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Renewable energy in West Africa

  • Nigeria: Dangote Promises to Power Outage in Kano

    NIGERIA, 2017/08/12 Dangote Group has signed a Memoranda of Considerate (MoU) with the Kano National Government for the proposed 100MW Dangote-Black Rhino Solar Power Plant. The formal agreement for the project, which is to be sited at Zakirai, in Gabasawa Local Government Area of the national, took place thursday, at the office of Secretary to the National Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Alhaji, in Kano.
  • Mali to improve solar energy sector

    MALI, 2016/10/29 Endow Africa skills to develop the solar energy sector. This is the ambition of Solektra International Academy, an idea born from the Akon Lighting Africa project. The founder, Akon, is a famous American artist of Senegalese origin and whose goal is to provide electricity for 10 million homes in Africa. “In this initiative, there are close to 15 African nations where we had solar installations. And we realized that there is a lack of qualified labor in order to carry out the work to meet international standards. So next these 15 nations which is only for training, the training of a critical mass of people,on all the aspects of solar projects”, said Patrice Ndangang,director of the academy.
  • Senegal in renewables drive, unveils new solar park

    DAKAR CITY, 2016/10/29 As Senegal pushes to become a regional player in renewables on a continent where the majority remain off-grid, the country at the weekend officially launched a new 20-megawatt solar power plant in Bokho, north of the country. The project follows through on a COP21 commitment by Senegal’s president, Macky Sall to cut greenhouse gases. The 20 -megawatt Senergy 2 project, located close to the Mauritanian border, will serve 160,000 people with electricity and will contribute to Senegal’s target of serving 20 % of its energy needs with renewables by the end of 2017.
  • Liberia: 10 Megawatt Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant for Monrovia

    LIBERIA, 2016/09/27 The Liberian government and project developer, Gigawatt World Cooperatief U.A., have signed a Memorandum of Considerate (MoU) for the financing and construction of a 10 megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant in Monrovia. According to a dispatch from New York, Foreign Affairs Minister Marjon Kamara signed on behalf of the Liberian government, while the New Projects Coordinator, Mr. Remy Reinstein, signed on behalf of Gigawatt. The signing took place at the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations in New York last Friday.
  • Renewables to lead Côte d’Ivoire’s power drive

    CôTE D'IVOIRE, 2015/12/26 Boosting electricity generation from a broader mix of sources has become a strategic priority for Côte d’Ivoire and is part of its drive to achieve emerging country status by 2020. The country is looking to double electricity production to 4000 MW over the next five years through a raft of projects, with renewables earmarked to play a leading role in new added capacity. The initiatives form part of broader plans, announced in late 2012, to invest $4bn in upgrading energy infrastructure to increase electricity output by 80% by 2018.
  • Oil-Rich Niger Delta Aims to 'Light Up' With Renewable Energy

    NIGERIA, 2015/02/04 The Niger Delta is the source of Nigeria's oil. But even here, most people struggle to access grid electricity. Efforts are presently being made to diversify to renewable energy as a way of dealing with frequent power cuts. The waterfront slums of Port Harcourt are constantly faced with complete destruction. The Nigerian government considers the largely self-built communities illegal and vowed to evict around 480,000 people living along the creeks surrounding the city. On June 2012, at the same time as the initial bulldozers came and tore down tens of thousands of homes, some in the community stood in the way."They said they wanted to do some developmental projects, that the waterfront community is a slum and that the buildings are not well-planned," said Babakaye Tubonemi, who lives in Port Harcourt's Okrika community.
  • Cabo Verde aim of 100 % coverage by renewable energy by 2020,

    CAPE VERDE, 2013/12/01 The European Union is available to assist Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) in achieving its aim of 100 % coverage by renewable energy by 2020, Cape Verdean Prime Minister José Maria Neves said in Brussels where he took part in the European Development Days. “The commissioner for Cooperation and Development, Andrés Piebalgs, welcomed the idea and showed he was available to assist us to achieve 100 % coverage of renewable energy,” said the Prime Minister at the end of conference with the commissioner. Cited by the Cape Verdean press, the Prime Minister noted that renewable energy was one of the “great priorities” of cooperation between Cabo Verde and the European Union.
  • Best clean energy entrepreneurs to be honoured in West Africa

    AFRICA, 2013/10/06 The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), a multi-donor initiative administered by the African Development Bank (AfDB), will participate in the West Africa Clean Energy Finance Forum (WAFCEF) which will honour the best entrepreneurs identified during the year, 2013, in the region. According to an official statement, received by PANA here Friday, the finalists will be identified by co-sponsors of the event, inclunding the Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN) and the Regional Clean Energy Investment Initiative (RCEII) of the US Agency for International Improvment(USAID).
  • Energy Minister Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah

    GHANA, 2013/08/09 Energy Minister Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah has disclosed the government's desire to increase the use of renewable energy - solar, wind and thermal - in the country, from the current paltry less than one % to 10 % by the year 2020. Saying such was the objective behind the Renewable Energy Act passed recently by Parliament, the Minister urged estate developers to provide for solar and other clean sources of energy in new homes, inclunding take chance of the feed-in tariffs in the law that allow ordinary citizens to generate solar or other renewable energy into the national grid for financial incentives.
  • Study supports renewable energy in Africa

    AFRICA, 2013/04/30 Increased use of renewable energy sources can transform African societies and their economies, a newly launched study revealed. The comprehensive study, conducted by the World Future Council and the Heinrich Boll Foundation with the support of Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, shows that Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff policies (REFiT) are promising mechanisms to promote renewable energy development in Africa.