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Trump dismays, angers allies by abandoning global climate pact

June 02, 2017 | Health, Safety & Environment, Renewable Energy, United States & Canada

London, UK | – President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, drawing anger and condemnation from world leaders and heads of industry. Trump, tapping into the “America First” message he used when he was elected president last year, said the Paris accord would undermine the U.S. economy, cost U.S. jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world. “We’re …

Algeria to invite bids to build three solar power plants

April 07, 2017 | Algeria, Renewable Energy, Solar

Algiers, Algeria |  –  Algeria plans to invite bids for construction of three photovoltaic solar power plants with total capacity of about 4,000 megawatts (MW), and several energy and financial firms are already interested, the energy ministry said. Algeria, a member of the Organization for the Petroleum Exporting Countries, (OPEC) has been exploring renewable energy as a way to meet growing demand for electricity, while also freeing up more natural gas for export. Energy Minister Nouredine Bouterfa said in a statement late on Thursday the ministry would …

Italy’s Enel Green Power signs PPA for 34MW PV project in Zambia

April 05, 2017 | Africa, Renewable Energy

London, UK | – Italian multinational renewable-energy corporation, Enel Green Power has signed a 25-year PPA with Zambia’s state-owned utility ZESCO for a 34MW PV project in the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone in southern Zambia. Enel won the Ngonye project in June during the first round of the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Scaling Solar Programme in Zambia, notorious for its record-low tariffs. This is Enel’s first foray into Zambia’s renewable energy market, with the company investing around US$40 million in the construction of the …

Sonatrach, Eni get 34 bids for Algerian solar power plant

March 17, 2017 | Algeria, Solar

Algiers, Algeria |  – Algerian state energy firm Sonatrach and Italy’s ENI have bids from 34 international firms to build a 10 megawatt solar power plant at Bir Rebaa North (BRN) in eastern Algeria, a Sonatrach source said. Major oil and gas producer Algeria is looking to expand into solar energy as it tries to meet growing domestic energy demand and officials say the North African country will soon launch a major project to build a 4,000 megawatt solar plant. Those bidding for the plant …

Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant powers up

January 10, 2017 | Biofuels, Kenya, Renewable Energy

Naivasha, Kenya | –  A commercial farm in Kenya has become Africa’s first electricity producer powered by biogas to sell surplus electricity to the national grid, cutting the carbon emissions associated with oil-powered generation. The Gorge Farm Energy Park in Naivasha produces 2 megawatts (MW) of electricity – more than enough to cultivate its 706 hectares (1,740 acres) of vegetables and flowers, and with sufficient surplus to meet the power needs of 5,000-6,000 rural homes. The new plant generates not only electricity, but also heat …

Italy’s Eni to build solar power plant in Algeria

September 27, 2016 | Algeria, Solar

London, UK | – Italian energy giant Eni has reached a strategic agreement with Sonatrach for the implementation of renewable energy projects in Algeria. The first project will be the construction of a 10 MW photovoltaic plant in the Bir Rebaa North (BRN) field, co-operated by the two companies through GSA (Sonatrach-Agip Groupement). The goal is to start activities before the end of the year. This project is a step of the strategic cooperation agreement on renewable energies in Algeria that Eni’s CEO, Claudio Descalzi, …

Statoil to pilot battery storage for offshore wind project

March 21, 2016 | North Sea & Western Europe, Renewable Energy, Wind

Aberdeen, Scotland | – Norway based oil and gas company Statoil has launched 1MW storage system at its 30MW Hywind floating offshore wind farm located near the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Statoil has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Scottish Government, the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and Scottish Enterprise for the development of the storage solution called Batwind. Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “The signing of this MoU will allow the signatories to work together in the development of …

Ex-French minister aims to launch $3 billion renewables fund for Africa

October 01, 2015 | Africa, Renewable Energy

Conakry, Guinea | – France’s former energy minister hopes to raise $3 billion from Western donors by next year to help cash-strapped African nations fund renewable energy projects, in a bid to tackle pollution and spur development. Jean Louis Borloo said his Energies for Africa project already had commitments from Western governments which would be used to ensure African nations had the capital to contribute their share of major renewables projects. Borloo did not give specific details but said he hoped to showcase the project …