News / Africa

US Company to Increase Juba's Solar Power

Solar panels could soon be a source of electricity in Juba. Solar panels could soon be a source of electricity in Juba.
x
Solar panels could soon be a source of electricity in Juba.
Solar panels could soon be a source of electricity in Juba.
Simon Kasmiro
— Central Equatoria state authorities have signed a memorandum of agreement with California technology start-up PV Tech Inc to build a hybrid solar-combustion power plant near the South Sudanese capital.

State Minister for Physical Infrastructure Samuel Suba signed the memorandum last week with PV Tech Inc.

"In a country where most on-grid and off-grid electricity is provided by diesel generators, this new capacity will be a more stable and cheaper alternative," PV Tech said in a statement.

According to the World Bank, less then one percent of South Sudanese have access to electricity. What power they do have tends to come from diesel generators.

Rajaf Payam, about three kilometers (1.8 miles) outside Juba, is being eyed as a potential site for the solar plant.

The plant is expected to start by producing 20 megawatts of power for Juba.

Suba said there was a possibility that it would ramp up gradually to 150 megawatts, which would be enough to meet all of Juba's electricity needs.

The plant is also expected to generate nearly 300 jobs, and if everything goes to plan, PV Tech is expected to break ground on the project next month.

Juba has not had state-provided power since oil production stopped early last year amid a dispute with Khartoum over the transit fees Sudan was charging to carry South Sudanese crude through northern pipelines to export terminals.

Deputy Governor Manasseh Lomole Waya welcomed the new plant at the signing ceremony, but said the state is still looking at developing other sources of power, such as hydroelectricity, to allow rural areas of Central Equatoria to be electrified, too.

During a regional conference last month on the use of the Nile River for hydroelectric projects, South Sudan’s Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Mayom Akech, announced that Juba had selected 16 sites along the Nile River to develop dams to be used for hydroelectric power. Lomole said investors are still being sought for those projects.

You May Like

China Investigates Former Powerful Security Chief

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, under investigation for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid