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German-African Energy Forum Gives a Boost to Africa’s Energy Security

German-African Energy Forum gives a boost to Africa’s energy security and investment

April 1, 2019 • Events, Mining & EnergyComments Off on German-African Energy Forum gives a boost to Africa’s energy security and investment

The African Energy Chamber congratulates the German Government and the African-German Business Association (Afrika-Verein der Deutschen Wirtschaft) on the success of the 13th German-African Energy Forum that took place in Hamburg on March 27 and 28, under the theme “Realizing & Financing Africa’s Energy Revolution”. With a strong focus on the...

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CSIR Energy experts share tips to mitigate load shedding

March 29, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments Off on CSIR Energy experts share tips to mitigate load shedding

South Africans have been urged to become more energy efficient, change their behaviour and make use of complementary energy sources, as South Africa experiences further load shedding and grid outages. Taking control of electricity in households by installing...

West Africa-based pay-as-you-go solar company raises $25 million Series C funding round

West Africa-based pay-as-you-go solar company raises $25 million Series C funding round

March 25, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on West Africa-based pay-as-you-go solar company raises $25 million Series C funding round

West Africa-based pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar company, PEG Africa has completed a US$25 million Series C round from existing and new investors to take its total raised to date to US$50 million. PEG will use this latest round of investment to cement its...

Load Shedding

6 steps to stay ahead of load shedding

March 20, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments Off on 6 steps to stay ahead of load shedding

Eskom has proposed 15 per cent-a-year tariff hike over the next three years, businesses have to become intelligent about power consumption to be sustainable. With South African businesses in the throes of debilitating load shedding, there are widespread...

Kenya gets clean energy boost

March 15, 2019 • East Africa, Mining & EnergyComments Off on Kenya gets clean energy boost

The Department for International Development’s Transforming Energy Access programme has already helped people and businesses across Africa cut 2 million tonnes of carbon emissions and improve the lives of 3.2 million low-income people. It has also leveraged...

Winch Energy lights up 24 Villages in Sierra Leone

Winch Energy lights up 24 villages in Sierra Leone

March 12, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Winch Energy lights up 24 villages in Sierra Leone

Winch Energy has announced that it has signed a contract with the Ministry of Energy in Sierra Leone; to provide electricity to 24 towns and villages in northern Sierra Leone through solar mini-grids as part of a public-private partnership project. The Rural...

Winch Energy appoints Olga Johnson as Ambassador for Africa

Winch Energy appoints Olga Johnson as Ambassador for Africa

March 10, 2019 • Company News, Mining & Energy, PeopleComments Off on Winch Energy appoints Olga Johnson as Ambassador for Africa

Leading off-grid utilities provider Winch Energy, announces it has appointed highly respected African energy expert Mrs. Olga Johnson as an Ambassador for Africa. Franco-Beninese Olga Johnson is a true expert in her field and one of the figures of the...

Power to all the people – Inverter systems for smaller installations

Make sure the lights don’t go out – with a smart power solution from Netshield

March 8, 2019 • Mining & Energy, SponsoredComments Off on Make sure the lights don’t go out – with a smart power solution from Netshield

Based on the state of our current power grid system, loadshedding has become a necessary evil as it reduces the risk of a national blackout that could take the country a week to recover from. But that doesn’t reduce the business impact or lessen the...

Access to electricity key for Africa’s development

Access to electricity key for Africa’s development

March 8, 2019 • East Africa, Mining & EnergyComments Off on Access to electricity key for Africa’s development

Nearly 600 million, or 48% of Africa’s population, still lack access to electricity, with the majority living in rural areas Africa will not fully develop if hundreds of millions of its people continue to live without electricity, Economic Commission for...

Pan African Towers signs $20 million infrastructural investment deal

Nigeria: Pan African Towers signs $20 million infrastructural investment deal

March 7, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Pan African Towers signs $20 million infrastructural investment deal

Pan African Towers (PAT) Limited, a Nigerian firm has signed a $20 million infrastructure investment deal with Canadian firm, Watt Renewable Corporation. The partnership will see Watt Renewable provide alternative energy solutions like solar and other...

Power generated by the Kariba Dam gets halved

February 26, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments Off on Power generated by the Kariba Dam gets halved

Power generated by the Kariba Dam has been halved, says a recent report by Reuters. According to Zambian State-owned Zesco, both Zambia and Zimbabwe have reduced power generation to around half capacity at their power stations at the Kariba Dam because of...

South African school goes solar through innovative global funding platform

Malawi receives $1.5 mln for Solar Home System Kick-Starter Program

February 21, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments Off on Malawi receives $1.5 mln for Solar Home System Kick-Starter Program

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in support of the U.S. Government-led Power Africa initiative, launched a “Solar Home System Kick-Starter Program for Malawi” to expand energy access in the country via solar home systems...

Businesses turn to smart solar solutions as Eskom woes continues

February 19, 2019 • General, Mining & EnergyComments Off on Businesses turn to smart solar solutions as Eskom woes continues

As Eskom resorts to turning off the lights yet again, businesses are looking for ways to lessen their dependence on the beleaguered national power provider. “The long-term risk to business continuity and sustainability is very concerning. Business owners...

Power to all the people – Inverter systems for smaller installations

Take the power of power management back into your hands

February 12, 2019 • Mining & Energy, SponsoredComments Off on Take the power of power management back into your hands

No matter whether they are made up of one or of a host of racks with multiple blades, the datacentre houses your most critical assets, but it is also the most susceptible to power spikes, dips and surges. Simply protecting your power at the external source,...

ENGIE starts operations of a new concentrated solar plant

ENGIE starts operations of a new concentrated solar plant

February 7, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments Off on ENGIE starts operations of a new concentrated solar plant

  ENGIE is pleased to announce that commercial operation was achieved on 30 January 2019 for the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park in South Africa.   This state of the art plant is a greenfield Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project with parabolic trough...

EU praises Uganda’s executive decision

February 1, 2019 • East Africa, Mining & EnergyComments Off on EU praises Uganda’s executive decision

On Tuesday, January 28, the Ugandan government announced the joined partnership with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a move it said would improve accountability in the management of natural resources. Government spokesperson Ofwono...