Indian bank commits US$83 million to utility-scale solar in DRC

Credit line from Exim Bank to help build 35MW of PV capacity in the African country through three facilities in Karawa, Mbandaka and Lusambo.

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Asian Development Bank to help fund Tonga’s renewables-plus-storage push

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to part-fund a US$53.2 million undertaking to power Tonga with renewable energy, including the installation of 22.2MWh of energy storage.

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OPIC commits US$10 million to off-grid solar in Chad

Loan to help FinLux Ellen Sarl allocate kits and appliances to schools, hospitals, businesses and households.

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Construction concludes for Zambia’s first utility-scale PV plant

President Lungu cuts red ribbon of 54MW Bangwelulu project, the first to be tendered, financed and built under the World Bank’s Scaling Solar programme.

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NEC switches on Engie’s first utility-scale battery project in Chile

NEC Energy Solutions, the distributed energy division of Japanese information tech company NEC, has commissioned a 2MW / 2MWh battery energy storage system in Chile.

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JUMEME begins expansion on PV mini-grid project in Tanzania

RP Global, an independent renewable energy developer and majority shareholder of JUMEME Rural Power Supply, has commenced construction on the first phase of a solar-hybrid mini-grid project in Tanzania.

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South African mine taps juwi for potential hybrid wind and solar project

Developer hired by Orion Minerals to examine the viability of building 35MW hybrid plant to power neighbouring zinc-copper site in country’s semi-arid northwest.

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New Southern Energy completes first floating PV project in South Africa

New Southern Energy has completed the first floating PV project located in South Africa, with the installation operating at a dam next to a fruit farm just outside of Franschhoek in the country’s Western Cape province.

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African solar reaps lion’s share of latest GCF funding round

IPP support in Nigeria and small-scale PV in South Africa among schemes awarded funds as institution approves broader US$440 million allocation.

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Acciona, Swicorp finalise PV trio in Egypt

Firms to each own half of 186MWp capacity (150MW rated) built with US$180 million investment at government-sponsored Benban complex.

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West African states press ahead with solar corridor

Experts needed for project meant to deliver solar generation milestones of 2GW by 2020 and 10GW by 2030 across region.

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