Northern Africa

Algerian diesel-solar tender concludes with lowest bid of 11 cents

State-owned gas and power provider Sonegalz intends to develop five hybrid projects in off-grid areas in the south of the country. The highest bid came in at the equivalent of $0.13/kWh.

China holds key to corporate solar take-up but lags way behind Texas at present

The Lone Star State accounted for almost half of the activity witnessed in the world’s biggest corporate clean energy marketplace but analysts are excited about the prospect of Beijing mandating companies to purchase minimum levels of green electricity.

Tunisia announces grid-connection of its first solar park

The 10 MW facility is located in Tozeur, in southern Tunisia. The project was also financed by the German development bank KFW under Tunisia’s solar program Plan Solaire Tunisien (PST).

Chinese investment in renewables soars under Belt & Road initiative

A report by Greenpeace has found in the five years since China announced the continent spanning ‘One Belt, One Road’ infrastructure plan, investment in Belt & Road countries has supported 12.6 GW of wind and solar power generation capacity. That compares with just 450 MW which came online in the territories before 2014. The initiative has also supported 68 GW of new coal capacity.

Lowest bid in Tunisia’s 500 MW solar tender comes in at $0.0244

All five offers received by the Tunisian government were under the three-cent threshold. The lowest bid was for a 200 MW solar plant Norwegian developer Scatec intends to build in the Tataouine province.

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Scatec Solar triples production over last year

The IPP released its latest financial figures and leadership says that with growth across all business units, Q2 2019 is its best quarter ever.

Solar industry counts seven human rights allegations

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has published a report looking at the human rights due diligence performance of the renewables industry and examined individual generation methods. The report finds that, while the solar sector is not top of the sad list, its vest also isn’t completely unstained.

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Africa added 556 MW of on-grid solar in Q1 2019

According to new statistics released by African Energy Live Data, solar represents more than half of total new power generation capacity for the first three months of this year.

Tunisia launches tender for another 70 MW of solar

Through this procurement exercise, the Tunisian government hopes to build six solar plants with a capacity of 10 MW each and ten 1 MW small solar parks.

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Tunisian module maker Ifrisol to increase capacity to 750 MW

The manufacturer plans to add 350 MW of manufacturing capacity at its two sites in Tunisia by next year. The ramping up is due to new orders from India and other foreign markets.

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