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Tipping point for African C&I solar

With installers who cater to African businesses making the headlines this year, Jasper Graf von Hardenberg – whose C&I solar business was recently bought by Shell – explains here how the story of the continent’s commercial and industrial (C&I) solar segment was far from an overnight success.

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Engie, CBEA to build $60 million of minigrid projects in Nigeria

CrossBoundary EnergyAccess Nigeria has committed to invest $60 million in minigrid projects developed by Engie, in the largest such transaction in Africa. The projects will connect more than 150,000 people to electricity for the first time.

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Merger activity heats up in African commercial solar market

Lagos-based Daystar Power is targeting 400 MW of installed generation capacity by 2025, after being acquired by Shell mere days after the Starsight-SolarAfrica merger announcement.

Sterling and Wilson signs 961 MW/455 MWh solar storage deal with Nigerian government

Sterling and Wilson Solar Solutions has signed an agreement to build 961 MWp of solar and 455 MWh of battery storage capacity in Nigeria.

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Nigerian state to install 600 MW of C&I solar in pursuit of 1 GW goal

The Nigerian state of Lagos and the World Bank have announced plans for 1 GW of rooftop PV by 2030.

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African Development Bank offers local-currency credit to Nigeria’s clean power developers

Lack of locally-denominated finance, and of sufficiently long-term loans, are well established hurdles to the development of photovoltaics in Africa.

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Zinc miner goes solar as African Development Bank pushes off-grid finance

A business based at a Namibian mine has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement which will back the construction of a 5.4MW solar project. Elsewhere, the AfDB wants to roll-out solar panels to provide electricity access to six million people across six nations over the next six years.

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Nigerian mini-grid program appears to have been scaled back

An initial intent to commission 28 local solar-plus-storage networks has now been stated as comprising “around 20” mini-grids, with delivery expected this year, rather than by the middle of the year.

Rising electricity bills in Nigeria drive demand for solar

Commercial and industrial PV installer Starsight Energy says business is on the up thanks to rising wholesale energy costs in the country.

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Net metering would offer a solar rooftop alternative to uneconomic Kenyan utilities

Commercial and industrial clients across the continent are turning to solar amid fears ever more cash-strapped conventional electricity companies will be unable to invest in their creaking grids, an online event has heard.

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