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The International Finance Corporation announced on 15 November that Côte d’Ivoire had signed an agreement to join the Scaling Solar initiative. The country will develop two 30MW solar power plants at Touba and Laboa in the northeast of the country on a public-private partnership basis. Côte d’Ivoire is the sixth country to sign up to the initiative, which has yielded the lowest tariffs achieved on the continent for solar power to date, despite a mixed reception by the industry.

Côte d'Ivoire
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The government is considering establishing a St Paul River Valley Authority as a special purpose vehicle to develop the river’s hydropower potential.

Liberia
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Germany’s Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) has invited bids for participation in the Premium Payment Mechanism (PPM), part of the GET FiT Program Uganda. The PPM is intended to improve the financial viability of small renewable power projects by providing a payment per kWh on top of the renewable energy feed-in tariffs approved by the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA).

Uganda
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Nevada-based wind and solar power developer Terra Global Energy Developers officially launched the 400MW Debre Berhan wind power project on 14 February. The project is located about 75 miles north of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Construction is expected to begin during 2014. Terra Global chief executive Dereje Abebe told African Energy the company was funding the feasibility study and that the financial package for construction was being negotiated with multilateral agencies and commercial sources.

Ethiopia
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The European Commission’s ACP-EU Partnership is financing the development of four 80kWp solar photovoltaic (PV)-diesel mini-grids in Mali. Under the programme, tendering is now under way for the supply, delivery and commissioning of four plants in Beleko Soba, Fakola, Dogoni and Diena. Bidding will be in two lots – Beleko Soba and Fakola in lot 1 and Dogoni and Diena in lot 2 – and is being run by the Netherlands’ Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES).

Mali
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Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) invites expressions of interest by 11 September for consulting services for a feasibility study for the rehabilitation and optimisation of the Nalubaale and Kiira hydropower plants. The 180MW Nalubaale and 200MW Kiira hydropower plants are located at the source of the River Nile, near Jinja on Lake Victoria. The ten 18MW units of Nalubaale were commissioned in stages between 1954 and 1968, while the five 40MW units of Kiira were brought on line between 2000 and 2004.

Uganda
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Toyota Tsusho Corporation, the trading arm of Japan’s Toyota Group, announced on 30 August the signing of a memorandum of understanding at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development for the development of two 50MW solar power projects with battery storage. The projects will be developed with Egypt’s Elsewedy Electric under an agreement signed with the Zambian Ministry of Energy. They will be located in Sesheke and Mungo and connected to the national grid. The projects are expected to be commissioned by 2021.

Zambia
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Faced with likely delays connecting some renewables projects to the grid, South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has issued a request for coal baseload independent power producers (IPPs) to register their projects by 25 July. A previous request for registration and information was issued in June 2013, but the new call has been designed in light of challenges connecting some projects from the third round of the renewable energy IPP procurement (REIPPP) programme.

South Africa
Issue 325 - 10 June 2016

Ghana: Study for Pra River hydro

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Berkeley Energy, as manager of the Africa Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), is seeking expressions of interest from consultants to carry out a prefeasibility study for potential hydropower projects on the Pra River. AREF is a $200m fund backed by the African Development Bank to invest in development-stage renewable energy projects. The study is expected to examine up to six potential sites, from which two will be prioritised for the subsequent phase. Expressions of interest are due by 14 June.

Ghana
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A consortium led by GE Renewable Energy with Spain’s Elecnor has been awarded a contract worth a combined $157m for the supply, installation and commissioning of the electro-mechanical equipment for the 420MW Nachtigal hydropower plant on the Sanaga River. GE Renewable Energy announced on 26 February that it would supply seven 60MW Francis turbines under a contract worth $87m, while the US-based engineering group’s hydro division would be responsible for the coordination of the project, including the design, manufacturing, erection supervision and commissioning of the turbines and generators, the control system and the mechanical balance of plant.

Cameroon
Issue 336 - 08 December 2016

Liberia: Testing begins at Mount Coffee

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Electrical testing began on the first 22MW unit of the 88MW Mount Coffee hydroelectric power project on 3 December. Mechanical testing has been completed and the unit is expected to be officially commissioned on 15 December. A second turbine is scheduled to be commissioned in February 2017. All four units should be operational by August 2017.

Liberia
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The government has contracted US company MAECI Solar, in collaboration with GE Power & Water and Princeton Power Systems, to install a 5MW solar microgrid system on Annobon Island. The microgrid will provide electricity for the island’s 5,000 residents using GE’s battery-based energy storage system, which is designed to withstand the high temperatures on the island. The project is being led by MAECI Solar, which is providing the solar modules and system integration. US firm Princeton Power will be responsible for the energy management system and controls.

Equatorial Guinea
Issue 295 - 27 February 2015

Angola: New energy companies take shape

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The government has appointed boards for the new power companies formed late last year to replace Empresa Nacional de Electricidade (ENE) and Empresa de Distribuição de Electricidade de Luanda, enabling them to start work in earnest. A cabinet meeting on 6 February approved the appointments, which will pave the way for hoped-for private investment in the sector. The Empresa Nacional de Produção de Electricidade (Prodel) generation company will be headed by António Fernandes Rodrigues Belsa da Costa, former board chairman of state water company Empresa Pública da Aguas (Epal), while former ENE directors Euclides Morais de Brito and Júlio Capitango will be in charge of thermal generation and hydropower, respectively.

Angola
Issue 245 - 13 December 2012

Adama One wind power project inaugurated

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Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn inaugurated the 51MW Adama One wind power project on 1 December. The power project has 34 wind turbines, each with the ability to generate 1.5MW. Some 85% of the $117m cost of the project was covered by a loan from the Export-Import Bank of China, and the remainder by the Ethiopian government.

Ethiopia
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The US Trade and Development Agency announced on 9 August the award of a grant to Upepo Energy Zambia to fund a feasibility study for a 150MW wind, solar and energy storage hybrid power plant project in northern Zambia. The study, which will be carried out by New York-based WSP USA, will evaluate the optimal mix of on-site wind, solar and battery storage capacity to provide energy generation and services to the grid. WSP will conduct the technical and financial analysis needed to develop the project and determine its commercial viability.

Zambia