Weekly Newsletter - 27/07/2018

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Please find below this week's summary of renewable and related energy news for Africa and beyond.
Kind regards,
The REPP Team
West Africa
Nigeria: World Bank approves partial risk guarantee of $150m and EIA on 540MW gas-fired power plant, expected to unlock investment in transmission infrastructure - Alternative Energy Africa
Nigeria: Distribution companies state additional 3,000MW is not a measure of progress made in generation capacity, since this was already idle - ESI Africa
Nigeria: Inadequate gas supply causes loss of around 3GW in power generation - Alternative Energy Africa
Nigeria: NERC given ultimatum in reinstating the suspended board of IBEDC after the company's default in recovery of an $17m shareholder loan - ESI Africa
Mauritania: Elecnor awarded contract to develop wind power plant, estimated cost of Eur122m, funded by AFESD - Alternative Energy Africa
Ghana: Energy Sector Transformation Initiative Project receives $20m from the World Bank to stregthen capacity of energy sector - ESI Africa
Cote d'Ivoire: World Bank report urges need to implement measures to ensure climate change resilience, allowing for continued GDP growth - ESI Africa
East Africa
Uganda: Consortium of IFC, Proparco, FMO, DEG, CDC, Absa and Nedbank mobilize $400m to refinance Bujagali Power Dam's unpaid debt - Alternative Energy Africa
Uganda: AfDB approves $20m loan to UDBL, comprising of $15m sovereign guaranteed line of credit and $5m non-sovereign line of credit to support financing of SMEs - ESI Africa
Kenya: WorleyParsons signs 22 month owner's engineer contract, providing wind power project expertise to Kipeto Energy Limited - Alternative Energy Africa
Eritrea and Ethiopia: Presidents from both countries make joint announcement providing confidence in restored diplomatic ties - Alternative Energy Africa
Kenya: Kenyatta urges private sector participation and support for infrastructural development, mainly transport, ICT, water and sanitation - ESI Africa
Kenya: Powerhive announces initiative to utilise cryto-economy to accelerate progress towards universal energy access - ESI Africa
Malawi: Renewable energy being used to combate effects of drought, efforts backed with $4.5m by GEF, aimed at climate resilience initiatives - Alternative Energy Africa
Tanzania: Credit Suisse approves loan for $200m towards the implementation of hydroelectric projects, including the Rufiji power station - Alternative Energy Africa
Tanzania: Rafiki Power transforming the livelihoods of remote villages through battery-based microgrid systems powered by solar, wind and hydro - Renewable Energy World
Tanzania: AfDB approves loan of $123m to improve supply, reliability and affordability of electricity through the construction of 400kV transmission line project - ESI Africa
Southern Africa
South Africa: AfDB report estimates Africa would need between $130 - 170bn to meet infrastructure needs - Alternative Energy Africa
South Africa: More investment is necessary to ensure transmission network is capable of handling renewable energy generation through IPPs - ESI Africa
South Africa: Eskom sign $2.5bn loan agreement with China Development Bank aimed towards the build programme - ESI Africa
Zimbabwe: Citizens fear previous threats made by Zanu PF party - Alternative Energy Africa
Caribbean and Southeast Asia
Barbados: Megapower to begin developing charging network and electric car market to overcome initial high costs, import duties and lack of regulatory support - Reuters
Caribbean: GenPro Energy Solutions to install energy effciency projects and solar power projects in Caribbean market - Solar Power World
Costa Rica: MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Fund, along with other companies, will invest in the operational 21MW windpark Tilawind - Guardian
Saint Lucia: 3MW solar farm has been operational since September 2017, proving renewable energy integration into local energy industry - The Star
$50m UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund has executed renewable energy power projects across 11 Pacific island countries - pv magazine
Uruguayan: Long-term financing closed for 76MW El Naranjal and Del Litoral solar pv projects, operational since September and June 2017 - Power
Trinidad and Tobago: Governments to develop utility-scale renewable energy projects to push foreign direct investment - Newsday
Status report on minigrids across Southeast Asia - Cleantech Group
Indonesia and Cambodia: SolarHome to use total investment of $5m to expand it's cleantech and renewable energy offerings - e27
Africa General / Rest of World
Sunfunder and ZOLA Electric close new debt facility of $20m in debt financing to support continued expansion across Africa - Sunfunder Press Release
sub-Saharan Africa: GE explores the role smart technology will play in transforming grids, as the way energy is generated, distributed, traded, managed and stored changes - Alternative Energy Africa
Algeria: Sonelgaz has set up 22,000km of medium to low voltage power lines across the country in an effort to accelerate electrification in isolated areas - Alternative Energy Africa
Bridging the gap between traditional and sustainable power generation - Alternative Energy Africa
IRENA's 2050 analysis finds renewable energy and energy efficiency comined will achieve 90% of energy-related emission reductions needed under the Paris Climate Agreement - Alternative Energy Africa
AfDB makes $12bn investment commitment to "New Deal on energy for Africa program" - Alternative Energy Africa
Climate Investor One achieves third close at $535m, increasing the facility by an additional $75m, for renewable energy projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America - ESI Africa
Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Council develops scoring framework for evaluating hydropower projects - ESI Africa
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