Sub-Saharan Africa

Niger gets its first solar container

Africa GreenTec, alongside the German Investment and Development Company (DEG) and the International Climate Initiative, have installed a solar-plus-storage container in the Taboua region.

Vinci Energies to build another 17 MW of solar in Senegal

The French developer was selected by Senegal’s power utility Senelec to install 10 solar power plants across four different regions of the African country.

German Development Bank sets up €33 million credit facility to support renewables in Africa

The facility is planned to improve liquidity of developers of renewable energy projects up to 50 MW across Africa.

Lesotho’s first utility-scale solar project moves forward

The government of the African country has issued an expression of interest in seeking consultancy companies for the environmental and social impact assessment of a 20 MW PV power project.

Eni plans 20 MW solar power plant in Ghana

The Italian oil and gas provider is also assessing the feasibility of floating PV projects in in the Volta basin.

South Africa exempts IPPs up to 1 MW from licensing

Under the new rules, unlicensed PV installations not exceeding 1 MW may provide with power a final client or be used for self-consumption.

AfDB and Green Climate Fund partner to develop renewables in Africa

The African development bank (AFDB) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have entered what is described in a press release by the AFDB as a “full-scale” partnership, with the long-term goal of unlocking Africa’s renewable energies potential.

BayWa r.e. connects pilot PV+storage project in Zambia

German PV developer BayWa r.e. has completed an 86 kW PV + storage project, which will power irrigation equipment for farmers in Zambia. The project marks Baywa r.e.’s first entrance on to the African continent, where the company says it has significant plans for expansion.

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International Solar Alliance is now an international legal body

The international solar alliance framework agreement receives 15 ratifications, as the Republic of Guinea becomes the 15th country to do so. The founding ceremony of ISA is scheduled for December 08, 2017 in Greater Noida, India.

Ghana’s Volta River Authority secures funds to deploy 12 MW of solar

The funds will be granted by Germany’s KfW and will be used to build two large-scale PV power plant’s in Ghana’s Upper West Region.