Zimbabwe mining firm chooses solar over giant coal plans

Zimbabwean firm Karo Mining Holdings plans to build a 300MW solar project close to its new platinum mining operations west of Harare instead of its original plans for a 600MW coal-fired power plant, after discussions with the Zimbabwean government.

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Solar increasing economic activity in East African households

The majority of households with PV systems in East Africa have reported an increase in economic activity in the first three months of using the solar power, according to a new report from GOGLA, the global association for the off-grid solar energy industry.

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Veolia Foundation expands decentralised solar electrification model in Madagascar

After successful trials, the Veolia Foundation, an arm of French waste management giant Veolia that financially backs non-profit, community-oriented projects, has decided to expand its decentralised solar electrification plans in northern Madagascar to create 1,000 nano-grids and 100 nano-entrepreneurs by the end of the year.

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Lead acid ‘toxic legacy in Africa’ disputed by Kenyan industry veteran

A veteran of Kenya’s renewable energy industry has argued strongly in favour of lead acid batteries over lithium-ion, in response to a recent Energy-Storage.news article on off-grid solar PV in Africa.

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Aggreko and Younicos combine solar-diesel hybrid with battery storage as a rental solution

Increasingly, solar energy and behind-the-meter battery storage assets are being deployed on an ‘as-a-service’ basis and system integrator Younicos has decided to replicate the strategy for microgrids.

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Younicos extends ‘as-a-service’ proposition to microgrid customers

Increasingly, solar energy and behind-the-meter battery storage assets are being deployed on an ‘as-a-service’ basis and system integrator Younicos has decided to replicate the strategy for microgrids.

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EIB supports Greek network modernisation, African off-grid solar

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a €85 million loan to reinforce Greece’s national electricity network in order to support the increased use of renewable energy as well as modernise electricity distribution across the Greek mainland and islands.

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DR Congo contracts BBOXX to provide off-grid solar to 2.5 million people

UK-based off-grid renewables specialist BBOXX has signed a deal with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to bring clean power to 2.5 million citizens across the African country by 2020, via off-grid solar kits and mini-grids.

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Kenergy Renewables signs off on 40MW deal for PV energy with Kenyan utility

Private Kenyan power firm Kenergy Renewables has signed off on a 20-year deal to sell 40MW of PV power to the country’s state-run utility, Reuters reports.

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Sterling & Wilson to build Africa’s ‘largest’ battery storage project beside solar-diesel microgrid

Indian EPC firm Sterling and Wilson has won its first large-scale hybrid and energy storage turnkey EPC contract order in Western Africa, including what it believes to be both the largest battery storage project and single battery installation in the whole continent.

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Sterling and Wilson to build ‘largest’ battery energy storage project in Africa

Indian EPC firm Sterling and Wilson has won its first large-scale hybrid and energy storage turnkey EPC contract order in Western Africa, including what it believes to be both the largest battery storage project and single battery installation in the whole continent.

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