Friday, 06 August

Dear <<First Name>>

On the 9th of August, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release the first report under its latest assessment cycle, its most comprehensive analysis on the science of climate change since 2013. 

It is predicted that the report will act as a “wake-up call to governments” by assessing whether the world is on track to meet the Paris Agreement targets and, in turn, play a vital role in shaping discussions at COP26 in November. 

Whilst 20 fossil fuel companies are responsible for one third of all carbon emissions, Camco is working to reduce energy sector emissions by driving the clean energy transition, and making a contribution to reducing emissions in the regions where we work. 

Our expertise in the off-grid space has led to climate change adaptation and resilience benefits. Over the last three months alone, more than 138,000 people were connected to clean electricity for the first time across Sub-Saharan Africa through REPP-supported off-grid projects, bringing the total connected to date to over 719,000 – a testament to the hard work and innovative business models of REPP’s investees. More information is available in our most recent quarterly impact report

I have no doubt that the scientific findings presented by the IPCC on Monday will once again highlight the risks that climate change poses and I hope it causes governments and leaders around the world to take action.



Managing Director, Camco Clean Energy

REPP news
Find out how REPP’s project portfolio is delivering meaningful social and climate impact across countries in Sub-Saharan Africa in the platform’s latest quarterly impact report
Story of the week
According to Bloomberg, the first half of 2021 saw renewable energy investment reach record levels, demonstrating the industry’s resilience against both a global pandemic and rising costs, due to a surge in commodity prices.

West Africa

Côte d'Ivoire: Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) provides USD29.6 million loan (Energy Mix Report)
- The loan to Ivoire Hydro Energy will fund the development of the 44 MW Singrobo hydroelectric generation plant.

Nigeria: Abuja to introduce electric vehicles (Energy Mix Report
- The capital city is set to introduce an environmentally friendly transport system as part of plans to become a ‘green city’. 

East Africa

Kenya: Mini-grids are key to achieving universal energy access (Business Daily)
- The Kenya National Electrification Strategy identifies mini-grids as a key driver to universal access by 2022, but development needs to occur in a coordinated manner that ensures security of investment and avoids duplication of efforts.

Mozambique: Hydroelectric plant set to generate power by 2030 (Construction Review)
- Construction of the Mphanda Nkuwa hydroelectric plant is on track for completion by 2025, which aims to increase the amount of electricity transmitted through the Teemaputo line. 

Somalia: Country represents a promising environment for renewables (Energy Central)
- Somalia has one of the highest combined wind and solar energy potentials on the planet and the international community is taking note.

Tanzania: Egyptian President follows up on dam progress (Energy Mix Report)
- The president checked on the implementation status of the Julius Nyerere hydropower plant and dam, asserting the requirement that the project is complete in accordance with global standards. 

Southern Africa

Botswana: Solarcentury and Shumba to developer Tati solar project (Afrik21)
 - A partnership agreement between the two companies has been signed to co-develop solar projects in Southern Africa, including the initial 100MWp Tati project. 

South Africa: More financing required for renewable energy (Energy Mix Report)
- The Presidential Climate Commission proposes the mobilisation of USD750 million annually from public and private sources by 2030 to meet the country’s climate ambitions.

South Africa: Country has endured severe outages in 2021 (Energy Central)
- Since January, South Africa has experienced 650 hours of outages and intensive load shedding.

South Africa: Enel Green Power (EGP) contributes to county’s renewables industry (Engineering News)
- EGP has 12 wind and solar plants in the country, where it is undertaking several initiatives to uplift communities locally.

South Africa: Eskom to transform former coal plant to power the energy transition (Engineering News)
- Eskom intends to convert the workshops in the Komati power station into a factory for a containerised microgrid solution.

Africa - general

Entrepreneurs: Charm Impact partners with Signify Foundation (ESI Africa)
- The two organisations have joined forces to support the next phase of the peer-to-peer investment platform’s loan rollout to early-stage renewable energy entrepreneurs.

Egypt: West Bakr Farm synchronises first 20 turbines (Energy Mix Report)
- The wind farm will now provide power to the grid and, notably, is producing the country’s first clean energy supply.

Solar: Crossboundary believes solar data in Africa overstates C&I potential (ESI Africa)
- Whilst cheaper equipment is encouraging users to adopt captive solar systems, there are questions surrounding the reliability of how long-term solar data is calculated.

Solar: Five companies win funding to solarise hospitals (Afrik21)
- The successful providers will install solar PV systems in several healthcare facilities across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Rest of the World

Emissions: Pledges still not sufficient to meet global goals (Reuters)
- Despite a recent wave of new national emissions pledges, the world is still far from preventing catastrophic climate change.

Green finance: ‘Greenflation’ threatens climate change action (Financial Times
- Trying to shut down the old economy too quickly threatens to push the price of building a greener one out of reach.

Green finance: Renewable energy investment reaches new record (Bloomberg)
- The first half of 2021 saw a record USD174 billion poured into clean energy, but the rate of investment must speed up to reach climate goals.

Hydrogen: BloombergNEF releases 2021 Hydrogen Market Outlook (ESI Africa)
- The report indicates that the hydrogen market is set to double this year, from electrolyser installations to the number of countries creating clean hydrogen strategies.

Solar: Why mini-grids in remote communities fail (The Conversation)
- Study shows a significant number of rural mini-grids fail shortly after their installation due to an absence of local maintenance and a lack of acceptance. 

Tidal: Firm secures funding for the mass manufacture of giant tidal turbines (CNBC)
- Following a USD2 million funding boost from the Scottish government, Nova Innovation will scale up the production of its huge turbines.

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