Solarpack receives funding for 135MW solar portfolio in Chile, India

Spanish PV project developer Solarpack announced last week that it has closed the financing process for nine PV projects in Chile and India for a total amount of US$104 million.

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d.light partners with microfinance institution Musoni for off-grid solar in Kenya

Off-grid solar product distributor d.light has partnered with cloud-based microfinance institution Musoni to expand access to solar for low-income consumers in Kenya.

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Reports: Alfanar Energy signs PPA for 50MW solar plant in Egypt

Saudi Arabia’s Alfanar Energy has signed a PPA with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for the development of a 50MW solar plant in Egypt, according to local reports.

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EBRD mulling support for 750MW of Egyptian solar

Utility-scale solar projects totalling 750MW could receive support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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NDB loans US$300 million to Brazil’s development bank for renewables

The New Development Bank (NDB) have signed a US$300 million loan agreement with the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) to support investment in wind, solar, small hydropower plants, biomass, biogas and agricultural residues.

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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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