Commission welcomes Desertec and Medgrid cooperation on solar energy in North Africa and the Middle East

January 30, 2012

European Commission 24 November 2011, in the margins of the Energy Council, Energy Commissioner Oettinger welcomed the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Desertec Industry Initiative (Dii) and Medgrid. Read the rest of this entry »


New facility brings clean and reliable energy to Eastern Africa

January 30, 2012

Africa and Europe in Partnership A new Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility will help attract investment for the construction of geothermal power plants in Eastern Africa by partially offsetting the high financial risk prompted by unsuccessful exploratory drilling. A grant totalling €50 million has been made available for this purpose. The signing ceremony took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13 December 2011. Read the rest of this entry »


First Solar Powered School Set for Launch

October 28, 2011

The New Times/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX The Government and the European Union (EU) Delegation in Rwanda will, today, inaugurate the first school in the country to be powered by solar photovoltaic energy. Read the rest of this entry »


ECOWAS Launches Projects to Address Renewable Energy Crisis in West Africa

October 28, 2011

Ghana Business News The Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has launched three projects to better address the renewable energy crisis in the sub-region. Read the rest of this entry »


Workshop on strategy for large regional hydropower projects development in Africa

October 21, 2011

Africa and Europe in Partnership The workshop on Strategy for larger Regional hydropower projects development in Africa will be held on 3-4 November, 2011 in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). The expected result of the workshop is a revised and endorsed Strategy Paper, which will be later submitted to the evaluation of the AU political Authorities for possible approval. Read the rest of this entry »


Biofuels in Eastern Africa: dangers yes, but much potential as well

October 11, 2011

ODI ODI’s Project Briefing explores biofuel production in four countries in Eastern Africa – Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania. It examines major investments, the potential to produce feedstock, and policies in place to foster and regulate the industry. Read the rest of this entry »


Two new Desertec projects support North Africa regional development

October 10, 2011

Africa and Europe in Partnership The sun-rich North Africa is ideally suited for the generation of clean power from the desert, but often lacks the necessary expertise in the field of renewable energies to fully profit from this solar resource. North African experts from the Desertec Foundation are working together with partners from Germany and the Mediterranean region to address this skills gap through two new projects. Read the rest of this entry »