Burkina Faso makes headway towards 110 MWp of new solar PV capacity


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Last week, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, FMO, announced the completion of financing and contracting for 110 MWp of solar PV capacity in Burkina Faso. In total, four different solar projects are now entering the construction phase: Kodeni Solar (38 MWp), Nagreongo-SPES Ouagagoudou (30 MWp), Quadran Burkina Faso (24 MWp) and Dedougou Solar (18 MWp). […]

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Southeastern Africa’s biggest solar PV plant opens in Malawi


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President of Malawi, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, officially inaugurated and commissioned the 60 MW Salima solar PV plant this week in Malawi’s Central Region. The Salima Solar project originated back in 2013 and entered the planning and design phase in June 2015. With 60 MWac, it is by far Malawi’s biggest solar plant and one of […]

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Chariot partners with Total Eren to offer clean energy solutions to mining companies in Africa


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Chariot has signed binding key terms of a long-term joint-development partnership with Total Eren, the company said this morning. By working with Total Eren, Chariot intends to jointly originate and develop wind and solar projects for mining clients in Africa. The partnership will have an initial duration of three years and start on January 1st, […]

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Nigeria’s leading beverages manufacturer goes full on solar


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Seven-Up Bottling Company, Nigeria’s manufacturer of soft drinks such as Pepsi, Mirinda, Seven Up, H2oh!, and Mountain Dew, has decided to switch to solar as a primary day-time source of energy over all its Nigerian factories. The company has signed a deal with Daystar Power to install 10.5 MW of solar power systems for five […]

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Mainstream Renewable Power big winner in South Africa’s 2.5 GW renewable energy bid round


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South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), Mr. Gwede Mantashe, has announced yesterday the preferred bidders for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) Bid Window 5. The round resulted in the selection of five consortium as preferred bidders for 25 projects totalling 2,583 MW of renewable energy. The bidders will […]

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Total Eren signs Shareholders Agreement for 35 MW solar PV project in Angola


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Sonangol, Total Eren, and Greentech – Angola Environment Technology Ltd (Greentech) have announced that they executed last week the Shareholders Agreement establishing their partnership on the 35 MWp Quilemba Solar project in Angola. According to the agreement, Sonangol will be acquiring a 30% interest in Quilemba Solar Lda, while Total Eren and Greentech will own […]

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Namibia is poised to become the renewable energy hub of Africa


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by Hage G. Geingob, President of Namibia, Office of the President of Namibia for the World Economic Forum Namibia launched its Second Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPPII) in March 2021. The country is on course to develop a green and blue economy as articulated under the economic advancement pillar of the plan. By electrifying key parts […]

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IsDB allocates $20 million for Togo’s rural electrification


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During its 342nd period meeting under the chairmanship of H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser on Sunday, the Islamic Development Bank has approved $20.15 million for a rural electrification project based on mini solar power plants in Togo. In addition, the IsDB announced that its Lives and Livelihoods Fund provided $10.85m to improve the level of […]

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Sun Africa is mobilising over $2 bn for Angola’s solar industry


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Earlier this year, the consortium of Sun Africa, MCA Solar Angola and Hitachi ABB Power Grids broke ground on 370 MW of solar PV projects in Angola. These are split across seven different facilities now under-construction, including the 188.88 MWdc Biopioa solar plant and the 96.70 MWdc Benguela solar plant. These are developed under a […]

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Globeleq completes ZAR 5.2bn refinancing for 238 MW in South Africa


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Globeleq has announced the completion of a ZAR 5.2 billion debt financing package for three of its renewable energy facilities in South Africa: the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, and the 50 MW De Aar Solar and 50 MW Droogfontein Solar plants. The transaction falls under the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE) […]

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Advens Geocoton and Bboxx join hands to provide electricity to 2m Burkinabé


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While Africa constitutes 17% of the world’s population, it only accounts for 6% of global primary energy consumption, according to 2018 data from the International Energy Agency (IEA). However, the continent is recording an ever-greater demand for energy, to support continued growth for more than two decades, interrupted only by the Covid-19 pandemic. To date, […]

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The U.S. commits $550m to boost Senegal’s electricity sector


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On September 9, the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) officially launched the $550 million MCC–Senegal Power Compact in Dakar. The five-year partnership had been signed since 2018 and will be completed by an additional $50 million commitment from the Government of Senegal. Investments will be made specifically in the strengthening of electricity networks in […]

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Why Africa’s energy transition is only happening in South Africa


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In more ways than one, the concept of energy transition makes no sense for African countries. The energy transition model by which fossil fuels were going to be replaced with renewable energy emerged out of developed countries, where low population growth and few incremental energy needs have paved the way for new planning strategies to […]

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