Djibouti unveils wind-powered desalination plant

DJIBOUTI – French group Eiffage, via its subsidiary Eiffage genie civil, in partnership with Tedagua, a Spanish company specialising in water treatment and a subsidiary of the Cobra group, have constructed a wind powered solar desalination plant in Djibouti. The plant will improve the supply of drinking water in this country in the Horn of Africa, which faces persistent water stress. The seawater desalination plant was inaugurated on March 14th, 2021 by Djibouti’s president, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh. The plant is powered by a nearby wind farm and is one of…

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Kenya ratifies new standards to boost adoption of clean energy

KENYA – The government of Kenya, through its standards agency Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), has approved ten standards that provide specifications for systems and equipment that utilize clean energy such as solar and wind. “The use of natural replenishable energy resources contribute positively to Kenya’s economy in the fight against global warming, poverty eradication and the progress of important socio-economic aspects such as health, clean water supply, industrialization and education,” said Bernard Njiraini, Managing Director, KEBS. It is estimated that the socio-economic impact of climate change costs the East…

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Kipeto Energy wind farm to supply 100MW to Kenya’s national grid

KENYA – The second-largest wind power farm in Kenya Kipeto Energy, has announced that it will start feeding electricity to the national grid beginning next week having connected the Kipeto wind farm to the national grid and would now gradually start testing and switching on the turbines. Kipeto Energy, in a statement, said it had connected a 17km (220KV) high-voltage transmission line, linking the wind plant to the national grid at the Isinya Sub-station, and that it was ready to go live. The wind plant has an installed capacity of…

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Lake Turkana Wind Power, Clir Renewables partner to enhance Africa’s largest wind farm with AI

KENYA – Clir Renewables has announced a partnership agreement with Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP), leaders in African renewable energy generation that will see the company enhance LTWP’s wind farm performance tracking and support its Kenya-based team. Clir Renewables is a Software service company in the renewable energy industry and its cloud-based AI platform provides asset managers and owners with tools to maximize annual energy production. Founded in early 2017, Clir’s proprietary algorithm cleans and analyses ingested data to provide insights. Kenya has committed to meeting a growing demand for…

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South Africa’s Enel Green Power commences operation of its 140MW Nxuba wind farm

SOUTH AFRICA – Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), South African subsidiary of Enel Group has reached commercial operation on its 140MW Nxuba wind farm in the Eastern Cape province. The project, whose construction involved an investment of around US$245.36million, is expected to generate 460 GWh of energy annually. “This important milestone confirms EGP’s commitment to South Africa and cements our position as the leading renewable Independent Power Producer in the country,” said Salvatore Bernabei, CEO of Enel Green Power. The Nxuba wind farm will avoid the emission of approximately…

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Kenya to host ‘WindAfrica2021’ conference

KENYA – The Global Wind Energy Council will hold a conference on Wind Energy in Nairobi on 16th and 17th November 2021. The conference will have interactive sessions and panel discussions on Wind Energy in Africa, and it will bring together more than 25 wind experts and over 70 attendees from around the world. Africa has a wealth of renewable energy sources including wind energy and solar energy but despite the abundance of wind energy, the industry is small and concentrated in developed regions such as South Africa, Morocco, and Egypt. Huge…

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Siemens Gamesa seals its first wind farm project in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA -Siemens Gamesa, a global leader in renewable energy, has signed its first wind power project in Ethiopia with state-owned electricity company Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), strengthening its leadership in Africa as the country begins to expand its green energy capacity to meet ambitious renewable targets. The 100 MW Assela wind farm will be located between the towns of Adama and Assela, approximately 150 km south of the capital, Addis Ababa, and will contribute to clean and affordable power for the country’s electricity grid. The country has set an ambitious…

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Wind power has the potential to boost Africa’s transition to renewable energy- IFC

AFRICA — Wind power has the potential of boosting Africa’s transition to renewable energy – a new study conducted by IFC has shown. According to the study, Africa possess a stunning onshore wind potential of almost 180,000 Terawatt hours (TWh) per annum. The study shows that developing Africa’s huge onshore wind energy potential can boost its transition to affordable and reliable clean energy. The study coincides with a new milestone in the renewable energy sector. For the first time ever, wind and solar made up the majority of the world’s…

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Mozambique launches tender for 120MW Solar PV and 40MW wind projects

MOZAMBIQUE – The Mozambican government has launched a tender for 4 renewable energy projects with a collective investment capex of around €200 million. The projects are assisted with funding of €37 million from the European Union in partnership with the French Development Agency. According to a statement from the European Commission which together with the French Development Agency (AFD) are supporting the country’s Projeto de Promoção de Leilões para Energias Renováveis (PROLER) auction scheme for renewable energies, through this procurement exercise, the country’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is…

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Kenyan renewable energy expert Wangari Muchiri wins GWEC revolutionary award

BELGIUM – Kenya based renewable energy planning expert  Wangari Muchiri who specialises in technology innovation for off-grid and peri-urban communities has been selected as the inaugural winner by a Jury representing Global Wind Energy Council (WGEC), REN21 (global renewable energy community of actors from science, governments, NGOs and industry) , Greenpeace and family of Steve Sawyer, a pioneer of the global energy transition . Wangari was chosen from a competitive pool of applicants spanning public and private sector, civil society, and a range of renewable energy solutions with most applicants based…

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