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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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d.light raises over US$22.5 million to expand PayGo business into new off-grid solar markets

d.light, a solar solutions provider for communities without access to reliable power, has secured US$22.5 million in new financing to grow its PayGo business into additional off-grid territories.

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Democratic Republic of Congo gets its first solar-plus-storage minigrid with Tesla batteries

Not-for-profit GivePower Foundation, created by US firm SolarCity, has installed the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) first minigrid using solar and battery storage at Virunga National Park.

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Canadian firms secure PPA for 80 MW solar project in Nigeria

Canadian energy company Nova Scotia Power Development Limited (NSPDL) has partnered with CDIL, a fellow Canadian renewable energy company with projects focused in Africa, for an 80MW ground-mount solar project in Nigeria.

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Decline in solar costs drive lower trajectory for global energy investment in 2016, says BNEF

A significant decline in the cost of PV modules and project construction, as well as a shift from small-scale projects to cheaper capex utility-scale projects, is a main driver for an clean energy investment slowdown in 2016, says Bloomberg News Energy Finance (BNEF). Total investment for this year is expected to fall “well short” of […]

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Nigeria signs first ever solar PPA

Federal government-owned public liability, the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET), has signed the country’s first ever solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with more than ten project developers, totalling 975MW of utility-scale solar. As of last week, there were 15 projects with generation licences, so it is possible that there could still be more in the […]

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West Africa Solar takes first steps forward

The second Solar and Off-Grid Renewables West Africa event in Ghana in April heard mixed views on the progress of solar in the region. But with the first projects reaching completion and others moving forward, brighter times seem to be around the corner. Tom Kenning reports. Despite the commissioning of the largest solar PV plant […]

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Solar energy leads Heineken’s sustainability efforts

Heineken has revealed that it utilises solar PV more than any other technology to increase the share of renewables in its energy mix, having installed 13MW at its breweries around the world.

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