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IEEFA report: The Lamu Coal Plant will hinder, not spur, economic growth in Kenya

IEEFA report: The Lamu Coal Plant will hinder, not spur, economic growth in Kenya

Misdirected assumptions about construction, capacity, and costs

June 10, 2019 (NAIROBI) – The proposed Lamu coal plant in Kenya, a three-unit, 981-megawatt (MW) facility, would be a costly mistake, locking the country into a 25-year deal at a cost to consumers of more than US$9 billion, even if the plant never generates any power, according to a report released today by the […]

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Kipeto Energy connects 100MW wind farm to Kenyan power grid

ESI Africa: Kipeto Energy Plc (KEP), today announced it has connected Kipeto wind farm to the national grid and will start generating power in the next week. KEP has connected a 17km (220KV) high voltage transmission line, linking the facility to the national grid at the Isinya Substation, and signaling the start of the go-live […]

January 25, 2021 Read More →

Chinese bank pulls out of proposed Lamu coal-fired power plant in Kenya

The Star: The biggest financier of the troubled Sh200 billion Lamu coal plant project has pulled out, casting doubts on the project’s viability. The new development was reported by local NGO Save Lamu, citing a credible official at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. The organisation said that ICBC had abandoned the project because […]

November 20, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA: High fossil fuel costs and unnecessary power developments like Lamu will lead to expensive electricity bills for Kenyans

IEEFA: High fossil fuel costs and unnecessary power developments like Lamu will lead to expensive electricity bills for Kenyans

Kenya should make the most of its abundant renewable energy resources and reduce costs for consumers

The belated release of Kenya Power’s financial results for the year ended 30 June 2019 confirmed what was already known – that new renewable energy installations have replaced thermal power in Kenya’s energy mix. New power generation from the Lake Turkana Wind Power project – the largest wind power installation in Africa – resulted in […]

November 11, 2020 Read More →

Engie begins construction of two solar projects in Burkina Faso

PV Magazine: Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Energy has announced the start of construction of two solar power plants with a combined generation capacity of 30 MW. The solar parks, with capacities of 20 MW and 10 MW, are planned for Koudougou, in Boulkiemdé province, and Kaya, in Sanmatenga, respectively. The Burkinabe government will finance the […]

September 22, 2020 Read More →

IEEFA: Renewable energy is making inroads across Africa

Chinese investments advance solar projects while saddling countries with costly and risky coal plants

May was a big month for solar power announcements in Africa. Algeria endorsed a huge 4GW, five-year solar plan that will install 10 times the nation’s solar power capacity for an investment of $3.2bn-$3.6bn. Further south, there were significant developments on either side of the Zambezi. Zimbabwe announced an invitation to bid for 500MW of […]

Kenyan regulators approve Solair Africa’s plan for 40MW PV project

Renewables Now: Solar developer Ergon Solair Africa Ltd has won regulatory consent to build a 40-MW photovoltaic (PV) park in Kenya that will be backed with a USD 0.075 (EUR 0.064) per kWh feed-in tariff (FiT). The approval was awarded by the Energy Regulatory Commission of Kenya (EPRA), the affiliate of US-based Ergon Solair PBC […]

April 14, 2020 Read More →

Ethiopia signs $800 million PPA to buy output from new 150MW geothermal plant

Reuters: Ethiopia has signed a power purchase agreement worth $800 million with the developers of a 150 MW geothermal plant, the prime minister said on Thursday. The Horn of Africa nation, which is the second most populous on the continent, has the second biggest electricity deficit in Africa according to the World Bank, with about […]

April 3, 2020 Read More →

South Africa, Kenya leading push for renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa

Quartz: Africa’s leading economies are increasingly looking to wind energy to power homes. It’s part of a trend towards varying forms of clean energy across the continent. South Africa, the continent’s most advanced economy, is a clear leader in renewable energy policy and projects, shows research by BloombergNEF. For example it will lead the drive […]

February 25, 2020 Read More →

Interest in wind energy picking up across Africa

Quartz: The stats tell a grim story: Africa is the world’s least electrified continent and its electrification rate is growing slower than anywhere else. To shore up the deficit as national grids lacking lack capacity and efficiency to power homes, solar power has often been deployed as a viable alternative—despite bureaucratic skepticism. Yet there’s evidence […]

February 18, 2020 Read More →

IEEFA Africa: Coal power in Mozambique out-of-date before it begins construction

GE, China, persisting in ill-advised African coal power proposals

As South Africa grapples with the huge financial fall out from unreliable old coal plants as well as poorly constructed and massively over-budget new ones, neighbouring Mozambique is at risk of locking itself into expensive, inflexible and obsolete coal power. Ncondezi Energy, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market, is planning […]

February 13, 2020 Read More →