June 2019
JinkoSolar Recognized as Top Performer in PVEL/DNV GL 2019 PV Module Reliability Scorecard for the 5th Consecutive Year SHANGHAI, June 10, 2019 – JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (the "Company," or "JinkoSolar") (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced that it was ranked as a Top Performer for the 5thconsecutive year in the 2019 PV...
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May 2019
Jinkosolar today announced to launch its Swan bifacial module series, which provides a significant enhancement of its industry-leading solar technology and offers the market a mainstream 430 watt solar module with power gained from the rear side.   Jinkosolar’s Cheetah technology based on 158.75” mono wafer provides the industry’s most competitive solution and set the industry pac...
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Leading ‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, JinkoSolar has secured new solar panel orders totaling 10.7GW in the first four months of 2019, setting a company and industry record. And announced the construction of a 5GW new greenfield mono wafer production facility in the City of Leshan, Sichuan Province, China. JinkoSolar said that the new mono wafer facility is expected to increase ...
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The DRC Ministry of Energy and Hydraulic ressources has mandated UK's DFID to provide technical assistance for the development of mini-grids in the cities of Bumba, Gemena and Isiro for a total of 460,000 connections for a total estimated project cost of $80M. 8 candidate consortia have been shortlisted: CMI, ABC Contracting & Enersol AEE Power Ventures S.L & CDC Group Congo Energy-E...
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March 2019
Solar module manufacturing giant JinkoSolar reported a sizeable jump in its shipments and margins in 2018. The news was revealed in the company’s 2018 financial results, published March 22. For 2018 on a consolidated basis across its business, JinkoSolar posted a module shipment of 11.4GW in 2018 — a 16 percent increase from the previous year, marking the third consecutive year with ranking to...
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Togo began offering subsidies to its citizens to cover the cost of off-grid solar power systems on Friday in a move that if replicated elsewhere in Africa, could help accelerate the adoption of the green technology across the energy-starved continent. Less than 40 percent of African households are connected to a national grid, representing a huge underexploited power market. Off-grid power solu...
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BBOXX, first operator active on the CIZO project in Togo, just raised more than six million euros through a crowdfunding arranged with Trine, a service that carries out sustainable investments in solar energy. Sources close to BBOXX reveal that in Europe, 4,400 single investors took part in the crowdfunding, investing an average of €500-€600. BBOXX’s goal is to “speed up installation...
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‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) leader JinkoSolar has officially held the opening ceremony for its new state-of-the-art solar panel manufacturing facility at 4660 POW-MIA Memorial Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida. Pilot production at the manufacturing facility began in November 2018 and has since been steadily ramping up. Once fully operational, the $50 million facility will employ more ...
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February 2019
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has made an initial investment into SunFunder’s $85 million (~₹6.04 billion) Solar Energy Transformation Fund. The fund supports electricity access through the use of solar power in Sub-Saharan Africa and India. The financing is part of a $25 million commitment of senior and junior debt that OPIC had entered back in September 2018. Mercom h...
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Kasapreko Company Limited (Kasapreko), CrossBoundary Energy Ghana Limited (CBE Ghana), and Yingli Namene West Africa Limited (Yingli Namene) are today announcing the completion of commissioning of Kasapreko’s 400.4 KWp solar plant located at Kasapreko’s Spintex Road bottling facility. The installation is Ghana’s first PPA-financed solar plant for a commercial customer. CrossBoundary Energy ...
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ENGIE is pleased to announce that commercial operation was achieved on 30 January 2019 for the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park in South Africa. This state of the art plant is a greenfield Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project with parabolic trough technology and equipped with a molten salt storage system that allows for 4.5 hours of thermal energy storage to provide reliable electricity in the absence of...
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January 2019
Crossboundary Energy Access – which claims to be the continent’s first mini-grid financing facility – wants to unlock $11 billion in private capital to bring energy to 100 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. Raising capital has been a struggle despite mini-grids being lauded as a solid solution for electrification. Fundraising has proven difficult to date, with the CBEA pointing out sol...
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Inspired Evolution, an Africa-focused investment advisory firm that specializes in the clean energy sector, led a $41 million equity investment by its Evolution II Fund and other consortium partners into d.light, which manufactures and distributes award-winning solar lighting and power for the developing world, with the goal of reaching 100 million people by 2020.  Evolution II invested $18 mill...
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The growing number of development projects and an improved investment environment has ‎encouraged French multinational corporation Schneider Electric to pump new investments into Egypt, said Luke Remont, executive vice president of ‎international operations at the company.‎ ‎“We are planning to double the production capacity at our factory in Egypt by June 2019,” Remont said today ‎...
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A combination of high electricity tariffs, falling solar PV prices and a lack of reliability on the grid is spurring sales of on-site solar to business customers in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the conclusion of a new report by research company BloombergNEF (BNEF), commissioned by responsAbility Investments, assessing the potential of commercial and industrial solar opportunities in the region. ...
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Chinese solar panel maker JinkoSolar says it has achieved 24.2% efficiency for a large-area n-type TOPCon monocrystalline silicon cell, and that the result has been confirmed by the Photovoltaic and Wind Power Systems Quality Test Center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The manufacturer said the cell is based on its HOT cell design and relying on tunnel oxide passivating contact tec...
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BBOXX, an affordable clean energy solutions provider to off-grid communities in Africa, has announced that Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), through its AIIF3 fund, is investing $31 million for a minority stake in the company. BBOXX has expanded its footprints in Rwanda, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This investment is expected to help the roll-out of BB...
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African innovators have excelled at this year’s Zayed Sustainability Prize annual awards ceremony, winning three out of five categories in a globally recognized competition, which attracted over two thousand applicants from 130 countries. This year’s Zayed sustainability prize saw the highest number of applications come from Africa, an indication that African innovators are playing a pivota...
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December 2018
JinkoSolar has reported a surge in quarterly earnings thanks to its strong overseas sales. Total solar module shipments were 2,953 megawatts ("MW"), an increase of 5.7% from 2,794 MW in the second quarter of 2018 and an increase of 24.4% from 2,374 MW in the third quarter of 2017. Gross margin increased 2.9 percentage points Q-over-Q to reach 14.9% in the third quarter. It was attributable to a hi...
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November 2018
On the sidelines of the 8th edition of the Africities Summit in Marrakech, of which Engie was one of the main sponsors, Afrik 21 interviewed Amine Homman and Philippe Miquel, respectively directors North Africa and West Africa at Engie, a global energy player. A fresh perspective on African ambitions and the group’s next targets. Read full article here...
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Sterling & Wilson discussed the bankability of utility-scale solar PV + energy storage projects and identified the key strengths and weaknesses of various business models in a webinar organized by PV Magazine in November 2018. Specifically, Vikas Bansal, Head, Business Development – International Solar at Sterling and Wilson, discussed the key components responsible for building bankable...
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UK-based mobile-pay-go solar energy start-up BBOXX is taking a big step up in class as it expands in Togo as a key partner in the Togolese government’s solar energy-fueled national electrification drive. Just 27 percent of Togo’s population (~7.5 million) has access to reliable, safe sources of electricity, USAID estimates. That drops to anywhere from 6-21 percent in the countryside. Togo...
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French energy giant ENGIE has signed power purchase agreements for two solar power plants in Senegal. The projects, with a combined capacity of 60MW, were developed as part of the International Finance Corporation’s Scaling Solar Programme. ENGIE will be responsible for the construction and operation of the plants in Kahone and Kaël. “This long-term public-private partnership with Seneg...
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GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd. (SZ: 002506) (GCL-SI), the world's leading one-stop solutions provider for solar projects, has sealed a strategic collaboration agreement with DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions (DuPont) during the 1st China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. The two companies will work to advance the quality of photovoltaic (PV) products through innovation ...
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The house, Tomorrow’s Rural Home, reflects the needs and desires of rural households in the developing world. It represents BBOXX’s outlook on how new technologies can address these needs, transform the lives of off-grid communities and power growth in rural Africa. The launch coincides with BBOXX reaching the milestone 50,000 active households, 250,000 customers in Rwanda. Its solar home s...
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October 2018
JOHANNESBURG, Oct 26 (Reuters) - France’s EDF Group has taken a 50 percent stake in UK off-grid power company BBOXX’s operation in Togo with an eye to extending the partnership to other African countries, the two companies said on Friday. Big European power utilities are increasingly exploring off-grid technology as a way of expanding their renewables footprint and growing their customer ba...
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A delegation from Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) visited Mauritius to assess the ADFD-funded US$10mn solar PV kits project Spanning the lifespan of the project, an estimated 10,000 families in low-income communities will benefit from approximately US$8.3mn in electricity bill savings. (Image source: Flickr) Announced at the Eighth Se...
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Solar technology company REDAVIA and the responsAbility-managed climate fund have signed a financing agreement for REDAVIA's Ghanaian subsidiary. The $4 m financing will allow REDAVIA to supply Ghana's industrial and commercial sector with affordable, reliable and clean power generated through modular solar farms. Germany-based REDAVIA offers solar power for businesses and communities in Afr...
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A subsidiary of Engie the giant of electricity, Fenix International, a major player in solar energy in Africa, has decided to establish its global headquarters in Uganda. Its deployment in Africa will create 2000 jobs, including more than 500 in Uganda, by 2020. The symbol is strong and it signals Africa’s strategic importance for the renewable energy market. Full article...
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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a $1.15 million grant to Globeleq Zambia Wind Limited (Globeleq) for a feasibility study for an estimated 100-megawatt wind power plant in the Muchinga Province of Zambia. The study will be carried out by U.S. engineering firm, DNV GL Energy USA, Inc. of Katy, TX, with Globeleq providing financial, development and project management planning services. ...
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The Bayero University, Kano on Wednesday energized Nigeria’s first megawatt scale hybrid solar project in Nigerian university and the second in the whole country. At the launching of the project, the project engineers, Muhammad Buhari, mixed around 600kw of solar photovoltaic energy into its campus power supply. dailynigerian.com/buk-establishes-first-megawatt-scale-solar-project-in-niger...
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September 2018
UK-based off-grid renewables specialist BBOXX and GE have signed off on a partnership to provide energy access for small businesses, schools and other organisations in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Currently, there are a large number of businesses and organisations across the DRC that do not have sufficient energy access, with most spending excessive amounts for diesel. www.pv-te...
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En Afrique, 600 millions de personnes n’ont pas accès à l’électricité. Il en revient que la moitié de la population souffre de manque d’électricité alors que l’Afrique dispose assez largement de moyens pour se fournir des énergies renouvelables. A noter aussi que les coûts de production de l’énergie solaire ne cessent de connaître des diminutions. Dans la plupart des pays af...
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August 2018
ENGIE has signed an agreement with CDC, the Gabonese financial institution Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, to deploy eight hybrid solar power plants in Gabon, representing a combined capacity of 2.2 MW. The implemented solution was developed by ENGIE’s subsidiary, Ausar Energy in collaboration with CDC, the Gabonese Ministry of Energy, and the Gabonese energy and water company Société...
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July 2018
Eversheds Sutherland has announced the rebrand of its Africa network, now known as Eversheds Sutherland Africa Alliance (ESAA). Previously known as Eversheds Sutherland Africa Law Institute, ESAA is a unique entity that provides member law firms in Africa with access to training, knowledge sharing programmes, secondments, publications, client events and commercial opportunities on a regional an...
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May 2018
Sterling and Wilson has bagged its first large scale hybrid and energy storage turnkey engineering, procurement and construction order in Western Africa. Sterling and Wilson’s turnkey scope of work includes complete design, engineering, procurement, construction and O&M of a captive hybrid microgrid powered by solar, diesel and battery energy storage. www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180...
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JinkoSolar, a global leader in the solar photovoltaic industry, today announced that its P-type monocrystalline cell broke the world record again with efficiency hitting 23.95% during certification testing done by the Photovoltaic and Wind Power Systems Quality Test Center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/05/jinkosolar-still-out-here-breaking-p-type-m...
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April 2018
As global energy systems evolve to be smarter, cleaner, and more consumer-centric, sub-Saharan Africa has a unique opportunity to build the power grid of the future, while also connecting more than 600 million people to electricity for the first time. Achieving these objectives, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), will depend largely on renewable, reliable, and modular community...
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