Chariot partners with Total Eren to offer clean energy solutions to mining companies in Africa


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Chariot has signed binding key terms of a long-term joint-development partnership with Total Eren, the company said this morning. By working with Total Eren, Chariot intends to jointly originate and develop wind and solar projects for mining clients in Africa. The partnership will have an initial duration of three years and start on January 1st, […]

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Mainstream Renewable Power big winner in South Africa’s 2.5 GW renewable energy bid round


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South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), Mr. Gwede Mantashe, has announced yesterday the preferred bidders for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) Bid Window 5. The round resulted in the selection of five consortium as preferred bidders for 25 projects totalling 2,583 MW of renewable energy. The bidders will […]

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Kenya’s Kipeto wind farm has secured a $10m loan agreement to fund biodiversity


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Earlier this month, the shareholders of Kipeto Energy Plc arranged a $10m pioneering loan agreement with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to finance human-wildlife initiatives around Kenya’s second biggest wind farm. The 100 MW Kipeto wind energy facility started commercial operations earlier this year and is developed by BTE Renewables, an Actis company, along with its […]

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Namibia is poised to become the renewable energy hub of Africa


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by Hage G. Geingob, President of Namibia, Office of the President of Namibia for the World Economic Forum Namibia launched its Second Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPPII) in March 2021. The country is on course to develop a green and blue economy as articulated under the economic advancement pillar of the plan. By electrifying key parts […]

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A.P. Moller Capital has acquired 44% of Cabeólica from the Africa Finance Corporation


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Through the Africa Infrastructure Fund, A.P. Moller Capital has just acquired a 44% stake in Cabeólica S.A., which runs four wind farms on the islands of Santiago (9.35MW), São Vicente (5.95MW), Sal (7.65 MW) and Boa Vista (2.55 MW) in Cabo Verde. The stake was acquired from the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), who has been […]

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Globeleq completes ZAR 5.2bn refinancing for 238 MW in South Africa


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Globeleq has announced the completion of a ZAR 5.2 billion debt financing package for three of its renewable energy facilities in South Africa: the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, and the 50 MW De Aar Solar and 50 MW Droogfontein Solar plants. The transaction falls under the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE) […]

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Kenya’s second biggest wind farm starts commercial operations


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The 100 MW Kipeto wind farm has officially achieved commercial operations date as of Monday, July 5th. Majority-owned by Actis (88%) via BTE Renewables, Kipeto Energy is Kenya’s second largest wind energy facility after the Lake Turkana one. Kipeto Energy was originally conceived by Kenyan company Craftskills Wind Energy International (CWEIL) with support from General […]

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The U.S. commits $550m to boost Senegal’s electricity sector


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On September 9, the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) officially launched the $550 million MCC–Senegal Power Compact in Dakar. The five-year partnership had been signed since 2018 and will be completed by an additional $50 million commitment from the Government of Senegal. Investments will be made specifically in the strengthening of electricity networks in […]

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First wind turbine installed at Djibouti’s Goubet wind energy facility


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In early August, Siemens Gamesa completed the installation of Djibouti’s first wind turbine at the Goubet wind farm in Djibouti. The 59 MW facility has been under construction since October 2020 and will be Djibouti’s first utility-scale wind project and the country’s first independent power producer (IPP). It is the result of a strong involvement […]

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Why Africa’s energy transition is only happening in South Africa


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In more ways than one, the concept of energy transition makes no sense for African countries. The energy transition model by which fossil fuels were going to be replaced with renewable energy emerged out of developed countries, where low population growth and few incremental energy needs have paved the way for new planning strategies to […]

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