Sonnedix co-founder launches US$100m open fund for solar and storage in emerging markets

An open fund for solar energy and energy storage in various emerging markets has been launched by Franck Constant, the co-founder of Sonnedix Group and director of Sithe Pacific, Energy-Storage.News’ sister site PV Tech revealed today.

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Tesvolt’s 3MWh shipment to Mali could save villagers 80% of energy costs

German manufacturer Tesvolt will supply 3MWh of energy storage to 25 villages in Mali, Africa, which the company claims will allow the currently diesel-reliant residents to drastically reduce electricity costs.

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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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Flow battery firm ViZn to target Africa market

Flow battery manufacturer ViZn Energy Systems will target the African market after forming a partnership with EPC firm Jabil Inala.

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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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Rwanda villagers’ water pumps to be powered by Tesvolt’s off-grid storage

German storage manufacturer Tesvolt has been awarded a project to power water pumps in Rwanda with 2.68MWh of battery storage linked to a utility-scale solar system.

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