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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Wiki-Solar.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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).

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: 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.

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.

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: 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: 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: 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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.



Comments and remarks to Wim Jonker Klunne

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