEF grant.

South Africa: Eskom calls for expressions of interest in R1.1bn wind farm (16/07/2007)
The construction of Eskom's first commercial renewable energy project, a R1.1 billion wind farm on the west coast, has kicked off with the power utility calling for expressions of interest from wind turbine makers.

Zambia: Official Opening of the Zambezi Rapids Hydro-Electric Scheme (16/07/2007)
On the 14th of July 2007 the Zambian Zambezi Rapids Hydro-Electric Scheme was officially opened by Minister of Energy.

Mozambique to look into large scale bio fuels (13/07/2007)
Mozambique is considering investing in a massive bio-fuels programme to cut oil imports and supply its growing manufacturing and tourism sectors with low-cost energy, one of its ministers said on Friday.

Madagascar: AfDB Approves € 6 Million Investment in Sahanivotry hydroelectric Power Station (05/07/2007)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a € 6-million private sector investment in the Sahanivotry hydroelectric power station in Madagascar.

Uganda: ADB Board approves loan for Bujagali (03/07/2007)
The board of directors of the African Development Bank (ADB) has approved the US$ 110M in loans to the Bujagali hydro project in Uganda.

Mozambique: Mphanda Nkuwa dam plan under green pressure (03/07/2007)
Proposals to build the Mphanda Nkuwa dam on the Zambezi river in Mozambique have come under pressure from environmental groups while the government said it needs the project to help boost the economy.

Ethiopia: WB Electricity Access Rural Expansion Project approved (03/07/2007)
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the 130 million dollar Electricity Access Rural Expansion Project -- Phase II

South Africa: Investors await finalisation of bio fuels policy (15/06/2007)
Potential investors in Ethanol Africa's R1 billion maize-to-ethanol plant in Bothaville in the Free State are reluctant to commit to the project until South Africa finalises its policy environment on biofuels.

Alliance to fight energy poverty (15/06/2007)
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has joined the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Energy Poverty Action, in initiative aimed at increasing basic electricity supply to African citizens.

South Africa: AAE secured licence agreement hemispheric windturbines (13/06/2007)
Aquaculture Alternative Energies, headed by Peter Grossmann, secured the licence agreement for the technology of hemispheric design that was developed by German engineer Herbert Beuermann in Spain over 20 years.

South Africa: Sustain 2007 goes green (13/06/2007)
Focusing on energy, earth and air, and incorporating Afriwater, Sustain 2007 takes place from 15-17 August at the Sandton Convention Centre.

South Africa: Palm Power Systems with VentureSA to manufacture large wind turbines (10/06/2007)
Palm Power Systems, a subsidiary company of Okhela Renewable Energy Corporation (Orec) based in Nelspruit and represented by Jacob Mabena, Emery Glenn and Hans van Eeden, has entered into a joint agreement with VentureSA to manufacture large wind turbines.

South Africa: OREC aims to build 800 wind turbines locally in 5 years (07/06/2007)
Independent power company Palm Power System, a subsidiary of Okhela Renewable Energy Corporation (Orec), will start manufacturing 30-kV wind turbines in January.

Uganda: NAPE lodges complaint with AfDB regarding Bujagali (04/06/2007)
The African Development Bank is investigating the Ugandan Bujagali hydropower project following a complaint lodged by the National Association of Environmental Professionals (Nape.

African Ministers and Development Partners Agree to fast-track regional energy projects (01/06/2007)
African Finance and Energy Ministers have undertaken to fast-track current regional initiatives such as the INGA dam project, the regional power pools, and gas pipeline projects and to explore the possibility of ceding limited borrowing authority to RECs to implement trans-boundary energy projects.

Mozambique to develop Jatropha for biofuels (31/05/2007)
Mozambique could be about to see the beginning of large-scale Jatropha production, following the foundation of ESV Bio-Africa, a new company focusing on the development of Jatropha plantations for biofuels.

South Africa: DME to unveil energy master plan in June (30/05/2007)
The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) will present a new energy master plan, covering a detailed energy infrastructure plan until 2011, next month, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on May 30.

South Africa: Central Energy Fund to start 'safer paraffin' project (30/05/2007)
CEF (Pty) Ltd has embarked on a project aimed at reducing the hazards associated with the use of illuminating paraffin – a potentially dangerous fuel that, when used incorrectly or with inefficient devices, results in devastating disasters.

South Africa: R130m wood waste station for Eden (30/05/2007)
A R130 million venture to burn wood waste to generate electricity will generate 8 megawatts for the Eden district municipality, which includes Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, from June next year.

DRC: World Bank approves Development of Regional and Domestic Power Markets (29/05/2007)
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a grant of US$296.7 million to increase the availability and reliability of low cost and environmentally-friendly electric energy in DRC and elsewhere in southern and central Africa thanks to the rehabilitation of the Inga 1 and 2 power plants in DR Congo, the construction of a second transmission line to the capital Kinshasa and the rehabilitation and extension of the distribution network in Kinshasa.

Biogas initiative for Africa to bring renewable energy to 20 million households (22/05/2007)
A large-scale biogas initiative has been launched to bring renewable energy to 20 million households in some 25 African countries. The initiative was approved at a conference entitled ‘Biogas for Better Life: An African Initiative’, held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 20 to 22 May 2007.

Namibia: Namibian telco deploys ‘green' site (18/05/2007)
Global technology provider Motorola, in conjunction with telecoms operator MTC Namibia, has recently announced the deployment of a wind and solar power system to operate MTC Namibia's GSM cell site, at Dordabis village, in the Khomas region of Namibia.

Solahart Southern Africa Turns 25 (14/05/2007)
Solahart Southern Africa celebrated its 25th year as Solahart distributor for Southern Africa at its second national conference held in Johannesburg.

NEPAD report warns for draining energy of Africa (10/05/2007)
Africa faces an energy crisis. It is not getting enough energy for its growing needs and the resources currently being used the most are running out.

2007 South African Award for Entrepreneurial Company to the Oelsner Group (10/05/2007)
Frost & Sullivan confers the 2007 South African Award for Entrepreneurial Company in the renewable energy (RE) equipment market on the Oelsner Group.

South Africa: Endesa to buy GHG from four landfill (09/05/2007)
Endesa and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) have signed an agreement at the Carbon Expo in Cologne under which Endesa will buy 100 percent of the Certified Emissions Reductions from a portfolio of landfill gas-extraction projects developed by EMM.

South Africa: Power distributors urged to invest (03/05/2007)
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has released its findings of an audit into 11 mainly major electricity distributors in the country, recommending that the government spend more than R400-million in refurbishing them.

South Africa: Eskom requests electricity price rise (03/05/2007)
Eskom has handed in a request to increase electricity tariffs, the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) said.

Uganda: World Bank power sector development project approved (26/04/2007)
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the Uganda Power Sector Development project today.

Uganda: World Bank Group approves support for Bujagali Hydropower Project (26/04/2007)
The World Bank Group today approved US$360 million in loans and guarantees for the Bujagali Hydropower Project, an integral component of Uganda’s strategy to close an energy supply gap that seriously constrains social and economic development in Uganda.

Namibia: Licence for wind farm granted (25/04/2007)
A licence was granted to investors for the erection of a large wind-power project that could eventually generate 25 per cent of Namibia's electricity supply.

Rwanda: Methane-extraction project could power up Great Lakes region (24/04/2007)
A landmark gas-extraction project will be rolled out later this year, which aims to produce cheap power by economically and profitably extracting methane from Lake Kivu, which lies between Rwanda and the DRC.

SADC Energy Ministers Meet in Harare, Zimbabwe (24/04/2007)
The Ministers responsible for Energy in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) met at the Rainbow Towers in Harare, Zimbabwe on the 25th April 2007. The meeting was opened by Honourable Vice President Amai J T Mujuru.

South Africa: Cape Town Plans Greener Building Methods (23/04/2007)
Within the next five years, the city of Cape Town plans to enact a bylaw insisting on environmentally-friendly building methods to make new developments "greener".

Finavera Plans 20 MW Wave Energy Project (20/04/2007)
Finavera Renewables Inc. has completed the preliminary site evaluation and selection process for its 20-megawatt (MW) wave energy project in South Africa. The project is the result of a commitment made by Finavera Renewables at the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

South Africa: Fuel cells to power remote locations (20/04/2007)
The IFC granted $3-million grant to install 400 fuel cells in remote locations and cities of South Africa.

Ghana: Sinohydro signs deals on Bui hydro station (13/04/2007)
In further moves into the African energy market, Chinese group Sinohydro Corp has signed two turnkey contracts to develop a hydro project in Ghana and another in Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea : Sinohydro signs deals on 120 MW scheme (13/04/2007)
In further moves into the African energy market, Chinese group Sinohydro Corp has signed two turnkey contracts to develop a hydro project in Equatorial Guinea and another in Ghana.

Biofuels in Africa: investment boon or food threat? (04/04/2007)
Africa’s vast arable lands have the potential to rival top agricultural nations like the United States in supplying biofuels to a world seeking cleaner energy sources.

Achim Steiner (UNEP): Africa must set alternative energy agenda (23/03/2007)
Africa must be bold and follow the examples of Brazil and Germany to plan an energy future around renewable and alternative sources, the head of the UN environment agency said on Thursday.

Zambia experimenting with Renewable Energy technology (23/03/2007)
A project in Southern Africa is helping promote the use of renewable energy sources. It’s called INSABA -- The Integrated Southern Africa Business Advisory and is funded by a German NGO called IN-Went.

South Africa: Durban launches rubbish-dump power plant (21/03/2007)
Africa's first power plant to run on methane gas extracted from a rubbish dump began generating electricity in Durban on Tuesday.

Africa-Europe Energy Partnership initiated (16/03/2007)
In response to an invitation extended by the German government and the European Commission, more than 220 representatives of African and European countries, international financial institutions, UN organisations, NGOs and other decision-makers met in Berlin for the Africa-Europe Energy Forum 2007.

Maputo to host Africa energy ministers meeting (16/03/2007)
Twenty-two African energy Ministers and specialists from the continent and different parts of the world will meet in the capital Maputo next week to discuss petroleum and gas explorations as well as upscaling of energy access in Africa.

Rwanda: Saving Energy "One Lamp at a Time" (16/03/2007)
The Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure has begun to distribute 50,000 Compact Flourescent Lamps (CFLs) as part of the World Bank’s Urgent Electricity Rehabilitation Project.

South Africa launches solar heater project (15/03/2007)
South Africa, through public energy company CEF, has launched a six-month pilot project to introduce solar water heating in middle- to upper-income homes as the country seeks to exploit one of its most abundant resources - sunshine.

Mocambique: Black & Veatch to study Lurio river potential (15/03/2007)
Mozambique's national power company, Electricidade de Moçambique, has awarded Black & Veatch a contract funded under a US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) grant to study the feasibility of using the lower Lurio river in northern Mozambique as a hydro power source.

Angola: Power from Capanda to double (08/03/2007)
The Capanda hydroelectric ham in Angola's northern Malanje province is set to double its power output in July with another two 130MW units, increasing electricity supply to the capital, Luanda.

UN launches the International Biofuels Forum (02/03/2007)
In launching its International Biofuels Forum the United Nations said that the forum will contribute to creating a world market for alternative fuels, resulting in economic, social and environmental benefits for developed and developing countries alike.

South Africa: SANERI to fund energy research at SA universities (26/02/2007)
The South African National Energy Research Institute (Sanri) plans to spend at least R8-million a year, over the next three to five years, to establish energy research chairs at South African universities.

South Africa: Local firm in negotiations for feedstock for 100 000t/y biodiesel plant (23/02/2007)
Black-empowered biofuels firm, Siyanda Bio-Diesel, is finalising capital expenditure costs and tying up agreements with soya bean suppliers in preparation for the development of a proposed 100 000-t/y soyabean, based biodiesel production plant in South Africa.

South Africa: Huge response to Western Cape call for RE options (15/02/2007)
There has been a huge response to the Western Cape government's call for proposals on renewable energy options like wind, wave and solar power, with calls flooding in from all over the country and across the world.

Namibia: Motorola and MTC Namibia to install solar-wind hybrid system (12/02/2007)
Motorola has announced that it has signed an agreement with the GSM Association (GSMA) and MTC Namibia to conduct a trial for wind and solar power systems to support the African operator’s remote GSM cell sites. This is the first customer based trial globally and the trial is expected to run from April 2007 to July 2007.

Uganda to launch the first community microhydro plant (09/02/2007)
The East African Energy Technology Development Network (EAETDN) - Uganda Chapter is carrying out a feasibility study to pave way for the construction of the first community based 35 - 40 kilowatt Dirigana Micro-Hydro Power Demonstration Project in Sironko

Uganda Tackles Power Crisis with Energy-Saving Bulbs (09/02/2007)
Uganda will distribute 800,000 energy-saving light bulbs to poor households in a bid to tackle a crippling power shortage and lower energy demand, an official said on Thursday.

South Africa looks at solar water heaters solution to crisis (02/02/2007)
Eskom is working on plans to offer an incentive to households and businesses to install solar water heaters as one solution to South Africa's electricity crisis.

South Africa: power output up 2.8% (02/02/2007)
South Africa, which generates most of its power by burning coal, increased electricity production by 2.8 percent in December from a year earlier.

South Africa: New bio fuel plant launched at Coega (31/01/2007)
A R50 million biomass fuel pellet project has been launched at the Coega Industrial Development Zone near Port Elizabeth. This will be the fourth largest biomass fuel pellet plant.

Kenya: JBIC to fund Sang'oro hydro power (25/01/2007)
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has signed a 5.6B yen (US$46.6M) ODA loan agreement to fund the Sang'oro hydro power plant in Nyanza province, western Kenya.

South Africa: Biofuels strategy welcomed by industry (10/01/2007)
The local biofuels industry has welcomed last month’s approval and publication by Cabinet of a draft biofuels strategy, describing it as an “enormously positive step in the development of a local renewable fuel industry”.

Angola: Generation has begun at the Chicapa (10/01/2007)
Generation has begun at the Chicapa hydroelectric dam in Angola's north-east Lunda Sul province, local media reports.

Zambia eyes two bidders for power project (10/01/2007)
Two firms are in the running to construct a new power station in Zambia as part of a $1,2-billion plan to address looming power shortages, a senior minister said on Tuesday.

South Africa: start of Bethlehem hydro construction (09/01/2007)
Bethlehem Hydro announced that const ruction has started on the 7MW hydro power project in the Free State Province of South Africa.

Malawi: Ethanol-driven vehicle under test (28/12/2006)
A Malawi project investigating ethanol-based fuels is conducting road tests on an ethanol-propelled vehicle.

Botswana: Government to electrify 88 villages (22/12/2006)
Government has appointed the Botswana Power Corporation to implement the electrification of 88 villages using renewable energy, says the corporations 2006 annual report.

South Africa: Cabinet approves draft Biofuels Industry Strategy (14/12/2006)
Cabinet has approved the Draft Biofuels Industry Strategy, to be released for broader stakeholder consultations.

Southern Africa: SADC adding generation capacity (13/12/2006)
Southern Africa has embarked on a number of short and long-term projects to bolster its power generation capacity by more than 42 000 megawatts as the region steps up efforts to avert a shortage of electricity in 2007.

South Africa: Green NGOs critise cabinet’s biofuel plan (12/12/2006)
Two nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) yesterday bemoaned what they said was lack of consultation in the development of government’s biofuels strategy.

African governments advised to include gender in energy policies (07/12/2006)
As Africa takes on massive energy developments it has been challenged to include gender issues in all the necessary policies as one of the ways to alleviate poverty on the continent.

Uganda: Mavel signs contract to supply Nyagak project (01/12/2006)
Mavel has signed a contract to supply two turbines for the 3.5MW Nyagak hydroelectric power project in Uganda.

Kenya: interconnextion with South Africa (01/12/2006)
The new inter-regional power development initiatives will force Tanzania to get connected to the South African Power Pool beginning March next year. The pressure would come from Kenya which envisages to construct a power line to link Kenya and Tanzanian national grids through Arusha, so that it can buy electricity from South Africa Pool.

South Africa: Eskom mulls ocean-current power option (17/11/2006)
Africa's biggest electricity supplier, Eskom was working with the UK and Norway to establish means by which it could best exploit the large-scale of ocean currents surrounding South Africa to generate electricity.

Uganda: EU funds US$20 million towards Bujagali (14/11/2006)
It has been reported that the European Union (EU) has joined the World Bank to fund the development of the 250MW Bujagali hydro-power station in Uganda, committing US$20 million for construction of the power station.

Tunisia: wind power to reach 180 MW by 2008 (14/11/2006)
The chronic rise in oil prices has prompted Tunisian authorities to invest in renewable energies such as wind power. 15 years ago, when the Sidi Daoud (Cap Bon area) site was set up it produced 8,7 MW worth of electricity, in 2007 with the extension of the site it is expected that it will produce some 34 MW, a small amount in comparison with that produced by petrol or gas induced power plants but not so negligible, when one is aware that it saved the state budget some 10 million dinars.

South Africa: Solar concentration plant for Upington studied (11/11/2006)
Eskom is researching the feasibility of building a concentrating solar power pilot plant with a maximum capacity of 100 MW near Upington in the Northern Cape.

Ghana Telecom goes solar (10/11/2006)
In the face of energy challenges, Ghana Telecom (GT) plans to use solar as the main source of power to drive the over 300 cell sites it operates in the country.

South Africa: summit to examine energy issues (08/11/2006)
A national energy summit will be held early next year to "re-look" at the entire energy landscape in South Africa, says Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica.

South Africa: BEE, techno partners selected for soya-to-diesel plant, (07/11/2006)
Petrochemicals group Sasol and the State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) have selected Siyanda Biodiesel as their black economic-empowerment (BEE) partner in a proposed 100 000-t/y soya-bean based biodiesel production plant in South Africa.

South Africa: ESKOM not willing to hand over DSM fund to CEF (03/11/2006)
A directive from the minister of minerals and energy says the bulk of this money should go to the Central Energy Fund (CEF) where a set of new agencies are charged with moving the economy to a more green footing. But Eskom is refusing to give up the money.

Mozambique leader hails dam deal with Portugal (02/11/2006)
Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Wednesday hailed Portugal's transfer of control of a huge hydroelectric plant to its former colony as the end of "the final redoubt of foreign domination".

Mauritania: Spain powers rural electrification with $2.5mn (02/11/2006)
Spain would finance a €2mn (about $2.5mn) electrification programme in Mauritania, the West African country announced on Thursday.

South Africa: European assistance for biofuels-strategy task team (01/11/2006)
The European Union (EU) is funding the establishment of a biofuels task team in South Africa, to draw up a strategy to take to Cabinet at its next economic cluster meeting, Department of Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said this week.

DRC: World Bank lines up tenders for Inga study (26/10/2006)
The World Bank has received 25 expressions of interest, including a few from South Africa, to conduct a financial feasibility study for the third phase of the Inga hydroelectric power station in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Mozambique: Cahora Bassa deal by end of October? (26/10/2006)
The final agreement to hand over majority ownership of the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam, in the western Mozambican province of Tete, to the Mozambican state, may be signed in Maputo by 31 October.

Solar power: cheap energy source for Africa (26/10/2006)
Electrifying rural areas poses unique challenges for African governments. Remote and scattered, rural homes, unlike homes in urban areas, are costly and often impractical to connect to the grid. Under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), countries are seeking innovative alternatives to give rural families efficient means to cook their food and light their homes.

2007 Global Development Marketplace (25/10/2006)
Development Marketplace 2007 is offering US$4 Million in awards for proposals with innovative ideas to improve health, nutrition, population outcomes of poor people in developing countries.

Uganda: First ever solar-powered airport (25/10/2006)
By next year, Uganda will be building an airport powered by the sun! This solar powered airport will be the first of its kind in Africa. Taking eight months for its construction starting January next year, it would worth US$40million.

South Africa: Biodiesel could fuel rural economic revival (24/10/2006)
Research will be conducted into the use of biodiesel waste in animal feed.

Angola: Kapanda Dam to increase production next year (24/10/2006)
Angola`s northern Malanje province`s Kapanda hydroelectric dam will next year add another 260 megawatts to its current 180, with the installation of two more turbines.

Ghana: Glowstar solar lamps light up adult literacy classes (20/10/2006)
Ghana's Ministry of Education has taken delivery of 15,000 Glowstar lanterns from Sollatek, specialists in solar power and voltage protection products.

Botswana Another advance for coal-based power station (18/10/2006)
Toronto Stock-Exchange and Botswana Stock-Exchange-listed CIC Energy has signed a binding heads of agreement with International Power (IP) a leading independent power generation company, regarding the proposed development of a power station at the Mmamabula Energy project, in Botswana.

South Africa: Eskom moves into the DRC (16/10/2006)
Peaceful presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the end of this month will be critical for southern Africa's plans to increase its power generation capacity and meet rising demand from new investments.

South Africa: IPP aims for WB emission standards with new fossil-fuel power station (13/10/2006)
One of the first coal deposits to be worked in South Africa, Elitheni, in the Indwe coalfield of the Eastern Cape, could supply the feedstock for the country’s first clean-coal technology power station.

South Africa: French agency supports eThekwini landfill site (12/10/2006)
The French Development Agency, AFD, is to provide a loan of about six million Euro for an electricity project in South Africa`s eThekwini municipality in Durban.

South Africa: Rewiring Electricity (12/10/2006)
Government attempts to inject some efficiency and order into the way the country's electricity is distributed to homes and businesses have, once again, met with a storm of protest.

South Africa: Eskom, WWF in joint renewable energy research initiative (08/10/2006)
In a joint initiative with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, Eskom has committed R3m per year for three years in renewable energy research in order to promote local development and uptake of renewable energy in South Africa.

Plans to avert Southern African energy crisis as demand outstrips supply in SADC region (06/10/2006)
The 11-year-old Southern African Power Pool (Sapp) has put several measures in place to avert an impending regional energy crisis.

DRC: First-half 2007 completion for Inga hydropower study (06/10/2006)
The World Bank-funded Inga Three feasibility study was scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2007, with implementation scheduled soon thereafter, African Union commissioner Bernard Zoba said in Johannesburg on Friday

DRC: Roundtable on Grand Inga Ends (06/10/2006)
An important roundtable on the development of the hydroelectricity potential of the Inga in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) wound up on Friday in Johannesburg.

DRC: Roundtable on Grand Inga Opens in Johannesburg (05/10/2006)
A roundtable on what is potentially one of the most important energy projects in Africa opened in Johannesburg on Thursday.

South Africa: Two time zones for peak shaving? (01/10/2006)
South Africa should be split into two time zones to stagger peak hour demand on Eskom. This is according to Eskom council member and electrical engineer Professor Christo Viljoen.

South Africa: Eskom calls for Braamhoek access-tunnel bids (29/09/2006)
State-owned electricity supplier Eskom's R8,9-billion Braamhoek pumped-storage scheme is “well advanced” and the utility is gearing up to start building the main access tunnel.

Namibia: Looking to the Wind (28/09/2006)
Namibia’s wind regime has finally generated some serious interest, leading to developers from the Netherlands submitting a proposal for consideration to the country’s power utility, NamPower.

South Africa: Finavera Renewables to Develop Wave Energy Project (26/09/2006)
Finavera Renewables Limited, a company that develops wind and wave energy projects, announced its commitment to build a 20 megawatt (MW) wave energy power plant off the coast of South Africa over the next five years, valued at US$40 million.

Namibia: green groups slate plans to build hydro power plant (25/09/2006)
Environmentalists have opposed attempts to revive plans to build a controversial hydro power project on the Kunene River in northwest Namibia.

Botswana: BPC taps solar energy to electrify villages (25/09/2006)
Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) will next year start electrification of 88 villages through the solar power programme.

South Africa: DME turns to building sector to achieve energy efficiency targets (20/09/2006)
In a bid to achieve its energy efficiency target of 12% by 2015 and renewable energy target of 10 000 GWh by 2013, the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) was looking to the building sector, industry and large business to assist in increasing energy efficiency.

Ethiopia: EEPCO to develop Gilgel Gibe III (18/09/2006)
Ethiopia's state-owned utility Ethiopian Electric Power Corp (EEPCO) is to develop a 1870MW hydro project with Italy's Salini Costruttori.

Lesotho: Solar-thermal power for rural villages (13/09/2006)
The World Bank today signed a grant agreement for a project aimed at improving the lives of Basotho people in rural communities

Namibia: Energy Status Quo must change (11/09/2006)
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute (REEEI) is to embark on research on energy sources that could be developed and implemented.

South Africa: CEF signs bioethanol deal with Brazilian giant, Petrobras (08/09/2006)
South Africa’s State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Brazilian petrochemicals giant Petrobras to conduct a feasibility study concerning the introduction of bioethanol in South Africa.

Brazil and Britain to develop biofuel project in Africa (06/09/2006)
Brazil and Britain will jointly develop a project to produce ethanol from sugar canes as a fuel in Africa, ministers from the two countries said on Tuesday.

South Africa: energy regulator urges use of cogeneration (06/09/2006)
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa sees cogeneration as having good potential for South Africa, and is looking at how projects can be financially assisted.

Ghana: Power shortage cuts ALCOA (05/09/2006)
THE VOLTA Aluminium Company (VALCO)’s smelter in Tema has shut half of its pot lines down because of a request by the State Power Authority to reduce electricity use.

Zambia: Marli Investments to spend $16 M on bio-diesel plant (05/09/2006)
MARLI Investment Zambia Limited has committed to spend about US $16 million in a plant that will produce bio-diesel from jatropha. According to company public relations director Kamal Desai, the investment would be rolled over three years though the production of bio-diesel is likely to start next year.

South Africa: cogeneration opportunities (04/09/2006)
In a country ranked among the top energy-intensive economies in the world, South Africa is going all out to find strategies to tackle its ever-increasing power demands.

Ghana: E-CARE installations begin in two regions (01/09/2006)
The United Nations Foundations (UNF) and the Telecom Management Partner (TMP) has begun the implementation of the Electronic Commerce and Renewable Energy (E-CARE) project initiated in 2003 to bridge the digital divide between the urban and the rural areas with the installation of state-of-the-art telecommunication facilities in two regions in the Southern part of the country.

Regional African organisations adopt ambitious access targets (01/09/2006)
A number of African regional organisations have recently adopted ambitious targets for expanding access tomodern energy services, particularly in peri-urban and rural areas.

South Africa: 31 firms in energy-conservation pledge (01/09/2006)
Seven more signatories and members of the National Business Initiative (NBI) have added their names to the 31 companies already pledged to South Africa’s Energy Efficiency Accord, which forms part of a national drive to encourage more efficient use of energy.

South Africa: oil majors willing to market biofuels, but caution on quality (31/08/2006)
The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia), which represented all of South Africa oil majors, supported government's strategy for the introduction of biofuels into the market, but economic realities and fuel qualities needed strong consideration, executive director Colin McClelland said in the association's 2005 report published Thursday.

Ashden Awards 2007 open for applications (30/08/2006)
Applications are open for schemes using renewable energy to improve people's quality of life while tackling environmental threats. Closing date for concept notes is 14 November 2006.

Tanzania: Solar equipment for co-op societies (30/08/2006)
The league of cooperative societies in Tanzania plans to supplement TANESCO’s failure to offer reliable power supply with solar energy.

South Africa: 'Pioneering’ Municipality signs Renewable Energy Memorandum of Understanding (30/08/2006)
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was hailed as a pioneering local government institution for its determined drive to ensure the implementation of the most advanced Renewable Energy sources for its residents and businesses.

Botswana: oil price fuels biomass energy (28/08/2006)
As anxiety mounts about the security of oil and gas supplies, countries around the world are falling back on a familiar energy source - Biomass. Although crude oil prices have eased slightly from the recent high, countries have fallen for alternative sources of energy for use in motor vehicles and other domestic uses.

South Africa: PPA for Sub-Saharan Africa’s first IPP wind farm (28/08/2006)
Almost three years after the 2nd World Wind Energy Conference was held in Cape Town, the Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Helen Zille, and the CEO of Darling Wind Farm, Hermann Oelsner, signed recently a 20-year contract for the supply of green electricity from the Darling Wind Farm. The Power Purchase Agreement was the last remaining milestone required for financial closure of the first Sub-Saharan African IPP wind farm project.

Uganda: Coca-Cola funds solar water project (28/08/2006)
Century bottling company, makers of Coca-Cola together with Solar Light for Africa and USAID have completed a water electrification project for Kalungi Health center in Uganda.

Nigeria: Solar Power Brings Relief to Villagers (25/08/2006)
Bishop Kodji, a small fishing and canoe carving island in the Atlantic Ocean off Nigeria's sprawling commercial hub of Lagos, has become the first village to be electrified under the Lagos State government's pilot solar energy project.

Zimbabwe: Use of solar energy urged (25/08/2006)
Zimbabwe can immensely benefit from the use of solar energy as a viable source of power in view of the current electricity shortages, the Minister of Energy and Power Development Retired Lieutenant General Michael Nyambuya has said.

World Bank backs Lesotho electrification project (18/08/2006)
State electricity utility Lesotho Electricity Corporation (Lec) has plans for the electrification of some 4 000 new domestic customers in three villages in the country.

Ghana: Internal Hydro turbines for low impact (16/08/2006)
Internal Hydro International Inc. announces the first unit sales for two units of the 30 Kilowatt Energy Commander low impact hydro units for a purchase price of $60,000. The units will be delivered within 180 days under the contract terms, which includes pre-payment of one third the purchase price on immediate terms. Both units are contracted for primary purchase by Kingswell Financial, LLC, of Maryland for use in residential developments in Ghana under limited use terms.

Uganda: micro hydro sites identified (15/08/2006)
Sezibwa Falls, in Uganda's Mukono district, is to host a pilot scheme of five micro hydroelectric plants that will be developed by Japan's Tanaka Company.

Botswana: UNDP GEF project under way (08/08/2006)
In a bid to promote clean energy use and reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) and the emission of carbon dioxide, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Government of Botswana and the Botswana Power Corporation, are launching a renewable energy project aimed at assisting Botswana's rural communities.

South Africa: Stellenbosch University to offer programme in renewable energy (08/08/2006)
The South African National Energy Research Institute, a division of the Central Energy Fund, has awarded Stellenbosch University the responsibility of being the hub of a postgraduate programme in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies.

South Africa: Major Renewable Energy Investment in Nelson Mandela Bay (03/08/2006)
In a major bid, potentially worth billions of Rands, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality took the lead in providing alternative energy sources in South Africa, by initiating an innovative process to provide Renewable Energy for its residents.

South Africa: Cape Town wind-farm project backed by city (02/08/2006)
Independent power producer Darling Wind Power is to enter into a 20-year contract with the City of Cape Town for the supply of wind-generated electricity, the city said on Wednesday Aug 2, 2006.

South Africa: Sugar group has 200m litre bioethanol vision (31/07/2006)
Agricultural group Tongaat-Hulett believes that it has the potential to contribute 200-million litres of biofuel within Southern Africa, as South Africa eyes the production of 1,2-billion litres of fuel-grade ethanol a year, the company disclosed on Monday July 31, 2006.

Uganda & Ethiopia: pilot test stove carbon initiative (31/07/2006)
Carbon Positive has secured financing to design and distribute clean burning stoves in a pilot project in Uganda and Ethiopia. During the pilot project various stove designs and distribution and monitoring models will be tested

Kenya: Studies show evidence of solar cooking benefits (31/07/2006)
Research data gathered from solar cooking projects in Bolivia, Ethiopia and Kenya validates long-held theories concerning solar cooking's potential

South Africa: Solar-energy internship launched (28/07/2006)
Leading South African solar-heating company Suntank has launched an intensive internship program for engineering students wishing to gain exposure to the solar energy industry.

African nations form biofuel group (28/07/2006)
Thirteen of Africa's poorest nations have joined forces to become global suppliers of biofuels -- fuel produced from organic material or plant oils. In a meeting in Senegal, they formed the African Non-Petroleum Producers Association (PANPP), aimed at developing alternative energy sources.

Namibia & Angola: development of Baynes (27/07/2006)
Construction work on the Baynes hydroelectric power station - which is co-funded by NamPower and Angolan power utility ENE - will start soon following the signing of a bilateral agreement between the two governments.

Mozambique: hydro top priority (25/07/2006)
The top priority of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), the grouping of electricity companies of the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region, "is to find a timely solution to the problem of the energy deficit in our region", declared Mozambican Energy Minister Salvador Namburete at the opening on 26 April of a meeting of the SAPP Executive Committee in Maputo.

South Africa: De Beers Fuel gets commercial biodiesel licence (21/07/2006)
The South African Revenue Service has licenced De Beers Fuel's first commercial biodiesel production plant, making the company the first licensed commercial biodiesel producer in South Africa.

Nigeria: ECN - Transforming the Energy Landscape Through New Devices (03/07/2006)
Moved by the deteriorating power supply in the country, environmental damage by fossil foil and the mass rural and urban unemployment, the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) has now initiated moves to popularize the exploitation of the numerous renewable energy sources available to the country.

Mali: World Bank approves IDA credits (03/07/2006)
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved three US$25M International Development Association (IDA) credits to the Republic of Mali, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and the Republic of Senegal to finance the development of Félou hydroelectric project in Mali.

Cooperation between GTZ and E+Co launched (02/07/2006)
Getting the private sector involved is a crucial factor when seeking to improve the energy situation in developing countries. In May 2006, the GTZ advisory project "Energizing Africa" launched a cooperation project with E+Co, a public investment company that specialises in providing support for small and medium clean energy enterprises in developing countries.

Madagascar: PPP hydro project between e7 and GTZ (01/07/2006)
The Lokoho Hydro Project is a public-private partnership (PPP) between GTZ, the private partners e7 (an institution set up by the world's largest electric utility companies) and Electricité de Madagascar (EDM). The project aims at integrating electricity generated by a newly constructed 4 MW hydro power plant into a comprehensive rural development approach. The electricity it provides enables productive economic processes and creates income for the rural population.

"Biomass Energy Strategy (BEST)" Initiative for Africa (01/07/2006)
The Biomass Energy Strategy (BEST) initiative aims at building awareness and creating a way forward so that the growing demand for biomass energy in Africa can be met in a sustainable manner. Offering tools and instruments for process design, the initiative will support selected governments in developing national biomass energy strategies, addressing traditional household fuelwood and charcoal supply and demand as well as modern form of biomass such as liquid biofuels or biomass power generation.

Zambia completes feasibility on hydro stations (29/06/2006)
Feasibility studies for the development of two hydro power stations with a combined capacity of 870MW have been completed by the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO), local media reports.

Tanzania: Ashden Award for Sustainable brick-firing technology (28/06/2006)
The Mwanza Rural Housing Programme (MRHP) in Tanzania has won an Ashden Award for their Sustainable brick-firing technology. This Sustainable brick-firing technology that uses rice husks, cotton waste and coffee husks instead of wood to fire bricks for house building, leads to thousands of new homes for the people of Mwanza.

Aprovecho / ProBEC to receive Ashden Award (28/06/2006)
An Ashden Award has ben honoured to Aprovecho / ProBEC for the ‘rocket stove’ that spreads throughout southern Africa dramatically reducing the use of fuel wood

Sierra Leone: More funds for Bumbuna (28/06/2006)
In a bid to expedite the completion of the Bumbuna hydroelectric project by August next year, the Islamic Development Bank has advanced a sum of US$10M to Sierra Leone.

South Africa: Anglo Coal invests in solar technology company (28/06/2006)
Anglo Coal has ventured into the renewable energy market, by acquiring a 5.3% equity stake in Johanna Solar Technology GmbH (JST), a German photovoltaic technology company.

Uganda: budget boosts power development (20/06/2006)
A severe drought which hit Uganda's economy over the last year has prompted the government to prioritise large hydro developments in its latest budget for 2006-2007.

Ghana: China to finance Bui Dam? (19/06/2006)
China is likely to finance a $600 million hydroelectric dam in northern Ghana which could boost the West African country's gold and iron ore industries, officials said during a visit by Chinese premier Wen Jiabao.

Kenya: Kengen to set up SCADA system (14/06/2006)
KenGen, Kenya's state owned power generator, has begun the installation of SCADA (Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition) system for its six main hydro stations.

Zambia seeks investors in hydropower projects (14/06/2006)
Zambia was seeking foreign investment for projects to add 6 000 megawatts of electricity to its national grid to meet growing demand and a regional deficit, trade and commerce minister Dipak Patel said yesterday.

South Africa: First solar powered village (12/06/2006)
A South African electrical engineer and a property development company have teamed up to create the country’s first solar-powered village. The 100-house development in Clanwilliam will generate enough electricity for all household needs and, if the sun keeps shining, homeowners will be able to sell electricity back to Eskom.

South Africa: GM maize for biofuels (02/06/2006)
The genetic modification (GM) battlefield has been extended to biofuels production, with South Africa featuring among a number of countries that are being asked to allow the import of GM maize to make ethanol. Ethanol, made from crops such as sugar cane and maize, is attracting interest internationally as a relatively benign, renewable energy source that is cost-effective at current oil prices

Namibia & South Africa study Orange river development (24/05/2006)
South Africa and Namibia are to conduct additional studies on the development of the Orange river, which forms a border between the two countries.

South Africa's wave power potential (19/05/2006)
Scottish company Ocean Power Delivery, which develops technology to generate power from waves, is considering a R7-billion development off the coast of Mossel Bay that could generate 700 megawatts of electricity, according to Business Report. The company is talking to the South African Department of Minerals and Energy and a potential local partner, Port Elizabeth-based Genesis Eco-Energy, about developing a pilot plant at Mossel Bay, 400 kilometres east of Cape Town.

Power crunch undermining Africa investment, growth (19/05/2006)
Chronic power shortages across Africa are undermining investment, industrial development and economic growth and keeping the poorest continent poor, said ministers and bankers at a financial summit ending on Thursday.

DRC: MagEnergy Acquires Greenfield Hydroelectric Site Near DRC Copper Belt (18/05/2006)
MagEnergy Inc., a unit of MagIndustries Corp, announced the signing of an agreement to develop the Busanga Hydroelectric site on the Lualaba River in the Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Ethiopia: contract signed for Beles (15/05/2006)
VA TECH HYDRO, one of the world´s leading suppliers of hydropower plant equipment and services, has signed the contract for the hydropower plant BELES in Ethiopia. The order was placed by the civil company SALINI COSTRUTTORI S.P.A, the turnkey supplier of this plant.

Kenyan sugar company plans 30 MW, grid-feeding power plant (12/05/2006)
Kenya’s Mumias Sugar Com-pany is set to construct a power plant which will supply over 30 MW of electricity into the national grid.

Morocco: ONE places Tanafnit-El Borj turbines order (09/05/2006)
Office National de l’Electricité (ONE) on 20 April announced it had awarded the final major contract for the 40MW Tanafnit- El Borj hydroelectric complex.

Sudan: More trouble at Merowe site (09/05/2006)
Three people were killed and more than 50 wounded on 22 April in clashes involving local people resisting resettlement as part of the 1,250MW Merowe (Hamdab) dam project.

Mozambique: China to fund Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower dam (08/05/2006)
The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with The Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank) to finance construction of the 1,350MW Mphanda Nkuwa dam on the Zambezi river.

Uganda: Solar power to run Katakwi water project (04/05/2006)
The government is to switch to solar power to run the Shs1billion water system in Katakwi district, the Assistant Commissioner for Urban Water Supply, Mr Dominic Kavutse, has said.

Investment in cleaner household energy yields major health and economic benefit (04/05/2006)
A new report titled Fuel for Life: Household Energy and Health produced by the World Health Organisation, reports that approximately 485 000 people in the next ten years would need to access to cleaner fuels in order to halve by 2015 the population relying on solid fuels. This report demonstrates that investing in cleaner household fuels can yield a seven-fold economic benefit in health and productivity gains.

DRC: Refurbishment work starts on Inga II (01/05/2006)
MagEnergy has begun work on the first phase of the rehabilitation and refurbishment programme for the Inga II hydroelectric project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Burundi: Nigeria may finance Mpanda hydroelectric dam (01/05/2006)
The Nigerian government is examining the possibility of financing the construction of a 10.4MW hydroelectric dam at Mpanda, in the Bubanza province.

African Development Bank's newsletter on hydropower (27/04/2006)
The latest edition of the newsletter by the FINESSE program of the African Development is focussing on hydropower in Africa

Ethiopia building 3 hydropower dams (19/04/2006)
Ethiopia is building three hydropower dams at a cost of $1,4-billion and hopes to generate millions of dollars in foreign currency by exporting excess electricity to three neighbouring countries.

Call on European Ministers to Act on Energy Poverty (01/04/2006)
Decentralised energy options must be at the top of the European Commission's agenda to combat poverty in rural areas of Africa and Latin America.

GEF grant to remove barriers in the Kenyan biomass sector (30/03/2006)
The 1,000,000 USD Global Environmental Facility (GEF) grant will boost local efforts to remove barriers in the Kenyan biomass sector.

Hydro crucial in Africa's development agenda (11/03/2006)
Africa’s first major governmental conference on hydropower and sustainable development, hosted by the South African government in Johannesburg, 6-9 March, has concluded with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration that reinforces hydropower’s role as a crucial renewable source of energy to move forward Africa’s development agenda.

Botswana: Massive solar project targets 88 villages (08/03/2006)
A massive solar-based rural electrification of at least 88 villages is expected to be rolled out countrywide mid this year. Finance Minister Baledzi Gaolathe announced the P34 million National Rural Photovoltaic Electrification Programme during the 2005-2

Hydropower in Africa must benefit the poor (03/03/2006)
A report published today by WWF, Oxfam and WaterAid reveals that hydropower has the potential to contribute to reducing Africa’s energy poverty, but calls for a greater emphasis in energy policies on providing benefits for the poorest people and reducing damage to ecosystems.

Expression of Interest: Wind Energy Applications in Eritrea (18/02/2006)
The Department of Energy (DoE), Ministry of Energy and Mines of the State of Eritrea, has commenced a Wind Energy Applications Project funded by the Government of Eritrea (GoE) and the UNDP/GEF.

Cameroon - power plant refurbishment (15/02/2006)
An international invitation for pre-qualification has been issued by AES SONEL for the Edéa hydro power plant refurbishment project, comprising the engineering, procurement, construction, start-up and commissioning of the plant in Cameroon.

Biomass CDM Projects – A Call to Action (12/02/2006)
Cooking stove projects in the CDM are under threat from a ruling preventing them from accessing carbon funding, although a recent decision allows for the possibility of their return, pending development and acceptance of a methodology.

Mag Industries to refurbish Inga (09/02/2006)
Africa's great energy hope, Inga, is to see its capacity increased when industrial group Mag Industries starts a refurbishment programme on its turbines.

South Africa energy research: Call for Proposals ESASTAP (05/02/2006)
Universities in South Africa are invited to bid for a grant of R3million per annum for a period of five years for the establishment of a Postgraduate Programme in Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

KfW Special Facility for Renewable Energies (03/02/2006)
The German federal government and KfW Entwicklungsbank have set up a Special Facility for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency with a volume of EUR 500 million.

Drought prompts Ugandan hydro closures (03/02/2006)
Continued drought across much of east Africa is expected to see Uganda shut down two hydroelectric stations on lake Victoria.

Namibia Consider Solar Power As Another Source Of Energy (02/02/2006)
Namibia is seriously considering solar power as an additional source of energy, to counter the diminishing electricity capacity in the country and the SADC region, as a whole.

Zambia: Kafue gorge power station moves on after the mudslide (01/01/2006)
The Utility Wide Safety Committee (UWSC) comprising officials from Energy Regulation Board (ERB), ZESCO Limited, University of Zambia, and Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) recently visited Kafue Gorge Power station to check on the rehabilitation works being undertaken at the power station following the mudslide of 2005.

Uganda: PPA signed for Bujagali (19/12/2005)
A long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) has been signed between the government of Uganda and Bujagali Energy, for the planned 250MW Bujagali hydroelectric power project.

Angola to supply rural population with solar energy (17/12/2005)
The Angolan government has unveiled an ambitious scheme to supply solar energy to rural populations over the coming 15 years

Kenya: Small Scale Wind Request for Expressions of Interest (09/12/2005)
The E7 Fund intends to support a community in the Lamu District in Kenya through the provision of wind power to support an existing isolated diesel generation and distribution scheme.

Hydro crucial in climate change battle (08/12/2005)
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Canada’s Minister of the Environment and president of the United Nations Climate Change conference, confirmed hydro power’s contribution to fighting climate change at an event held during the 11th Conference of the Parties an

Ugandan plants upgrade (29/11/2005)
In order to mitigate its shortage of power and meet the current demand, Uganda has identified a number of hydro power projects which are a priority for capacity increase.

Ghana signs Bui dam MoU with China (29/11/2005)
Ghana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s Sino-Hydro for the construction of the Bui dam hydro project in the Brong Ahafo Region.

Seeking Ideas for Better Water, Sanitation and Energy Supplies (21/11/2005)
The World Bank will award $4 million to the best ideas for projects in developing countries.

invitation to participate in the Ethiopian wind energy project (16/11/2005)
The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCO) is inviting potential wind Turbine Manufactures (unite size ~ 600 to 1500 KW) to express their interest in participating in the energy development project

Solar to Power Remote Tunisian Telecom Sites (14/11/2005)
An upcoming project in Tunisia will include the installation of more than 70 kW of solar to power remote telecommunications stations in the African desert.

Biodiesel projects to roll out in Africa (11/11/2005)
UK-based global producer of biodiesel from renewable energy crops D1 Oil's African subsidiary D1 Oils Africa is on the verge of rolling out projects in Africa to help combat the high oil price.

Angola: First phase of Capanda dam inaugurated (09/11/2005)
The first phase of Angola's 520MW Capanda hydroelectric project has been inaugurated.

Portugal signs over Mozambican dam (04/11/2005)
Portugal is to give Mozambique a controlling stake in the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric project, one of the biggest dams in Africa.

Nigeria approves hydro project (27/10/2005)
The Federal government of Nigeria has approved the 2000MW Mambilla Plateau hydro power project in Adamawa State.

Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy (11/10/2005)
The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy are now looking for entries from inspirational and innovative local sustainable energy projects from across the globe to compete for £350,000 of prize money.

ESHA publishes a brochure on SHP for developing countries (11/10/2005)
The European Small Hydro Association has developed this brochure under the Thematic Network on Small Hydropower (TNSHP) project.

South Africa: Subsidies for renewable energy (07/10/2005)
The South African department of minerals and energy has established a Renewable Energy Finance and Subsidy Office (REFSO).

World Bank says backs Uganda hydropower project (30/09/2005)
The World Bank supports long- delayed plans by Uganda to build a new $400-million hydropower plant on the Nile, but the extent of its financial involvement is yet to be decided, the international lender said yesterday.

Ghana: 5 million euros for solar power irrigation (29/09/2005)
Ghana and ISOFOTON, a Spanish irrigation construction firm, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the commencement of work on a nation-wide five million (5m) Euro solar power small irrigation projects.

Invitations for Expression of Interest Eritrea (28/09/2005)
The Department of Energy of Eritrea is inviting bidders to express their interest in a 750 kW wind park.

wind for shrimp processing farm Morocco (28/09/2005)
Two WES18 – 80 kW wind turbines for a shrimp processing farm in Tangiers, Morocco.

Uganda: Govt schools to get solar power (15/09/2005)
Government-aided boarding schools will soon be connected to solar power, the Minister of State for Energy, Dr. Kamanda Bataringaya, has said.

US funds for Mozambique hydro scheme (11/09/2005)
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has granted US$600,000 to help develop two hydroelectric projects on the Lurio river, in the northern region of Mozambique.

Pre-qualification for Tana hydro station Kenya (11/09/2005)
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) intends to redevelop the Tana power station on the Tana river and is inviting firms interested in tendering for the work to apply for pre-qualification.

New studies at Baynes site (11/09/2005)
Angola and Namibia are proposing the development of a hydro power station on the lower Kunene river, with the Baynes site in Angola set to become the subject of fresh studies.

First African CDM project registered (07/09/2005)
The Kuyasa low cost urban housing energy upgrade project in South Africa was registered by the UNFCCC CDM executive board on 27 August 2005.

African Microhydro Knowledge Network launched (30/08/2005)
On 27-28 April 2005 representatives from 20 African governments gathered in Vienna, Austria to launch the African Microhydro Knowledge Network.

R 30m for Bethlehem hydro in South Africa (30/08/2005)
An independent power producer project in the Free State will see Bethlehem Hydro, a new black economic-empowerment IPP lead the construction of two hydro power stations that will partially eliminate dependence on Eskom by the Dihlabeng Municipality.

Preparing Namibia's solar future (01/08/2005)
Namibia's ministry of mines and energy, through the Namibia Renewable Energy Project (NAMREP), released its findings on a recent study conducted to establish the level of implementation of various solar energy technologies in Namibia.

Go ahead for Darling wind farm (01/08/2005)
South African minister of environmental affairs and tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has turned down the only appeal against the proposed development of a commercial wind farm near Darling in the Western Cape

Study on the development of a new wind park at the Red Sea (01/08/2005)
The study jointly agreed between the Egyptian and German governments will enable a new wind energy site to be tapped.

Build mini-power projects in Uganda (13/03/2005)
MINI hydro-power stations that can be built in a year are the solution to the rampant load shedding in the country, an expert has said.

Release of new RetScreen Hydro model (02/03/2005)
World Bank and UNEP - Release of New Wind and Hydro Models

Ashden award for ITDG Kenya (15/09/2004)
Daniel Theuri of ITDG, Kenya received a runners-up ashden award for hydro project

GEF support for Zambia (17/06/2004)
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved a grant of $2.95 million to help remove the many barriers to renewable-energy systems in rural Zambia, including minihydro.

South African windfarm combined with hydro (30/01/2003)
A R100-million windfarm, in Kouga in the Eastern Cape of South Africa combining wind energy with pumped storage, is on schedule and should be operational by the end of the year.

Community micro-hydro and pico-hydro (11/01/2003)
The first micro-hydro scheme run by ITDG in Kenya is nearing completion and has taken significant steps towards sustainability.

Keeping the lights on at Kisiizi Hospital (10/01/2003)
A hydroplant to power a rural hospital in Uganda.

Lesotho: ADB approves US$ 16 Million for Electricity Supply Project (00/00/0000)
Efforts by the Lesotho government to improve electricity supply in the country received support from the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group which approved a combined loan and a grant of US$ 16.4 million, to finance the country’s Electricity Supply Project.

Zarubezhstroy Corporation to invest in Tanzania hydropower (00/00/0000)

Comments and remarks to Wim Jonker Klunne

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