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  • 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.
  • Final Orders for “Khalladi” Wind Power Farm Confirmed for Construction in Morocco

    MOROCCO, 2017/05/28 ACWA Power Khalladi announced that it has approved final orders to suppliers and contractors for the Khalladi Wind Power Project in the Northern region of Morocco since construction began November 2015, according to a Monday press release. Khalladi is scheduled to begin commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016, stated in the ACWA Power website. Proposed project of the 120 MW Wind Power Farm located in Jbel Sendouq – Khalladi, the initial privately funded wind farm in Morocco, was made possible under the newly adopted regulation in March 2010 titled Law 13.09, according to the project’s 2012 Project Design Document. The law allowed opening the market of renewable energy to the private sector as Khalladi will be able to sell their electricity due to high voltage and medium voltage grid to a pool of clients.
  • Algeria's Clean Energy: Huge Potential, Huge Ambition

    ALGERIA, 2017/03/12 Algeria is known for its oil and gas, but take a quick look at a world map, and you’ll see that its mountains and Mediterranean coastline mean huge wind energy potential. Add in its large surface area and desert topography, and the country enjoys huge solar energy potential as well. In fact, Algeria’s wind resources are estimated very large due to the size of the country with an estimated capacity of 35 THW per year, as well the Mediterranean North is characterized by a coastline of 1200 km coastline and a mountainous field with microclimates, what gives the giving the country a high potential of Wind development. In addition, Algeria has the major solar field in the world and the major capacity of all Mediterranean basin, with a territory composed of 86% of the Saharan desert, 2000 hours of average annual sunshine. The energy generated by solar power would represent 5000 times the Algerian consumption of electricity.
  • Algeria's Clean Energy: Huge Potential, Huge Ambition

    ALGERIA, 2017/03/12 Algeria is known for its oil and gas, but take a quick look at a world map, and you’ll see that its mountains and Mediterranean coastline mean huge wind energy potential. Add in its large surface area and desert topography, and the country enjoys huge solar energy potential as well. In fact, Algeria’s wind resources are estimated very large due to the size of the country with an estimated capacity of 35 THW per year, as well the Mediterranean North is characterized by a coastline of 1200 km coastline and a mountainous field with microclimates, what gives the giving the country a high potential of Wind development. In addition, Algeria has the major solar field in the world and the major capacity of all Mediterranean basin, with a territory composed of 86% of the Saharan desert, 2000 hours of average annual sunshine. The energy generated by solar power would represent 5000 times the Algerian consumption of electricity.
  • Solar to strengthen Algeria’s energy outlook

    ALGERIA, 2016/12/26 An agreement for a new solar plant marks the new step in Algeria’s effort to increase renewable electricity generation and reduce domestic gas consumption. The move is a crucial one, given that the country’s rising request for power – much of which is generated from gas feedstock – has constrained the volume of gas available for export, impacting national revenues. According to data from the Ministry of Energy, electricity consumption increased by 7.4% to 68.8 TWh last year.
  • Morocco takes initiative on renewables development

    MOROCCO, 2016/12/24 With power consumption in Morocco steadily increasing, the government has adopted a set of amendments to its renewable energy law to attract investments in a range of solar and wind energy projects. Reforming the segment The energy efficiency goals laid out in Morocco’s National Energy Strategy of 2008 aim to boost the share of renewable electricity generation to 42% by 2020 and 52% by 2030. To help advance this goal, at the end of last year the government amended the kingdom’s renewable energy law, originally promulgated in 2010.
  • 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.
  • Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can do that

    WORLD, 2016/07/16 Before this year media outlets around the world announced that February had broken world temperature records by a shocking all. March broke all the records, too. In June our screens were covered with surreal images of Paris flooding, the Seine bursting its banks and flowing into the streets. In London, the floods sent water pouring into the tube system right in the heart of Covent Garden. Roads in south-east London became rivers two metres deep. With such extreme events becoming additional commonplace, few deny climate change any longer. Finally, a consensus is crystallising around one all-significant fact: fossil fuels are killing us. We need to switch to clean energy, and fast. But while this growing awareness about the dangers of fossil fuels represents a crucial shift in our consciousness, I can’t help but fear we’ve missed the point. As significant as clean energy may be, the science is clear: it won’t save us from climate change.