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Weekly Newsletter - 17/08/2018

Dear <<First Name>>,

Please find below this week's summary of renewable and related energy news for Africa and beyond.
Kind regards,
The Camco Team
West Africa
Nigeria: Government awards six mini hydroelectric power plant concessions in aid of an energy deficit of 7,000MW - Alternative Energy Africa
Benin: Electricity Distribution entity improves power supply for locations with severe infrastructure limitations, funded by USAID under the Power Africa project - ESI Africa
Ghana: GRIDCO commended for implementation of efficient power delivery and sustenance in power supply despite growing demand - ESI Africa
East Africa
Ethiopia: Low electricity tariffs results in depletion of profit earnings for government, standing at US$ 0.018/kWh - ESI Africa
Madagascar: JIRAMA to rehabilitate its electricity distribution networks using funds obtained from IDA - ESI Africa
Kenya: Discussion of innovation in maximising the investment potential of mini-grids - ESI Africa
East Africa: Geospatial data improves commercial potential of projects across region - ESI Africa 
Southern Africa
South Africa: Vantage GreenX fund managers, through their renewable energy fund, provided ZAR 2bn in funding to various solar and wind energy projects - Alternative Energy Africa
South Africa: NGOs campaign, challenges DEA to give domestic effect to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change as well as address country's own vulnerability - ESI Africa
Zambia: Azuri Technologies have been awarded $1.6m from AECF, under the REACT window, to deliver more affordable solar home lighting products - Alternative Energy Africa
SADC region: Implementation of the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap to be discussed, addressing the detrimental effect political uncertainty has on investment - ESI Africa
Zimbabwe: ZERA destroys 10,000 incandescent light bulbs that were smuggled into the country, in the hopes of conserving 8MW - ESI Africa
Swaziland: SEC to implement network strengthening projects in south eastern region to improve network performance - ESI Africa 
Caribbean and Southeast Asia
Philippines: Solar power plant built on main island of Luzon, generating more than 150MWp - Alternative Energy Africa
Caribbean: Inter-American Development bank to partner with Accelerator program, pledging $1bn towards climate-smart investments - Alternative Energy Africa
Caribbean: Swytch platform developed partnership with the Caribbean to evaluate the effectiveness of different energy assets and sustainability porgrams - Markets Insider
Puerto Rico: Government pushes for greater reliance on imported natural gas for electricity production - The Hill
Africa General / Rest of World
North Africa: Ecomondo and Key Energy to emphasise environmental issues in promoting circular economy across the region - Alternative Energy Africa
Eritrea: Government plans development of two solar hybrid power systems, aimed towards improving the livelihoods of rural communities - Alternative Energy Africa
Repsol and UNDP sign global agreement that works to facilitate advancement of sustainable development in 20 countries, in support of community development - Alternative Energy Africa
Research into improving the capacity factor of geothermal power plants, funded by the NEDO, aiming to reduce the rate of problem occurrences by 20% - Alternative Energy Africa
Green conflict minerals: Fuels in conflict with the transition to a low-carbon economy - IISD
Energy Access Review for 2018, Q1 - EED Advisory
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