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Whitepaper released on energy transmission and distribution in Africa

As Africa faces emerging opportunities to help deliver efficient, affordable and reliable electricity to consumers, GE Power’s Grid Solutions business has unveiled a whitepaper on the Digitisation of Energy Transmission and Distribution in Africa. The paper explores the opportunities and challenges faced in Sub-Saharan Africa as the new future of energy and electrification emerges.  The paper […]


Kazang Solar awarded US$1.6m to deliver solar power in Zambia

Kazang Solar, Azuri Technologies’ official distribution partner in Zambia, has been awarded US$1.6 million from the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) under its Renewable Energy and Climate Adaptation Technologies (REACT) window. Azuri is a leading commercial provider of pay-as-you-go solar home systems to off-grid homes in Africa and has been working with Kazang in Zambia since […]


African Development Bank President calls for tech transfer to farmers

The President of the African Development Bank Group has made an urgent call to give farmers across the continent new technologies with the potential to transform agricultural production. Akinwumi Adesina said the technology transfer was needed immediately and that evidence from countries like Nigeria demonstrated that technology and strong government backing was already yielding positive results. “Technologies […]


Two new appointments at commercial provider Azuri Technologies Ltd

Azuri Technologies Ltd, a leading commercial provider of pay-as-you-go solar home solutions to off-grid consumers has welcomed two new appointments.. Based in Nairobi, Collins Oneko joins as Operations Director, East Africa and will apply his in-depth knowledge of sales and distribution to support Azuri’s expansion plans in East Africa. He will head the team defining […]


City of Cape Town makes access to clean water a digital priority

As one of the largest metros in South Africa, the City of Cape Town is tasked with providing an annual average of around 880 million litres of clean, safe drinking water daily to residents, businesses and industry, as well as effectively collecting and treating wastewater from the city. This requires world-class management of water catchment areas […]


The Winch Hub launched to help energy and Internet access in Uganda

Winch Energy and iWayAfrica are to launch The Winch Hub to accelerate energy and Internet access into rural areas of Uganda. Under a pilot programme, global off-grid renewable energy operator Winch Energy and iWayAfrica, a leading African ISP, will deploy a remote solar kiosk, The Winch Hub, with integrated VSAT equipment to provide high-quality and […]


Mainstream Renewable Power secure two wind farms in South Africa

Global wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power has completed financial close for the Kangnas and Perdekraal East Wind Farms in South Africa, which have a combined capacity of 250 megawatts (MW). A consortium led by Mainstream was awarded the contracts for the wind farms by the Department of Energy under the fourth round of the Renewable […]


‘The connected, information-enabled utility of the future’

Joanne Shields, Managing Director at BT in Africa, asks if utility companies are ready for changes brought on by digital disruption? Utility companies currently operate in one of the most complex, high profile, regulated and politically charged sectors. But, and even by these standards, the next decade is set to be the most testing yet. […]


Siemens wins Digital Solutions of the Year Award at Africa Utility Week

Siemens has won the Digital Solutions of the Year Award for its South Africa headquarters microgrid project at the Africa Utility Week Industry Awards that took place in Cape Town. The traditional power grid provides reliable power most of the time, but when natural disasters or security breaches threaten the grid, the ensuring blackouts can […]


Mobile tools to unlock productivity of African utilities’ workforces

Colin Beaney, Global Industry Director for Asset-intensive and Energy and Utilities at IFS, says Africa’s abundant natural resources and urgent need for power mean that it is one of the most exciting and innovative energy markets. Power systems are evolving from centralised, top-down systems as interest in off-grid technology grows among African businesses and consumers. […]


‘Liberate economic development for renewable energy companies’

With government refreshing its drive to build renewable energy capacity, Waldo Adams, Executive Director for Projects at Economic Development Solutions, says it’s time for companies to renew their focus on economic development outputs. Licences were first issued in 2011 and the communities around these plants are growing. With the sector being revitalised, now is the […]


Opinion: ‘Tomorrow’s smart cities will need equally smart utilities’

Hannes Venter, Industry Advisor, Utilities at SAP Africa, says the true empowerment of the energy utility lies with the interplay between consumers, utilities, connected devices and the software that links it all together in a cohesive whole. Sustainable energy consumption and ‘green’ energy production at home is becoming a new lifestyle. Today’s hyperconnected consumer expects […]


Munters launches new cooling technology for data centre sector

SyCool ITC offers data centre owners and operators an energy efficient indirect cooling solution without the need for water. Munters Group has announced the launch of an exciting new cooling technology into the Data Centre industry. SyCool ITC, Indirect Thermosyphon Cooling, provides an efficient cooling solution for new and existing data centres where access to […]


GSMA Global Mobile Award for Eseye connected IoT solution

Eseye has announced that eWATERpay’s IoT deployment has won the Outstanding Mobile Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in this year’s Global Mobile Awards (GLOMOs). Presented at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by hosts Suzi Perry and Ortis Deley, the GLOMOs showcase companies and individuals that are driving innovation in the rapidly […]


ALTEN Africa Completes Financing of Solar PV Plant in Namibia

ALTEN Africa has completed the financing of what will be one of the biggest photovoltaic solar power plants in Namibia and Sub Sahara Africa. Located in the area around Mariental, the installed capacity will be 45.5 MWp for an output of 37 MWac, an investment forecast of US$70 million and a useful life of over 25 years. […]


Mastercard and M-KOPA join forces to light up homes and businesses

Mastercard and M-KOPA are to provide Africans living without electricity a simple way to light up their homes and businesses. M-KOPA, which already provides affordable, safe and clean energy to three million people in East Africa, will pilot Mastercard’s Quick Response (QR) payment technology in Uganda to extend the reach of its pioneering pay-as-you-go solar […]


Enabling clean and affordable energy in East Africa with the cloud

M-KOPA Solar is recognised as one of the top 50 companies changing the world. As of May 2017, the company has connected over 500,000 homes to affordable solar power, with 500 new homes added per day, transforming lives in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Worldwide, 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity. People in Africa are […]


First Tier 4 data centre in Ghana to be delivered by Etix Everywhere

The joint venture between Etix Everywhere, Ngoya and Africa Investment Group (AIG) announced the start of the construction of a Tier four data centre in Accra, Ghana. This multi-tenant data centre (MTDC) will be carrier- and vendor-neutral. A trusted design for a reliable data centre Etix Accra #1 will be the first Tier four data […]


MainOne, Tizeti and Facebook to improve Internet connectivity in Lagos

MainOne and Tizeti have announced the completion of a joint development project with Facebook to enable the expansion of Internet services in Lagos. This partnership will leverage MainOne’s fibre connectivity, Tizeti’s 20 brand new solar-powered towers, and Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi. As a result of this project, Internet services will be more accessible across Lagos Mainland […]


DocFusion365 and DocuSign add value to paperless office processes

In today’s age, merging all the processes required for an automated system can be tricky and costly. This has paved the way for the development and introduction of solutions that streamline critical business processes and functions, of which document automation is considered one of the most important. “Combining the power of Office365 with DocFusion365 and […]