Tuesday, 24 October 2017

NZ-Africa Geothermal Facility appoints Manager of program- thinkgeoenergy

In an announcement today, the New Zealand Government and the African Union Commission (AUC) announce having appointed Mr Markos Melaku as Facility Manager to establish and implement the New Zealand-Africa Geothermal Facility (NZ-AGF). Mr Melaku is a professional engineer with extensive public and private sector geothermal experience in Africa, South East Asia and New Zealand. Mr Melaku will be located at the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and play an integral leadership role to establish the Facility and identify opportunities to deploy New Zealand’s geothermal expertise in the region through the NZ-AGF.

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Monday, 23 October 2017

ENEL steps into Ethiopian market with solar tender-yourrenewables

A consortium led by Enel Green Power has been selected as the preferred bidder for a 100 MW solar project in Metehara. The consortium will be investing approximately 120 million US dollars in the project. Ethiopia has all the potential to become a key market for Enel’s strategy in Africa due to its plentiful renewable resources, stable regulatory framework and electrification needs.

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  • Sunday, 22 October 2017

    Engie targets Africa with home solar acquisition-Reuters

    French gas utility Engie has bought a Ugandan home solar systems company to expand in sub-Saharan Africa by providing power to millions of people who have no access to electricity.

    Code Error Blocks Solar Lantern Import-addisfortune

    The Ethiopian Revenues & Customs Authority (ERCA) has suspended the process of importing solar lanterns because of erroneous HS identification codes, for over half a year. This came as a result of the importers’ refusal to pay 30pc duty, claiming the items are allowed into the country with tax-free modality.
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    Energy Authority Accedes to Commercialise Electricity-addisfortune

    Ethio Resource Group (ERG) received 100,000 dollars grant from the US to set up six wind-powered micro-grid systems. Ethio Resource Group (ERG), an Ethiopian off-grid local private energy company, has overcome the final hurdle to secure a license from the Ethiopian Energy Authority (EEA) to commercialise 9.5KW electric power. The Company, which commissioned six wind turbines and micro-grid system farms at Menz Gera Midir Wereda, North Shoa Zone, in the Amhara Regional State, completed all the processes and is expecting to obtain the license within two months.

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    Saturday, 21 October 2017

    New Energy Bill Seeks Powerful Regulatory Body-addisfortune

    The Council of Ministers is seeing a new energy bill that elevates the Ethiopian Electric Agency (EEA) to an authority with more regulatory power and revenue generation capacity. Though the experts at the Ethiopian Electric Agency (EEA) were eying in establishing an independent organ with the power to determine grid tariff which is currently the power of power utility to date, the upcoming  authority is  given the power to determine off-grid tariff only.