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Two Hydropower Plants Authorized In Morocco

In parallel to the "Photovoltaica" congress of renewable energies in Marrakech, Voltalia (Euronext Paris, ISIN code: FR0011995588) announces it has obtained permits for two hydropower plants of 9.8 MW and 7.2 MW in Morocco.

Delivered by the Moroccan Ministry for Energy, the permits relate to two hydropower plants projects of 9.8 MW and 7.2 MW, located in the Middle-Atlas region.

These permits follow positive technical approvals delivered by the National Bureau for Electricity and Drinking Water regarding the connexion of the plants to the national grid. The concerned Water Basin Agencies have also given a greenlight, taking into account the quality of the projects presented by Voltalia. The electricity produced will be sold under long-term private PPAs, which are currently under negotiation with corporate clients.

"These permits come as a recognition of the extensive work done over the past three years by our Moroccan team", declares Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia. "They confirm Voltalia's capacity to position itself as a first class partner for the electricity provision of its clients, at a competitive price" adds Yoni Ammar, CEO of Voltalia Morocco.

Siemens Remains Committed To Sudan

Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG Ms. Janina Kugel, together with regional and pan African executive management visited Sudan.

Kugel held a strategic partnership discussion with the Sudanese Vice President Bakri Hassan Salih Khairi where the global leader in the fields of Electrification, Automation and Digitalization had expressed interest in supporting further energy infrastructure and skills development initiatives.

"The focus on infrastructure investments and partnerships between public and private sectors remain a key priority for us to realize the ambitions we have for the country.

Together with Sudan we have strategically identified electrification as a catalyst to stimulate socio-economic growth. Electricity will grow existing industries as well as create new ones.

It also enables the advancement of social investments into priorities such as healthcare," said Kugel.

Siemens also signed an Operation and Maintenance (O&M) contract with the Sudanese Thermal Power Generating Company (STPGC) which covers aspects and activities necessary for the running of the Garri Power Station in the North of the Khartoum, and the Port Sudan on the country's Red Sea coast.

Sabine Dall'Omo, Chief Executive of Siemens Southern & Eastern Africa said: "The O&M agreement will indeed minimize the operational risks and maximize plant availability. As the original manufacturer of the turbines, we are best positioned to partner with STPGC.

This agreement is also tangible evidence of our mutual long term relationship with the country." On a full time basis, the O&M contract offers the full benefits that digitalization brings to the energy sector, such as remote monitoring and preventative maintenance.

Since the signing of the memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the areas of power supply, industry, transportation and healthcare during WEF Africa, Siemens has established a local company in Sudan.

Power Sector: Ghana Draws Inspiration From Ivory Coast

Managing staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) made a 48-hour working visit to Côte d'Ivoire. Their aim was to draw inspiration from the economic model of Compagnie Ivoirienne d'Électricité (CIE), notably for power distribution.

The two firms decided to strengthen their cooperation, in accordance with the commitments made by the leaders of the two countries, President Alassane Ouattara and President Nana Akufo-Addo.

A strong delegation from the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), led by its Chairman of the Board, Keli Gadzeko, is making a 48-hour visit to Côte d'Ivoire. Objective: to draw inspiration from the economic model of the Compagnie Ivoirienne d'Électricité (CIE), in particular in relation with electrical energy distribution.

On the first day, Dominique Kakou, CIE Managing Director, with whom the Ghanaian delegation had a working session, reassured the ECG delegation that Côte d'Ivoire is still ready to support Ghana in this sector.

Keli Gadzeko told the media in Marcory "It is certain that the CIE has a very mature, well-established organisation. We came to learn". In May 2017, during a friendly work visit to Côte d'Ivoire, the Ghanaian head of state, Nana Akufo Addo, went to the Ivorian Electricity Generation Company (Ciprel) in port-Bouët-Vridi to discover the company.

A private operator and subsidiary of the Eranove group, the CIE (4769 employees) is linked to the state by a concession agreement covering production, transport and distribution, and marketing facilities.

The provision also takes into account the import and export of electric energy throughout the national territory and in the subregion. Ghana, just like Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin and Liberia benefit from this export. The company has had these segments in hand for 27 years.

"The company was organised around a model led by a managerial policy that is specific and adapted to the African context. It takes into account what is positive like all modern companies do", explained the CIE Managing Director, on the last day of this visit.

This was marked, among other things, by the presentation of the managerial, social and union policy of this company based in Treichville. "The most important thing for us is to see how this company works here to learn important lessons, because we have now taken the same path," says Keli Gadzeko. Transportation and energy movements, dispatching as well as the organisation of distribution operations were also central to this trip.

"Workers take initiatives with a policy of decentralization, accountability and in the end, they know that they are controlled based on their own self-control. Such system allows for fluidity of action on the ground. There is a force that allows us to go quickly and correct mistakes", added Dominique Kakou.

With a turnover of 164.2 billion CFA francs, the CIE (state: 15% of the shares), which exported 1648 gigawatt hours in 2016, claims to have a customer portfolio (high and low voltage) of nearly 1.63 million. Thanks to its management, the company enjoys a long-term AA + financial rating with a positive outlook and a stable outlook on the short term with an A1 + rating.

Energy Hub

Although it imports some of its energy from its Ivorian neighbour and even from Nigeria, Ghana has great regional ambitions in this sector, aiming to become a hub. An ambition that also feeds Abidjan. From 2020 onwards, this country of 268,537 km2 intends to offer full access to electricity, which is in high demand, to its population, estimated at around 26 million, just like in Côte d'Ivoire (about 10%).

Thanks to reforms conducted in this sector, it now has five independent power producers (IPP). The installed capacity of the country is estimated at more than 3,500 megawatts and should reach 5,500 by 2030; a little less than Côte d'Ivoire (currently more than 2000) at the same time (6000 Mgw) against 4000 MW in 2020. Focusing mainly on solar, hydro and thermal, Ghana relies on many private investments and is multiplying initiatives to achieve this.

Uganda Turns Focus To Clean Energy Electricity Generation

The Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA), with support from USAID and Power Africa, hosted an off-grid solar exhibition, today, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

More than 40 local and international solar companies showcased solutions for lighting off-grid homes, businesses, and public buildings, watching TV without having grid power, irrigating for greater harvests, and much more, at the side event, held alongside the Africa Energy Forum. 

This exhibition, according to Emmy Kimbowa, the Chairman of USEA; Uganda’s apex membership body for solar system companies, demonstrated the opportunity that solar systems present for the economic growth and transformation of Uganda.

While electricity generation capacity in Uganda currently is 870 MW and peak demand is 550 MW, approximately, demand is increasing at an average of ten percent each year. Electricity shortfalls are expected until more power generation facilities are brought online.

Further, as the bulk of grid electricity is generated through large hydropower (approximately 85%), the reliability of Uganda’ power supply is susceptible to drought, intermittent rainfall, and reduced river flow – all factors that are expected to become more acute with climate change.

The Government of Uganda is meeting this challenge head-on by targeting an increase in installed capacity to 2,500 MW by 2020. Furthermore, Uganda aims to achieve a more diversified energy mix by making greater use of other renewable sources including medium and small-scale hydropower, biomass, solar, and geothermal.

Power Africa Uganda Electricity Supply Accelerator (PAUESA), is a project that was launched at the exhibition, by the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah R. Malac and Honorable Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development in the company of the UK High Commissioner Peter West.

Also referred to as The Accelerator, PAUESA is aligned both with Uganda’s objectives and the Power Africa Roadmap goal of increasing regional generation capacity by 30,000 MW and increasing connections by 60 million.

Its main objective is to facilitate the increase of clean energy electricity generation and electricity access among rural and urban communities in Uganda by working with clean energy generation and access.

With a population of about 34 million people, Uganda has one of the world’s lowest electrification rates even though Uganda has experienced an average economic growth rate of five percent per annum over the last ten years. In urban areas, while 55 percent of Ugandans have access to electricity, in rural areas, however, the electrification rate drops to 10 percent.

Only 5% (five percent) of the population is connected to the national grid, indicating that many of those who do have access to electricity are employing off-grid technologies such as distributed power and solar home systems to meet their energy needs.

Uganda’s per capita electricity consumption of 157 kilowatt hours (kWh) is considerably lower than the sub-Saharan Africa per capita average of 552 kWh and the global per capita average of 2,472 kWh. By 2020, Uganda aims to achieve a national electrification rate of 30 percent through new on- and off-grid connections, and to increase per capita consumption to 578 kWh.

Power Africa is a U.S. Government-led initiative launched in 2013 to expand electricity access and generation capacity in sub-Saharan Africa by adding more than 30,000 megawatts and 60 million new home and business connections.

Energy Africa, a UK Government-led initiative has been working closely with other development partners and the Government of Uganda to support the growth of the off-grid solar market through the establishment of a suitable enabling environment.

Kampala Summit To Unlock Investment In Energy, Infrastructure

The East Africa Energy and Infrastructure Summit (EAEIS) will bring together regional governments, leading utility and regulatory companies, financiers, donor organisations and power developers in an effort to unlock investment in energy and infrastructure for regional growth and development.

The Summit taking place on 6-8 February in Kampala, Uganda, will discuss the most significant energy and infrastructure projects being developed across the region and to explore practical solutions geared at increasing investor appetite in East Africa.

The East Africa Energy and Infrastructure Summit is largely expected to unite regional governments from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia. EnergyNet's Anna Gorzkowska commented that energy landscape in East Africa is evolving and diversifying.

“From the development of the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline and Refinery Project, to the large renewable energy projects such as the Bujagali Hydropower Project and Lake Turkana Wind Power Project – there has never been a more exciting time for the East African region, and we're delighted to have got the timing of this meeting right.

There is so much interest not only in the larger infrastructure and energy projects, but also in the ever-developing off grid space."

The East Africa summit will be co-located with the second annual Africa Energy Forum: Off The Grid (AEF:OTG). AEF:OTG will focus on the topical issues concerning rolling out off-grid projects across Africa, presenting current project opportunities and building on the outcomes of the first successful off grid Summit, held in Dar es Salaam in December 2016.

Participating at both meetings are the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development for Uganda, UMEME, the Energy Regulatory Authority and the Rural Electrification Agency. Power Africa, ENGIE, Fieldstone Africa, METKA, Nedbank, Shell New Energies, Wartsila, Nocart, Windlab and the African Trade Insurance Agency have all confirmed their full support and sponsorship of the forums, demonstrating their central role in shaping the East African region's power and infrastructure sector. 

Africa To Meet In Washington To Discuss Energy Investment Partnerships

The Powering Africa: Summit will return for a fourth year to the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington D.C. from 28 February to 2nd March 2018 to discuss opportunities to develop and invest in power projects on the African continent.

US intergovernmental agencies confirmed for the summit including OPIC, Power Africa and USAID are increasing their objectives for the African continent as well as their involvement in the development of projects from a more varied mix of technologies.

In numerous conversations with EnergyNet, Department of State and Department of Energy communicated a clear determination to play a greater role in Africa, promoting commercial partnerships and progressing deals at an increased pace which will be measured to help navigate bottlenecks more effectively.

Whilst the market has hesitated in some key economies, the likes of Uganda, Cote D'Ivoire, Senegal, Zambia and Ghana are booming with projects including the multibillion dollar Uganda-Tanzania Oil Pipeline, which has investors buzzing.

Simon Gosling, Managing Director of EnergyNet comments that South Africa has struggled over the last 24 months to finalise the renewable IPPs, these projects are now progressing because of increased localisation and BPE engagement which will allow these PPAs to finally be signed in the coming weeks.

This, he said, will trigger the Gas IPP Programme which will be a huge opportunity for foreign investors and gas providers as well as being transformative for the development of the country."

"On a recent trip to South Africa, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry noted how energy increases security for the young. An obvious corollary is how increased security increases confidence which enables better learning, stronger ideas and employment, and in the end a more ready and able consumer - which will really turn the lights on across the continent."

From these perspectives, Africa should be emboldened to negotiate a greater volume of deals and at the 4th Powering Africa Summit a significant number of these conversations will commence.

Onshore Wind Power Now Affordable, Solar To Halve By 2020

The cost of generating power from onshore wind has fallen by around a quarter since 2010, with solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity costs falling by 73 per cent in that time, according to new cost analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The report also highlights that solar PV costs are expected to halve by 2020. The best onshore wind and solar PV projects could be delivering electricity for an equivalent of USD 3 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), or less within the next two years.

Global weighted average costs over the last 12 months for onshore wind and solar PV now stand at USD 6 cents and USD 10 cents per kWh respectively, with recent auction results suggesting future projects will significantly undercut these averages. The report highlights that onshore wind is now routinely commissioned for USD 4 cents per kWh. The current cost spectrum for fossil fuel power generation ranges from USD 5-17 cents per kWh.

“This new dynamic signals a significant shift in the energy paradigm,” said Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General. “These cost declines across technologies are unprecendented and representative of the degree to which renewable energy is disrupting the global energy system."

Released on the first day of IRENA’s Eighth Assembly in Abu Dhabi, ‘Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2017’ highlights that other forms of renewable power generation, such as bioenergy, geothermal and hydropower projects in the last 12 months have competed head-to-head on costs, with power from fossil fuels. The findings note that by 2019, the best onshore wind and solar PV projects will be delivering electricity for a USD 3 cents per kWh, significantly below the current cost of power from fossil fuels.

Competitive procurement practices together with the emergence of a large base of experienced medium-to-large project developers competing for global market opportunities, are cited as new drivers of recent cost reductions, in addition to continued technology advancements.

“Turning to renewables for new power generation is not simply an environmentally conscious decision, it is now – overwhelmingly – a smart economic one,” continued Mr. Amin. “Governments around the world are recognizing this potential and forging ahead with low-carbon economic agendas underpinned by renewables-based energy systems. We expect the transition to gather further momentum, supporting jobs, growth, improved health, national resilience and climate mitigation around the world in 2018 and beyond.”

The report also highlights that auction results are signaling that offshore wind and concentrating solar power projects commissioned in the period between 2020-22 will cost in the range of USD 6-10 cents per kWh, supporting accelerated deployment globally. IRENA projects that all renewable energy technologies will compete with fossils on price by 2020.

The report highlights that:

  • The global weighted average levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) of utility-scale solar PV has fallen by 73% between 2010 and 2017 to USD 10 cents/kWh.
  • The average cost of electricity from onshore wind fell by 23% between 2010 and 2017. Projects are now routinely commissioned at USD 4 cents/kWh and the global weighted average is around USD 6 cents/kWh.
  • By 2019, the best onshore wind and solar PV projects will be delivering electricity for an equivalent of USD 3 cents/kWh, or less.
  • New bioenergy and geothermal projects commissioned in 2017 had global weighted average costs of around USD 7 cents/kWh.
  • Record low prices for solar PV in Abu Dhabi, Chile, Dubai, Mexico, Peru and Saudi Arabia have made USD 3 cents kWh (and below) the new benchmark.
  • By 2020, project and auction data suggest that all currently commercialised renewable power generation technologies will be competing, and even undercutting, fossil fuels by generating in the range USD 3-10 cents/kWh range.

The report was launched during the eighth IRENA Assembly, which welcomes more than 1,100 representatives of governments from 150 countries. As the world’s principal platform for international cooperation on renewable energy, the Assembly provides strategic guidance to the work of the Agency for the next four years and positions it to play a key role in driving the global energy transformation.

d.light Solar Launches The First Solar Television Of Its Kind In Uganda

d.light Solar, a global leader in solar powdered solutions this week launched a ground breaking solar television- X850, the first of its kind in Uganda. 

d.light Solar is the leading manufacturer and distributor of  Solar Home Systems worldwide with its headquarters are in California USA. The company has been in existence for over 10 years now and has impacted on nearly 100 Million lives globally. 

Speaking during the launch, George Kawemba, Head of Sales d.light Solar Uganda said, ‘d.light Solar prides itself for giving consumers more energy options for less money. We envision a future where all people are empowered to enjoy the freedom and improved quality of life that comes with access to reliable, affordable off-grid light and power.

To this end, d.light  Solar recently released its award-winning Television solar product the X850 solar home system which is now available to the Ugandan masses with an affordable payment plan of only 2,000Ushs per day for 18 months. 

The Solar Television – X850 product specifications include:

 

Product Specifications

D.light specifications

Comparison with other products on the market 

TV Screen size

19”LED HD TV screen with in-built Decoder

 

15” and 19” flat screens without in built Decoder capability.

Signal Capacity

Duo Signal capability to receive both Analogue and Digital Signals and can work in the most remote

places

 

Only Digital Signal reception reducing reception with capability to work close to the main town centers only.

Operating Time

Over 10 hours of continuous operation without charge

Only about 3-4 hours operating time without charge.

Initial Deposit

Only 90,000 Ushs deposit to access core product; (TV Access with credit evaluation over customer life)

 

150,000/- to 200,000/=for initial Deposit.

Payment Plan

2,000/- Daily for 18 months

More than 3,000/- daily for 2-3 years.

Interest Charge

No interest charged on loan

High interest charged on loan

Kawemba concluded by noting that the X850 solar TV comes with multiple appliances to include 5 super bright lights with switches, a 5 phone charging cable, Radio, and a Torch. The Product also has a warranty of 2 Years and can be accessed countrywide at our outlets and distributor shops.

GE Reaches Half Way Point Of Medupi Power Plant Construction

GE, General Electric Steam Power Systems received a Final Acceptance Certificate from Eskom for the successful testing and transitioning of Medupi Power Station Unit 4. GE's commitment to work with the customer will bring the country's government closer to realizing its energy supply goals.

Upon completion, the power station will produce a total of 4800MW and will be sufficient to meet the electricity needs of 3.5 million households in the country.

This is a major milestone for GE and our customer Eskom as Unit 4 will be the third unit out of six units to be transferred to commercial operation marking the half way point of completing the project.

Once completed in 2020, Medupi will be the fourth-largest coal-fired power plant in the world and the largest in Africa. GE's scope includes 6 full EPC turbine islands, air cooled Condensers and overall project & construction management.

"Our team has been working with Eskom on the Medupi Power Plant since 2007 and our collaboration has achieved significant progress with more than just power supply in South Africa. We have invested over 1 billion rands to empower local businesses and trained over 300 students on technical and engineering skills" says Douglas Beigley Project Director, Medupi Power station.

Enterprise and Supplier development is a critical pillar of the country's Broad Based Economic Empowerment and it speaks to the true empowerment of sustainable business in South Africa.

This investment solidifies GE's long-term commitment to the country's national development plan. Medupi is a shining example of how Africa's power generation needs can be solved through successful public private sector collaboration.

ENGIE Acquires Thermaire Investments And Ampair

ENGIE announces that an agreement was reached with two South African energy services companies, Thermaire Investments and Ampair to acquire 100% of their respective shares.

Together, both companies employ more than 500 people across South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique, and are major players in the HVAC installation and service segment in their respective markets.

Jointly, the acquired companies will form the largest South African HVAC contractor with a strong capacity to export its skills cross-border and into the greater Southern African region.

"We are proud of this first step in the business to business market and excited about jointly exploring further opportunities in the region," says Mohamed Hoosen CEO of ENGIE Southern Africa.

As a global energy company and expert operator in Renewables and Energy Storage, Lighting, Heating and Cooling Systems, and Energy Management and Controls, ENGIE is embarking on an acquisition strategy to grow its presence in the African market.

JP Hargovan, CEO of Thermaire Investments adds: "As one of the oldest established HVAC businesses in Southern Africa, we are thrilled at the prospect of developing and growing our business in line with the greater ENGIE strategy."

Thermaire Investments and Ampair are affiliated companies often working together to offer clients supply, installation and maintenance services within the HVAC industry. They have built strong partnerships with customers in a large variety of activities including power plants, commercial buildings, shopping malls and data centres.

Bob Forbes, CEO of Ampair says: "Ampair is ecstatic at the opportunity to work hand in hand with ENGIE and believes that the value add from the ENGIE company will summersault Ampair into another league.

This, coupled with the new technology being developed within the existing Ampair Group will benefit our existing client base and any new clients that will be introduced by ENGIE going forward.

Furthermore, ENGIE will bring stability to Ampair at a time when Ampair is experiencing in excess of 30% growth based on the employment of top end engineers and technicians."

ENGIE activities in South Africa are currently concentrated on centralised generation assets. This success comes after commissioning of the 670 MW Avon Peaking Power, 335 MW Dedisa Peaking Power, 94 MW Aurora Wind Power and the combined 21 MW Aurora-Rietvlei Solar Power and Vredendal Solar Power Park (Photovoltaics), as well as the ongoing construction of the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park (Concentrated Solar Power).

With Thermaire and Ampair, ENGIE aims to develop a regional platform to offer energy services to the public, industrial and commercial building sectors.

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