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Call for Proposals Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond (16/06/2020)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is pleased to invite you to apply to the call “Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond” organized by its global network of Investment and Technology Promotion Offices.

RFP - Renewable Energy Program for Sub-Saharan Africa (08/06/2020)

The European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) combines a Guarantee Fund (of up to 1.5 billion EUR) with two regional investment platforms - the Investment Platform for Africa and the Neighbourhood Investment Platform.

Invest in hydropower to tackle coronavirus and climate crisis impacts -2020 Hydropower Status Report by IHA (28/05/2020)
The Covid-19 pandemic has underlined hydropower’s resilience and critical role in delivering clean, reliable and affordable energy, especially in times of crisis. This is the conclusion of two new reports published today by the International Hydropower Association (IHA).
The 2020 Hydropower Status Report presents latest worldwide installed capacity and generation data, showcasing the sector’s contribution to global carbon reduction efforts. It is published alongside a Covid-19 paper featuring recommendations for governments, financial institutions and industry to respond to the current health and economic crisis.

Singrobo hydropower project to deliver electricity under a 35-year PPA (27/05/2020)
The Themis Group announced it has issued a Full Notice to Proceed (FNTP) with construction of the 44MW Singrobo Hydropower Project, in Ivory Coast.
Sponsored by a consortium including the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and IHE Holding, a local development company, Singrobo will begin delivering much needed electricity to the Ivorian power grid via a 35-year PPA with the national off taker, CIENERGUES in early 2023.

Government of Madagascar gets Euro 4 million from African Development Fund for Sahofika hydropower project (22/05/2020)
The African Development Fund has approved a 4.02 million euro loan with a grant component to finance the Government of Madagascar’s 30 million euro equity investment in the Sahofika hydropower project, which will generate affordable, clean energy benefiting some 8 million people.

The Sahofika project is located on the Onive River, 100 km southeast of the capital Antananarivo. It entails the construction of a 205 MW hydroelectric power plant on a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer basis and includes the construction and rehabilitation of 110 km of access roads and construction of a 75 km, 220 kV transmission line. Once commissioned, the Sahofika project is expected to contribute to the avoidance of 900,000 tons of CO2 equivalent annually.

EEP Africa on how to COVID-proof early stage clean energy companies (07/05/2020)
By Anouk Verheijen and Faith Chege, EEP Africa Portfolio Coordinators for Southern and East Africa

The global economy is dealing with an unprecedented set of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many other sectors, early stage clean energy companies are heavily affected by the current crisis and the response of governments to it. Travel restrictions are hindering sales, distribution and repair of products. Prohibitions on large gatherings are limiting grassroots marketing efforts. Customers are struggling to pay energy bills and commission-based employees are unable to earn a living wage. New renewable energy projects are also stalled due to slower licencing and permit processes as governments focus on the acute health and economic crises in their country.

'Beyond the Grid Fund' for Africa expands to Uganda (07/05/2020)
The Embassy of Sweden, Kampala, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) are pleased to announce the expansion of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) initiative into Uganda. The aim is to stimulate the scale up of sustainable business models, which incentivise the private sector to offer affordable and clean off-grid energy access at scale in Uganda.

Empower signs PPA for Rucanzogera mini-hydro project in Rwanda (23/01/2020)
The Norwegian company Empower New Energy and its partners have recently signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Rwanda Energy Group (REG) for the Rucanzogera mini-hydro project in the west of the country.

African Development Bank approves €8 million technical assistance grant to support preparation of Ruzizi IV Hydro Power Project in the Great Lakes reg (13/01/2020)
The Board of Directors of African Development Bank Group has approved an €8 million grant drawn from the European Union’s Africa Investment Platform (EU-AIP) to support the preparation of the Ruzizi IV Hydropower Project. The plant will be situated on the Ruzizi River between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and will supply electricity to the DRC, Burundi and Rwanda.

African Development Bank sponsored Off-Grid Energy Access Fund reaches final equity close with partner contributions (10/01/2020)
The Facility for Energy Inclusion’s Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF) has reached a final equity close with $59 million in committed equity capital and $36 million debt facilities, to support innovative, off-grid energy access companies.

African Development Bank approves $20 million investment in Metier Fund to support renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa (07/01/2020)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a $20 million investment in the Metier Sustainable Capital International Fund II, which channels funds to renewable energy and resource-efficient infrastructure projects across Sub-Saharan Africa.

African Development Bank approves guarantee of $100 million to Sahofika hydropower project (18/12/2019)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a Partial Risk Guarantee (PRG) of $100 million to support the Sahofika hydro-power project in Madagascar, which will add 205 MW of renewable energy generation capacity to the national grid, benefiting over 2 million people.

Burundi: African Development Bank’s SEFA grants $1 million to support innovative solar-hydro hybrid project (18/12/2019)
The African Development Bank-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a $990,000 grant to support the preparation of a 9-MW solar-hydro hybrid project in Burundi. The project consists of two plants, each featuring a solar and a hydro component as well as a local distribution network and interconnection to the national power grid. The innovative hybrid design is anticipated to regularize the power output during dry and wet season and mitigate power shortfalls caused by climate change.

Hydrobox Wins EDF Pulse Africa Award for most innovative Off-Grid electrification model (22/11/2019)
The prestigious EDF Pulse Awards, brainchild the leading European utility group EDF, aims to recognise and support African Innovators in finding and developing home grown solutions to African energy challenges.

BPA Completes Ghana’s First Micro Hydropower Plant (21/11/2019)
The Bui Power Authority recently completed Ghana’s first micro-hydropower plant, the Tsatsadu Generating Station, under the Ministry of Energy’s renewable energy initiative. The plant, situated on the Tsatsadu Waterfalls in the Hohoe District of the Volta Region, has a capacity of 45kW with the possibility of adding another 45kW capacity turbine in the future.

African nations can save billions through thoughtfully planned energy systems that consider an integrated approach (23/10/2019)
Study reveals energy planning is multi-billion-dollar opportunity.

Germany Africa Business Forum announces multi-million Euro funding commitment to invest in German-African energy startups (25/07/2019)
The Germany Africa Business Forum (GABF) brings together Africa’s foremost executives with German companies, investors and innovators with the aim of driving change

ResponsaBility teams up with leading Southern African hydropower developer REH (04/07/2019)
A responsAbility-managed energy holding company has acquired a 26% interest in Renewable Energy Holdings (Pty) Ltd (REH), a leading South African based developer, owner and operator of run-of-river hydropower projects in Southern Africa.

Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility launched at the Africa Energy Market Place (AEMP) to support off-grid solutions (01/07/2019)
The Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility (ACE-TAF) launched its programme in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on 25-26 June, at the 3rd Round of the Africa Energy Market Place (AEMP). The AEMP is an African Development Bank’s energy sector platform involving country governments, private sector and development partners to review and fast-track priority transactions capable of transforming Africa’s power sector.

Zambia: US$500m to be invested in Ngonye Falls hydropower project (27/06/2019)
Zambia is set to receive US $500m from WESTERN Power company for the construction of the Ngonye Falls hydropower generation project in Western Province.

African Development Bank sets up $500m facility for sub-Saharan small scale renewables (26/06/2019)
The new credit lines are for the development of on and off-grid renewable energy projects. The European Commission is offering the fund a €40 million helping hand.

Mini Grids for Half a Billion People: Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers (25/06/2019)
Mini Grids for Half a Billion People: Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers is the most comprehensive study on mini grids to date. It provides policy makers, investors and developers with insights on how mini grids can be scaled up.

World Bank Group helps boost Cameroon's Nachtigal hydropower capacity (19/07/2018)
The World Bank Group (WBG) has approved an investment package of $794.5 million for the Nachtigal Hydropower project in Cameroon, to help the country reach its goal of providing access to electricity for 88 percent of its people by 2022.

Belgium finances renewable energy projects in Mozambique (16/03/2018)
Mozambique and Belgium signed an agreement in Maputo under which the Belgian government has undertaken to provide 12 million euros (about 14.8 million US dollars) for renewable energy projects in remote parts of Mozambique.

World Bank Group approves refinancing loans for Uganda’s Bujagali hydropower project (08/03/2018)
The Board of Directors of IFC and MIGA have approved a plan to refinance more than $400 million of loans to Bujagali Energy Limited and provide up to $423 million in guarantees in support of the Bujagali hydropower project, with the aim to help reduce electricity costs in Uganda, where only one in five people have access to electricity.

Small hydropower plant Wanjii in Kenya set to enjoy 20 percent higher output after upgrade (05/03/2018)
Technology group Voith is now extensively modernizing the Wanjii small hydropower plant in Kenya, which has been in operation for more than 60 years. The company is replacing the plant's turbines, generators, control technology as well as the electromechanical equipment. This will result in an increase in power plant output by around 20 percent. The extensive modernization works is scheduled for completion in mid-2019.

Mt Coffee hydro back to operation after 25 years (16/12/2016)
For the first time in more than 25 years, Mt Coffee is generating clean, renewable hydropower with the completion of the first of four generating units.

REH commissions its third hydro power plant South Africa (10/08/2016)
Stortemelk Hydro, the third hydro power plant developed in South Africa by hydro-power developer, owner and operator, Renewable Energy Holdings (Pty) Ltd (‘REH’) commenced commercial operations on 29 July 2016. The combined capacity of the REH’s portfolio of hydro power plants in South Africa is 11MW with an annual generation in excess of 70GWh.

World Bank looking for a renewable energy consultant in Tanzania (28/07/2016)
The Climate and Carbon Finance Unit of the World Bank Group, which manages the Tanzania Renewable Energy Programme as trustee of the Carbon Partnership Facility, together with Rural Energy Agency (REA) of the United Republic of Tanzania.
The World Bank is calling for expressions of interest for a full time local consultant for the programme.
Deadline 18 August 2016.

New 2 MW hydropower plant at Lonmin site, Rustenburg, South Africa (22/07/2016)
Russian nuclear giant Rosatom will begin work on a $40-million 2 MW hydropower plant for South African platinum producer Lonmin in August.

Sweden opens first financing round of €20m off-grid electrification fund for Zambia (21/06/2016)
The Government of Sweden and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) announced the opening of the first financing round of the Power Africa: Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia.

Zambia’s Lufubu hydropower firm requests Expression of Interest (31/05/2016)
The Lufubu Power Company (LPC), a special purpose vehicle formed under the laws of Zambia as an independent power producer (IPP) seeking to develop a cascade project.

EEP opens new Calls for Proposals (22/03/2016)
The Energy & Environment Partnership (EEP) has opened two new Calls for Proposals for co-funding renewable energy projects in southern and east Africa. Deadline is 25 April 2016.

IFC launches mini-grid program to increase energy access in Tanzania (15/10/2015)
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, this week launched a $5 million program to increase access to energy in Tanzania by developing a market for mini-grids. The initiative aims to bring affordable, off-grid renewable energy to households and businesses in rural Tanzania.

Joint venture to build and operate 'pipeline of hydropower plants' across Africa (01/09/2015)
African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) is forming a partnership with French hydropower equipment manufacturer Mecamidi to develop "a pipeline of hydropower plants" in several African nations.

Phase 2 begins for Kenyan 320 kW Ndurumo microhydro project (27/08/2015)
Phase 2 of the Ndurumo hydroelectric project on the Kathita River in Meru County, Kenya is set to begin in September with the construction of a penstock for a 320 kW micro-hydroelectric facility. Estimated total cost for the entire project is US$ 580,000.

KTDA Invests in Green Energy by Commissioning Four Hydro Power Plants (25/08/2015)
The Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd. broke ground Aug. 18 on its 1.8 MW Lower Nyamindi small hydro project.

Nigeria inaugurates 400 kW Tunga dam hydro power plant (14/08/2015)
Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba on Friday inaugurated the 400 kilowatt Tunga Dam Small Hydro Power Plant that would provide electricity to more than 10, 000 people on the Mambila Plateau.

Zimbabwe: Thumbs-Up for Mutirikwi Mini-Hydro Power Plant (01/06/2015)
Work on a $13,5 million mini-hydro power plant on Lake Mutirikwi Dam is set to begin soon after Masvingo Rural District Council gave the green light.

AfDB Five-Year energy review finds 14 million people enjoy improved electricity access (28/04/2015)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released the 2014 edition of its 'Development Effectiveness Review on Energy' (DER). The report, which was produced by AfDB's Quality Assurance and Results and Energy, Environment and Climate Change Departments, focuses on AfDB's energy operations and its contribution to building sustainable energy infrastructure on the African continent from 2009-2013.

Off-Grid Experts Awards search for special achievements and experiences with off-grid power supply (28/04/2015)
The Off-Grid Experts Awards 2015 are looking for companies, institutions and individuals that have set inspiring examples in driving forward the energy revolution with off-grid power based on renewable energies or made sustainable experiences in the field of energy independence. The deadline for submissions is May 30th, 2015.

EU unveils private equity fund to invest in African energy (24/04/2015)
The EU has unveiled plans to partner up with a Paris-based private equity firm to invest in energy companies across Sub-Saharan Africa.

South Africa to add 6.3 GW to future REIPPPP tenders (16/04/2015)
South Africa intends to procure an additional 6,300 MW of renewable energy capacity in future tenders following the "extremely successful" fourth bid window, which saw contract awards for 1,121 MW.

Cameroon prequalifies seven for Lom Pangar hydropower plant construction (13/03/2015)
The Cameroon government has released a list of seven companies pre-qualified to construct a 30 MW hydropower plant at Lom Pangar Dam, which is being built on the country's Sanaga River.

EEP announces Call for Proposals for renewable energy and energy efficiency market creation projects (05/03/2015)
The Energy and Environment Partnership Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA) is a challenge fund that promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean technology investments. EEP S&EA is active in Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Aurecon appointed EPCM role for Stortemelk hydropower plant (14/11/2014)
Construction of the 4.5 MW Stortemelk hydropower plant near Clarens in South Africa has begun after Stortemelk Hydro (Pty) Ltd, an SPV majority owned by Renewable Energy Holdings Pty) Ltd (REH) reached financial close for the development.

SEFA supports ICA and UNEP's effort to map Africa's energy resources (17/10/2014)
The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) approved a US $265,000 grant to the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) partnership for the development of the Atlas of Africa's Energy Resources.

Government authorises construction of Chemba hydroelectric plant in Mozambique (15/10/2014)
The Mozambican Council of Ministers has approved the resolution authorising negotiation of the project to build the Chemba hydroelectric plant on the Zambezi River in central Mozambique.

Energy sector is key to powering prosperity in sub-Saharan Africa - IEA Report (13/10/2014)
Increasing access to modern forms of energy is crucial to unlocking faster economic and social development in sub Saharan Africa, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Africa Energy Outlook, a Special Report in the 2014 World Energy Outlook series.

Global green energy awards announces 2015 call for entries (10/10/2014)
Seeking African sustainable energy pioneers
Deadline for entries: 4 November 2014

Ashden are looking for applicants for its 2015 Awards, rewarding pioneering sustainable energy organisations, businesses and NGOs with up to GBP 40,000, global media exposure, a tailored business support programme and the chance to become an active member of the Ashden Alumni, sharing sustainable energy knowledge and best practice.

2014 World Water Week in Stockholm: Africa Focus Day on hydropower (02/09/2014)
With Africa registering the lowest electricity generation in the world and hydropower severely underexplored, calls are mounting for leaders of government and industry alike to step up efforts to change the status quo. This emerged on the third day of the 2014 World Water Week in Stockholm, where one of the sub-themes was Africa Focus Day.

South African cabinet approves draft Grand Inga Project treaty (22/08/2014)
The South African cabinet has approved the draft treaty between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the development of the Grand Inga Project.

Umgeni Water is looking for an Environmental Assessment Practitioner for the Mooi-Umgeni water transfer system hydroplant (10/08/2014)
Umgeni Water has published a tender for the appointment of an Environmental Assessment Practitioner to conduct a Basic Assessment Study for the installation of a hydropower unit on the Mooi - Umgeni transfer system.

Kariba dam rehabilitation project - reshaping of the plunge pool - EuropeAid tender info (07/08/2014)
The objective of the contract is to reshape the plunge pool of the Kariba dam, which entails the removal of approximately 300.000 m3 of rock through blasting operations and the construction of a temporary cofferdam to secure working condition under dry conditions during the implementation period.

World Bank Group commits US$ 5 Billion to boost electricity generation in six African countries (05/08/2014)
The World Bank Group committed $5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries - Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania - which have partnered with President Obama's Power Africa initiative.

Pre-qualification for rehabilitation and upgrade of Maziba small hydroplant in Uganda (22/07/2014)
The Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL) invites eligible providers to submit sealed bids for pre-qualification for the Provision of Rehabilitation and Upgrade of the Small Hydro Power Plant (HPP) Maziba.

deadline is 21 August 2014

EDF granted full rights to develop Cameroon's Nachtigal Hydroelectric Project (14/07/2014)
Basile Atangana Kouna, Minister of Water Energy of the Republic of Cameroon and Electricité de France (EDF) has signed a production concession contract, giving EDF full development rights for the Nachtigal Hydroelectric Project.

Call for Proposals: Web-based GIS hydropower resource mapping for ECOWAS countries (09/07/2014)
ECREEE is planning to implement a web-based GIS hydropower resource mapping, to facilitate the identification of attractive sites for hydropower generation in the ECOWAS Region.

Exim Bank of India adds line of credit for Congo's 64 MW Ketende hydropower project (07/07/2014)
The Export-Import Bank of India has extended a US$ 82 million line of credit to the Democratic Republic of Congo to finance the completion of its 64 MW Ketende hydropower project.

EDF and IFC sign agreement to promote rural electrification in Africa and globally (04/07/2014)
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and EDF, a global leader in the power sector, have signed an agreement to cooperate in developing off-grid electrification solutions in emerging markets, with the ultimate goal of serving up to half a million people living in rural areas, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Rwanda completes 2.2-MW Rukarara 2 hydropower project (01/07/2014)
Rwandan officials are hoping the recently completed 2.2 MW Runkarara 2 hydropower station will help improve the lives of residents in the country's rural Nyamagabe district.

ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility for Peri-urban and Rural Areas - Second Call for Proposals (01/07/2014)
The ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF) is a grant facility managed by ECREEE which provides grant co-funding for small to medium sized renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE) projects and businesses in rural and peri-urban areas.

EoI for small hydro project at the Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre in Namalundu (27/06/2014)
The Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre (KGRTC) has sourced funds from the Swedish Government for Business Development Phase I of KGRTC, and intends to apply part of the funds towards Consultancy Services to undertake feasibility studies and preparation of tender documents for the construction of a Small Hydropower Station in Namalundu.

WRC/UP project on conduit hydropower awarded Community Renewable Energy Award (27/06/2014)
As part of the Mail&Guardian Greening the Future Awards, the conduit hydropower project of the Water Research Commission received the Community Renewable Energy Award.

New report reveals finance and support gap for clean energy access enterprises (25/06/2014)
A new report published today by Ashden and Christian Aid reveals how donors, investors, technical experts and policy makers can improve support to enterprises providing access to clean energy in the developing world.

AfDB finances construction of two hydropower plants in Burundi (23/06/2014)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved on 23 June 2014 in Tunis a US$ 22 million grant from its Fragile States Facility for the Jiji and Mulembwe Hydroelectric Plant Project in Burundi.

UNECA Reports on Energy Access and Security in Eastern Africa (10/06/2014)
The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has launched a report detailing the state of energy access and security in 14 Eastern African countries. The report finds that Eastern Africa's population has one of the lowest electricity access rates in the world, ranging from 1% in the State of South Sudan (9.3 million people without access) to 22.5% in Ethiopia (nearly 64.5 million without access).

Renewables 2014 Global Status Report launched (04/06/2014)
The Renewables Global Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide. It enables policymakers, industry, investors and civil society to make informed decisions.

Second call for proposals for the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF) (03/06/2014)
ECREEE has launched the second call for the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF) which targets the implementation of renewable energy powered mini-grids and the establishment of a management, operation and maintenance systems in rural and peri-urban areas in West Africa.

EEP S&EA Programme funding windows are open (01/06/2014)
The Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with Southern and East Africa is Programme which is seeking high-quality applications for projects in the two regions that can contribute to the reduction of poverty by promoting inclusive and job-creating green economy and by improving energy security while mitigating global climate change.

South African REIPPP bidding window 4 sees larger allocation for larger small hydropower projects (01/06/2014)
The South African government has issued a Request for Qualifications and Proposal for 4th bidding window of REIPPP, which includes larger allocations for small hydropower.

Round II of Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge by USADF / GE / USAID now open (28/05/2014)
The U.S. African Development Foundation, in collaboration with GE Africa and USAID, has opened the second round of its Off-Grid Energy Grant Challenge. They will be awarding $1.8 million in Renewable Energy Grants, for business solutions from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) officially launched (26/05/2014)
The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has been formally launched as the umbrella body and single voice for all renewable-energy associations in the country.

Africa' s Decade of Sustainable Energy for All launched at AfDB Meetings in Kigali (20/05/2014)
Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, and Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, have officially launched the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All in Africa.

Nkula A Rehabilitation and Upgrading Works tender (19/05/2014)
The Millennium Challenge Account is looking for qualified consultants for rehabilitation work on the Nkula A hydropower plant in Malawi

uMgungundlovu District Municipality in South Africa is looking for consultants for a feasibility study on Albert Falls Dam hydro (14/05/2014)
The uMgungundlovu District Municipality seeks professional service providers to conduct a feasibility study for the development of a Hydropower Station at the Albert Falls Dam.

World Bank to finance new hydropower development in Burundi (22/04/2014)
On the 22nd of April, the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved a US$100 million grant to the Republic of Burundi to finance the Jiji and Mulembwe hydropower project.

Thirteen more SMART turbines sold in Nigeria (15/04/2014)
Smart Hydro Power recently signed a deal for thirteen additional kinetic water turbines in Nigeria, after the successful installation of two turbines at the end of 2013.

Call for proposals for clean energy projects in Africa launched by SEFA and partners (19/03/2014)
Together with partners, the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) is co-organizing the Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF-3) Business Plan Competition.

Bloemwater head office powered by microhydro plant (14/03/2014)
During the South African Water Week, which is taking place from March 17 to 23, research body the Water Research Commission (WRC) is launching the Bloemwater hydropower project, in an attempt to save on energy costs for the Bloemfontein area.

The Rwandan Energy Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA) calls for private sector companies to develop microhydropower plants as IPPs (03/03/2014)
The Rwandan public utility EWSA is looking for proposals from private sector companies to invest in 9 Greenfield micro-hydro projects operating on an Independent Power Producer (IPP) basis.

ANDRITZ HYDRO to supply electromechanical equipment for Lauca hydropower plant, Angola (26/02/2014)
International technology Group ANDRITZ is to supply the electromechanical equipment for the new Lauca hydropower plant, Angola, via Construtora Norberto Odebrecht to GAMEK

NuPlanet looking for PROJECT COORDINATOR AND ANALYST (20/02/2014)
NuPlanet is a renewable energy project developer based in Cape Town. They are part of a group that specialises in the development, ownership and operation of small and medium hydro power plants across Southern Africa.

First compilation of world's small hydropower data launched (14/02/2014)
A new web-based knowledge sharing portal on small hydropower that features best practices from different regions of the world has been launched by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Centre on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP). It contains 20 regional overviews and 149 country-level reports.

200,000 MW hydro to light Africa's future - a controversy? (01/02/2014)
Within the last ten years the World Bank has invested an estimate of US$ 550 million annually in hydro projects alongside with the African Development Bank's Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) prioritising investment into nine key projects within strategic African regions.

CTI PFAN Launches Call for Proposals for AFRICEF-3 (30/01/2014)
CTI PFAN is pleased to announce the Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing 2014 (AFRICEF-3).

Rutile project signs hydroelectric power MOU (17/01/2014)
Sierra Rutile Limited has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Smol Pawa Sierra Leone Ltd. with the objective of being a cornerstone purchaser in respect to its Moyamba hydro project.

African Utility Week to honour energy industry's best and brightest in May (15/01/2014)
Africa's leading utility and energy professionals and projects are to be honoured at the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa that is taking place in Cape Town from 13 - 14 May this year.

Feasibility Study for a Mini-Hydroelectric Power Plant at Lubovane Dam, Swaziland (11/12/2013)
The Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) invites suitably qualified and competent consulting Engineering firms to submit tender bids for undertaking a feasibility study of a mini-hydroelectric power station utilizing water from the Lubovane Dam in the Lowveld.

AfDB Board commits US $113M to regional Rusumo Falls Hydropower project (27/11/2013)
The African Development Bank Group's (AfDB) efforts to improve sustainable energy supply and access in Africa took a leap forward with the Board of Directors approval of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydropower Project.

Cameroon signs deal with EdF to build Nachtigal Falls hydroplant (12/11/2013)
Cameroon and Electricite de France have agreed to build a 400 billion CFA hydroelectric plant to generate 360 MW, and most of that power will be used to double production at a major aluminium plant, government officials said.

Preferred bidders in third window of South African REIPPP announced (04/11/2013)
The Department of Energy has signed agreements with 17 new preferred bidders in Window 3 of its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPP), which is set to boost South Africa's power supply.

SA and DRC sign Grand Inga project treaty (31/10/2013)
South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today signed a crucial treaty on the Grand Inga Hydropower Project.

UNIDO and ICSHP present the World Small Hydropower Development Report 2013 (30/10/2013)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has collaborated with the China-based International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) to produce the World Small Hydro Development Report 2013 (WSHPDR 2013) and to develop the first small hydropower knowledge portal providing a global assessment of small hydropower capacities and potential.

Zera develops feed in tariffs for renewable energy (20/10/2013)
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) is developing a renewable energy feed in tariffs (Refits), a policy structure that makes it mandatory for energy companies responsible for operating the national grid to purchase electricity from renewable energy sources.

Call for Papers for special "Renewable Energy" supplement of Energize magazine (18/10/2013)
After the successful first issue of Energize RE, the special Renewable Energy supplement Energize magazine in July 2013, EE Publishers is producing a second issue of Energize RE to be published in Feb 2014.

WEC: Africa struggles to keep up with global electricity access (15/10/2013)
While access to electricity has improved across the world, sub-Saharan Africa would continue its struggle to light up the continent by 2050, the latest report by the World Energy Council (WEC) shows.

Renewable Energy in West Africa: Status, Experiences and Trends (11/10/2013)
The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), Casa Africa and the Instituto Tecnologico de Canarias S.A. (ITC), jointly released the new publication Renewable Energy in West Africa: Status, Experiences and Trends.

Chinese begin work on Uganda's Isimba Falls hydropower plant (10/10/2013)
The China International Water & Electric Corporation broke ground on Uganda's 183-MW Isimba Falls hydropower plant early October.

uMgungundlovu District Municipality in South Africa initiates feasibility study on Albert Falls Dam hydro (02/10/2013)
The uMgungundlovu District Municipality is requesting quotations from reputable, experienced and reliable service providers for a feasibility study on the generation of Hydropower at the Albert Falls Dam. Deadline is 11 October 2013

New 4 MW hydroplant for two tea factories in Bomet, Kenya. (25/09/2013)
Kenya Tea Development Agency will build a Sh800 million hydropower project in Bomet. The project is undertaken by Kapkoros and Tirgaga tea factories.

Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge (24/09/2013)
US African Development Foundation and GE Africa are partnering to promote innovative solutions that develop, scale-up or extend the use of proven technologies for off-grid energy - reaching communities not served by existing power grids.

Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa scales-up operations with USAID support (23/09/2013)
The Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved the conversion of the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) - a bilateral trust fund established with funding from the Government of Denmark and administered by the AfDB - into a multi-donor trust fund with a wider remit.

Ashden Awards 2014 call for submissions open (04/09/2013)
The search begins today for winners of the 2014 Ashden Awards, offering the chance for sustainable energy trailblazers in the UK and developing world to receive global recognition for their efforts and join an elite community of Ashden alumni.

South Africa to Host the next International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) in autumn 2015 (02/09/2013)
The Government of South Africa announced that it has teamed up with REN21 - the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century - to organise the next International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) in South Africa in autumn 2015.

DRC's Tshopo hydropower rehabilitated (02/09/2013)
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) saw its Tshopo hydropower plant rehabilitated after the local electric utility, SNEL, asked for help 13 years ago.

World Bank announces funding for Angola's Cambambe 2 expansion (12/07/2013)
The World Bank has committed US$512 million to Angola to finance an expansion of the Cambambe hydropower project.

Lesotho Highlands Water Project phase 2 includes 1 GW of hydropower (24/06/2013)
Lesotho and South Africa have in principle agreed upon the R12 billion second phase of the Lesotho Highlands water project. It will boost water supplies to South Africa and generate hydroelectric electricity.

Voith to upgrade Inga 1 units (27/05/2013)
Voith has signed a deal worth more than $ 74 million with Democratic Republic of Congo's electricity utility to refurbish part of the Inga 1 hydropower site

Construction of 700 MW Zungeru hydroplant started in Nigeria (22/05/2013)
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in Zungeru, Niger State carried out a ground breaking ceremony of the 700 megawatts Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Plant Project.

EdM selects consortium for Mavuzi and Chicamba hydropower plants rehabilitation (21/05/2013)
A contract signed by state-owned power company Electricidade de Mozambique (EdM) and a French consortium will allow for the repair of the Mavuzi and Chicamba hydropower plants.

South Africa and the DRC agree on off take agreement for Inga 3 (20/05/2013)
With South Africa confirmed as a key partner, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has announced October 2015 as the launch date for construction of the first phase of what could eventually be the largest hydroelectric plant in the world.

UNIDO hands Nigerian hydro centre to energy commission (16/05/2013)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has handed over the administration function of UNIDO-Regional Centre for Small Hydropower Development in Africa to the Energy Commission of Nigeria.

AfDB grants Malawi US $3M for Kholombidzo feasibility study (25/03/2013)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group approved, on March 25, 2013, a grant amounting to US $3.04 million to finance the Kholombidzo Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) Feasibility Studies in Malawi.

Grant for Nosy Be hybrid renewables investigation (15/02/2013)
The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a US$1 million grant to finalise pre-investment activities for a hybrid renewable energy project in Nosy Be Island in Madagascar.

US$17.6 million boost for small hydro in Uganda (01/02/2013)
Uganda's rural electrification drive has received a US$17.6 million boost from the Dutch ORIO Infrastructure Fund for feasibility studies leading to the construction of 10 mini hydro power stations around the country.

KenGen's Kindaruma Unit II handed over (21/01/2013)
KenGen's Kindaruma Unit II has been handed over to the company after an upgrade by project contractors Andritz Hydro of Austria and Iran's Farab Company

AfDB Energy Policy to promote energy access and low-carbon growth (11/01/2013)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved its new Energy Sector Policy, providing a framework within which to promote access to modern, reliable and affordable access to energy for regional member countries (RMCs), as well as ensure that their energy sectors develop in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable manner. It is expected that the policy will also aid in addressing climate change and other environmental challenges.

Zambian Shiwangandu small hydro-power plant inaugurated (05/12/2012)
The President of the Republic of Zambia, Michael Sata, today commissioned the Shiwangandu small hydro-power plant (SHP), which will supply a mini-grid that will benefit over 25,000 people. It is the first power plant built in Zambia since the 1970s.

SinoHydro gets Kariba South tender (14/11/2012)
The State Procurement Board of Zimbabwe has finally awarded the tender for Kariba South Power Station extension to SinoHydro.

IEA report offers roadmap for doubling global hydropower by 2050 (29/10/2012)
The International Energy Agency (IEA) and Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy have published a report laying out a roadmap for doubling global hydroelectricity production by 2050. According to IEA, the achievement of such hydro production levels could prevent up to three billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel plants.

NDF has approved a EUR 500 000 grant financing to support a comprehensive assessment of the sustainability of existing and identified hydropower schem (29/10/2012)
The Nordic Development Fund will in partnership with the World Bank (WB) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) finance a country wide hydropower sustainability assessment in Tanzania.

Finance needed for large and small renewable energy projects in Africa (23/10/2012)
Africa needs ambitious financing for renewable energy projects of all sizes in order to stimulate investment, maintain rapid economic growth and provide universal energy access around the continent, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Development of Inga 3 moving forward with new plan for power exports (22/10/2012)
HydroWorld.com reports that a new power export plan could give new life to the Democratic Republic of Congo's 4,300-MW Inga 3 hydropower project.

Uganda's Bujagali officially inaugurated (11/10/2012)
The US$900 million 250 MW Bujagali run of river hydroelectric scheme in Uganda was officially inaugurated on October 10th by the country's president Yoweri Museveni.

South Africa's renewables procurement programme to be enlarged by a further 3 200 MW (09/10/2012)
South Africa will move to procure an additional 3 200 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2020, over and above the 3 725 MW being procured currently under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP).

ICHSP conducts assessments of small hyrdo projects in Nigeria (17/09/2012)
The International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICHSP) has carried out a technical assessment on SHP projects in Southern Nigeria.

Sri Lankan company to construct power plant in Central Kenya (13/09/2012)
Sri Lankan company VS Hydro has won the tender to construct a Sh1.3 billion ($15 million) hydropower plant for four tea factories in Nyeri County.

SA Department postpones 3rd Bid of REIPPPP (13/09/2012)
The Department of Energy has announced that the 3rd bid submission date for the Renewable Independent Power Producers programme will be postponed to 7 May 2013 due to, amongst others, representations from the market, the need to focus on Window 1 and 2 financial close processes, and to update the RFP accordingly for subsequent windows.

AfDB is looking for a Junior Consultant to support its Energy Strategy Update (12/09/2012)
The African Development Bank is looking to engage an individual consultant for the review of existing draft strategy, including an update of the existing data and portfolio information. The consultant will also be expected to contribute to strategic initiatives.

AfDB Supports Hydropower Project in Gabon (20/07/2012)
The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Board of Directors has approved a €57.5 million loan in support of the Coder Hydropower Project in Gabon.

Launch of the new South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) (19/07/2012)
Energy Minister Dipuo Peters on Thursday officially launched a new body to resolve the country's rising energy demands through green projects.

REEEP is looking for experts (18/07/2012)
Ahead of REEEP’s 9th programme cycle which kicks off in late August 2012, REEEP is conducting a call for experts who could assist with tasks related to this funding cycle and beyond.

ECOWAS agrees on regional renewable energy and energy efficiency policies (29/06/2012)
In a regional workshop, held from 25 to 27 June 2012 in Dakar, Senegal, the Directors of the ECOWAS Ministries of Energy agreed on the main targets and pillars of a regional renewable energy and energy efficiency policy of ECOWAS.

KenGen receives upgraded Kindaruma dam (24/06/2012)
KenGen has received the newly installed third unit at its Kindaruma plant from the project contractors, Andritz of Austria who carried out the electrical and mechanical works and Farab Intenational of Iran that implemented the civil works.

World Bank to Double Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects (21/06/2012)
During the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the World Bank announced a plan to double support in developing countries for expanded electricity access and more renewable energy initiatives.

AfDB funding for Itezhi-Tezhi hydro in Zambia (19/06/2012)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a USD 35-million senior loan and a USD 3 million standby facility to Itezhi-Tezhi Power Corporation (ITPC) and a concessional loan of USD 18 million to the government as Zambia Electricity Supply Company (ZESCO)’s share of the equity to develop the Itezhi-Tezhi hydropower plant project that will provide reliable, low-cost power and sustainable energy to the country.

IFC study finds $37 Billion opportunity for improved energy services at the Base of the Pyramid (19/06/2012)
A new report from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has identified a $37 billion opportunity for the private sector to improve energy services for people who live in relative poverty.

AfDB funding for Itezhi-Tezhi hydro in Zambia (19/06/2012)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a USD 35-million senior loan and a USD 3 million standby facility to Itezhi-Tezhi Power Corporation (ITPC) and a concessional loan of USD 18 million to the government as Zambia Electricity Supply Company (ZESCO)'s share of the equity to develop the Itezhi-Tezhi hydropower plant project that will provide reliable, low-cost power and sustainable energy to the country.

First steps towards private electricity sales in Swaziland (09/06/2012)
On the 8 of June the Times of Swaziland reported that locals will be able to sell power to SEC.

Expansion of Namibia's Ruacana hydropower plant complete (05/06/2012)
President Hifikepunye Pohamba turned Ruacana's new fourth turbine on at a ceremony this past week, raising the hydropower facility's total generating capacity from 240 MW to about 330 MW.

Eskom, TIA call for ocean-energy innovation bids (01/06/2012)
The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and State-owned power utility Eskom launched an ‘open innovation challenge’, through which they hope to stimulate the development of commercially viable ocean-current-energy technologies.

Euros 5 million earmarked for small hydro in West Africa (08/05/2012)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will team with the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the World Bank to implement a five-year programme on small scale hydro power for West Africa.

GVEP support for small hydro in Tanzania (30/04/2012)
A key challenge facing developers of small hydro projects in Tanzania is the lack of access to finance. To help counter this, GVEP is implementing a Pre-Investment Technical Support programme in collaboration with the World Bank and Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency (REA).

UK pledges support to CIF’s Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (24/04/2012)
The UK Deputy Prime Minister has pledged an additional £25 million to support the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) program to provide clean energy access to the world’s poorest countries.

GEF Approves Mini-Hydro Infrastructure Project in Liberia (10/04/2012)
The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has completed the approval process for a US$1.8 million project to install multi-purpose mini-hydro infrastructure for energy and irrigation purposes in Liberia.

Foundation stone laid for 3 MW hydro plant in Sierra Leone (04/04/2012)
During his official visit to Sierra Leone, UNIDO Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella joined President Ernest Bai Koroma to lay the foundation stone of a 3 megawatt hydro plant in the North-West of the country.

South Africa: Study into R20bn Umzimvubu dam, including hydro option (23/03/2012)
A detailed feasibility study for the Umzimvubu water project, in the Eastern Cape, was started in January, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in a written response to a Parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance’s Gareth Morgan.

Hydro Alternative Energy announces Hydrokinetic Energy project in Durban, South Africa (07/02/2012)
Hydro Alternative Energy, Inc., an emerging independent power provider ("IPP"), announced today its planned development and local government backed support of a hydrokinetic energy project in eThekwini Municipality in Durban, South Africa, to harvest ocean energy and transform it into electricity.

FMO invests in renewable energy in Uganda (23/01/2012)
FMO arranged a USD 24 million senior loan for the financing of a 14MW run-of-the-river hydropower project in Uganda.

Pico-hydro’s potential in Rwanda assessed (16/12/2011)
As part of its Energy Small and Medium Enterprises programme (ESMEs), GVEP has completed a study which looks at the pico and micro-hydropower market in Rwanda

Rwanda Montain Tea to construct Giciye Hydro-Power (11/12/2011)
Rwanda Mountain Tea, a local tea processing company, is set to construct a mini hydropower plant, worth US$12 million that will produce 4 megawatts (MW) of electricity, which will be fed into the national grid.

Ivory Coast to boost power production with new hydroelectric dam (06/12/2011)
Ivory Coast will build a 275-MW hydroelectric power station in Soubre, according to the country's Ministry of Mines.

Vacancy Senior Hydropower Expert - Mozambique (01/12/2011)
The Belgian development agency, BTC,is looking for a Senior Hydropower Expert for Mozambique.

New Uganda shasha Mini Hydro Power Plant switches on (22/11/2011)
The Ishasha Mini Hydro Power Plant in Kanungu District of Uganda will be switched on to the national grid today as the country grapples with power outages.

Two new hydro projects open for comments under CDM (21/11/2011)
The Angolan Cambambe Hydroelectric Second Power Plant and the Repowering of Cambambe Central I Hydroelectric Power Plant are entering the public commenting phase of the CDM process.

SA, DRC to sign new ‘Grand Inga’ agreement (10/11/2011)
South African President Jacob Zuma and his Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) counterpart Joseph Kabila will preside over the signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) relating to the so-called ‘Grand Inga’ hydropower project.

Nile group names firm to study Kagera reservoirs including hydro (02/11/2011)
The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) has named Coyne et Bellier Ingenieurs Conseils/Tractebel Engineering SA to perform feasibility studies of multi-purpose reservoirs, including hydropower, in the Kagera River Basin of Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Wind/hydro hybrid for Morocco (01/11/2011)
On 2 November 2011, the governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved updates to Morocco’s investment plan under the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and a project that will finance Morocco’s ambitious Wind Energy Plan through the implementation of wind/hydro hybrid generating systems that will increase capacity by 1,070 MW and the expansion of rural electrification to 79,436 households in 24 of Morocco’s most isolated and vulnerable districts.

Tanzania to rehabilitate two 71-year-old power plants (18/10/2011)
The government of Tanzania has moved to rehabilitate the 71-year hydropower plants in the Kilimanjaro and Mbeya regions by inviting international and local companies to bid for the rehabilitation works.

Expression of Interest for development of the national small hydro power resource atlas Kenya (20/09/2011)
The Kenyan Ministry of Energy issued a call for Expressions of Interest for development of the national small hydro power resource atlas and feasibility study for ten sites in Support of Vision 2030 Power Generation Flagship Project.

Mozambique: Honde system to be rebuilt (08/09/2011)
Reconstruction work on the Honde hydroelectric dam, in Mozambique’s Manica province, has begun in August,.

EoI resident advisor renewable energy Rwanda (01/09/2011)
The Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA) of Rwanda now invites eligible Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing services.

Second Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing Calls for Proposals (02/08/2011)
The Private Financing Advisory Network of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI PFAN) has opened a call for proposals from the Africa region for the second Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF-2) Business Plan Competition.

South Africa goes ahead with RE tender (31/07/2011)
The Department of Energy (DoE) has released information about the submission of proposals for the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of renewable energy projects including onshore wind, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, biomass, biogas, landfill gas and small hydro.

AfDB and Denmark: Technical Cooperation Agreement on Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (15/07/2011)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a technical cooperation agreement with the Government of Denmark for the establishment of a sustainable energy fund for Africa (SEFA) for capacity building and investment in sustainable energy over a five-year period.

AfDB might lend Cameroon $60 M for Lom Pangar (07/07/2011)
The African Development Bank is considering partial funding for the planned 1192 MW Lom Pangar hydroproject.

Rwanda: EIB confirms commitment to Ruzizi III hydropower project (07/07/2011)
The European Investment Bank today confirmed that it will work closely with financial preparation of the Ruzizi hydroelectric project to be launched later today in Kigali.

SA Government confirms inclusion of price competition in first renewables round (04/07/2011)
The South African government has confirmed that price competition will feature in the procurement process for the first round of renewable energy projects, with the 2009 renewable energy feed-in tariffs (Refit) to be use as a “ceiling” price against which potential developers should tender their offers.

South African IDC looking for financial modelling consultant (27/06/2011)
The IDC is looking for the services of a specialist in financial modeling to develop generic Financial Models for PV, wind and hydro projects, which can be used to independently verify models received from Project Sponsors.

SMEC to work on Tanzania’s Ruhudji hydro project (27/06/2011)
Australian engineering and development consulting firm SMEC is to provide technical advisory support for the development of the Ruhudji Hydropower Project in Tanzania following the awarded of a contract by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM).

Angola: Government to Build 150 Hydroelectric Plants (23/06/2011)
Angolan government intends to build 150 micro-hydroelectric projects, said Thursday the minister of Energy and Water, Emanuela Vieira Lopes.

Kenyan REA supports community hydro (18/06/2011)
Kenya ’s Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has begun upgrading community based mini hydro generation plants.

Call for Proposals ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (31/05/2011)
The ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has launched a call for proposals. The current call is open from 31 May to 15 July 2011

Sierra Leone plans to quadruple Bumbuna hydro capacity (31/05/2011)
The government of Sierra Leone has announced a planned expansion of the Bumbuna hydro-electric project that could more than quadruple the West African country's generation capacity by 2017.

SN Power AfriCA changes name to Agua Imara and announces new project in Zambia (25/05/2011)
Agua Imara, formerly SN Power AfriCA, has announced the first hydropower projects it will develop under its new name.

Swaziland: Maguga Hydro Power Station officially opened (14/05/2011)
His Majesty King Mswati III officially opens the Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) 20 MW Hydro Power Station at Maguga Dam.

AFD line of credit for Kenyan banks (11/05/2011)
France’s development bank agreed to provide a 30 million-euro ($43 million) line of credit to two Kenyan banks for lending to businesses that want to invest in renewable energy projects.

IDG may finance Congo hydro-electric dam (10/05/2011)
South Africa's Industrial Development Group (IDG) has announced that it is studying the possibility of financing for a 1,200MW hydro-electric dam that it is considering constructing in Congo Republic.

South African Working for Energy programme Call for Proposals (09/05/2011)
The Working for Energy programme announced its call for proposals to provide support for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency projects in South Africa. Deadline is May 27, 2011.

Congo: Inauguration of Imboulou hydroelectric power plant (07/05/2011)
On Saturday May 7, a hydroelectric power plant was inaugurated in Congo by the Congolese head of State, Denis Sassou Nguesso.

Cameroon signs US$542 million loan from China to fund hydroelectric dam (05/05/2011)
Cameroon's government said on Tuesday it secured a US$542 million loan from the China Import-Export Bank to fund the construction of a 201 MW hydroelectric dam on the Ntem River.

Zarubezhstroy Corporation to invest in Tanzania hydropower (21/04/2011)
According to recent reports, a Russian utilities company, Zarubezhstroy Corporation (ZARS), is currently planning to invest in a five year plan to construct what they are expecting to become the largest independent Tanzania hydropower plant to date.

Smart Hydro Power reveals first micro-hydro turbine with an international roundtable on decentralized electrification (04/04/2011)
On Monday April 4th Smart Hydro Power revealed its first 5kW micro-hydro turbine system to an international audience.

Ethiopia launched Grand Millennium Dam Project (02/04/2011)
Construction of the Millennium Hydropower plant, the biggest hydropower plant in Africa yet, officially launched today in Benishangul Gumuz regional state in Ethiopia.

Zambia secures loan from India for Ithezi Thezi hydropower project (28/02/2011)
Zambia has secured a US$50M from India to develop the 120MW Ithezi Thezi hydropower project. It is part of an initiative led by the Indian government under what is known as the Africa India partnership forum.

Mpanga Hydropower Project to boost Uganda electricity supply (14/02/2011)
The technical commissioning of the 18 MW Mpanga Hydropower Project was conducted on Thursday, while President Yoweri Museveni is expected to officially launch the project in March, top officials said.

TENDER Preparation of the SADC Renewable Energy Strategy and Action Plan (04/02/2011)
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) in close cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) intends to explore options to increase the use of renewable energy in the SADC Region. One of the concrete outputs of this cooperation will be a Renewable Energy Strategy and Action Plan (RESAP) for the SADC Region.

Low-Income Communities in Africa outline energy needs for World Bank (19/01/2011)
Almost 500 people in 10 towns and villages across Liberia, Madagascar and Togo participated in World Bank-sponsored workshops from May to September 2010 aimed at gathering input from low-income communities about how best the Bank can help meet their energy needs.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) approves Malawi Power Sector Revitalization Project (05/01/2011)
The Power Sector Revitalization Project seeks to improve the availability, reliability, and quality of the power supply by increasing the capacity and stability of the national electricity grid and bolstering the efficiency and sustainability of hydropower generation.

India ExIm bank provides loan for Kakobola plant in Congo (01/01/2011)
India has signed a deal with the Democratic Republic of Congo to extend a US$42 million credit line for building the 9.3 MW Kakobola plant, the Export-Import Bank of India reports.

Ugandan hydro project wins clean energy award (01/01/2011)
The 8 MW Kakaka project in western Uganda is one of two clean energy projects selected as winners of the Climate Technology Initiative's (CTI) Private Financing Advisory Network's (PFAN) Clean Energy Financing Award 2010.

NuPlanet to build 5-MW hydropower plant in Zimbabwe (01/11/2010)
South African hydropower plant developer, owner and operator NuPlanet has been granted a generation license to build a 5-MW greenfield hydropower plant at the Mutirikwi dam, Zimbabwe’s largest reservoir.

DBSA provides $105m for Zambia hydropower expansion (26/10/2010)
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has provided the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco) with a $105-million loan facility to co-finance the expansion of its Kariba North Bank hydropower station.

South Africa: draft Integrated Resource Plan out for consultation (08/10/2010)
The South African Department of Energy has release the draft IRP2010 for public consultations.

Zambia: Copperbelt Energy plans 40-MW hydropower project (04/10/2010)
Independent power company Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is planning to build a 40-MW hydropower plant, in Zambia, to further increase its electricity provision capacity.

Second call for proposals Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) Programme for Southern and Eastern Africa (28/09/2010)
The Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) Programme for Southern and Eastern Africa announced its Second Call for Proposals (due date 20 October 2010)

Borodino of Russia to construct Rumakali (Tanzania) (27/09/2010)
The government of Tanzania has signed a deal with Russia-based Borodino for the construction of the $700 million Rumakali hydropower plant in Tanzania's Iringa region, news agencies reported.

Kenya extends renewable energy tariff payment period (10/09/2010)
Kenya, East Africa's feed-in tariff pioneer, has increased the minimum period for payments to investors in the renewable energy sector from 15 to 20 years.

NamPower plans hydropower scheme along Lower Orange river (31/08/2010)
Namibian power utility NamPower has called for consultants to assist it with aspects related to the proposed development of the 100 MW run-of-river Lower Orange Hydroelectrical Power Scheme (LOHEPS).

Mozambique approves 1,500-MW Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project (18/08/2010)
Mozambique's government has approved construction of the US$2 billion Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project on the Zambezi River, with the project slated to begin construction in 2011.

Consultancy service for study on Monontša Pumped Storage scheme in Lesotho (23/06/2010)
The Government of Lesotho has received a loan and a grant from the African Development Fund towards the cost of LESOTHO ELECTRICITY SUPPLY PROJECT and intends to apply part of the proceeds of the loan to cover eligible payments under the contract for “The Pre-Feasibility study of Monontša Pumped Storage Scheme.

China to invest in Zambia's Kafue Gorge Lower power plant (11/05/2010)
China plans to spend $1-billion to help build a power plant to boost Zambia's electricity supply by 600 MW.

China's Sinohydro to expand Zimbabwean Kariba (03/05/2010)
Zimbabwe has signed a $400M agreement with China's Sinohydro to expand its Kariba hydro electricity plant.

Nigerian government plans to harness hydro potential (29/04/2010)
A new committee has been created by Nigeria’s Federal Government to focus on the development of small and medium capacity hydro power projects in the country.

Renewable energy adviser sought for Rwanda (09/04/2010)
The government of Rwanda invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve as resident adviser to a sustainable energy development project with several components. Deadline for applications is April 22.

Call for proposals Energy and Environment Partnership Programme (08/04/2010)
The Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with Southern and East Africa (EEP-S&EA), with a budget of €10-million, has made its first call for proposals from companies, research institutions and other public and private sector institutions, seeking financial assistance for renewable energy projects. Submission deadline is April 14, 2010.

Zambian Kariba North upgrade project faces delay (01/04/2010)
The commissioning of the upgraded fourth turbine at the Kariba North power station, in Zambia, faces a delay of at least a year, the country’s electricity utility said this week.

Mozambique utility awards grid study for linking new hydro projects (29/03/2010)
Mozambique utility Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM) awarded Vattenfall Power Consultant and Norconsult AS a contract for the study of a transmission backbone system to deliver power from proposed new hydro and thermal power plants to southern Mozambique.

Call for Proposals: Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (18/03/2010)
The CTI PFAN Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF), seeks to nurture individuals, project teams and consortia, start-up and existing companies with environmentally beneficial business proposals with the aim of making them happen.

Ethiopia: Consortium wins contract for Mandaya and Beko Abo feasibility studies (08/03/2010)
Ethiopia has awarded a consortium comprising of Norplan, Norconsult, EDF and Scott Wilson a NOK 86M (US$14.6M) contract to conduct the feasibility study for Mandaya and Beko Abo multipurpose projects on the River Abay.

Mozambique Receives Additional World Bank Financing in Support of Greater Energy Access (04/02/2010)
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of US$80 million equivalent in support of the implementation of the Government of Mozambique’s Energy Development and Access Project.

India in finance agreement for Rwanda project (28/01/2010)
Exim Bank of India has approved a loan of US$60M to the Government of Rwanda to finance construction of the Nyabarongo hydro power project in Rwanda.

Fund commits €10m for clean energy in southern Africa (27/01/2010)
The Global Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF) will commit the funds to the ‘Evolution One Fund’ that is dedicated to clean energy investment in Southern Africa.

Ethiopia inaugurates Gilgel Gibe II (14/01/2010)
Ethiopia’s 420MW Gilgel Gibe II hydro power project was officially inaugurated yesterday in a ceremony attended by foreign and Ethiopian government officials, media and business leaders.

Kenya plans open-ended green energy fund (14/01/2010)
Kenya plans to launch an open-ended green energy fund in the next fiscal year to step up generation of environmentally friendly energy.

Cameroon awards contract for Lom Pangar hydro project environmental study (12/01/2010)
The government of Cameroon awarded AECOM Tecsult Inc. a US$71 million contract to study the cumulative environmental impact of the 56-MW Lom Pangar hydroelectric project in the Sanaga River Basin.

Hydropower Africa 2010 announces call for abstracts (11/01/2010)
The organisers of Hydropower Africa 2010 invite you to present your ideas and experiences.

EIB to lend €40m to promote renewables and energy efficiency in South Africa (01/12/2009)
The loan package to FirstRand Bank is the first dedicated energy efficiency loan in South Africa made by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

$40-million hydro agreement signed between Ethiopia and Norway (01/12/2009)
The development of hydropower resources in Ethiopia, including the Mandaya and Bako-Ambo multipurpose projects, will be funded by a $40M agreement signed with the government of Norway.

Job opening for Energy Specialist at local World Bank office in Mozambique (30/10/2009)
The World Bank AFTEG group intends to recruit an Energy Specialist for a position based in Maputo, Mozambique. The new position reflects the growing energy work program in AFCS2 countries (in particular Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe and Malawi) and other Southern African countries. Closing date is the 13th of November 2009.

South Africa: R 2 bn investment plan for Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (08/09/2009)
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is planning to attract some R 2-billion in investment in a suite of renewable energy projects over the next five years, including wind energy. solar water heating, land fill gas and microhydro power.

Eskom to assist Angola generate up to 10 000 MW (07/09/2009)
The South African government and Eskom have agreed to assist Angola develop its large hydroelectric power potential of up to 10 000 megawatts.

Cameroon: SinoHydro to take over Memve’ele hydro project (03/09/2009)
The Chinese construction company Sinohydro has reached a preliminary agreement to take over the 200 megawatt Memve'ele hydropower station located in southern Cameroon.

UNIDO Director-General, Brazil Ambassador discuss possible cooperation to help developing countries in Africa (26/06/2009)
Cooperation in the area of energy, particularly bio-energy, was the focus of discussions between UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, and Ambassador André Amado, Under-Secretary General for Energy and High Technology, Brazilian Foreign Ministry, during the international energy conference in Vienna this week.

Mozambique to start building $2bn dam in 2010 (15/05/2009)
Construction of Mozambique's $2-billion Mpanda Nkuwa Hydro-electric dam in the northern Tete province will begin in 2010

Namibia and Angola to build $ 7b Epupa Hydro project (21/04/2009)
Namibia and Angola plan to build a joint $7 billion hydro power plant on a river that runs along their common border. The plant will have a capacity of 400 megawatts.

Uganda: Invitation for bids for construction of Suam micro-hydro power scheme (06/04/2009)
Within the context of bilateral cooperation between the Governments of Uganda and Germany, GTZ supports the sustainable development of the Ugandan energy sector. As part of this support, GTZ is promoting the construction of a micro hydropower scheme at Suam Village, Bukwo District in Eastern Uganda. The scheme shall include an electricity minigrid to serve small and medium enterprises, Government Institutions, households, etc.

South Africa: Impregilo, CMC joint venture to build Ingula pumped storage (01/04/2009)
A joint venture led by Italian firms Impregilo and CMC has been awarded a contract by Eskom Holdings to construct the underground works and reservoirs for the Ingula pumped storage project in South Africa.

Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariffs (REFIT) South Africa announced (31/03/2009)
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) announced on Tuesday March 31st that the Energy Regulator approved the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) Guidelines.

New report by WWF on renewables in South Africa (25/02/2009)
A week ahead of South Africa's second National Climate Change Summit (to be held from 3 - 6 March at Gallagher Estate), environmental organization WWF is calling on policy-makers to "get out of the starting blocks" in the global rush for renewable energy.

Swaziland tenders prefeasibility study 120 MW hydropower plant (24/02/2009)
The Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) has invited submissions from engineering consultancy firms, for the full feasibility and predesign study for the Ngwempisi hydropower cascading scheme.

World Bank approves grant to Central African Republic (18/02/2009)
The World Bank has approved a grant of US$8M to support the Government of the Central African Republic's (CAR) plans to rehabilitate the country’s power infrastructure – including hydro power facilities – while balancing supply and demand in the capital Bangui, and helping the country’s power utility to improve its financial and operational sustainability.

SMEC wins new hydro contracts in Africa (13/02/2009)
Consulting firm SMEC has won contracts on multiple new hydro projects in Rwanda and Sudan

Kenya: First hydro project to be constructed under Greening Tea initiative (05/02/2009)
Construction of the first small hydro-power project that will help tea factories reduce their cost of electricity by a third will start in June.

Lesotho: ADB approves US$ 16 Million for Electricity Supply Project (04/02/2009)
Efforts by the Lesotho government to improve electricity supply in the country received support from the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group which approved a combined loan and a grant of US$ 16.4 million, to finance the country’s Electricity Supply Project.

World Economic Forum Report: US $ 515 Billion needed in Green Investments (29/01/2009)
The World Economic Forum today released the Green Investing: Towards a Clean Energy Infrastructure report. The report outlines the scale of the investments needed to develop a clean energy infrastructure and move to towards a low-carbon economy.

Mozambique to modernise Hydroelectric Cahora Bassa (16/01/2009)
Mazambique's major Hydroelectric Cahora Bassa (HCB) Dam on the River Zambezi will undergo extensive refurbishments this year.

South Africa: New energy research organisation to be established this year (14/01/2009)
The establishment of the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi), as promulgated by the National Energy Act, which was gazetted in November, to be implmented soon.

India to build hydroplants in Cameroon (14/01/2009)
Indian engineering firm Angelique International will build two hydro power plants in Cameroon as part of a 125 billion CFA francs ($251.5 million) aid deal.

Namibia: tender open for 4th turbine at Ruacana (12/01/2009)
Namibia's national power utility, the Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower), has issued a tender for the appointment of a contractor to undertake the civil works portion of a project to add a fourth turbine-generator unit to its Ruacana hydropower plant, on the country's northwest boundary with Angola.

Renewable energy feed-in tariff to be approved in March (05/01/2009)
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) hopes to finally approve the long-awaited renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit), aimed at stimulating investment in the sector, on March 9.

EC’s clean energy fund to invest €22m in Africa and Asia (16/12/2008)
The Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF) set up by the European Commission, has decided on a first set of investments totalling €22 million in Africa and Asia.

New agency to be global voice of renewables (15/12/2008)
A new agency to be launched next month (26 January) in Bonn, Germany, aims to promote a swift transition towards the use of renewable energy worldwide.

Lesotho in power deficit, new wind and hydro hoped to ease problems (13/11/2008)
Lesotho is facing a power deficit due to a surge in demand that outstrips its 72 MW capacity and South Africa's power crisis has worsened it, a senior energy official said on Thursday.

World Bank, Zambia agree $75,5m power deal (22/10/2008)
World Bank agreed on Tuesday to a $75,5-million facility with Zambia to boost electricity generation and said the mineral-rich country required up to $2-billion to meet growing power demand.

Sierra Leone: AfDB Group Approves US$ 16 Million Supplementary Loan for Bumbuna Hydroelectric Project (08/10/2008)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, approved a loan of 10.30 million Units of Account (UA*), approximately US$ 16 million, to finance the Bumbuna Hydroelectric Project in Sierra Leone.

New fund to invest in clean technologies (03/10/2008)
The Evolution One Fund, a 10-year private equity fund that focuses on investments in clean technology (cleantech) in the southern African region, has raised R400-million from four core international investors to date, and is expected to grow to R1-billion by mid-2009.

30 percent of African Governments' energy funds for small hydro proposed (26/09/2008)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the African Energy Commission of the African Union have called on African governments to set aside 30 percent of their energy funds for the development of Small Hydro Power (SHP) in the rural areas.

Global Green Energy Awards: international entries needed by 21 October 2008 (12/09/2008)
The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy are seeking inspirational and innovative local sustainable energy projects based in countries with developing economies.

Nigeria: Zamfara to Build 19 Billion Naira Power Plant (11/09/2008)
The Zamfara State Government is to build a hydro power plant that would generate 100 megawatts of electricity at the cost of N19.2 billion.

Call for Proposals for technology transfer to Madagascar (Pelton & Banki turbines) (04/08/2008)
A transfer of technology on Banki and Pelton turbines to Madagascar is launched as part of the rural electrification program RHYVIERE implemented by Gret. Deadline is September 14, 2008.

2007 Sustainable energy investment in Africa fivefold of 2006 (17/07/2008)
Although Africa continues to lag other regions in terms of sustainable energy investment, asset finance was up in 2007 to $1.3 billion (five times as much as in 2006), reversing a gradual decline since 2004 and bearing witness to increasing installed renewable capacity.

Tanzania presents Power Sector Master Plan at Financing Options Workshops (06/05/2008)
In collaboration with the World Bank , the Tanzanian government last week held a two-day workshop in Dar-es-Salaam on Public Private Partnership (PPP) Awareness in the Energy Sector at which the Canadian consulting firm, SNC-Lavalin International Inc., presented a 25-year Power Sector Master Plan (PSMP) for Tanzania (2006-2031) which was financed by the African Development Bank.

Uganda: Lake levels up but power cuts stay (24/04/2008)
The Lake Victoria water levels have risen but the amount of electricity produced at the Jinja-based hydropower complex will reduce further due to restricted water outflow.

DRC: Funders to gather in London to discuss giant Inga power project (17/04/2008)
The inaugural financiers conference for the much-vaunted Inga 3 hydro-electric project, proposed to be sited on the mighty Congo river in the western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), will take place in London on Monday and Tuesday next week.

South Africa: more power from Cahora Bassa (09/04/2008)
Africa’s biggest power utility, Eskom, on Wednesday confirmed that it could now import up to 1 500 MW from Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa hydroelectric power station, after it signed a five-year agreement for an additional 250 MW.

Uganda: Bujagali Hydro Earns African Power Deal of the Year Award (15/03/2008)
Project Finance Magazine has awarded its 2007 African Power Deal of the Year to the Bujagali Hydropower Project in Uganda.

Cameroon: GreenStep project on village wind and hydro (08/03/2008)
The people of M'muock will soon learn how to construct their own wind turbines and hydroelectric plants using local materials in a pilot project organized by Munich, Germany-based Green Step.

Liberia studies feasibility of reviving sole hydropower plant (07/03/2008)
The Liberian government has contracted US-based engineering company Stanley Consultants to carry out studies on the feasibility of resuscitating the country’s only hydropower plant, which was damaged during the West African country’s bloody civil war.

Requests for consultancy services feasibility studies East Africa hydro at tea estates (28/02/2008)
The East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) invites bids the feasibility studies of 6 small hydro projects in East Africa.

Uganda: Alstom wins Bujagali turbine order (22/02/2008)
A contract to supply five generating units and other equipment to the 250MW Bujagali hydropower plant being developed in Uganda has been awarded to Alstom Projects India (API).

Madagascar targets 76 percent hydropower by 2012 (16/02/2008)
Madagascar aims to produce 76 percent of its electricity from hydroenergy by 2012, plugging a major gap in its existing capacity, the president of the Indian Ocean island country said on Friday.

Uganda: EIB lends USD 136 million for Bujagali (07/01/2008)
The European Investment Bank (EIB in London signed the documentation for a loan of the equivalent of EUR 92 million loan to be extended to Bujagali Energy Limited. (BEL), a private company established in Uganda to build, own and operate a 250 MW hydro-electric project on the upper Nile at Bujagali.

Uganda: Japan to assist with Ayago Power Project (02/01/2008)
JAPAN has agreed to send hydropower experts to assist the Government in preparing for the construction of the proposed 500 megawatt Ayago Hydropower Project.

Uganda: South African firm eyes Uganda's RE market (11/12/2007)
Okhela Renewable Energy Corporation, a South African energy company, eyes the Ugandan energy market through the development of renewable energy.

Zambia: prize for engineer Zambezi Rapids (06/12/2007)
Arup engineer Daniel Rea has been highly commended in the Young Consultant of the Year category of the British Expertise International Awards for his work on the Zambezi Rapids micro-hydro scheme.

South Africa: New Eskom dam power project approved (16/11/2007)
State power utility Eskom has received all the necessary approvals, including an environmental record of decision, to proceed with a second multibillion-rand pumped-storage scheme, dubbed Project Lima.

African tea and sugar industries to get hydro, cogeneration plants (09/11/2007)
Green financial mechanism the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Environment Programme (Unep) have joined forces to deliver small-scale hydropower projects and cogeneration power projects to East African states.

DRC: BHP Billiton to fund Inga III feasibility study (24/10/2007)
Mining group BHP Billiton has agreed to fund the feasibility study for Inga III hydro power project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

South Africa & Namibia in talks to build hydropower station (12/10/2007)
South Africa and Namibia may build a 30-MW hydro-electrical power station on the Orange river, to supply electricity into the southern parts of the neighbouring country.

South Africa: subsidy and finance office set up for renewble energy (25/09/2007)
The South African government has set up a subsidy and finance office to guide funding for renewable energy technologies, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Tuesday.

South Africa: Bethlehem hydro commissioning delayed by 3 months (07/09/2007)
The completion of South Africa's first commercial independent hydropower project, the Bethlehem hydro scheme, in the Free State, has been delayed till May 2008.

World Bank & IFC launch "Lighting Africa" initiative (05/09/2007)
The World Bank Group today launches an initiative to provide modern lighting to the 250 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa who have no access to electricity. Jointly managed by the World Bank and IFC, Lighting Africa aims to develop market conditions for the supply and distribution of new, nonfossil fuel lighting products, such as fluorescent light bulbs and light emitting diodes, in rural and urban areas of the region that are not connected to the electricity grid.

Uganda: Construction of Bujagali officially begins (23/08/2007)
Construction of the 250MW Bujagali hydro project on the White Nile river in Uganda has been officially launched.

Cameroon: Sud Energie to build Memve'ele hydropower station (10/08/2007)
Sud Energie, controlled by British state-owned emerging markets power generator Globeleq, has signed a deal to build the new 200 megawatt (MW) Memve'ele hydropower station in Cameroon.

DRC: Banro eyes hydro plant for gold mine (31/07/2007)
A hydro power plant has been highlighted as a key power option in preliminary studies for a gold mine being planned in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by Canada-based firm Banro Corporation.

Ghana: World Bank Energy Development and Access project approved (26/07/2007)
On the 26th of July 2007 the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the Ghana Energy Development and Access project, which will be funded by US $ 95.5 million IDA credit and US $ 5.5 million GEF grant.

Zambia: Official Opening of the Zambezi Rapids Hydro-Electric Scheme (16/07/2007)
On the 14th of July 2007 the Zambian Zambezi Rapids Hydro-Electric Scheme was officially opened by Minister of Energy.

Madagascar: AfDB Approves € 6 Million Investment in Sahanivotry hydroelectric Power Station (05/07/2007)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a € 6-million private sector investment in the Sahanivotry hydroelectric power station in Madagascar.

Uganda: ADB Board approves loan for Bujagali (03/07/2007)
The board of directors of the African Development Bank (ADB) has approved the US$ 110M in loans to the Bujagali hydro project in Uganda.

Mozambique: Mphanda Nkuwa dam plan under green pressure (03/07/2007)
Proposals to build the Mphanda Nkuwa dam on the Zambezi river in Mozambique have come under pressure from environmental groups while the government said it needs the project to help boost the economy.

Uganda: NAPE lodges complaint with AfDB regarding Bujagali (04/06/2007)
The African Development Bank is investigating the Ugandan Bujagali hydropower project following a complaint lodged by the National Association of Environmental Professionals (Nape.

DRC: World Bank approves Development of Regional and Domestic Power Markets (29/05/2007)
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a grant of US$296.7 million to increase the availability and reliability of low cost and environmentally-friendly electric energy in DRC and elsewhere in southern and central Africa thanks to the rehabilitation of the Inga 1 and 2 power plants in DR Congo, the construction of a second transmission line to the capital Kinshasa and the rehabilitation and extension of the distribution network in Kinshasa.

Uganda: World Bank Group approves support for Bujagali Hydropower Project (26/04/2007)
The World Bank Group today approved US$360 million in loans and guarantees for the Bujagali Hydropower Project, an integral component of Uganda’s strategy to close an energy supply gap that seriously constrains social and economic development in Uganda.

Finavera Plans 20 MW Wave Energy Project (20/04/2007)
Finavera Renewables Inc. has completed the preliminary site evaluation and selection process for its 20-megawatt (MW) wave energy project in South Africa. The project is the result of a commitment made by Finavera Renewables at the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

Ghana: Sinohydro signs deals on Bui hydro station (13/04/2007)
In further moves into the African energy market, Chinese group Sinohydro Corp has signed two turnkey contracts to develop a hydro project in Ghana and another in Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea : Sinohydro signs deals on 120 MW scheme (13/04/2007)
In further moves into the African energy market, Chinese group Sinohydro Corp has signed two turnkey contracts to develop a hydro project in Equatorial Guinea and another in Ghana.

Achim Steiner (UNEP): Africa must set alternative energy agenda (23/03/2007)
Africa must be bold and follow the examples of Brazil and Germany to plan an energy future around renewable and alternative sources, the head of the UN environment agency said on Thursday.

Maputo to host Africa energy ministers meeting (16/03/2007)
Twenty-two African energy Ministers and specialists from the continent and different parts of the world will meet in the capital Maputo next week to discuss petroleum and gas explorations as well as upscaling of energy access in Africa.

Mocambique: Black & Veatch to study Lurio river potential (15/03/2007)
Mozambique's national power company, Electricidade de Moçambique, has awarded Black & Veatch a contract funded under a US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) grant to study the feasibility of using the lower Lurio river in northern Mozambique as a hydro power source.

Angola: Power from Capanda to double (08/03/2007)
The Capanda hydroelectric ham in Angola's northern Malanje province is set to double its power output in July with another two 130MW units, increasing electricity supply to the capital, Luanda.

Uganda to launch the first community microhydro plant (09/02/2007)
The East African Energy Technology Development Network (EAETDN) - Uganda Chapter is carrying out a feasibility study to pave way for the construction of the first community based 35 - 40 kilowatt Dirigana Micro-Hydro Power Demonstration Project in Sironko

Kenya: JBIC to fund Sang'oro hydro power (25/01/2007)
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has signed a 5.6B yen (US$46.6M) ODA loan agreement to fund the Sang'oro hydro power plant in Nyanza province, western Kenya.

Angola: Generation has begun at the Chicapa (10/01/2007)
Generation has begun at the Chicapa hydroelectric dam in Angola's north-east Lunda Sul province, local media reports.

Zambia eyes two bidders for power project (10/01/2007)
Two firms are in the running to construct a new power station in Zambia as part of a $1,2-billion plan to address looming power shortages, a senior minister said on Tuesday.

South Africa: start of Bethlehem hydro construction (09/01/2007)
Bethlehem Hydro announced that const ruction has started on the 7MW hydro power project in the Free State Province of South Africa.

Uganda: Mavel signs contract to supply Nyagak project (01/12/2006)
Mavel has signed a contract to supply two turbines for the 3.5MW Nyagak hydroelectric power project in Uganda.

South Africa: Eskom mulls ocean-current power option (17/11/2006)
Africa's biggest electricity supplier, Eskom was working with the UK and Norway to establish means by which it could best exploit the large-scale of ocean currents surrounding South Africa to generate electricity.

Uganda: EU funds US$20 million towards Bujagali (14/11/2006)
It has been reported that the European Union (EU) has joined the World Bank to fund the development of the 250MW Bujagali hydro-power station in Uganda, committing US$20 million for construction of the power station.

Mozambique leader hails dam deal with Portugal (02/11/2006)
Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Wednesday hailed Portugal's transfer of control of a huge hydroelectric plant to its former colony as the end of "the final redoubt of foreign domination".

DRC: World Bank lines up tenders for Inga study (26/10/2006)
The World Bank has received 25 expressions of interest, including a few from South Africa, to conduct a financial feasibility study for the third phase of the Inga hydroelectric power station in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Mozambique: Cahora Bassa deal by end of October? (26/10/2006)
The final agreement to hand over majority ownership of the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam, in the western Mozambican province of Tete, to the Mozambican state, may be signed in Maputo by 31 October.

2007 Global Development Marketplace (25/10/2006)
Development Marketplace 2007 is offering US$4 Million in awards for proposals with innovative ideas to improve health, nutrition, population outcomes of poor people in developing countries.

Angola: Kapanda Dam to increase production next year (24/10/2006)
Angola`s northern Malanje province`s Kapanda hydroelectric dam will next year add another 260 megawatts to its current 180, with the installation of two more turbines.

DRC: First-half 2007 completion for Inga hydropower study (06/10/2006)
The World Bank-funded Inga Three feasibility study was scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2007, with implementation scheduled soon thereafter, African Union commissioner Bernard Zoba said in Johannesburg on Friday

DRC: Roundtable on Grand Inga Ends (06/10/2006)
An important roundtable on the development of the hydroelectricity potential of the Inga in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) wound up on Friday in Johannesburg.

DRC: Roundtable on Grand Inga Opens in Johannesburg (05/10/2006)
A roundtable on what is potentially one of the most important energy projects in Africa opened in Johannesburg on Thursday.

South Africa: Eskom calls for Braamhoek access-tunnel bids (29/09/2006)
State-owned electricity supplier Eskom's R8,9-billion Braamhoek pumped-storage scheme is “well advanced” and the utility is gearing up to start building the main access tunnel.

South Africa: Finavera Renewables to Develop Wave Energy Project (26/09/2006)
Finavera Renewables Limited, a company that develops wind and wave energy projects, announced its commitment to build a 20 megawatt (MW) wave energy power plant off the coast of South Africa over the next five years, valued at US$40 million.

Namibia: green groups slate plans to build hydro power plant (25/09/2006)
Environmentalists have opposed attempts to revive plans to build a controversial hydro power project on the Kunene River in northwest Namibia.

Ethiopia: EEPCO to develop Gilgel Gibe III (18/09/2006)
Ethiopia's state-owned utility Ethiopian Electric Power Corp (EEPCO) is to develop a 1870MW hydro project with Italy's Salini Costruttori.

Ghana: Power shortage cuts ALCOA (05/09/2006)
THE VOLTA Aluminium Company (VALCO)’s smelter in Tema has shut half of its pot lines down because of a request by the State Power Authority to reduce electricity use.

Ghana: Internal Hydro turbines for low impact (16/08/2006)
Internal Hydro International Inc. announces the first unit sales for two units of the 30 Kilowatt Energy Commander low impact hydro units for a purchase price of $60,000. The units will be delivered within 180 days under the contract terms, which includes pre-payment of one third the purchase price on immediate terms. Both units are contracted for primary purchase by Kingswell Financial, LLC, of Maryland for use in residential developments in Ghana under limited use terms.

Uganda: micro hydro sites identified (15/08/2006)
Sezibwa Falls, in Uganda's Mukono district, is to host a pilot scheme of five micro hydroelectric plants that will be developed by Japan's Tanaka Company.

Namibia & Angola: development of Baynes (27/07/2006)
Construction work on the Baynes hydroelectric power station - which is co-funded by NamPower and Angolan power utility ENE - will start soon following the signing of a bilateral agreement between the two governments.

Mozambique: hydro top priority (25/07/2006)
The top priority of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), the grouping of electricity companies of the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region, "is to find a timely solution to the problem of the energy deficit in our region", declared Mozambican Energy Minister Salvador Namburete at the opening on 26 April of a meeting of the SAPP Executive Committee in Maputo.

Nigeria: ECN - Transforming the Energy Landscape Through New Devices (03/07/2006)
Moved by the deteriorating power supply in the country, environmental damage by fossil foil and the mass rural and urban unemployment, the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) has now initiated moves to popularize the exploitation of the numerous renewable energy sources available to the country.

Mali: World Bank approves IDA credits (03/07/2006)
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved three US$25M International Development Association (IDA) credits to the Republic of Mali, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and the Republic of Senegal to finance the development of Félou hydroelectric project in Mali.

Cooperation between GTZ and E+Co launched (02/07/2006)
Getting the private sector involved is a crucial factor when seeking to improve the energy situation in developing countries. In May 2006, the GTZ advisory project "Energizing Africa" launched a cooperation project with E+Co, a public investment company that specialises in providing support for small and medium clean energy enterprises in developing countries.

Madagascar: PPP hydro project between e7 and GTZ (01/07/2006)
The Lokoho Hydro Project is a public-private partnership (PPP) between GTZ, the private partners e7 (an institution set up by the world's largest electric utility companies) and Electricité de Madagascar (EDM). The project aims at integrating electricity generated by a newly constructed 4 MW hydro power plant into a comprehensive rural development approach. The electricity it provides enables productive economic processes and creates income for the rural population.

Zambia completes feasibility on hydro stations (29/06/2006)
Feasibility studies for the development of two hydro power stations with a combined capacity of 870MW have been completed by the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO), local media reports.

Sierra Leone: More funds for Bumbuna (28/06/2006)
In a bid to expedite the completion of the Bumbuna hydroelectric project by August next year, the Islamic Development Bank has advanced a sum of US$10M to Sierra Leone.

Uganda: budget boosts power development (20/06/2006)
A severe drought which hit Uganda's economy over the last year has prompted the government to prioritise large hydro developments in its latest budget for 2006-2007.

Ghana: China to finance Bui Dam? (19/06/2006)
China is likely to finance a $600 million hydroelectric dam in northern Ghana which could boost the West African country's gold and iron ore industries, officials said during a visit by Chinese premier Wen Jiabao.

Kenya: Kengen to set up SCADA system (14/06/2006)
KenGen, Kenya's state owned power generator, has begun the installation of SCADA (Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition) system for its six main hydro stations.

Zambia seeks investors in hydropower projects (14/06/2006)
Zambia was seeking foreign investment for projects to add 6 000 megawatts of electricity to its national grid to meet growing demand and a regional deficit, trade and commerce minister Dipak Patel said yesterday.

Namibia & South Africa study Orange river development (24/05/2006)
South Africa and Namibia are to conduct additional studies on the development of the Orange river, which forms a border between the two countries.

South Africa's wave power potential (19/05/2006)
Scottish company Ocean Power Delivery, which develops technology to generate power from waves, is considering a R7-billion development off the coast of Mossel Bay that could generate 700 megawatts of electricity, according to Business Report. The company is talking to the South African Department of Minerals and Energy and a potential local partner, Port Elizabeth-based Genesis Eco-Energy, about developing a pilot plant at Mossel Bay, 400 kilometres east of Cape Town.

DRC: MagEnergy Acquires Greenfield Hydroelectric Site Near DRC Copper Belt (18/05/2006)
MagEnergy Inc., a unit of MagIndustries Corp, announced the signing of an agreement to develop the Busanga Hydroelectric site on the Lualaba River in the Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Ethiopia: contract signed for Beles (15/05/2006)
VA TECH HYDRO, one of the world´s leading suppliers of hydropower plant equipment and services, has signed the contract for the hydropower plant BELES in Ethiopia. The order was placed by the civil company SALINI COSTRUTTORI S.P.A, the turnkey supplier of this plant.

Morocco: ONE places Tanafnit-El Borj turbines order (09/05/2006)
Office National de l’Electricité (ONE) on 20 April announced it had awarded the final major contract for the 40MW Tanafnit- El Borj hydroelectric complex.

Sudan: More trouble at Merowe site (09/05/2006)
Three people were killed and more than 50 wounded on 22 April in clashes involving local people resisting resettlement as part of the 1,250MW Merowe (Hamdab) dam project.

Mozambique: China to fund Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower dam (08/05/2006)
The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with The Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank) to finance construction of the 1,350MW Mphanda Nkuwa dam on the Zambezi river.

DRC: Refurbishment work starts on Inga II (01/05/2006)
MagEnergy has begun work on the first phase of the rehabilitation and refurbishment programme for the Inga II hydroelectric project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Burundi: Nigeria may finance Mpanda hydroelectric dam (01/05/2006)
The Nigerian government is examining the possibility of financing the construction of a 10.4MW hydroelectric dam at Mpanda, in the Bubanza province.

African Development Bank's newsletter on hydropower (27/04/2006)
The latest edition of the newsletter by the FINESSE program of the African Development is focussing on hydropower in Africa

Ethiopia building 3 hydropower dams (19/04/2006)
Ethiopia is building three hydropower dams at a cost of $1,4-billion and hopes to generate millions of dollars in foreign currency by exporting excess electricity to three neighbouring countries.

Call on European Ministers to Act on Energy Poverty (01/04/2006)
Decentralised energy options must be at the top of the European Commission's agenda to combat poverty in rural areas of Africa and Latin America.

Hydro crucial in Africa's development agenda (11/03/2006)
Africa’s first major governmental conference on hydropower and sustainable development, hosted by the South African government in Johannesburg, 6-9 March, has concluded with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration that reinforces hydropower’s role as a crucial renewable source of energy to move forward Africa’s development agenda.

Hydropower in Africa must benefit the poor (03/03/2006)
A report published today by WWF, Oxfam and WaterAid reveals that hydropower has the potential to contribute to reducing Africa’s energy poverty, but calls for a greater emphasis in energy policies on providing benefits for the poorest people and reducing damage to ecosystems.

Cameroon - power plant refurbishment (15/02/2006)
An international invitation for pre-qualification has been issued by AES SONEL for the Edéa hydro power plant refurbishment project, comprising the engineering, procurement, construction, start-up and commissioning of the plant in Cameroon.

Mag Industries to refurbish Inga (09/02/2006)
Africa's great energy hope, Inga, is to see its capacity increased when industrial group Mag Industries starts a refurbishment programme on its turbines.

South Africa energy research: Call for Proposals ESASTAP (05/02/2006)
Universities in South Africa are invited to bid for a grant of R3million per annum for a period of five years for the establishment of a Postgraduate Programme in Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

KfW Special Facility for Renewable Energies (03/02/2006)
The German federal government and KfW Entwicklungsbank have set up a Special Facility for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency with a volume of EUR 500 million.

Drought prompts Ugandan hydro closures (03/02/2006)
Continued drought across much of east Africa is expected to see Uganda shut down two hydroelectric stations on lake Victoria.

Zambia: Kafue gorge power station moves on after the mudslide (01/01/2006)
The Utility Wide Safety Committee (UWSC) comprising officials from Energy Regulation Board (ERB), ZESCO Limited, University of Zambia, and Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) recently visited Kafue Gorge Power station to check on the rehabilitation works being undertaken at the power station following the mudslide of 2005.

Uganda: PPA signed for Bujagali (19/12/2005)
A long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) has been signed between the government of Uganda and Bujagali Energy, for the planned 250MW Bujagali hydroelectric power project.

Hydro crucial in climate change battle (08/12/2005)
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Canada’s Minister of the Environment and president of the United Nations Climate Change conference, confirmed hydro power’s contribution to fighting climate change at an event held during the 11th Conference of the Parties an

Ugandan plants upgrade (29/11/2005)
In order to mitigate its shortage of power and meet the current demand, Uganda has identified a number of hydro power projects which are a priority for capacity increase.

Ghana signs Bui dam MoU with China (29/11/2005)
Ghana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s Sino-Hydro for the construction of the Bui dam hydro project in the Brong Ahafo Region.

Seeking Ideas for Better Water, Sanitation and Energy Supplies (21/11/2005)
The World Bank will award $4 million to the best ideas for projects in developing countries.

Angola: First phase of Capanda dam inaugurated (09/11/2005)
The first phase of Angola's 520MW Capanda hydroelectric project has been inaugurated.

Portugal signs over Mozambican dam (04/11/2005)
Portugal is to give Mozambique a controlling stake in the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric project, one of the biggest dams in Africa.

Nigeria approves hydro project (27/10/2005)
The Federal government of Nigeria has approved the 2000MW Mambilla Plateau hydro power project in Adamawa State.

Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy (11/10/2005)
The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy are now looking for entries from inspirational and innovative local sustainable energy projects from across the globe to compete for £350,000 of prize money.

ESHA publishes a brochure on SHP for developing countries (11/10/2005)
The European Small Hydro Association has developed this brochure under the Thematic Network on Small Hydropower (TNSHP) project.

South Africa: Subsidies for renewable energy (07/10/2005)
The South African department of minerals and energy has established a Renewable Energy Finance and Subsidy Office (REFSO).

World Bank says backs Uganda hydropower project (30/09/2005)
The World Bank supports long- delayed plans by Uganda to build a new $400-million hydropower plant on the Nile, but the extent of its financial involvement is yet to be decided, the international lender said yesterday.

US funds for Mozambique hydro scheme (11/09/2005)
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has granted US$600,000 to help develop two hydroelectric projects on the Lurio river, in the northern region of Mozambique.

Pre-qualification for Tana hydro station Kenya (11/09/2005)
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) intends to redevelop the Tana power station on the Tana river and is inviting firms interested in tendering for the work to apply for pre-qualification.

New studies at Baynes site (11/09/2005)
Angola and Namibia are proposing the development of a hydro power station on the lower Kunene river, with the Baynes site in Angola set to become the subject of fresh studies.

African Microhydro Knowledge Network launched (30/08/2005)
On 27-28 April 2005 representatives from 20 African governments gathered in Vienna, Austria to launch the African Microhydro Knowledge Network.

R 30m for Bethlehem hydro in South Africa (30/08/2005)
An independent power producer project in the Free State will see Bethlehem Hydro, a new black economic-empowerment IPP lead the construction of two hydro power stations that will partially eliminate dependence on Eskom by the Dihlabeng Municipality.

Build mini-power projects in Uganda (13/03/2005)
MINI hydro-power stations that can be built in a year are the solution to the rampant load shedding in the country, an expert has said.

Release of new RetScreen Hydro model (02/03/2005)
World Bank and UNEP - Release of New Wind and Hydro Models

Ashden award for ITDG Kenya (15/09/2004)
Daniel Theuri of ITDG, Kenya received a runners-up ashden award for hydro project

GEF support for Zambia (17/06/2004)
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved a grant of $2.95 million to help remove the many barriers to renewable-energy systems in rural Zambia, including minihydro.

South African windfarm combined with hydro (30/01/2003)
A R100-million windfarm, in Kouga in the Eastern Cape of South Africa combining wind energy with pumped storage, is on schedule and should be operational by the end of the year.

Community micro-hydro and pico-hydro (11/01/2003)
The first micro-hydro scheme run by ITDG in Kenya is nearing completion and has taken significant steps towards sustainability.

Keeping the lights on at Kisiizi Hospital (10/01/2003)
A hydroplant to power a rural hospital in Uganda.

Lesotho: ADB approves US$ 16 Million for Electricity Supply Project (00/00/0000)
Efforts by the Lesotho government to improve electricity supply in the country received support from the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group which approved a combined loan and a grant of US$ 16.4 million, to finance the country’s Electricity Supply Project.

Zarubezhstroy Corporation to invest in Tanzania hydropower (00/00/0000)

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