S. African firm Sustainable Power Generation partners PWRstation on solar solutions

Nov 29, 2018

South African based Sustainable Power Generation and PWRstation entered a system integration partnership agreement for the African market. Under the new agreement, Sustainable Power Generation’s solar brand, SustainSolar, will assemble and integrate EXOrac™ into its range of mobile and ultra-rapid deployment containerized solar solutions. They will also act as distributor for EXOrac. Sustainable Power Generation,…

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Developing nations add more clean power than fossil fuels for the first time

Nov 29, 2018

Developing countries have added more clean power capacity than fossil fuel generation for the first time ever, charging ahead of wealthier nations in the global green energy push, according to Bloomberg NEF. Wind and solar generation accounted for just over half of the 186 gigawatts of new power capacity in developing nations last year, according…

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Bidders invited to install solar PV mini-grids in Mozambique

Nov 29, 2018

Under the efforts of the government of Mozambique to increase access to electricity in rural areas, FUNAE – Fundo de Energia intends to electrify the villages of Matchedje, Ngapa and Calanga-Chécua through solar PV mini-grids, providing basic electricity services in order to improve the welfare in the communities. The approach will be off-grid and will…

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Resolute Mining signs JDA for solar hybrid plant in Mali

Nov 29, 2018

Resolute Mining Limited expects to save around 40% in power costs at its Syama Gold Project in Mali after executing an agreement for the development of a 40-megawatt independent solar hybrid power plant. A Joint Development Agreement (JDA) has been signed with Ignite Energy Projects Pty Ltd, a leading financier, developer and operator of power…

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Kenya reduces reliance on thermal power plants as wind farm comes onstream

Nov 29, 2018

Due to the recently connected 310MW Lake Turkana Wind Farm, Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter has stated that three thermal power plants with a combined capacity of 190MW would no longer be needed. Keter was referring to Iberafrica Power Plant’s 56MW contract, set to end in October next year, Tsavo Power’s (74MW) ending in September…

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South African solar plant generates first power to grid

Nov 28, 2018

A 100 MW solar and storage plant in South Africa has generated its first power to the national grid. The milestone means that construction of the Kathu Solar Park by Spanish companies SENER and ACCIONA Industrial has taken a major step towards conclusion. Siyabonga Mbanjwa, SENER’s Southern Africa managing director, said that the plant will…

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In 2018, Benin, Burundi, Malawi, Uganda & Zambia made major progress in de-risking renewable energy projects

Nov 28, 2018

Since launching a year ago, the Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF) has signed agreements with five countries ensuring that their Independent Power Producers (IPPs) receive protection against payment risks that often contribute to their failure. The Facility supports small and mid-scale renewable energy IPPs (from 50 to 100MW) in sub-Saharan Africa by helping these projects…

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Solar mini-grids in Africa set to rise to 16,000 by 2023

Nov 28, 2018

In the Africa and Asia markets, the number of solar mini-grid projects is expected to grow from 2,700 units in 2017 to over 31,000 units by 2023, with 51% of these figures to come from Africa. This is according to a new report from the clean energy consulting company Infinergia, the ‘Mini-grid for Village Electrification: Industry…

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Niger commissions first 7MW solar park

Nov 27, 2018

The 7 MW solar facility will sell power to local state-owned utility Nigelec. The project was developed with the support of the Indian government. Niger’s prime minister Brigi Rafini and the minister of energy Amina Moumouni have inaugurated the country’s first solar power plant, according to a statement released by local state-owned utility Nigelec. The…

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Eni, Sonatrach inaugurate 10MW Bir Rebaa North solar plant, sign renewable energy agreements

Nov 26, 2018

The Chairman and General Director of the Algerian state company Sonatrach, Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eni, Claudio Descalzi, inaugurated a 10 MW solar plant today in Bir Rebaa North (BRN) in Algeria. The plant, co-operated by Eni and Sonatrach through the GSA (Groupement Sonatrach-Agip), will provide green energy to…

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