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EU to offer expertise to drive renewables-friendly policy across Africa

The oft-heard industry call for more supportive policy for renewables, this time in Africa, has prompted the European Commission to pledge to work with its continental counterpart on improving the clean energy regulatory environment.

Egyptian government signs deal to buy power from 200 MW of Kom Ombo project

Saudi power company ACWA Power today revealed it has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and said development was on track for generation to start before October next year.

Mini grids grant could drive 80 MW of new capacity in Africa

A new fund established by the African Development Bank could attract $650 million of private money into the sector, according to the lender.

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African Development Bank opens $50-60m pot for off-grid solar Covid recovery

The development lender has established a Covid-19 Off-Grid Recovery Platform with impact investors from the Netherlands, U.S. and U.K., to offer affordable loans to off-grid solar companies operating in Africa.

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African utilities wary of threat from renewables

The rise of clean energy and prosumers, net metering and greenhouse gas regulation all figure among the bogeymen as far as national electric companies are concerned.

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Solar challenges and trends and Covid-19 discussed at 2020 Africa Energy Forum

The 24-day, digital 2020 Africa Energy Forum kicked off on October 20. The event brings together African energy sector officials to identify opportunities, air their views, form partnerships, and take the necessary steps to improve the industry. For solar, challenges in policy making, procurement processes and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic were discussed, as well as emerging trends such as solar digitalization.

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Tender for 32 MW solar project subcontractors in Chad

The planned power plant marks the first phase of a 60 MW scheme 30km north of the capital, N’Djamena. The overall project is being developed by UK-based Private Infrastructure Development Group and French company Smart Energies International.

PV relief for sub-Saharan Africa amid Covid-19 pandemic

Solar support is on the way for businesses and communities struggling to cope as the coronavirus outbreak ripples across the continent.

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Solar project to more than double Guinea-Bissau generation capacity

Chinese business Sinohydro has secured the contract for a 20 MW solar plant in Gardete, near the city of Bissau. The tender for the project was launched a year ago.

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AfDB provides $200 million to expand Nigerian power sector

The African Development Bank has agreed to invest $200 million to improve electricity access in Nigeria by building minigrids throughout the country.

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