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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.

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eco-Fuel Africa wins EEP project of the year award 2015 (15/12/2015)
The Ugandan based Social Enterprise Eco-Fuel Africa won the prestigious title "Project of the Year 2015" at the annual Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) arranged by the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme of Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Zambia welcomes $150 million ethanol plant (18/08/2014)
Mahtani Group has partnered with UK-based Sunbird Group to develop a $150 million bioethanol plant in the Luapula Province, Zambia.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

South Africa demonstrates algae-to-energy technology (30/01/2014)
Innovative technology that uses algae to convert waste coal dust into a clean, high-quality coal which can readily be processed into biofuel was publicly demonstrated at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

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.

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.

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.

Boeing and South African Airways launch aviation biofuel initiative in southern Africa (10/10/2013)
Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) announced that they will work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent.

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.

South Africa's mandatory biofuels blending to start in 2015 (23/09/2013)
South Africa has set the beginning of October 2015 as the date from which fuel producers will have to blend diesel and petrol with biofuels.

New biodiesel facility in Tunis on restaurant cooking oil (12/09/2013)
Incbio, a Portugal-based biodiesel technology provider, has signed a contract with Biokast Energy to supply an 8,000 tonne capacity a year ultrasonic biodiesel plant for installation in Tunisia, North Africa.

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.

Biogas installation at Northern Water Works inaugurated (20/08/2013)
In what has been hailed as a first of its kind in South Africa, City of Johannesburg water utility, Johannesburg Water (JW),officially launched its pilot Biogas Project at the Northern Works Waste Water Treatment Plant on Tuesday, 20 August 2013.

Zimbabwean REA to roll out 64 biogas digesters (24/07/2013)
The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has invited bids to roll out 64 institutional biogas digesters in the country's eight provinces as it moves to ease the load on the national energy grid.

Biogas project underway in Zambia (01/07/2013)
Home owners in Solwezi, Zambia will be connected to biogas stoves thanks to a project run by the Devolution Trust Fund (DTF).

Clarke Energy to develop biogas project for Tropical Power in Kenya (18/06/2013)
Tropical Power, a developer of biogas and solar plants in Africa, has signed a deal with Clarke Energy to supply the first two containerised Jenbacher biogas engines in Sub-Saharan Africa.

UNDP Study Outlines NAMA on Sustainable Charcoal in Uganda (31/01/2013)
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a 'Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action Study on Sustainable Charcoal in Uganda', identifying major opportunities in the charcoal sector to prevent carbon emissions and foster sustainable development in least developed countries.

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.

Bioenergy standard to be implemented across East Africa (12/11/2012)
The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has confirmed new international bioenergy standards will come into operation by 2014 across East Africa.

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).

UNU-IAS Releases Policy Report on Biofuels in Africa (11/10/2012)
The United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), in collaboration with the University of Oxford and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) South Africa, has released a policy report analyzing the impact of biofuel production and use on ecosystem services, biodiversity and human well-being in Africa.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CleanStar Mozambique launches world’s first sustainable cooking fuel facility (18/05/2012)
The biofuel manufacturing plant enables innovative food and household energy venture to improve family health, increase farmer incomes and nutrition, and protect Mozambique’s forests.

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.

Clean Cookstoves Initiative and Report Planned for East Africa (09/03/2012)
Supported by the Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC), an initiative of the UN Foundation, has partnered with the Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) to conduct a structured review of the clean cookstoves and fuels industry in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

First ever cookstove CDM - PoA registered in Africa (03/02/2012)
The UNFCCC has officially registered Atmosfair’s PoA on improved cookstoves in Nigeria. It is the first cookstove PoA in Africa and the second ever registered PoA in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Swedfund invests €10 m in Siera Leone bioenergy (21/12/2011)
Swedfund has invested €10 million into Addax Bioenergy, a company based in Sierra Leone.

Rwandan prison uses biogas (21/11/2011)
Rwanda’s Nsinda prison is now running on renewable energy via the waste of nearly 8,000 inmates and cow manure; an initiative that will eventually reach Rwandan homes.

South African blending of biofuels draft regulations out for public comment (20/09/2011)
The South African government has published draft regulations on the mandatory blending of biofuels with petrol or diesel in the Government Gazette for public comment.

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.

Tanzania Sisal Board pushes sisal biogas (05/07/2011)
The Tanzania Sisal Board is to invest $31.1 million (€21.5 million) to encourage the production of sisal biogas in the region.

Seven additional African nations to join the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (16/06/2011)
On the heels of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit to Africa, seven African nations have joined the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. The governments of Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda and Tanzania, together with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, committed to join the public-private partnership to help save lives around the world.

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

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.

SNV Ethiopia signs carbon credit agreement for biogas digesters (14/04/2011)
On 14th April 2011, SNV in Ethiopia signed a three year agreement of Euro 1,275,000 with the Oromia Regional Bureau of Water, Mineral Energy/ Regional Biogas Coordination Office and the Oromia Credit and Saving Share Company, for credit financing of the biogas households in the National Biogas Programme.

AfDB Supports Bioenergy Development in Sierra Leone (11/04/2011)
The African Development Bank is providing a €25 million loan ($36 million) to support a bionergy project in Sierra Leone, which also aims to improve livelihood opportunities and boost food security in the project area.

40 MW Biomass Gasification facility to benefit Ugandan coffee industry (10/02/2011)
U.S. based Taylor Biomass Energy has signed a collaboration agreement with Uganda 's Sesam Energetics Ltd. to construct a $160 million biomass gasification plant in Kampala, Uganda.

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.

Juwi opens office in South Africa (03/02/2011)
German developer of wind, solar and bio energy opened a local office in South Africa

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.

Expression of Interest for Manica (Mozambique) bioenergy project (22/11/2010)
A newly established Mozambican agroindustrial company has issued a request for expressions of interest (EoI) from consulting engineering companies to carry out a study into a possible $330-million bioenergy and food project in the Southern African country's Manica province.

Tongaat may sell power to Eskom (16/11/2010)
Internationally-known sugar company Tongaat Hulett, which has considerable expertise in bio-fuel production and electricity co-generation, faces the prospect of multi-billion-rand earnings by selling electricity to Eskom.

Sudan: Kenana does deal with Dedini (30/09/2010)
In a deal that will help the African nation of Sudan diversify its energy portfolio, Kenana Sugar Company has signed two deals with Brazil-based Dedini.

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)

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.

Aura and Tolao Energy Nigeria enter into biodiesel agreement (13/07/2010)
Aura Bio Corp. has entered into a formal agreement with Nigerian biodiesel producer Tolao Energy on the biodiesel project in Cross River State, Nigeria.

Rwandan prison runs on biogas (09/07/2010)
In Rwanda a biogas plant has been constructed for Nsinda Central Prison in Rwamagana District, Eastern Province.

Ghana: Vepower does deal with Jatropha Africa (02/07/2010)
Dedicated to the production of sustainable energy, UK-based Vepower has entered into an exclusivity agreement with biofuel feedstock company Jatropha Africa, with the goal of financing the company’s 50,000 hectare plantation in Ghana, West Africa.

300,000 hectares of jatropha for Namibia (06/05/2010)
LL Biofuels Namibia is set to produce its own biodiesel after signing an agreement that will see the cultivation of jatropha on 300,000 hectares of land located in the north-eastern Caprivi Region, Namibia.

Seawater-based biofuels project in Egypt (21/04/2010)
Houston-based energy project development player Energy Allied International and The Seawater Foundation and Global Seawater have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop the world’s first commercial-scale seawater-based biofuels project in Egypt.

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.

Biodiesel plant planned for Botswana (29/03/2010)
In Botswana plans are underway to construct a biofuels plant that will produce 50 million-litres of biodiesel annually.

Angola approves new biofuels law (24/03/2010)
Angola's parliament on Wednesday approved a new law to regulate the production of biofuels, opening the way for multi-billion dollar investments in the sector.

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.

Ethanol refinery in Zimbabwe announced (08/03/2010)
The Zimbabwean government has launched plans for the construction of a sugarcane-to-ethanol refinery.

Nigeria to build biorefinery (03/03/2010)
A $22.3 million (€16.3 million) dual-purpose biorefinery will be constructed in Ipao Ekiti, Nigeria. There are also other biofuels projects located in Ilemeso and Iyemero in Oye and Ikole local government areas respectively.

Sierra Leone: Addax Bioenergy to develop new facility (19/02/2010)
A Greenfield project is currently being developed in Sierra Leone, West Africa, by Addax Bioenergy.

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.

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.

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).

New policy to boost Kenya’s biodiesel industry (16/11/2009)
Kenya has introduced a new five-year strategy for developing biodiesel as a clean source of energy.

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.

Emami to build biofuel factory in Ethiopia (14/08/2009)
Indian biofuels specialist Emami Biotech is to invest $80 million (€56 million) in Ethiopian biofuel production. The cost includes the purchase of 12,000 acres of land for a feedstock plantation.

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.

Sudan opens ethanol plant (12/06/2009)
The President of Sudan, Omar al-Beshir, has opened a new 200 million-litre ethanol from sugarcane plant in the White Nile State.

South African forestry firm completes feasibility study for 20MW cogen plant (29/05/2009)
A feasibility study into the South African Forestry Company’s (Safcol’s) proposed 20-MW cogeneration project has been completed, with management and cofunders now expected to decide on the way forward for the project.

Principle Energy plans Mozambique plant for May (06/04/2009)
Principle Energy plans to start building its $290 million (€217 million) bioethanol plant in Mozambique in May this year.

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.

South African firm plans biodiesel plant (31/03/2009)
South African biodiesel production company First In Spec BioDiesel is planning to build a R250-million (€20 million) biodiesel plant that would convert waste vegetable oil into biodiesel.

Tanzania building 60 new biogas plants (30/03/2009)
Over 60 new biogas plants will be opened in Tanzania, in the Tanga region, by June this year.

Mozambique approves National Biofuel Policy and Strategy (25/03/2009)
The Mozambican Government approved a National Biofuel Policy and Strategy on 24 March, with the aim of ramping-up production on a nationwide-scale.

More research needed to tap Africa's biogas potential (23/03/2009)
Lack of local research is preventing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa producing energy from waste, according to a report.

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.

Craton Equity funds Mozambiquan biofuels (23/02/2009)
Craton Equity Partners, a Southern California, US-based clean technology fund, has made a commitment of $10 million (€7.9 million) to Principle Energy Limited (PEL), a sustainable biofuel development company with projects that target sub-Saharan Africa.

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.

Sierra Leone begins bioenergy project (26/01/2009)
Sierra Leone has launched a $200 million (€154 million) renewable energy project, which includes the production of ethanol.

Nuts to boost Tanzania biofuels (19/01/2009)
A biodiesel project in Tanzania is looking at manufacturing biofuel using the oil from the nuts of the Croton tree.

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.

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.

Nigeria to build bioethanol refineries (02/01/2009)
Nigeria-based Global Biofuels is establishing the first of a number of refineries for the production of bioethanol from sweet sorghum.

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.

BioTherm Receives $150M for Energy Production in S. Africa (14/11/2008)
Boston-Based Denham Capital announced this week that it will invest up to ZAR 1.5 billion (US$ 150 million) in BioTherm Energy, a South African developer, owner and operator of clean energy projects.

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.

Namibia: castor beans for biofuels (11/09/2008)
Israel's Evogene, Ormat Industries and the Leviev Group of Companies said on Wednesday they will set up a joint venture to grow castor beans in Namibia for the production of biodiesel.

Nigeria plans ethanol project (10/09/2008)
Nigeria is planning to launch the first fuel ethanol project in Africa, worth N14.4billion (€ 86.7 million) in Ekiti State.

Ethiopia's ethanol production to escalate (08/08/2008)
In the next five years, the Ethiopian government plans to produce 130 million litres of ethanol from the present 8 million litres a year.

Kenyan courts consider terminating biofuel plans (05/08/2008)
The Kenyan courts are considering halting the first stage of a US$370 million biofuel project that aims to replace up to 20,000 hectares of coastal grassland with irrigated fields of sugarcane.

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.

Mozambique clears $ 280m cane-based ethanol plant (16/07/2008)
Mozambique has approved a $280-million agricultural project to produce ethanol from sugar cane, a cabinet spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Tanzania: Sisal biogas electricity pilot plant opened (16/07/2008)
Tanzania President, Jakaya Kikwete, inaugurates UNIDO-funded Sisal Biogas Electricity pilot plant

Tanzanian sustainable biofuel production gets support (03/07/2008)
The Shell Foundation and DOEN Foundation are supporting Diligent Energy Systems, a Dutch company from Eindhoven that has expansion plans for sustainable biofuel production from the tropical plant Jatropha in Tanzania.

Anger at Kenya biofuel approval (03/07/2008)
A government decision to allow a biofuels project to go ahead in Kenya has caused a furore with Kenyan environmentalists.

Ethiopia refugees’ clean stoves scheme wins international green energy award (19/06/2008)
The Ashden Award green energy prize awarded £20,000 for a pioneering sustainable energy project to the Gaia Association, an organisation working with the UNHCR in the Kebribeyah refugee camp near Ethiopia’s border with Somalia.

Tanzanian Blacksmiths’ innovative tree-saving stoves win international green energy prize (19/06/2008)
At a ceremony in London, the Ashen Award, the world’s leading green energy prize awarded £20,000 to the Kisingani Smith Group (KSG), a pioneering sustainable energy project working in Njombe near the Southern highlands of Tanzania.

Uganda fair trade fruit export company wins international green energy award (19/06/2008)
The world’s leading green energy prize, the Ashden Award, awarded £20,000 to Fruits of the Nile, a company in Njeru, Southern Uganda operating a pioneering sustainable energy project.

Zambia: Omnia invests R29m in jatropha research (18/06/2008)
Noting the importance of biofuels in the changing agricultural landscape, the Omnia group has made an investment of some R29-million into research on jatropha agronomics in Zambia.

Mauritius: One third of electricity from sugar by 2015 (18/06/2008)
About a third of Mauritius' electricity will come from sugar waste by 2015, making it by far the largest component of an ambitious national target for renewable energy, a senior sugar official said on Wednesday.

Mozambique: Tongaat Hulett considers ethanol plant (06/06/2008)
Tongaat Hulett might build an ethanol plant in Mozambique within two to three years, the company said yesterday.

Kenya forms biodiesel association to promote jatropha (09/05/2008)
In Kenya, a biodiesel association has been formed to promote jatropha-based biodiesel production.

Swedish group to produce African ethanol (09/05/2008)
Sweden-based ethanol producer SEKAB Group is planning and preparing for the production of ethanol in Tanzania and Mozambique. With the tropical climate and its unused areas with good access to water, Africa harbours excellent national conditions for growing biomass for biofuels.

East Africa: 'Green' Bamburi to switch to biomass energy (17/03/2008)
Bamburi Cement Group is turning to biomass to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

South Africa: new 288-million litres/yr biodiesel plant for Coega (15/03/2008)
Australian-owned firm Rainbow Nation Renewable Fuels (RNRF) was in the "final stages" of applying for a licence from government to produce 288-million litres a year of biodiesel from a R1,5-billion plant it was building at Coega in the Eastern Cape, it said this week.

Kenya: Biwako Bio-Laboratory to invest in jatropha biodiesel (06/03/2008)
Japan's Biwako Bio-Laboratory will invest $19.4 million (€13 million) in a jatropha biodiesel facility and jatropha plantations in Kenya.

Nigeria's first biofuel refinery to be constructed (29/02/2008)
Nigeria's first ethanol refinery will be constructed by Global Biofuels. At full capacity the refinery will produce 1.5 million litres of ethanol a day using sorghum as feedstock.

Namibia: Finnish researchers study viability of bush chips for energy production (14/01/2008)
Producing electricity in Namibia on the basis of bush chips is not profitable in biomass power plants without investment aid and benefits from emission trading.

South Africa lowers its biofuel production targets (06/12/2007)
The South African cabinet lowered its target for biofuel production because of concerns about the security of food supply.

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.

South Africa: Final biofuels strategy handed to Cabinet (06/11/2007)
South Africa has finalised its strategy on biofuels, which Cabinet will now consider, a top government official said on Tuesday.

South Africa: Eskom receives 5 000 MW in cogeneration offers (05/11/2007)
South African power utility Eskom has received expressions of interests for more than 100 cogeneration projects, which, if implemented, could add 5 000 MW to South Africa's energy mix.

Uganda: Biofuel plant planned (22/10/2007)
A local investor is planning to set up a plant which will use foodstuff like maize, cassava and sugarcane to manufacture oil and gel for lighting and cooking respectively. The investor, who currently imports the biofuels (synthetic oil and gel) from their South African-based parent company Liquifier Pty Limited, hopes to set up the plant in east and western Uganda, by the end of June next year.

Malawi endorses ethanol-fuelled cars (17/10/2007)
The Malawi government is promoting imported ethanol-fuelled cars to wean the country off its fossil fuel dependency and better harness the country's ethanol industry.

South Africa: DME biofuel won't burn food prices (03/10/2007)
South Africa could commit itself to biofuel production, confident that increased demand for maize will not burden food prices, Sandile Tyatya, chief director for clean energy at the department of minerals and energy (DME), said yesterday.

South Africa: Gas engines installed at emissions credit-funded biogas plant (02/10/2007)
GE Energy has supplied three of its ecomagination-certified Jenbacher biogas generator sets to the owner of a process effluent-to-biogas plant that will provide electricity to a gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery in South Africa.

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.

Mozambique: Petromoc unveils $550-million biofuels project (30/08/2007)
State-owned Mozambican Petroleum Co. (Petromoc) on Thursday unveiled a $550-million bio-fuels project aimed at easing an energy crunch in the fast-growing southern African nation.

South Africa: Cargill to generate power from Humphries pig farm waste (08/08/2007)
Cargill is to build an anaerobic digester on a pig farm in South Africa, the first time such technology will be used in the country. The digester, which will convert pig effluent into power, is to be built at Humphries Boerdery Pty Ltd, a family-run pig farm business, situated north of Johannesburg.

Tanzania: Sun Biofuels to invest $20 million in biofuel processing project (07/08/2007)
Sun Biofuels, a UK-based producer of biodiesel, has invested $20 million (€14.5 million) into a biofuel processing project in Tanzania, called Sun Biofuels Tanzania, in which Sun Biofuels owns an 88% stake.

Mozambique: Energem acquires jatropha biodiesel project (02/08/2007)
Canadian company Energem Resources has acquired a 70% controlling interest in a jatropha based biodiesel venture in Mozambique. The equity deal is in return for a commitment from Energem to fund the further development of the project for an amount of up to US$5.5 million.

South Africa: biofuel subsidy unlikely, says minister (30/07/2007)
South Africa is unlikely to introduce subsidies to support a biofuels programme that has been billed as a lifeline for the struggling farming sector, a cabinet minister said on Monday.

Burkina Faso: World Bank approves Energy Access Project (28/07/2007)
On July 26, 2007 the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the $38.8 million Energy Access project for Burkina Faso. The goal of the Energy Access project is to increase access to, and improve Burkina Faso's electricity services.

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.

Mozambique to look into large scale bio fuels (13/07/2007)
Mozambique is considering investing in a massive bio-fuels programme to cut oil imports and supply its growing manufacturing and tourism sectors with low-cost energy, one of its ministers said on Friday.

South Africa: Investors await finalisation of bio fuels policy (15/06/2007)
Potential investors in Ethanol Africa's R1 billion maize-to-ethanol plant in Bothaville in the Free State are reluctant to commit to the project until South Africa finalises its policy environment on biofuels.

Mozambique to develop Jatropha for biofuels (31/05/2007)
Mozambique could be about to see the beginning of large-scale Jatropha production, following the foundation of ESV Bio-Africa, a new company focusing on the development of Jatropha plantations for biofuels.

South Africa: R130m wood waste station for Eden (30/05/2007)
A R130 million venture to burn wood waste to generate electricity will generate 8 megawatts for the Eden district municipality, which includes Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, from June next year.

Biogas initiative for Africa to bring renewable energy to 20 million households (22/05/2007)
A large-scale biogas initiative has been launched to bring renewable energy to 20 million households in some 25 African countries. The initiative was approved at a conference entitled ‘Biogas for Better Life: An African Initiative’, held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 20 to 22 May 2007.

South Africa: Endesa to buy GHG from four landfill (09/05/2007)
Endesa and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) have signed an agreement at the Carbon Expo in Cologne under which Endesa will buy 100 percent of the Certified Emissions Reductions from a portfolio of landfill gas-extraction projects developed by EMM.

Biofuels in Africa: investment boon or food threat? (04/04/2007)
Africa’s vast arable lands have the potential to rival top agricultural nations like the United States in supplying biofuels to a world seeking cleaner energy sources.

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.

South Africa: Durban launches rubbish-dump power plant (21/03/2007)
Africa's first power plant to run on methane gas extracted from a rubbish dump began generating electricity in Durban on Tuesday.

UN launches the International Biofuels Forum (02/03/2007)
In launching its International Biofuels Forum the United Nations said that the forum will contribute to creating a world market for alternative fuels, resulting in economic, social and environmental benefits for developed and developing countries alike.

South Africa: Local firm in negotiations for feedstock for 100 000t/y biodiesel plant (23/02/2007)
Black-empowered biofuels firm, Siyanda Bio-Diesel, is finalising capital expenditure costs and tying up agreements with soya bean suppliers in preparation for the development of a proposed 100 000-t/y soyabean, based biodiesel production plant in South Africa.

South Africa: New bio fuel plant launched at Coega (31/01/2007)
A R50 million biomass fuel pellet project has been launched at the Coega Industrial Development Zone near Port Elizabeth. This will be the fourth largest biomass fuel pellet plant.

South Africa: Biofuels strategy welcomed by industry (10/01/2007)
The local biofuels industry has welcomed last month’s approval and publication by Cabinet of a draft biofuels strategy, describing it as an “enormously positive step in the development of a local renewable fuel industry”.

Malawi: Ethanol-driven vehicle under test (28/12/2006)
A Malawi project investigating ethanol-based fuels is conducting road tests on an ethanol-propelled vehicle.

South Africa: Cabinet approves draft Biofuels Industry Strategy (14/12/2006)
Cabinet has approved the Draft Biofuels Industry Strategy, to be released for broader stakeholder consultations.

South Africa: Green NGOs critise cabinet’s biofuel plan (12/12/2006)
Two nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) yesterday bemoaned what they said was lack of consultation in the development of government’s biofuels strategy.

African governments advised to include gender in energy policies (07/12/2006)
As Africa takes on massive energy developments it has been challenged to include gender issues in all the necessary policies as one of the ways to alleviate poverty on the continent.

South Africa: BEE, techno partners selected for soya-to-diesel plant, (07/11/2006)
Petrochemicals group Sasol and the State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) have selected Siyanda Biodiesel as their black economic-empowerment (BEE) partner in a proposed 100 000-t/y soya-bean based biodiesel production plant in South Africa.

South Africa: European assistance for biofuels-strategy task team (01/11/2006)
The European Union (EU) is funding the establishment of a biofuels task team in South Africa, to draw up a strategy to take to Cabinet at its next economic cluster meeting, Department of Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said this week.

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.

South Africa: Biodiesel could fuel rural economic revival (24/10/2006)
Research will be conducted into the use of biodiesel waste in animal feed.

South Africa: French agency supports eThekwini landfill site (12/10/2006)
The French Development Agency, AFD, is to provide a loan of about six million Euro for an electricity project in South Africa`s eThekwini municipality in Durban.

Namibia: Energy Status Quo must change (11/09/2006)
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute (REEEI) is to embark on research on energy sources that could be developed and implemented.

South Africa: CEF signs bioethanol deal with Brazilian giant, Petrobras (08/09/2006)
South Africa’s State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Brazilian petrochemicals giant Petrobras to conduct a feasibility study concerning the introduction of bioethanol in South Africa.

Brazil and Britain to develop biofuel project in Africa (06/09/2006)
Brazil and Britain will jointly develop a project to produce ethanol from sugar canes as a fuel in Africa, ministers from the two countries said on Tuesday.

South Africa: energy regulator urges use of cogeneration (06/09/2006)
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa sees cogeneration as having good potential for South Africa, and is looking at how projects can be financially assisted.

Zambia: Marli Investments to spend $16 M on bio-diesel plant (05/09/2006)
MARLI Investment Zambia Limited has committed to spend about US $16 million in a plant that will produce bio-diesel from jatropha. According to company public relations director Kamal Desai, the investment would be rolled over three years though the production of bio-diesel is likely to start next year.

South Africa: cogeneration opportunities (04/09/2006)
In a country ranked among the top energy-intensive economies in the world, South Africa is going all out to find strategies to tackle its ever-increasing power demands.

South Africa: oil majors willing to market biofuels, but caution on quality (31/08/2006)
The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia), which represented all of South Africa oil majors, supported government's strategy for the introduction of biofuels into the market, but economic realities and fuel qualities needed strong consideration, executive director Colin McClelland said in the association's 2005 report published Thursday.

Botswana: oil price fuels biomass energy (28/08/2006)
As anxiety mounts about the security of oil and gas supplies, countries around the world are falling back on a familiar energy source - Biomass. Although crude oil prices have eased slightly from the recent high, countries have fallen for alternative sources of energy for use in motor vehicles and other domestic uses.

South Africa: Sugar group has 200m litre bioethanol vision (31/07/2006)
Agricultural group Tongaat-Hulett believes that it has the potential to contribute 200-million litres of biofuel within Southern Africa, as South Africa eyes the production of 1,2-billion litres of fuel-grade ethanol a year, the company disclosed on Monday July 31, 2006.

Uganda & Ethiopia: pilot test stove carbon initiative (31/07/2006)
Carbon Positive has secured financing to design and distribute clean burning stoves in a pilot project in Uganda and Ethiopia. During the pilot project various stove designs and distribution and monitoring models will be tested

African nations form biofuel group (28/07/2006)
Thirteen of Africa's poorest nations have joined forces to become global suppliers of biofuels -- fuel produced from organic material or plant oils. In a meeting in Senegal, they formed the African Non-Petroleum Producers Association (PANPP), aimed at developing alternative energy sources.

South Africa: De Beers Fuel gets commercial biodiesel licence (21/07/2006)
The South African Revenue Service has licenced De Beers Fuel's first commercial biodiesel production plant, making the company the first licensed commercial biodiesel producer in South Africa.

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.

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.

"Biomass Energy Strategy (BEST)" Initiative for Africa (01/07/2006)
The Biomass Energy Strategy (BEST) initiative aims at building awareness and creating a way forward so that the growing demand for biomass energy in Africa can be met in a sustainable manner. Offering tools and instruments for process design, the initiative will support selected governments in developing national biomass energy strategies, addressing traditional household fuelwood and charcoal supply and demand as well as modern form of biomass such as liquid biofuels or biomass power generation.

Tanzania: Ashden Award for Sustainable brick-firing technology (28/06/2006)
The Mwanza Rural Housing Programme (MRHP) in Tanzania has won an Ashden Award for their Sustainable brick-firing technology. This Sustainable brick-firing technology that uses rice husks, cotton waste and coffee husks instead of wood to fire bricks for house building, leads to thousands of new homes for the people of Mwanza.

Aprovecho / ProBEC to receive Ashden Award (28/06/2006)
An Ashden Award has ben honoured to Aprovecho / ProBEC for the ‘rocket stove’ that spreads throughout southern Africa dramatically reducing the use of fuel wood

South Africa: GM maize for biofuels (02/06/2006)
The genetic modification (GM) battlefield has been extended to biofuels production, with South Africa featuring among a number of countries that are being asked to allow the import of GM maize to make ethanol. Ethanol, made from crops such as sugar cane and maize, is attracting interest internationally as a relatively benign, renewable energy source that is cost-effective at current oil prices

Kenyan sugar company plans 30 MW, grid-feeding power plant (12/05/2006)
Kenya’s Mumias Sugar Com-pany is set to construct a power plant which will supply over 30 MW of electricity into the national grid.

Investment in cleaner household energy yields major health and economic benefit (04/05/2006)
A new report titled Fuel for Life: Household Energy and Health produced by the World Health Organisation, reports that approximately 485 000 people in the next ten years would need to access to cleaner fuels in order to halve by 2015 the population relying on solid fuels. This report demonstrates that investing in cleaner household fuels can yield a seven-fold economic benefit in health and productivity gains.

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.

GEF grant to remove barriers in the Kenyan biomass sector (30/03/2006)
The 1,000,000 USD Global Environmental Facility (GEF) grant will boost local efforts to remove barriers in the Kenyan biomass sector.

Biomass CDM Projects – A Call to Action (12/02/2006)
Cooking stove projects in the CDM are under threat from a ruling preventing them from accessing carbon funding, although a recent decision allows for the possibility of their return, pending development and acceptance of a methodology.

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.

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.

Biodiesel projects to roll out in Africa (11/11/2005)
UK-based global producer of biodiesel from renewable energy crops D1 Oil's African subsidiary D1 Oils Africa is on the verge of rolling out projects in Africa to help combat the high oil price.

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.

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).

Comments and remarks to Wim Jonker Klunne

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