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Renewables targets falling by the wayside, according to African solar survey

An overview of the state of solar across the continent by trade body the Africa Solar Industry Association has highlighted a patchy policy landscape where clean power ambitions are often not followed through.

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Togo launches large scale solar tender

With the country’s first procurement exercise for bigger projects, the Togolese government intends to develop solar parks with a combined generation capacity of up to 80 MW. The tender is being held under the umbrella of the World Bank’s Scaling Solar initiative.

Bangladesh tenders 50 MW solar plant

A pre-bid meeting has been arranged on January 20 for the project, which is being financed with a $74 million World Bank loan.

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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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Afghanistan kicks off tender for another 40 MW solar project

The facility will be developed under the World Bank’s Scaling Solar initiative on a public-private partnership basis in Herat province.

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Ethiopia’s plans for solar mini grids move forward

The Ethiopian Electric Utility is seeking proposals for 25 mini grid projects which are being backed by the African Development Bank.

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ACWA Power offers African record low $0.02526/kWh for Ethiopian projects

Ethiopia has concluded the tender process for the first round of its Scaling Solar program. The winning bid is the lowest in the continent to date, according to the finance ministry.

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Ethiopia aims to set up formula for the calculation of mini-grid tariffs

Ethiopia is currently trying to set up a methodology for the calculation of electricity tariffs for mini-grid systems. Should the government’s work come to fruition, it can provide much-needed certainty to mini-grid investors.

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Togo launches first large scale solar project

After joining the Scaling Solar initiative in mid-July, the sub-Saharan country has revealed where its first 30 MW PV plant will be built.

Engie secures financing for 60 MW of solar in Senegal

A €38 million loan will be provided by Proparco, the International Finance Corporation and the European Investment Bank. A PV plant in Tauba will sell power for €0.0380/kWh and a second facility in Kahone which will sell electricity for €0.0398.

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