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IEEFA Report: Three Timely Takeaways on 2016 Global Energy Transformation

IEEFA Report: Three Timely Takeaways on 2016 Global Energy Transformation

An Acceleration to Renewables, Faster-Than-Expected Shifts Regionally and Nationally, Growing Risk for Investors Who Lag Behind

Three notable takeaways emerge from the rapid transformation of the global energy economy, as we detail in a new paper we published today as the landmark Paris Agreement officially goes into effect. The global transition to renewables is accelerating. Change is happening faster than expected. Those left behind in this transition face growing financial risk. […]

November 5, 2016 Read More →

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African Development Bank to boost renewable energy funding

Financial Times ($): Renewable energy, particularly solar power, is the key to driving economic development in Africa and combating climate change, the president of the African Development Bank said, whilst committing to $25 billion in new climate financing between 2020 and 2025. “Africa has 11 terawatts of solar power potential: that’s the largest we find […]

March 22, 2019 Read More →

GE begins testing of innovative two-piece onshore wind turbine blade

ReNews.Biz: A prototype of GE’s 5MW-plus Cypress onshore wind turbine platform has started operating for the first time at a site in the Netherlands. Installation of the 5.3MW machine started late last year at Wieringermeer and the unit is now generating electricity at full-power, the company said. GE will continue to operate the prototype during […]

March 19, 2019 Read More →

Algeria looks to expand solar generation capacity

Reuters: Algeria plans to issue several tenders for renewable energy projects this year as it seeks to meet growing demand for electricity and save gas for export, an official said on Monday. The OPEC oil producing member hopes to build solar plants to produce 22,000 megawatts (MW), or 27 percent of its electricity needs, by […]

January 29, 2019 Read More →

Construction begins on first utility-scale wind project in West Africa

CNBC: Ground has been broken on the development of West Africa’s “first utility-scale wind power project”, located in Senegal. The 158.7 megawatt (MW) Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye, or PETN, is set to be completed in 2020, according to renewable energy firm Lekela. The 46-turbine facility will use turbines from Danish company Vestas and will generate […]

December 10, 2018 Read More →

Gold miner looks to cut costs with solar-plus-storage development

Energy Storage News: Australian firm Resolute Mining has signed an agreement with Africa-focused power developer Ignite Energy to set up a 40MW hybrid solar, battery and heavy fuel oil (HFO) plant at its Syama Gold Mine in Mali, according to an Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) filing. This will replace an existing 28MW diesel-fired power plant […]

November 26, 2018 Read More →

U.K. company’s Africa expansion will bundle solar power with internet service

Bloomberg New Energy Finance: Providing internet to off-grid solar customers in Africa is the next logical step for BBOXX Ltd. in becoming a “next-generation utility,” according to Mansoor Hamayun, chief executive and co-founder of the U.K.-based company, which is backed by Engie SA and venture capital investors. Hamayun told BloombergNEF in an interview that BBOXX […]

November 14, 2018 Read More →

Leading buyout group to back renewable energy development in Middle East, Africa

Financial Times ($): Blackstone, the world’s largest buyout group, is launching a standalone company to invest “hundreds of millions of dollars” in renewable power assets in the Middle East and north Africa, said people familiar with the plans. The new business, named Zarou after an ancient bridge built on the River Nile to connect Africa […]

October 11, 2018 Read More →

World Bank to finance storage development in Asia, Africa

ECN News: Solar energy could be a huge source of power in Africa, but its potential has been stymied by storage batteries that are too expensive and inadequate for use in poor countries. The World Bank aims to break through that bottleneck, announcing plans Wednesday to invest $1 billion—and leverage it by another $4 billion—to […]

September 28, 2018 Read More →

Solar mini-grids offer economic option for Nigerian electrification plans

Quartz: Nigeria’s electricity problems mainly revolve around a power generating system that doesn’t produce enough to match demand and an ineffective tariff system that means power distributing companies can hardly make a profit. Just as crucial, there’s a significant infrastructure gap as more than half of Nigeria’s population lacks access to the national power grid. […]

September 12, 2018 Read More →

Vestas wins turbine contract for Senegal’s first utility-scale wind farm

Renewable Energy Magazine: Vestas is providing a customised solution for the 159 MW Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye, Senegal’s first large utility-scale wind energy project and the largest wind project in West Africa. The wind farm will expand the country’s generation capacity by 15 percent, support the development of affordable renewable energy and diversify Senegal’s energy […]

September 4, 2018 Read More →