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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Renewable energy projects across the world received funding worth $6 billion in 2015 from multilateral banks, a recent report has revealed. The World Bank, The European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) provided a total of $25 billion in climate finance across the world. Around 20% of this investment (i.e., $5 billion) went into adaptation projects, while the remaining 80% was invested into mitigation projects.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

SIDA, the Swedish aid agency, is paying for Energy 4 Impact to roll out a new off-grid renewable energy support programme in Rwanda. The programme started in July and ends in June 2019. According to a release, it is designed to support government priorities to reduce poverty and increase energy access in rural areas. The Rwanda government targets to increase access to electricity to 70% by 2018 out of which 22% will be through off grid connections. As off now, off grid connections account for less than 2%

Africa remains one of the most difficult markets to penetrate, riddled by bankability issues and a distinct lack of the right kind of strategic partnerships. To expedite and support solar investment on the continent, SolarPower Europe and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) have teamed up to facilitate business cooperation between African and European stakeholders. The RECP is a development programme funded by the European Commission and several EU member states including Austria, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

Wednesday, 07 September 2016

Africa’s bid to combat the potentially devastating consequences of climate change has received a major boost with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and European Union announcing plans to spend €3.42 million to bolster low-carbon, climate-resilient development on the continent. Climate change threatens to push millions of people in Africa into extreme poverty by 2030 as crop yields decline, water grows scarce, droughts intensify and food prices increase. Roughly 18 million people on the continent could be affected by floods every year as global warming rises.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

In East Africa, the government of Rwanda has received a grant from Belgium within the framework of improving access to reliable on grid electricity services for households and public priority institutions. Government intends to apply a portion of the funds to eligible payments under the contract for the supply of electrical material and accessories for power lines. Bidding will be conducted in accordance with the law No 05/2013 of 13/02/2013 modifying and complementing the Law No 12/2007 of 27/03/2007 on public procurement.

Monday, 01 August 2016

Mini-grids, mobile payments and smart meters are all helping to create an off-grid model of electricity provision in Africa, helped by bottom-up funding and low-cost solar power, according to Michael Gera, managing partner and co-founder of specialist venture capitalist firm Energy Access Ventures (EAV). EAV has received a EUR 10 million commitment from the European Investment Bank and recently made its first investment in a company called Off:Grid:Electric, based in Tanzania.

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and German Solar Association, or BSW-Solar, have agreed to co-operate on a number of critical initiatives required to support the development of the nascent roof-top PV market segment in SA. Roof-top solar PV systems are distributed electricity options, which help to meet a building's electricity needs or provide power within an existing distribution network. The clean energy systems have the potential to help address SA's electricity demands.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The Government and the Federal Republic of Germany, yesterday, signed a bilateral agreement worth €15 million (about Rwf13 billion) to support energy supply in the country and the Great Lakes region. During the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning headquarters in Kigali, the minister, Amb. Claver Gatete, explained that the grant will be fully designated to the regional "Hydropower Station Ruzizi III" project. The fund is expected to contribute to improving energy supply in Rwanda as well as in fostering socio-economic development in the Great Lakes region as the hydro power project is shared by Rwanda, Burundi and the DR Congo. Gatete said: "This bilateral agreement shall increase Rwanda's clean energy generation capacity by about 50 megawatts. We very much appreciate the support of the German government.

Source: allafrica.com

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Convened under the theme ‘Business and Science: Leading the Way to Sustainable Energy,’ the Second Stakeholder Forum brought together EU and African ministers and heads of regional institutions, as well as more than 300 high-level delegates from public, private and non-governmental sectors with a view to galvanizing renewable energy innovation, investment and Africa-EU energy cooperation. The Forum was jointly organized by the AEEP, the Italian Government, the African Union Commission and the European Commission. The Forum was organized around technical thematic discussions on the AEEP themes of energy access, energy efficiency, and renewable energy and energy security on the first day, and a high-level session on the second day. In addition to plenary and specially structured panel discussions, there were targeted networking, business match-making and media events, as well as a parallel exhibition and fair showcasing the latest technological innovations.

Source: paepard.blogspot.be

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The Swedish Government has provided K264 million for the rehabilitation of Kariba Dam to save the dam from collapsing and ensure power generation for Zambia and Zimbabwe. And Kariba Dam has recorded an increase in water levels to 15 percent from 12 percent observed at the beginning of March. According to a report in Swedish Development Today publication, Swedish embassy deputy head of mission David Wiking said the deal could be concluded in June and that the assistance will come to Zambia through Sweden’s development arm – Swedish Development Aid (SIDA).