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Solar irrigation solution named winner of Uganda Renewable Energy Fund

GrowFast, the pay-as-you-go solar irrigation solution from Azuri Technologies, has been named a winner of the Uganda renewable energy fund launched by the UN CleanStart programme and Embassy of Sweden. More than 200,000 people across Uganda are set to benefit from the energy fund and clean energy solutions including Azuri’s GrowFast solar irrigation system. GrowFast from Azuri offers farmers an innovative […]


African Development Bank approves fund for renewable energy projects

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved an equity investment of up to US$25 million in ARCH Africa Renewable Power Fund (ARPF), a US$250 million private equity fund for renewable energy projects across Sub-Saharan Africa. ARPF will provide equity for the development and construction of 10 to 15 greenfield renewable […]


Focus on Information and Communications Technology in Angola

Prior to gaining independence from Portugal in 1975, Angola had a rich tradition of family-based farming and was self-sufficient in all major food crops, except wheat. But by the early 1990s, the Southern Africa country produced less than 1% of the volume it had produced two decades previously, while production of cotton, tobacco and sugar […]


Utility Systems CTO on the future of smart water metering in 2019

Darren Oxlee, Chief Technology Officer and Director at Utility Systems, looks at the future of smart water metering in 2019. Driven by the requirement to improve operational efficiencies and revenues, cut down on wastage, and enhance customer service, water utilities around the world are turning to Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) – including smart meters – and […]


Two co-financing agreements for Cameroon-Chad electricity project

The European Commission and the African Development Bank have signed two co-financing agreements for the Cameroon-Chad electricity interconnection project and the trans-Saharan fibre optic (SDR) scheme. Ousmane Doré, Director General of the Bank for Central Africa, and Francesca Di Mauro, Head of the Central and Southern Africa Unit, and Indian Ocean, Directorate General for International Development […]


Supermicro report highlights environmental impact of data centres

Super Micro Computer, Inc, a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has released its first annual Data Centers and The Environment survey report. The rapid growth of large-scale data centres brings both business and environmental challenges to data centre managers. The report is targeted to help data centre managers […]


African technology to be showcased at International CES in Las Vegas

The African entrepreneurship ecosystem is to be showcased at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. At the crossroads of electronics, computers, mobile devices, home automation, Internet of Things, Robotics, E-health and connected cars, International CES is aimed at innovative companies around the world. Called AfricaTech Now, the African event at CES […]


Schneider Electric supports campaign to create energy access workforce

Schneider Electric is supporting the launch of the #PoweringJobs campaign, a global effort to ensure the creation of an energy access workforce. It’s estimated that scaling off-grid renewables can create 4.5 million jobs by 2030. But of the 10.3 million renewable energy jobs in the world, just 76,000 are in Africa. #PoweringJobs brings together companies, multilateral […]


Senior IT decision makers to attend CIO Power Summit in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is to host Sub-Saharan Africa’s CIO Power Summit on February 12, which will bring together the senior IT decision makers from the IPP, PPP and National Power communities across the region to focus on Information Technology within the Power Sector. Power generation networks have become much more complex in recent years, thanks mainly to […]


Seraphim plans to open first African 500 MW PV cell plant

Seraphim Solar System has announced the inauguration of a new 500 MW solar cell factory in the Coega Industrial Development Zone of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, along with 200MW half-cell module assembly expansion in Eastern Cape. This new cell factory will be the first in the African continent. This is another step forward for Seraphim’s goal of expanding […]


Nigeria Electrification Project being backed by African Development Bank

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved a US$150 million sovereign loan to the Federal Government of Nigeria to finance the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP). The financing will support rural electrification efforts in the West African country by facilitating private sector development and rollout of off-grid solutions, as well as […]


Renewable energy projects to provide electricity to 2.4 million people

Hundreds of thousands of people in sub-Saharan Africa will get access to electricity for the first time thanks to an extra £100 million of funding from the UK government. The new investment triples funds for the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), to support up to 40 more renewable energy projects over the next five years. […]


Leveraging the capabilities of IoT to transform the sugar industry

The Royal Swazi Sugar Corporation (RSSC) is a sugar manufacturer based in the north-east corner of Swaziland. It spans around 20 000 hectares of sugar cane-producing farmland plus two mills that produce the sugar for the European and SADC markets. The organisation turned to SAP solutions and Britehouse, a division of Dimension Data, to streamline […]


Morocco competing to be the renewable energy leader in Africa

Only 10 years ago, more than half of Morocco’s electricity supply was provided by coal. However, as forecasts indicate that energy requirements in the North African country will constantly rise until 2050, a new law was passed encouraging citizens to look for ways to diversify the energy supply, including more renewable resources. Now, Morocco is […]


Official launch of South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre

The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC), based Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), has officially launched.  The only centre of its kind in Africa, SARETEC trains wind turbine service technicians and solar photovoltaic (PV) technicians and is also mandated to train technicians in energy efficiency and biomass and biogas. The SARETEC team took […]


Trailblazers celebrated at AfricaCom Awards show at CITCC in Cape Town

The AfricaCom Awards show, supported by Founding Awards Sponsor, PCCW Global, was held in Cape Town. Held at the CTICC during AfricaCom, guests celebrated and acknowledged the trailblazers who are leading digital inclusion, connectivity and digital development on the African continent. “AfricaCom continues to grow and with it the Awards,” said Tom Cuthell, Event Director […]


Demonstration Day held to take Namibian biomass industry forward

The first Biomass Technology Demonstration Day has taken place to showcase the current solutions to the bush encroachment problem in Namibia and take the Namibian biomass industry forward. Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG) General Manager Colin Lindeque says the event was attended by over 400 people and comprised a diverse group of representatives from the […]


Schneider Electric launches world’s most advanced power quality meter

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has launched the world’s most advanced, most accurate power quality meter, the PowerLogic ION9000 series. With rapid advancements in IoT, event analytics and accuracy, this newest addition to Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Power portfolio provides the most complete, most innovative power quality meter for critical power […]


Technology and innovative finance key to reaching end users

New technology and blended finance will help to bridge the ‘last mile’ of the infrastructure gap by getting goods and services to end users and connecting underserved populations to business value chains, That is according to the African Development Bank during a session at the Global Infrastructure Forum 2018. Wale Shonibare, African Development Bank’s Director […]


Schneider Electric VP demonstrates importance of self-sustainability

According to Taru Madangombe, Vice President of Energy in Southern Africa for Schneider Electric, the energy supply industry in South Africa is experiencing a new dawn. “It offers digitisation, decentralisation, grid maintenance and management, energy efficiency and industrial applications, renewable energy systems, energy storage, demand management, communications and automation for infrastructure. “Schneider Electric strives to […]