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Issue 317 - 11 February 2016

Kenya: GDC seeks new chief executive


Geothermal Development Company (GDC) is looking to appoint a new chief executive, in the wake of charges being brought against chief executive Silas Simiyu, company secretary Paxidis Namioni Saisi, general manager drilling operations Michael Mbevi and six members of the tender committee by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission in November over alleged illegal procurement of services for moving a drilling rig. The successful candidate will serve a three-year term with the option of a single renewal period of similar length.

Issue 376 - 14 September 2018

Nigeria: Zola Electric to enter market


Zola Electric, the brand name of solar start-up Off Grid Electric, announced at the Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco on 12-14 September that it will expand into Nigeria in Q4 2018. The company is aiming to supply off-grid solar power using its pay-as-you-go system to 1m households and businesses in the country over the next three years.


Procurement of consultants for the Ethiopia Renewable Energy Programme I is expected to begin during June. The project is backed by a grant from the African Development Bank-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa and aims to increase electricity access and diversify the energy mix through procurement of renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs).


France’s Engie announced on 10 May that work will begin shortly at the 100MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the Northern Cape, after a 20-year power purchase agreement was signed with Eskom. The plant is expected to begin operating in H2 2018. Kathu, which was selected as a preferred bidder in the CSP-specific third-round additional allocation of the renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPP) programme, will use parabolic trough technology and a molten salt storage system providing 4.5 hours of storage capacity.

South Africa
Issue 194 - 25 September 2010

Wind farm projects


French wind and solar energy producer Aerowatt has submitted an environmental impact assessment for an 18MW wind farm at Plaine-des-Roches in the north of the island.


A project to help release $25m to small and medium-sized enterprises could build a market for sustainable and renewable energy projects, writes Kevin Godier

Kenya | Ghana

As Central African Republic celebrates the 50th anniversary of independence, the weakness of the most basic infrastructure is painfully apparent in a country that has considerable hydroelectric power (HEP) potential

Central African Republic

Société Nigerienne d’Electricité (Nigelec) invites prequalification applications by 28 February for the design, supply and installation of equipment, and commissioning of a 19MW solar photovoltaic (PV)-diesel hybrid power plant in the central city of Agadez. The contract, to be co-financed by the Agence Française de Développement and the European Union, also requires the operation and maintenance of the project for two years before its transfer to Nigelec.


India’s Su-Kam Power Systems expects to begin installing in June the first of 40,000 solar power systems for rural households under a contract from the government, brand manager Kanav Sachdev told African Energy on 7 May. The company was awarded a five-year contract in January worth around $25m to supply, install and service 120W direct current (DC) systems to provide electricity for three lights and a fan per house. The systems, which are manufactured by Su-Kam, and will be installed over a six-month period, comprise a 120W rooftop solar panel, solar charge controller, inverter and a battery charger.

Issue 382 - 06 December 2018

Niger: First solar plant commissioned


Niger inaugurated its first solar project on 24 November, the 7MWp Malbaza plant in the Tahoua region. The plant, which consists of 21,000 solar panels, was developed at a cost of $24.7m, with financing from the Export-Import Bank of India. It will meet the electricity supply needs of around 30,000 households in the departments of Madaoua, Malbaza and Konni, according to Société Nigérienne d’Electricité (Nigelec).


Sinohydro signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Water and Energy on 11 July to carry out studies for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a 20MW solar power plant at the site of the Lagdo hydroelectric power plant in the Bénoué district of northern Cameroon. The ministry said the MoU aimed to define the terms of collaboration between the Cameroonian and Chinese parties on the project.


In the latest partnership between a European utility and emerging off-grid solar company, Mobisol GmbH and Rafiki Power (E.ON Offgrid solutions GmbH) announced on 7 March that they were partnering to pilot hybrid grids in rural Tanzania. Rafiki is a micro-grid provider which emerged from German utility E.ON’s internal start-up incubator :agile. The pair aim to use a combination of mini-grids installed by Rafiki and Mobisol’s solar home systems (SHS) to supply off-grid customers.


Guinea is close to commissioning the 240MW Kaleta dam on the Konkouré River, which will more than double its installed capacity while boosting supply to the regional grid. “A number of energy projects are under way. We will launch Kaleta in May-June and August, and we are about to launch feasibility studies for the Souapiti dam with the help of the World Bank,” minister of state for economy and finance Mohamed Diaré told African Energy in an interview.


Golomoti JCM Solar Corporation Ltd has issued a request for expressions of interest (EoIs) from engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) contractors for the 20MW Golomoti solar photovoltaic (PV) project. Up to five bidders will be prequalified and invited to submit detailed proposals. One or two bidders will then be invited to conduct contract negotiations with the project owners, Canada’s JCM Power and InfraCo Africa Ltd, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group.


The Energy Ministry has given developer Platinum Power six new provisional authorisations for hydro sites in the country. The permits cover two sites on the Ahansal River in Azilal province – Tamajout (30MW) and Tilougguit Lower (30MW) – as well as two sites – Bab Ouender (30MW) in northern Morocco and Boutferda (18MW) east of Beni Mellal – that had previously received permits limiting their generation capacity to 12MW.