West Africa's first grid-­connected biogas plant in Burkina Faso

The containerized 275 kW gas engine and hot water distribution system

FasoBiogaz SARL has successfully started electricity production in West Africa's first grid-connected biogas plant, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The power-plant has an installed capacity of 275 KW. Electricity is being distributed by SONABEL, the country's utility. FasoBiogaz is supported by the Dutch government.

7,6 MW of three RE Projects in Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde and Senegal

7,6 MW of three RE Projects in Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde and Senegal
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) announced on January, 2016, USD 46 million in concessional loans for four renewable energy projects in the three ECOWAS Member States and Antigua and Barbuda. The loans will fund a solar project in Burkina Faso, a solar and wind project in Cabo Verde and a solar project in Senegal. The three projects will result in 7,6 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity and represent a mix of renewable energy sources, are all innovative, potentially replicable or scalable, and will improve energy access.


Cabo Verde wins SEFA grant to develop wave-powered desalination system

Cape Verde wins SEFA grant to build wave-powered desalination system

Cabo Verde was awarded a US $930,000 grant by the African Development Bank-hosted Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) on December 21, 2015 to develop the world’s first wave-driven desalination system. The project was selected in the framework of the 1st round of the West Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (WAFCEF). Wave2O™, to be located in Praia Grande, São Vicente- Cabo Verde, will operate completely “off-grid” and supply more than 48,000 people with clean fresh water at a competitive cost. The system is expected to have a capacity of 4,000 m3/day of water.

Gambia signs solar PPA for 10 MW

Gambia signs solar PPA for 10 MW

Emerging Power (Gambia) Ltd., has signed a 10-MW PV Solar Power Project Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for 25 years with  the National Water & Electricity Company (NAWEC) in Banjul, The Gambia. Emerging Power (Gambia) Ltd. is the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed in The Gambia for the implementation of the project, which is planned on starting construction in May 2016.


Energy Platform of Nigeria: Renewable Energy, Rural Electrification and Energy Efficiency

The Energy Platform of Nigeria

The Energy Platform is a multi-stakeholder dialogue forum between the industry, government and development partners. It seeks to catalyse market development in renewable energy, energy efficiency and rural electrification. Four events are being organised every year with focus on key business interests such as regulatory aspects, investment climate, skills development and private-public engagement.

SEFA grants US $1 million to develop a transformative hydropower project in Guinea-Bissau

Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) approved on September 16 on the sidelines of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Energy Week a US $965,000 grant to support the preparation of turnkey run-of-river hydropower plant with an estimated electric capacity of 20 MW at Saltinho, Guinea-Bissau. The hydropower plant will be interconnected by a transmission line to Bissau and neighbouring countries within the framework of the regional energy programme by the “Organisation for the Development of the Gambia River” (called OMVG in French), co-financed by AfDB. This SEFA support falls under a wider partnership with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), for renewable energy investments promotion in Guinea-Bissau, including the development of the hydropower project at Saltinho.