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MTN deploys environmentally friendly generator plant

[img:October%2021%202008%20pic%203_0.JPG| ]11 August 2010 - The MTN Group has deployed what it said was the first methane-driven environmentally friendly tri-generation plant on the African continent.

A statement on the group's website said the 2-megawatt plant, valued at US$3,057,780, would generate electricity and water for the air-conditioning systems in all MTN headquarters building through a second re-absorption chiller cycle using the waste heat.

Hydro Power Africa: Conference Program 2010

Hydropower Africa

16 - 18 August 2010

Pre-conference Workshop: Project development

Monday 16 August 2010

Session 0.1.1

Developing small hydropower projects

Workshop facilitator: Leonard Kassana, International Hydropower Consultant, Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda

09h00 - 12h00

Smart meters for Djibouti

[img:David%20c.thumbnail.jpg|David Craig,
World Bank Country
Director for Djibouti
]5 August 2010 - The World Bank has recently awarded a grant of $6 million for smart metering and other initiatives in the Republic of Djibouti’s ongoing Power Access and Diversification Project.

The project, which is being undertaken by Electricitè de Djibouti (EDD), is aimed at expanding access to electricity in underserved populations, increasing the reliability of the electricity services, and improving the efficiency of EDD.

Siemens to invest €200m to expand African business

[img:loescher.thumbnail.jpg|Peter Loscher,
President & CEO,
Siemens
]13 July 2010 - Siemens is to spend €200m in Africa in the next two years and plans to double to 10% its share of the market in the regions it serves, estimated to be worth almost €30bn a year by 2012.

The president and CEO of Siemens, Peter Loscher, said on Friday that the investment would focus mainly on expanding its business and sales structures in Africa, where the group was eyeing business in health, renewable energy and infrastructure development.

Solar power breakthrough

[img:Plane%20sun_0.JPG| ]13 July 2010 - Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg flew his plane, Solar Impulse, on a 26-hour trip around Switzerland, powered only by solar energy. It was the longest and highest flight in the history of solar aviation. Though the light carbon-fibre vehicle is far from becoming a commercial vehicle, the flight highlighted the extent to which the world could use solar power. In sunny South Africa, solar power is a clean, alternative energy source.

World Bank supports prepay metering, loss reduction in Ghana

[img:ECG.thumbnail.jpg| ]29 June 2010 - The World Bank has approved an additional amount of US$70 million for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) under the Ghana Energy Development and Access Project (GEDAP), to enable the company to scale up its distribution system improvement and loss reduction activities.

In particular the new activities will be focused in the Ashanti region, with a special focus on Kumasi and its vicinity, and will include the installation of prepaid meters as well as upgrades to the distribution system.

Chinese solar power firm scores as World Cup sponsor

[img:china.thumbnail.jpeg| ]25 June 2010 - China did not qualify for the World Cup, but the country is still making an appearance in South Africa. An ambitious Chinese solar company, the country's first World Cup sponsor, has placed advertising in all the stadiums in a bid to give its brand a worldwide boost.

Yingli Green Energy Co.'s sponsorship deal allows it to show its logo of Yingli Solar, in Chinese and English, on electronic perimeter-boards at all 64 games of the World Cup. The Yingli slogan appears for 30 seconds at a time, totaling 8 minutes in each game. Yingli also has right to showcase its solar products near the stadiums.

Searching for solutions to global warming in Africa

[img:Clinton_0.jpg|Mr. Clinton in Africa]23 June 2010 - What would the wealthy nations of the West (and their rising rivals in the East) do if they actually wanted to prevent catastrophic warming? Here in Africa, the obvious answer is that they would find the ways and means to discourage deforestation-the ruinous practice of clear-cutting for timber, charcoal and arable land that accounts for at least 20 percent of the atmospheric carbon burden. Save the trees, and you might just save the planet.

Consultants needed to promote financing of major hydropower projects in Africa

[img:Money1.thumbnail.JPG| ]22 June 2010 - A plan to recruit consultants to promote public and private financing of major regional hydropower projects in Africa has been rolled out by the The African Union Commission (AUC) - focusing on the proposed 4,300-MW Inga 3 project and the proposed Grand Inga complex with a target capacity of 40,000 MW.

The European Union (EU) and AUC issued a service contract forecast indicating the EU-Africa Energy Partnership would be seeking proposals from consultants within a month to provide the technical assistance.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) previously called for bids by July 15 for rehabilitation work at the 350-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2 hydroelectric projects on the Congo River in the DRC. Inga 1 and 2 are the keystone of a proposal by DRC and its neighbors to invest up to US$40 billion to build Inga 3 and develop the Grand Inga complex to 40,000 MW.

A consultant is to be sought to work in cooperation with AUC, regional utilities, and power pools to build consensus for public and private financing and promotion of development of major regional hydro with a focus on the Inga expansions in the DRC.

The technical assistance is to provide policy support to implement the Africa Hydropower 2020 initiative for development of African hydropower potential. Also, in view of an Inga expansion feasibility study undertaken by the African Development Bank, the consultant is to support the AUC in proposing a strategy to the DRC and other stakeholders on development and financing of the Inga expansion and related transmission lines.

The work is budgeted at 1.25 million euros (US$1.54 million) under a financing agreement with the European Union. Other infrastructure contracts, for transport, energy, and information and communication technologies, are being prepared under the financing agreement.

The service contract forecast may be obtained from the EU's Tenders Electronic Daily Internet site under
http://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:167592-2010:TEXT:EN:HTML&src=0.

EU sees solar power imported from Sahara in 5 years

[img:Oett.thumbnail.jpg|Guenther Oettinger,
European Energy
Commissioner
]21 June 2010 - Europe will import its first solar-generated electricity from North Africa within the next five years, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said in an interview on Sunday.

The European Union is backing projects to turn the plentiful sunlight in the Sahara desert into electricity for power-hungry Europe, a scheme it hopes will help meet its target of deriving 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources in 2020.

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