Morocco gets $519m loan for solar power

The World Bank is providing a $519 million (£324m) loan to support a solar power project in Morocco. An initial 160MW phase of the Noor-Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power Project, which was approved by the Bank in 2011, is currently under construction. The new loan will finance the second 350MW phase, including the installation of solar […]

General Electric bags 56-turbine Morocco deal

General Electric has bagged a contract to supply 56 turbines for a wind farm in North Africa. The 100MW wind farm, being developed by Energie Eolienne du Maroc (EEM), will be located near Akhfennir in southern Morocco. Power generated from the wind farm will support industrial companies under Morocco’s Power Purchase Agreement. The project is […]

Nearly third of Africa implementing climate “smart” schemes

Nearly a third of Africa is putting in place green schemes to benefit the climate and environment, the African Development Bank has suggested. The bank said it is supporting one regional and 16 national investment plans (out of the 54 nations) in renewables, forests, resilience and transport across the continent. These include a concentrated solar […]

Investment firm drums up $1.15bn for Latino and Asian energy fund

The investment firm Actis announced it has raised $1.15 billion (£700m) for its third energy fund in emerging markets. Called Actis Energy 3, it will invest in power generation and distribution businesses in Latin America, Africa and Asia. The sum raised beats its $750 million (£456m) target. It has already bought stakes in Brazilian renewable […]

IEA: Energy policies can strengthen Middle East economy

Energy policies can strengthen economies of the Middle East and North Africa and help the regions make the best use of fossil fuels and renewable resources. That’s the view of the International Energy Agency (IEA), which is offering its “experience and knowledge” to help the regions tap energy efficiency and renewable energy for economic and […]

EU bank’s €180m loan for Morocco’s energy infrastructure

An EU bank is set to provide a loan worth €180 million (£146.2m) to help Morocco (pictured) extend its electricity infrastructure. The cash from the European Investment Bank (EIB) will fund the third phase of a project, which includes upgrading around 1,300 km of overhead power lines. The project aims to meet the fast-growing demand […]

Africa’s first wind-powered hydrogen system

Africa’s first project that involves producing hydrogen from water using renewable energy has been installed in Morocco. The hydrogen system includes a storage tank, a fuel cell and a hydrogen electrolyser, which produces hydrogen from water. It uses electricity to break water into hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is then stored in the tank while the […]

Philips lights up rural African football pitches

Philips has pledged to put 100 solar-powered “light centres” in rural African communities by 2015. Some 1.6 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity. Philips says the idea is to create areas of light for communities which live without electricity and giving people more opportunities for sports like football and other activities including healthcare, […]

EDF and Mitsui move on Morocco wind energy

France’s EDF and Japan’s Mitsui could move into Morocco’s wind industry after their joint project was selected as preferred bidder for a 150MW wind project. Morocco’s national electricity office (ONE) picked the consortium to build the Taza wind project, which will have 50 Alstom wind turbines of 3MW each. Fabienne Demol, Executive Vice President for New […]

Gamesa to build 100 new wind turbines in Egypt

Spanish wind manufacturer Gamesa is building 100 wind turbines on Egypt’s Red Sea coast. It won a contract with the country’s New & Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) to deliver 200 MW of turbines to wind energy projects in the Gulf of El-Zayt. The firm already has 406 MW of turbine capacity in Egypt as well […]