Sub-Saharan Africa

20MW/35MWh solar+storage plant to be built in Sudan

Egyptian manufacturer El Sewedy Electric has secured a contract from the Sudanese government to build the $45 million project in Nesitu county, near the national capital of Juba. The African Export-Import Bank is financing the project.

17MW/15MWh storage system for solar plant at gold mine in Mali

Mali is set to host one of the world’s largest off grid solar+storage projects, as a 30 MW solar plant will soon be coupled with a 17MW/15MWh storage facility to power the Fekola gold mine. Finland’s Wärtsilä will supply the battery.

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UAE-based PV developer to build 50 MW of solar in Togo

A unit of Dubai-based Amea Power will build the project in Blitta prefecture, in the center of the West African country, with all electricity to be sold to Togo Electric Power Co. (CEET) under a long-term power purchase agreement.

Clean energy must be rolled out six times faster

To have any hope of restricting global heating to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius, the renewables success story which saw 108 GW of solar deployed last year needs to be cranked up to the next level – and fast.

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Financing African projects remains a struggle

Innoenergy’s recent conference in Berlin repeated the argument financing renewable energy projects in Africa remains a struggle, however it also showcased some hopeful case studies.

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Solar and hydropower to rescue São Tome and Príncipe from crisis of troubled utility

The United Nations Development Program is seeking consultants to build a 2 MW solar project and three hydropower plants ranging in generation capacity from 1.15-2 MW.

The weekend read: Offgrid goes global

Offgrid solar power has emerged as a vital part of the PV business across the African continent, and is now spreading to other parts of the globe, mainly with solar home systems and microgrids. pv magazine examines the core issues of financing, business models and the quest for user data.

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Solar in Burundi – just add water

The African Development Bank is seeking consultants to explore how two hydropower projects and an associated grid planned in Burundi can incorporate solar power. The addition of photovoltaics is intended to reduce the country’s dependency on hydro, level out generation during dry and wet seasons and mitigate the effect of droughts.

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Côte d’Ivoire gets World Bank support for 60 MW of solar

The African country has joined the World Bank’s Scaling Solar Program. Two PV plants will be located in Touba and Laboa, in the northeast of the country.

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Angola’s solar plans boosted by Italian oil giant Eni

The Italian oil and gas provider has signed a concession agreement with the government of the African oil country to build a 50 MW solar plant. The project is expected to be in the province of Namibe and will be part of the nation’s plan to deploy 600 MW of solar by 2022.

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