Doubts whether the IFC’s Scaling Solar programme is ‘good thing for Africa’

Doubt has been cast on the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) ‘Scaling Solar’ programme after a panel of investors revealed it could be fostering a race to the bottom for unrealistic tariffs, diverting focus from essential bankability.

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Azuri launches PayGo solar in Nigeria

UK off-grid solar company Azuri Technologies has launched an PayGo solar home system partnership with Nigeria’s Delta Power Holding (NDPHC).

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Power Africa partner breaks ground on 1GW solar programme in Burundi

Gigawatt Global, a multinational renewable energy company and partner of Obama’s Power Africa initiative, has broken ground on its 1GW solar programme with the 7.5MW solar project in Burundi.

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IFC, FMO invest in PAYG company to deliver decentralised solar to East Africa

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and FMO, the Dutch development bank have invested a collective €14.62 million (US$15.52 million) in Mobisol, a German pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar service company, in order to deliver renewable energy solutions to off-grid communities in East Africa.

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East Africa’s ‘largest’ solar plant now in operation

What is claimed to be East Africa’s largest solar offering is now online in the form of the 10MW PV plant in Soroti, Uganda.

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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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