Eskom defying the president’s renewables ‘injunction’, says SAREC

South African utility Eskom is defying the injunction of president Jacob Zuma by attempting to negotiate tariffs with preferred bidders as opposed to signing existing PPAs outright, according to the South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC).

Read more

Obama’s Power Africa to invest US$1 billion in Nigeria’s Power sector

Power Africa, the USAID-funded energy initiative created under the Obama administration, has announced plans to invest US$1 billion in Nigeria’s energy sector, according to programme co-ordinator Andrew Herscowitz.

Read more

Clean Energy West Africa Summit confirms workshop for ECOWAS-based clean energy start-ups

In partnership with Ghana’s Climate Innovation Centre, Solar Media’s Clean Energy West Africa will host the first incubator workshop in April for start-ups.

Read more

GreenWish Partners and Oriental work together on 50MW Nigerian solar project

Oriental Renewable Solutions, a subsidiary of the Oriental Group has formed a 50:50 equity partnership with GreenWish Partners to co-develop a 50MW solar PV project in Jigawa State, Nigeria.

Read more

Doubts whether the IFC’s Scaling Solar programme is ‘good thing for Africa’

Doubt has been cast on the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) ‘Scaling Solar’ programme after a panel of investors revealed it could be fostering a race to the bottom for unrealistic tariffs, diverting focus from essential bankability.

Read more

Azuri launches PayGo solar in Nigeria

UK off-grid solar company Azuri Technologies has launched an PayGo solar home system partnership with Nigeria’s Delta Power Holding (NDPHC).

Read more

Power Africa partner breaks ground on 1GW solar programme in Burundi

Gigawatt Global, a multinational renewable energy company and partner of Obama’s Power Africa initiative, has broken ground on its 1GW solar programme with the 7.5MW solar project in Burundi.

Read more

EDF and Off Grid Electric announce solar JV for West Africa

EDF and Off Grid Electric, a distributed solar company in Africa, have announced a large-scale partnership to supply off-grid solar power in West Africa.

Read more

Senegal breaks ground on 20MW solar park

This weekend Senegal began construction on one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest solar offerings with the 20MW Senergy 2 project in Bokhol.

Read more

Nigeria Electricity Regulation Commission approves mini-grid licences

Nigeria’s Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) has approved a new regulation that gives distribution companies licences to use mini-grids to accelerate electrification across the country.

Read more

FMO and Building Energy team up for 10MW solar facility in Uganda

Dutch development bank FMO has provided a US$14.7 million loan for a 10MW solar project in Uganda that will be developed and owned by international IPP Building Energy.

Read more