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  1. EgyptERA Expected to Issue Guidelines for the Renewable FiT Program – With a Plot Twist!

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:17 am by

    Egypt’s Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency is expected to issue long-awaited guidelines on special purpose vehicle incorporation.   In recent days it has emerged that these guidelines will be more flexible than previously expected.  This is expected to be particularly welcome news to  prequalified developers interested in participating in multiple projects within the feed In tariff programme.

    However, it is expected that the rules will require developers seeking to maximise their participation in the program to act quickly.  (more…)


  2. Alternate Currents – The Latest on Egypt’s Feed in Tariff for Renewable Power

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:31 am by

    478926805_SolarOn Thursday, 5 March, Bracewell & Giuliani, Shalakany Law Office and the Middle East Solar Industry Association hosted a webinar: Alternating Currents – the latest on Egypt’s Feed In Tariff for Renewable Power.

    A distinguished panel discussed the FiT program and in particular, the guidelines on SPV formation and other issues just minutes after they were made available to prequalified bidders.

    A recording of this webinar is available here.


  3. Egypt Renewable FiT Taking Shape

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 9:12 am by , and

    Egypt’s renewable Feed In Tariff (FiT) continues to take shape, albeit at a slightly reduced speed than expected earlier.  Happily, the additional time appears to be being used to respond to constructive comments from developers and other stakeholders.  It is also expected that some clarifications will be issued in writing.  Developers are reporting that up to now many details are only emerging verbally in face to face meetings, which many have found somewhat frustrating. (more…)


  4. West Africa – a role for off-grid renewable energy?

    Monday, February 9, 2015 4:45 pm by and

    West Africa is a land of opportunity, home to some of the richest oil and mineral resources in the world.  The rush for the region’s oil, gold, iron and other commodities has driven economic growth at a faster rate than anywhere else in Africa.

    Yet West Africa’s bountiful wealth may also be limiting its development potential.  The increasing demand from industry is placing enormous strain on an aging and inadequate infrastructure, with installation of new capacity hampered by inefficiency and poor governance.

    With population growth now outstripping the rate of new supply, it seems unlikely that West Africa’s energy demands can be met solely by development of national or international grids.  In this article, we consider the energy challenges facing the region, the role of the West African Power Pool and the potential of off-grid development to provide renewable, reliable energy supply beyond the grid. (more…)


  5. Electrifying Africa: A View from Washington

    4:05 pm by

    As Western governments continue—and rightfully so—to focus on the threats to African nations from the Ebola virus and Boko Haram, policymakers are also eyeing the continent as a critical producer and consumer of energy in the 21st century.

    Power Africa

    In 2013, President Obama announced an initiative, “Power Africa,” to direct U.S. funds, loan guarantees, and technical assistance to electrification projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program is coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with 12 different agencies involved in project implementation. Power Africa’s goal is to facilitate the installment of 10,000 MW of new generation capacity. To date, the program has closed on financial transactions that will generate 2,792 MW. (more…)


  6. Renewable Power in Egypt: The Right FiT?

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 11:55 am by , and

    The Government of Egypt has said that Egypt must invest US$12 billion in the electricity sector over the next five years in order to meet that country’s urgent electricity demands.  Renewable power – both solar and wind – will be a key part of this initiative.

    Egypt plans up to 2,300 MW of solar and up to 2,000 MW of wind generation in the first regulatory period.  This will include 2,000 MW of Solar PV from 500 kW up to 50 MW, 300 MW of Solar PV Projects below 500 kW and 2,000 MW of wind generation. The first regulatory period will end when these targets are met, or after 2 years, whichever is sooner. (more…)


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