Weekly Newsletter - 02/12/2016

Dear <<First Name>>,

Please find below this week's summary of renewable and related energy news for Africa and beyond.
Kind regards,
The REPP Team
REPP wishes you and your families a very merry festive season!
Please note: this will be the last newsletter for this year.
West Africa
Cote d'Ivoire: Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa supports job creation - ESI Africa
Cote d'Ivoire: Total to establish the first regional LNG import hub in West Africa - ESI Africa
Togo: West African Development Bank contributes 6m FCFA to mini solar construction - Alternative Energy Africa
Nigeria: Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company intends to establish meter manufacturing plant - ESI Africa
Nigeria: Implementation of five solar power plants in Borno, Kebbi, Nassarawa, Niger and Taraba States - ESI Africa
Nigeria: Renewable Energy Association Nigeria provides strategy to achieve targets - ESI Africa
Mauritania: Masdar increases renewable energy contribution to 30% within rural communities - PV Tech
East Africa
Kenya: Enterprises adopt online or mobile crowdfunding for energy purchases - Alternative Energy Africa
Kenya: KenGen to begin construction of 140MW steam power plant at Olkaria - Business Daily
Kenya: KenGen aims for incorporating 721MW of electricity from geothermal and wind resources - ESI Africa
Kenya: Government fails to build power line connecting Lake Turkana Wind power plant to national grid - Business Daily
Kenya: Plans construction of nuclear power plant to come online by 2027 - Bloomberg Markets
Kenya: German firms seeks compensation from City Hall for breach of contract for 70MW WtE power plant - Business Daily
Tanzania: The Redavia Academy launched its training facility - Alternative Energy Africa
Tanzania: TANESCO tariff hikes will affect intensive power consumers - ESI Africa
Rwanda: AFC and Finnfund signatories on $350m deal to develop 80MW peat-to-power project - Engineering News
Southern Africa
Comoros Islands: Potential to generate between 30 to 50 MW of geothermal power - ESI Africa
South Africa: Sarec expresses concerns over constraints in IRP imposed on renewable energy technologies - Engineering News
South Africa: S&P's long-term credit rating of Eskom downgraded to BB - ESI Africa
South Africa: SARB governor laments over the prevailing uncertainty around the REIPPPP - Engineering News
Zimbabwe: AfDB grants $33m for setting up power transmission infrastructure in North-South corridor of SAPP - Engineering News
Zimbabwe: Mugabe introduces new currency to inject cash into economy - The Guardian
Africa General / Rest of World
Africa: NEPAD accelerates development of Africa's high priority renewable energy projects - Alternative Energy Africa
Africa: GE Wind Energy to deploy SPOT Gen3 to protect workers while installing wind projects - Alternative Energy Africa
Africa: USAID invests $4m in the "Scaling Off-Grid Programme", established by Obama's Power Africa Scheme - PV Tech 
US: South Pacific remote island shifts completely from fossil fuels to battery powered solar - The Guardian
India: World's largest solar plant of 648MW completed and will power ~150,000 homes - Electrek
Green Bonds playing a feature role in climate smart development - Renewable Energy World
Argentina: Becoming one of the latest markets drawing investors in renewables - Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Indonesia: Multiple isolated grids open for development of solar PV - PV Tech
Combining hydro and wind resources for a more consistent energy supply - Renewable Energy World
OPEC agrees to exempt Iran, Libya and Nigeria from curtailment due to unrest and sanctions - Engineering News 
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