African companies and govts need to work harder to benefit from growth potential – McKinsey

Some of Africa’s economies have been experiencing significantly less accelerated growth than five to fifteen years ago, having started experiencing a marked slowdown as a result of lower resource prices and higher sociopolitical instability. This is despite the bulk of the continent’s countries showing improved growth rates since 2010/11, according to a new McKinsey Global Institute report, titled ‘Lions on the Move II’.

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Challenge of Local Content in Renewable Energy Projects in Africa

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South Africa and Kenya are some of the African countries that currently are at various levels of implementing local content regulations on renewable energy projects. An expert has called for a review of the approach used in enforcing the new laws, which would ensure more utilization of local labor and manufactured products.

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Reps lauds WAV local content capacity


To promote local content initiatives, the House of Representatives has called on International Oil Companies, IOCs, to patronise the indigenous marine support base and shipyards in the country.

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Tsitsikamma wind farm reaches commercial operation

The 95 MW Tsitsikamma Community wind farm project, in the Eastern Cape, this week started commercial operation, marking the second wind farm by independent power producerCennergi to achieve the milestone this year.

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Twenty four PV plants on board for feed in tariff scheme

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In North Africa, the South Cairo Electricity Distribution Company (SCEDC) has signed power purchase agreements to procure generated power from 24 small-scale solar power plants.

According to a source at the SCEDC, the total generation capacity is around 1,183kW. The source added that reciprocity metres have been installed to measure the energy produced; valuable preparation for issuing queues for energy purchased, Daily News Egypt reported.


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Uganda: EAC launches Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre

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Uganda’s Makerere University has been announced as the home of the newly launched East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREE), which is set to address key issues related to renewable energy resources.

Speaking at the launch last week, the East African Community (EAC) deputy secretary general, Jesca Eriyo, said the purpose of launching the centre is to ensure the availability of sufficient, reliable, cost effective and environmentally friendly energy sources, reports local media.

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East Africa: Kenya, Ethiopia Bet On Technology Transfer in Their Railway Projects

It's a chilly Monday morning and Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, is already bustling with life as commuters jostle to get to work. A new bus service has just launched in the…

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