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Algeria announces 1 GW renewables tender

The tender is expected to be launched between June and July and to be divided into ten lots of 100 MW each. Domestic content requirements for modules, cables and mounting structures should be included in the procurement exercise.

Unsubsidized solar for underground zinc-lead mine in Namibia

Canadian mining company Trevali will buy power from a solar plant located near its Rosh Pinah mine under a 15-year power purchase agreement.

Mali greenlights two PV projects totaling 83 MW

A 50 MW project is being planned by French company Legendre Energie and a 33 MW facility is under development by Scatec.

Botswanan diamond mining company launches tender for small solar park

Diamond Trading Company Botswana is seeking proposals for a 600 kW ground-mounted PV plant to power operations at its mining site in Gaborone.

Belgian development agency launches tender for five solar mini-grids in Mozambique

The five solar-plus-storage facilities will be located in Zambézia and Nampula provinces.

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First PPA-linked solar park in Zambia

Zambia-based GreenCo Power is seeking independent power producers for the construction of a solar park with a capacity of up to 40 MW in the sub-Saharan country. The pilot project will be the first in taking advantage of new rules that liberalized the Zambian energy market by enabling bilateral power purchase agreements.

20 MW/5 MWh solar-plus-storage project set to begin construction in Malawi

The Golomoti solar plant is expected to come online in 2022. The plant will be used to provide grid stability and reduce national dependence on diesel generators and hydroelectric generation.

Kenyan utility kicks off tender for small solar parks

KTDA Power Company is seeking developers for up to ten small-sized solar parks. The facilities are expected to have a capacity of between 300 kW and 1 MW.

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The untapped potential of floating PV in Africa

Researchers at the European Commission’s Joint Research Center have assessed the potential of installing floating solar plants on 146 hydropower reservoirs in Africa. They concluded that, in addition to increasing installed capacity, the plants also reduce water evaporation, allowing for increased annual hydropower production.

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Kenya launches tender to add solar to 22 diesel mini-grids

Kenyan utility KPLC wants to retrofit 23 diesel mini-grids by adding wind and solar power generators. PV is the only option available for 21 of the selected sites.

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