Hydropower

Progress report on Africa’s hydropower development

Did you know that two-thirds of the planet’s renewable electricity generation comes from hydropower’s installed capacity? According to the 2018 Hydropower Status Report by...
KenGen

The Big Question | geothermal training

The Rift Valley in East Africa is recorded to have about 15,000MW of potential geothermal capacity. With Kenya at the leading edge – set...
IRP

It’s all about the data

 “The foundation of science communication is good data. We all speak different languages, but good data can transcend any boundary.” Over the past two...
rooftop solar energy project

Net metering rules & distributed generation market opportunity

Embracing new business models that encourage customer generation like roof-top solar PV and selling additional services to these customers such as storage can help...

Tracking the smart meter evolution

The term ‘smart meter’ has been fluid over time, with a somewhat different meaning in 2018 than in 1998, and potentially something else entirely...
Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam under construction. Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ethiopia

Evaluating Africa’s largest hydropower projects

Africa’s planned hydropower potential holds nearly 27GW of electricity; however, each project must traverse complex social and environmental challenges, coupled with the economics of...
hydro dams

O&M challenges in Africa’s hydropower sector

Bill Girling, hydropower development director at the International Hydropower Association (IHA), uncovers the complexities and challenges of operation and maintenance (O&M) of hydropower facilities...
Kenya

Off grid, on power: How minigrids enable electrification

Until recently, Gbamu Gbamu, a rural community in Nigeria’s Ogun State, was left without access to electricity – cash-strapped utilities could not justify the...
Future Energy East Africa

The state of power meets Future Energy East Africa

Future Energy East Africa is celebrating its twentieth anniversary and presence in the region’s energy space. To mark this significant milestone, Eddy Njoroge, former...

High cost of a Kaplan turbine project: The ‘whys’ explained

Hydropower project implementation is always capital intensive with high upfront investment, needed hence creating a perceived risk among financiers and lenders. Fund lenders naturally ask why...

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