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Mini-grids

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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World Bank: Nigeria’s mini-grid sector set to boom

A World Bank presentation in London drew an encouraging picture for the Nigerian market by explaining why the mini grid segment will take off in the next 12 months.

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PV waste a rising challenge for Bangladesh

With concerns over the mountains of PV system waste that will one day pile up around the world, Bangladesh is no exception – the nation currently has no solar panel recycling policy.

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Guinea-Bissau launches 22 MW PV tender

The tendered project is expected to provide 500,000 people with access to energy, while more than doubling the country’s total installed power generation capacity. It includes a grid-connected 20 MW solar plant in Gardete and two 1 MW hybrid solar-diesel plants in Gabu and Canchungo that will also rely on some storage capacity.

‘Renewables mini grids need good policy frameworks’

The International Renewable Energy Agency says Asia is offering the largest amount of people mini grid access, with the development of such systems mostly led by governments. Global installed capacity reached 308 MW at the end of 2017.

Indonesia inaugurates its first three solar plus storage mini-grids

Indonesia has reached a milestone, having inaugurated its first three solar+storage mini-grids, thus enabling three remote villages to enjoy uninterrupted, off-grid access to electricity for the entire day.

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ISA launches three solar programs

The International Solar Alliance has launched three new solar programs: Scaling Solar Applications for Agriculture Use, Affordable Finance at Scale, and Scaling Solar Mini-grids. The programs will be under operations ahead of the ISA’s official accreditation on December 6.

Mozambique launches $500 million electrification program based on hydro, solar, microgrids

The government of the eastern African nation has revealed plans to bring power to remote areas in the provinces of Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala, Manica, Tete, Zambézia, Nampula, Niassa and Cabo Delgado.

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Sweden’s Trine raises $6 million in funding round for solar projects

The crowd-investment platform for profitable solar energy projects will use the funds to expand operations in in East Africa and Europe.

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Solar leads the way in record-breaking renewable capacity additions, REN21 report says

With 161 GW installed, last year was a record 12 months for global renewable additions, finds the annual overview of the state of renewable energy drafted by REN21. Solar PV accounted for around 47% of the capacity added.

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