Friday, 18 March

Dear <<First Name>>

Putin’s war on Ukraine has already claimed thousands of lives, displaced millions and caused untold damage to the country’s infrastructure. How long the brutal conflict will continue is anybody’s guess, but what is for certain is that the incalculable impact of the war will be felt for many years to come. 

Amid the harrowing updates from Ukraine, Energy Peace Partners announced the positive news this week that it had executed its first-ever Peace Renewable Energy Credit (P-REC) transaction in South Sudan, a country that was embroiled in civil war until 2020. 

California-based Energy Peace Partners works to leverage climate and finance solutions to support peace and sustainable development in places affected by violent conflict, recognising that these places generally lack the financing mechanisms and investment opportunities for developing renewables. 

The deal between 3Degrees and the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) will see IOM funding the solar electrification of a teaching hospital in Malakal, offering a rare ray of hope to a city that was destroyed in South Sudan’s civil war. 

Time will tell as to whether P-RECs play a part in Ukraine’s long road to recovery, but the deal in South Sudan – the largest P-REC deal to date – certainly signals the growing market demand for the credits.


Geoff Sinclair

Managing Director, Camco Clean Energy

Story of the week

Researchers believe they have discovered a way to recycle wind turbine blades, which currently account for 10% of Europe's waste fibre-reinforced composite material. With many countries prohibiting the disposal of composite materials in landfills, the ability to recycle the blades would be a major breakthrough for the industry around the world.

Spark news
In this article by Africa Power, senior research analyst Marc Howard provides an in-depth account of what Spark is and how it is working to scale up the use of energy efficiency and captive generation initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa's C&I sector.

West Africa

Nigeria: Rural Electrification Agency subsidises Bboxx (Afrik21) 
- The Nigerian subsidiary of the UK-based company will receive grants to install solar home systems for households and micro, small and medium enterprises.

Senegal: Fonroche wins contract for solar streetlights (Afrik21)
- The French lighting company has signed a EUR121 million deal for the supply and installation of 67,000 solar streetlights throughout the country.

East Africa

Kenya: United Aryan inaugurates rooftop solar plant (GBA)
- The 1.8MWp facility is one of East Africa’s largest and was financed by Solarise.

Rwanda: KfW supports climate and sustainable development goals (Afrik21)
- The German development agency has approved EUR56 million in funding to implement Rwanda’s nationally determined contributions and the Green City Kigali project. 

Southern Africa

South Africa: 140MW wind farm reaches commercial operation (ESI) 
- The Roggeveld project, situated on the border of the Northern and Western Cape Province, is now supplying much-needed electricity into the Eskom grid. 

South Africa: Green energy will be used to power the Gautrain rail network (Afrik21)  
- German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will fund the project through the Development Bank of Southern Africa. 

Africa - other

Africa: Continent has vast wind energy capacity (ESI) 
- A recent IFC report concludes that Africa's potential is sufficient to supply its entire electricity demand 250 times over.

Tunisia: Tozeur II park commences operations (allAfrica)  
- The 10MWp facility will consolidate production with Tozeur I to supply one third of the governorate’s electricity needs.

Rest of the world

Op-Ed: Russia and Ukraine are important stakeholders in renewable transition (EnergyCentral)
- Researcher Vigya Sharma highlights how the countries are major producers of critical metals required for the production of green technology and how the conflict is jeopardising the world's supply of these resources.

Researchers discover a way to recycle wind turbine blades (EnergyCentral)
- According to experts, by using pyrolysis to break down the composite materials into their constituents, the recovered elements can be reused, and the process is almost waste-free.

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