South Africa’s Eskom opens battery demo facility for 2000MW energy storage need

South Africa’s main utility Eskom said it has identified a need for as much as 2,000MW of energy storage on its networks, and has opened a testing facility to find the technologies most suitable.

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USTDA backs tender request for 25MW hybrid solar-storage in Sierra Leone

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has put out a tender request for a 25MW hybrid solar-diesel-storage project in Sierra Leone.

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30MW Tanzania solar project wins Access Power’s US$7 million ACF competition

A 30MW solar PV project in Tanzania is one of the winners of Access Power’s US$7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF).

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EBRD signs off on support for 750MW of Egyptian solar

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved US$500 million of financing for 750MW of PV projects in Egypt.

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African solar must find its feet beyond development finance

Whilst African solar is still firmly an emerging market, investors have confirmed that issues remain with development finance, insofar as it is holding back the market from truly taking off. Whilst development finance institutions (DFIs) are a crucial part of allowing the market to find its feet, the continent’s economic infrastructure needs to move beyond the realm of development finance for commercial financiers to be enticed.

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Enel commissions 158MW solar park in Brazil

Enel Green Power (EGP), a subsidiary of Italian power giant Enel, has commissioned its 158MW Lapa solar park in Bahia, which is currently the largest PV project operating in Brazil.

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Zambia’s IDC prequalifies 12 bidders for 300MW solar auction

A total of 12 bidders have been prequalified following the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Zambia’s second round of Scaling Solar tenders for up to 300MW of PV projects.

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Four African nations join International Solar Alliance

Djibouti, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia and Ghana have signed a framework agreement to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA), while Comoros is expected to sign and submit its ratification instrument today.

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12 countries join India to commission ISA study on solar risk mitigation

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is starting to make tangible progress after several countries agreed to support commissioning of a study on a common risk mitigation mechanism (CRMM) for PV generation.

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Solar dominates in Access Power’s ACF winners’ shortlist

Emerging market project developer, owner and operator Access Power has announced the shortlist of winners for financing under its Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) fund, with solar forming the largest share of projects.

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Nepal looking to launch grid-connection program for 25MW of solar

The Nepal Electricity Authority is on the search for consulting services in preparation of the launch of the energy authority’s Nepal Grid Solar and Energy Efficiency Project.

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