Revego Africa Energy invests in 360-MW South African wind portfolio

SOUTH AFRICA – Revego Africa Energy Ltd, a fund manager specializing in the acquisition of operational assets in the renewable energy sector has acquired stakes in three wind farms in the Northern Cape province with a combined capacity of 360 MW from investment fund manager Metier. The transaction includes the Loeriesfontein 2 and Khobab wind farms, each of 140 MW, and the 80-MW Noupoort facility, all of which were built as part of Bid Window 3 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), led by Mainstream Renewables…

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IPP Lekela Power set to connect its wind farm to Egypt’s national grid

EGYPT – Lekela Power, an Independent Power Producer (IPP), has announced that it is connecting the first part of its West Bakr wind farm to Egypt’s national grid and will eventually have a capacity of 250 MW. This joint venture between the British investment fund Actis and Mainstream Renewable Power is connecting 20 wind turbines from its West Bakr wind farm to Egypt’s national grid. The remaining 76 turbines will be delivered before the end of 2021 by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, which has secured the contract to build the…

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Rio Tinto signs renewable energy power purchase agreement in Madagascar

MADAGASCAR – Rio Tinto, Anglo-Australian metals and mining corporation, has signed a power purchasing agreement for a new renewable energy plant to power the operations of its QMM ilmenite mine in Fort Dauphin, Southern Madagascar. The project, which uses solar and wind energy, will significantly contribute towards Rio Tinto’s operations in Madagascar achieving its carbon neutral objective by 2023. The project is part of a broader initiative to reduce the ilmenite mine’s environmental footprint which includes programmes that focus on emissions reduction, waste and water management, carbon sequestration, ecological restoration…

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100MW Kipeto wind power commences commercial operations

KENYA – Pan-African developer BTE Renewables and Kenyan-owned renewable developer Craftskills, has announced that Kipeto Energy Plc has completed the Kipeto wind farm, located in Kajiado County South of Nairobi. All of the project’s 60 wind turbines are now producing power to the national grid, making Kipeto Kenya’s second-largest wind power project providing power to the equivalent of approximately 250,000 households. Kipeto is BTE Renewables’ fifth project to reach commercial operations in the last year, now having 384MW in operations in Kenya and South Africa. Dr. Kenneth Namunje, Chairman and…

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USTDA gives US$1m grant to fund large-scale battery storage feasibility studies in Mozambique and Senegal

MOZAMBIQUE – US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has allocated a grant of just under US$1 million to fund feasibility studies for large-scale battery storage projects in Mozambique and Senegal. The large-scale battery storage projects are co-located with wind power in Senegal, West Africa and Mozambique, in southeastern Africa. A grant of just under US1 million was made by USTDA lin 2020 for the Senegal Battery Storage for Grid Resiliency Project, paid to Lekela Energie Stockage, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) subsidiary set up and owned by renewable project developer Lekela Power.…

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BioTherm Energy completes four of its projects in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Pan-African renewable energy company BioTherm Energy, has announced the completion of all four of its renewable energy projects in South Africa, with the latest project having come on stream in the Eastern Cape. The company’s US$451 million investment connects 284MW into South Africa’s national grid and is partnered by Thebe Investment Corporation (TIC), which has a 37.5% stake in all four projects. The 123MW Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility reached commercial operations 1 May 2021 and is expected to generate over 477GWh of renewable power each year,…

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Mobility firm Planet42 becomes the first company in Africa to be certified carbon neutral

SOUTH AFRICA – South African-based Planet42 has become the first mobility company in Africa to be certified carbon neutral. The company achieved the certification under The CarbonNeutral Protocol, one of the world’s leading frameworks for carbon neutrality. To offset their emissions, Planet42 has chosen to support a wind farm in South Africa’s Northern Cape province near the town of De Aar, a project that aims to reduce South Africa’s dependency on coal and other fossil fuels via wind turbines. For the past decade, South Africa has been during an energy…

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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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