USTDA backs one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s first utility solar-plus-storage projects

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is continuing its mission of funding priority development projects in emerging economies, this time by signing two grants that leverage US technology and investment to increase access to affordable, reliable electricity in Kenya.

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The Philippines clears 162MW of PV and 30MW storage for grid impact studies

The Department of Energy (DoE) of the Philippines has progressed solar projects with a combined total of 162MW of capacity, along with a 30MW battery energy storage project to grid impact testing (GIS) stages, according to consulting firm Enerdata.

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Asunim to develop 42MW PV pipeline in Turkey

Asunim – a Turkish-based EPC and project-development company – announced that it has started construction on two non-licensed PV power plants worth 42MW of generation capacity in Turkey.

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Access Power selects 50MW Nigeria solar plant as ACF financing winner

A 50MW grid-tied solar PV plant in Nigeria’s Kaduna state has been selected as one of the winners for financing under Access Power’s Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) fund – the first crowdsourcing origination platform of its kind that provides funding to local developers.

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Construction set to commence on 55MW PV project in Kenya

The Kenyan Rural Electrification Authority’s (REA) chairman, Dr. Simon Gicharu, announced this week that the construction on a 55MW solar project in Kenya is set to begin.

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Customer education: The unlikely key to unlocking Africa’s C&I solar sector

Alongside finance and political considerations, customer education has been identified as a key driver of Africa’s emerging commercial and industrial (C&I) solar sector, according to market experts.

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GreenWish to install 200MW of new solar in Nigeria

GreenWish Partners, a renewable energy developer dedicated to African renewables, will invest US$280 million to build 200MW worth of solar PV plants in Nigeria.

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Zambia to tender 150MW-250MW in ‘Scaling Solar’ Round 2

Zambian State-run firm the Industrial Development Corporation Limited (IDC) has invited expressions of interest for 150MW-250MW of solar PV capacity in Round 2 of the ‘Scaling Solar’ programme.

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Africa can’t afford to wait for energy investment, claims Kofi Annan report

Africa cannot wait for the development of electricity infrastructure and should exploit more quickly deployable solutions such as solar PV, according to a report by Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel.

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Mali’s first PV project opens the door for solar to ‘flourish’ in West Africa

West Africa’s Mail is to build its first ever solar PV project with a little help from the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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EU funding large-scale solar projects in Benin, Niger, Nigeria and Chad

Last week the EU’s Africa Renewable Energy Initiative announced 14 new renewable energy projects across the continent, representing 1.7GW, with a total potential investment of almost €4 billion.

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