African Development Bank sets up $500m facility for sub-Saharan small scale renewables

The new credit lines are for the development of on and off-grid renewable energy projects. The European Commission is offering the fund a €40 million helping hand.

Five takeaways from the Africa Energy Forum 2019

At the 21st AEF, held last week in Lisbon. pv magazine had two journalists on the ground and here reports on five key findings.

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Morocco’s medium voltage PV market will open this year

The nation’s renewable energy legislation will be updated to expand net metering for projects connected to the medium voltage grid, paving the way for a wave of decentralized installations.

‘PPA deals signed under the opening three rounds of the REIPPPP must be renegotiated’

A representative of South Africa’s energy regulator said deals signed between 2011 and 2013 must be subject to lower tariffs to ease the financial crisis at national utility Eskom. The suggestion failed to convince delegates at an Africa Energy Forum panel discussion in Lisbon, however.

Africa Energy Forum: $0.09/kWh the norm for African solar

The 21st Africa Energy Forum, this year in Lisbon, kicked off yesterday and will run until Friday. The meeting offers an insight into the continent’s energy markets.

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UK solar: Records, concerns and a persistent regulator

Although the nation’s PV industry has recently established new landmarks, warnings have been sounded about the immediate outlook for the sector.

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More than 6 GW worth of new PV seeking generation licenses in Greece

The country’s PV market has heated up, a fact reflected by the number of applications submitted to the energy regulator seeking a license to generate electricity.

Are Greece’s solar tenders ill-designed?

Greece has run solar tenders on three different occasions in the past year, awarding a total of 546 MW of new PV capacity. In all three instances, Greek consumers were manipulated and the country’s institutions did little to protect them.

Ethiopia announces procurement for 500 MW of solar

Developers have until May 29 to register for the first stage of the process to procure four solar projects. With work under way on the second round of the IFC’s Scaling Solar program in the nation, 12 bidders have been identified to compete for the two projects previously offered under the initiative.

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Greece plans to tender extra 300 MW of solar in July

The energy ministry has published a plan for renewables auctions for this year and next. Under the program, Greece’s energy regulator has announced the next PV tender will take place in the summer.

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