South Africa

Seraphim plans 1.5 GW solar module, 300 MW cell fab in Africa

Chinese solar PV manufacturer, Seraphim has inaugurated a US$14 million, 300 MW solar PV module manufacturing facility in South Africa. Plans are in place to ramp this up to 1.5 GW over the next three years, and add 300 MW of cell production.

Germany’s KfW finances South Africa’s grid enhancement with $100 million

The improvement to the country’s power infrastructure is planned to enable the integration of renewable energy IPP projects under the recently-signed PPAs, as part of the REIPPPP program.

Scatec wants to double size of project pipeline

Chief executive of Norwegian developer tells markets his company will deliver on 1.5 GW promise by the end of the year – by including any projects it has broken ground on.

South Africa to launch new 1.8 GW REIPPP round this year

After signing the 27 outstanding renewable PPAs assigned in previous rounds in April, the South African government believes the new procurement round may raise investment of more than $3.1 billion.

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Are the big Chinese powerhouses coming to America?

In the face of actual and threatened tariffs in the US and India, the world’s biggest solar manufacturers may have to set up shop in the protectionist nations in question ahead of a predicted cooling in their home market.

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South Africa finally signs 27 outstanding renewable PPAs

South Africa’s utility-scale solar industry is finally back on track following the signing of 27 renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs).

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Solar Show Africa: Financing remains key bottleneck

Financing is the main bottleneck in the African solar industry, while private sector support is key for the deployment of PV projects. High quality products and solutions are also a focus. This is what came out of the recent Solar Show Africa event, held last week in Johannesburg.

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South African court rules in favor of renewables

Common sense appears to have prevailed in South Africa, with the Gauteng North High Court ruling against coal’s attempt to block the signing of 27 renewable energy PPAs.

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France’s Orange enters African off-grid solar market

The French multinational telecommunications corporation has announced a plan to begin providing off-grid solar solutions to Burkina Faso and, at a later stage, in Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast.

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Unbelievable: Coal puts halt to South Africa’s renewables industry

In an unexpected turn of events, two unions representing coal interests have put a halt to the signing of 27 renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs), thus effectively stopping South Africa’s renewables industry in its tracks.

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