‘Countless piles of dead batteries’ are testament to lead acid’s toxic legacy in Africa

Providers of solar-plus-storage into the continent of Africa have said that it is a misconception that lead acid batteries used in off-grid systems are recycled efficiently back into the supply chain.

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Hoymiles supplies largest microinverter project in South Africa

Chinese manufacturer Hoymiles has supplied the largest project in South Africa to depend on microinverters.

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ROUND-UP: Seychelles saltwater floating PV, Karnataka PPA signings, BBOXX eyes UK impact investors

Seychelles to tender for 4MW of saltwater floating solar, Karnataka signs PPAs for 640MW of solar, BBOXX to tap UK impact investors to raise £2.5 million annually.

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South Africa’s delayed PPAs finally signed

The South African government has signed 27 power purchase agreements (PPAs) after resolving the latest twist in the long-running saga.

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Orange extends household solar kit offering to five more African countries

Orange, which already provides energy access through solar to residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Madagascar, is extending its services to Burkina Faso, and further ahead in Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire by June this year.

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Canadian Solar breaks into Africa with 6MW project completed in Namibia

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Canadian Solar has completed construction and started commercial operation of a 6MWp PV power project in Keetmanshoop, Namibia, its first project in Africa.

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Unions block US$4bn of investment in South African renewables to protect coal jobs

Two unions in South Africa have blocked the signing of renewable energy power purchase agreements claiming that doing so will lead to job losses from closed coal plants.

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Eskom set to end renewable uncertainty with signing of 27 contracts

Eskom will sign the 27 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) from South Africa’s fourth round tender next week, the country’s energy minister has confirmed.

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Scatec Solar closes financing for Mozambique’s first large-scale PV project

Scatec Solar, KLP Norfund Investments and Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM) have closed debt financing and started construction on a 40MW PV project in Mozambique.

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Six developers pre-qualified for 25MW Scaling Solar tender with storage in Madagascar

Madagascar’s Ministry of Water, Energy and Hydrocarbons (MEEH) has released a list of six pre-qualified bidders for the country’s 25MW(AC) Scaling Solar tender, which is the first to include energy storage in its remit.

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Mastercard and M-KOPA piloting pay-as-you-go mechanism for African solar

Mastercard and off-grid solar firm M-KOPA are to pilot a new payment technology to support pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar opportunities in Uganda, with plans to roll out across East Africa.

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