Browsing: Solar Power

Windhoek and Berlin to cooperate on green hydrogen development.
  • About 200,000 people in Windhoek will benefit from AfDB-funded solar lighting project.
  • AfDB’s Urban and Municipal Development Fund helps countries invest in climate resilient cities.
  • Rapid and uncontrolled urbanization in Namibia’s capital has seen the steady rise in informal settlements. 

An estimated 50,000 homes in Namibia’s informal settlements will benefit from solar power connections as green revolution across African economies picks up speed. The solar project targeting informal settlements in Namibia’s capital city has received a grant of $485,000 from the African Development Bank’s Urban and Municipal Development Fund .

In Windhoek, where around 20 per cent of the population lacks access to power, the “Informal Settlement Renewable Electrification and Upgrading Program” will directly assist almost 200,000 people.

The Urban and Municipal Development Fund of the AfDB supports national socioeconomic development and poverty reduction by assisting governments in funding sustainable urban development for more livable, productive, and climate resilient cities.…

Signing of MOU between Zambia and UAE to invest in the energy sector on January 17, 2023 .
  • Zambia’s state-owned power utility Zesco has signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates’ renewable energy company Masdar to develop solar projects worth US$2 billion.
  • The project will commence immediately, starting with the phased installation of 500 megawatts (MW)
  • Zambia has been rationing electricity supply following a big drop in water levels in Lake Kariba, threatening hydropower generation which contributes more than 75 per cent of the country’s power output.

The United Arab Emirates’ government-owned renewable energy company, Masdar, and Zambia’s state-owned energy company, ZESCO, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to develop 2 GW of solar energy in Zambia. The project, which is worth US$ 2 billion, will be developed in phases over the next five years, starting with the installation of 500 MW, President Hakainde Hichilema said.

“This is not a loan but a capital injection in which the Zambian people, …

Eramet Group’s subsidiary Grande Côte Opérations (GCO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CrossBoundary Energy for the construction of a 13 MW hybrid solar power station with 8 MW battery storage in Senegal.

This comes at a time when Senegal is emphasizing the role renewable will play in the country and has set up ambitious targets to reach universal access to electricity by 2025, achieve 200GWh of hydro power production, and have renewable make up 30 percent of the power mix by 2025.

In a statement, CrossBoundary said the solar power station is dedicated to the Diogo industrial site (north-western Senegal) for the production of mineral sands, and is scheduled to be commissioned in early 2023.

Its renewable energy is expected to help improve GCO’s carbon footprint and reinforce its ISO 50001 approach.

“This is a first that reinforces the company’s commitment to the climate, in line with that …

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has just breathed life into Burkina Faso—the lease electrified country in the continent and globally, with € 48.42 million ($53 million) fund for the government of the country to implement the Yeleen Solar energy Plant, which is anticipated to boost national power supply, AfDB press release reads.

According to AfDB, the current project is part of Burkina Faso’s broader 2025 Solar Programme, known as “Yeleen” with three components: Development of photovoltaic plants (PV) connected to the interconnected national grid, Increase in the electricity distribution network, and Rural electrification by mini-grids (isolated) and individual solar systems.

Further, the rural electrification “ Yeleen rural electrification project” which aims to increase electricity access in Burkina Faso by connecting 150,000 households to solar mini-grids (50,000 household) and through stand-alone solar kits systems (100,000 households) was approved by AfDB in December 2018 with joint financing with European Union (EU) …