November 2021
Read full original article from the New Times here Mobisol, Rwanda’s market leader in Pay-As-You-Go solar industry has changed its corporate name to ENGIE Energy Access Rwanda (EEA Rwanda). However, the products of this off-grid energy distributor will be branded Mysol, replacing the Mobisol brand of lighting, TV and business Solar Home System (SHS) products. In 2020, parent...
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Read full original article from KBC here ENGIE Energy Access Kenya has announced plans to increase access to affordable solar energy solutions to off-grid customers through the Pay-As-You-Go model. The firm which has changed corporate name from ENGIE Mobisol Kenya has said it will avail new solar home system brand, MySol to replace the Mobisol brand of lighting, TV and business SHS prod...
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Schneider Electric, leader de la transformation numérique de la gestion d’énergie et des automatismes, et GreenYellow, acteur international majeur de la production d’énergie solaire décentralisée et l’efficacité énergétique, ont annoncé aujourd’hui un partenariat visant à proposer des programmes d’efficacité énergétique clés en main et entièrement financés aux grande...
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Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and GreenYellow, major international player in decentralized solar power generation and energy efficiency, today announced a partnership to provide turnkey, fully financed energy efficiency programs to large international corporations. The signing of the agreement was officiated by Laurent Batail...
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Read full original article from ESI-Africa here The event was hosted in collaboration with Apex Solar, an official distributor of JinkoSolar based in Botswana. The event was attended by local customers, government representatives and media. The focus of the event was on energy storage systems solutions and solar PV panels, which were also on display during the launch event. “This w...
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Salima Solar plant, Salima District, Malawi: His Excellency Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi, has presided over an inauguration ceremony to mark the addition of 60MWac of additional clean energy to Malawi’s national grid. As Malawi’s first utility-scale solar photovoltaic plant, Salima Solar is contributing to the country’s ambition to minimise its carb...
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Since the launch of the 600W+ series, world leading design institutes and well-known third-party organizations have evaluated and studied the LCOE advantage and value of Vertex modules. Recently, Fraunhofer ISE, the world leading solar institution, has completed the assessment of CAPEX and LCOE of new generation of ultra-high power modules 210mm (G12) from Trina Solar and 182mm (M10) series f...
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SAVA, OCTOBER 29 and 30, 2021: As part of the trip by a presidential delegation in the region, the Minister of Energy and Hydrocarbons, Andry Heriniaina Ramaroson, visited the construction sites of hybrid PV and thermal power plants, in Vohémar, Antalaha and Sambava. These plants are being developed, built and will soon be operated by Green Energy Solutions (GES), a subsidiary of the GREENYE...
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Kampala, Uganda: PIDG company InfraCo Africa, together with a consortium including DOB Equity and Mobility 54, has signed an agreement with Zembo, committing over €3 million to support the growth of the company’s electric motorcycle business in Kampala, Uganda. Zembo enables drivers to buy electric motorcycle taxis (“boda boda”) or to pay for them on a lease-to-own basis. The investme...
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The first 546 Verified Emissions Reductions (VERs) are listed in the Gold Standard Impact Registry, representing the CO2 emission reductions achieved by the first batch of solar lights distributed. The project in Zambia is set to distribute652,000 of Namene Solar’s award winning pico-solar lights to rural homes living off-grid. 11.11.21. London - The first carbon credits have been issued...
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Read full original article from the Vanguard here Daystar Power, the leading provider of solar power solutions to West Africa’s industrial manufacturers, announced that it has reached an agreement with SBC to install 10.5MW solar power systems for five of its factories across Nigeria. This will bring SBC’s total installed solar power capacity to 12MW, making it Nigeria’s largest indu...
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JinkoSolar has now officially launched its Next-generation N-type TOPCon module called Tiger Neo refreshing with much higher efficiency and all the features we were anticipating. During the launch event held in Shanghai, the company was currently updating the key performance metric of this new module. On top of the previously reported efficiency changes up to 22.3% and maximum 620watt output ...
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With AFSIA member Inspired Evolution having blazed a trail for the use of solar energy to power telecoms towers, French peer Camusat recently announced a €60 million project to ‘solarise’ its mobile phone masts. Asset management news website Africa Global Funds last month reported, the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI) cash pile set up by the African Development Bank to support small i...
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 3rd - Trina Solar has published a white paper on Inverter Matching for Trina Solar’s Vertex Series PV Modules, including 410W, 510W, 550W, 600W and 670W series, the first intelligent inverters matching database in the global photovoltaic industry. The inverters covered in the paper are fully adaptive to all modules in the 210 Vertex series, focusing ...
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Glasgow, United Kingdom: InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) and Helios Investment Partners (Helios) are working together to establish a pan-African investment vehicle: Climate, Energy Access and Resilience (CLEAR). CLEAR will fund climate-aligned infrastructure and growth businesses whilst also working towards achievement of the UN Sustainable Developm...
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Africa has 40 % of the world’s solar potential but only 1 % of the world’s solar panels By Terje Osmundsen* Africa will be high on the agenda when political leaders and climate negotiators meet at COP26early November. No doubt, we will hear strong appeals to put more money on the table to finance clean energy in the south, as well as promises from the rich world to do so. This is im...
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Lis tout l'article originale d' Agence Ecofin ici Le secteur électrique nigérian souffre depuis plusieurs années du mauvais entretien des installations, d’un réseau de transport et distribution déficient et du manque d’investissements. Au Nigeria, le fournisseur de solutions énergétiques solaires BBOXX envisage d’élargir l’accès aux systèmes solaires domestiques (SHS) pr...
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October 2021
Read full original article from Bloomberg here A U.K. company aims to provide off-grid solar power to 20 million people in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, where less than half of the population have access to electricity. London-based Bboxx Ltd. plans to install its pay-as-you-go solar systems in millions of homes over 10 years, according to a statement emailed on We...
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Read full newsletter from Engie Energy Access here One year after the successful integration of our solar home system businesses Fenix International and Mobisol, and mini-grid developer ENGIE PowerCorner, we are delighted to begin sharing updates on how our business is moving forward.   Thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of our team, we can now commemorate ...
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AFSIA, the Africa Solar Industry Association is delighted to announce the nominees for the Africa Solar Industry Awards 2021, a special honor this year to recognize individuals and companies whose efforts have resulted in big achievements and promotion of the industry. There are 48 Nominees across 15 categories and spanning a record number of more than 20 countries. “If there was ever an oun...
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Shanghai, October 20, 2021 – 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 has been granted the carbon footprint verification for its Tiger (163”cell based) and Tiger Pro (182”cell based) series of modules from TUV Rheinland Group,("TUV Rheinland")...
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 26th: Trina Solar Co., Ltd. (“Trina Solar” or the “Company”) has been awarded as bankable by all survey respondents in the 2021 PV Module and Inverter Bankability report issued by BloombergNEF. With this report, Trina Solar is now the only module manufacturer to be rated as bankable for 6 consecutive years by 100% of the in...
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Read full original article from pv magazine here Burundi-based renewable energy company Gigawatt Global Coöperatief U.A. has announced the completion of the country's first large-scale PV plant – a 7.5 MW installation under development since 2015 and for which construction works were announced in 2017. The project was financed by South Africa-based equity investor Inspired Evol...
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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, le 20 octobre 2021 - Africa REN, pionnier des énergies renouvelables en Afrique, annonce avoir lancé la construction de la centrale solaire de Kodeni Solar, près de Bobo-Dioulasso, au Burkina Faso. Avec une capacité installée de 38MW, Kodeni Solar sera la plus grande centrale solaire du pays ainsi que le premier partenariat public-privé à atteindre son closing...
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The Standardization of 210mm-Size Modules is expected to be officially released in October by the China Photovoltaic Industry Association. This comes after the agreement between eight world-leading photovoltaic brands, including Trina Solar, Zhonghuan Semiconductor and Risen Energy, that took place last November 2020, to set about promoting the standardization of 210mm silicon wafer modules in the...
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Ready full original article from Afrik21 here Solar kit provider d.light is once again raising funds. This round led by Inspired Evolution has raised $15 million from several investors. As part of its expansion strategy, solar kit provider d.light is raising funds; it’s second since the beginning of the year. This time, the San Francisco-based company (in the United States of America) has ...
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Read full original article from ESI-Africa here JinkoSolar provides high efficient and reliable solar modules to the Lighting Africa programme launched by the World Bank Group for Nigeria. The modules will be deployed in multiple hybrid solar minigrid projects dispersed across Nigeria, to help increase access to affordable, clean and safer lighting for more than 30% of Nigeria’s population...
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SHANGRAO, October 13, 2021 -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced that it has achieved a major technical breakthrough on its N-type monocrystalline silicon solar cell. JinkoSolar has set a new world record for the fourth time in a year with the maximum solar convers...
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It’s said that the solar plant located at the golf course, utilized Antaisolar aluminum ground mounting system with concrete foundation, and it had been completed the installation and grid connected. In the early stages of the project, it can be seen that gasoline cans was adopted to shape the concrete, which help to construct a solid foundation. The aluminum mounting structure was delivered ...
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Empower New Energy is proud to announce the commencement of its third solar investment in Egypt. The 498 KWp solar rooftop plant is installed for Cairo Metals – a leading Egyptian aluminium manufacturer that supplies high quality products for construction and housing market across Africa and the Middle East. This new plant will generate more than 850 000 KWh of green electricity annually. Duri...
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New module marks the unstoppable trend of 600W+ Module efficiency to up to 21.6% 13 October, 2021, Dubai, UAE - Trina Solar Co., Ltd., a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, officially announced the availability of the 670W Vertex module in the Middle East and Africa. The series obtained the IEC certification from the TÜV Rheinland after passing complete reliabili...
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Read full original article from Afrik21 here Investment fund manager Eiffel Investment Group is providing a €3 million bridge loan to ManoCap Energy. The financing will provide solar power to commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in Ghana and Sierra Leone. ManoCap Energy is raising €3 million for its projects in Sierra Leone and Ghana. This is a bridge loan signed with Eiffel Inv...
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates: After passing advanced serial load tests for non-uniform snow-load and 20,000 cycles of dynamic mechanical load, Trina Solar's 210mm Vertex 670W module has passed the extreme wind tunnel test. The result further confirms that ultra-high-power modules can maintain their outstanding performance even when subject to extreme weather. Trina Solar, with the third-party au...
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Huawei Global Digital Power Summit 2021 is set to open on October 16 in Dubai with more than 300+ individuals attending the physical event, including executives from Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Group42, ACWA Power, du, Uptime Institute and Engie. Huawei to announce joint actions across the energy and ICT industry chain to unlock green energy potential for a low-carbon smart so...
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ManoCap Energy and Eiffel Investment Group announce a €3m bridge loan facility to fund solar projects in Ghana and Sierra Leone ▪ Eiffel Investment Group finances the growth of ManoCap Energy’s commercial and industrial (“C&I”) project portfolio. ▪ Helping businesses in Ghana and Sierra Leone access reliable power, save on energy costs, and reduce their environmental impact. ▪ Eif...
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MIGA guarantee will cover construction, operation, and maintenance of 30 MWp solar energy facility and mobilize private capital to underserved Sahel region. WASHINGTON DC, October 5, 2021 — With one of the lowest electrification rates in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region (20%, as compared with 48% for SSA overall) and a high level of unmet demand, Burkina Faso is striving to address its ene...
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates: TrinaTracker, a leading tracker manufacturer and business unit of Trina Solar Co Ltd (SHA:688599) has obtained the global safety validation, a UL 3703 Certificate, for its dual-row Agile 1P tracker series. The UL 3703 is regarded as a comprehensive and authoritative evaluation standard for solar trackers.  The certificate is issued by Underwriters Laboratories, an ...
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Read full ariginal article fron the Engineering News here JinkoSolar together with New Sahara Ventures empowered the Richaw Solar Farm in Zimbabwe,  by supplying 5MW AC High Efficiency Jinko Monocrystalline Panels with ultra-high performance. The project is estimated to be valued at US$4.5 Million. The community has benefitted from this  project as it has resulted in the creation of 40...
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Read full original article from pv magazine here JA Solar published data comparing its own modules, based on the 182mm wafer format, with others utilizing the larger 210mm size over a six month period in field testing. The data show that the smaller of the two formats reached an average daily energy yield almost 2% higher. According to JA Solar’s analysis, the higher currents produced by the ...
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September 2021
Read full original article from Developing Telecoms here The Government of Togo and Bboxx, a next generation utility, have announced what is described as the first-ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) to sell smartphones in Togo on a pay-as-you-go basis. The MoU will, the parties claim, improve digital inclusion and the delivery of digital public services through deployment of smartphones ...
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This funding will catalyze the operations of the fintech firm to add features to its platform and start onboarding users in Uganda. Fin-e Innovations, a fintech start-up based in Uganda, has closed pre-seed funding of $300,000 from an undisclosed party in the United States. The company intends to address the glaring financing gap among local energy SMEs in Africa through an innovative platform ...
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Read more via  Aptech Africa is working on a solar system to drive smart climate technology at Njala University. This project includes a 100 KW PV generating plant with a 50 KW inverter capacity and 145 KWh energy storage system in a containerized modular and expandable solution. This system directly benefits Njala University Hospital, the Njala Mokonde community, and Njala University students...
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Dakar, Senegal: Following a successful pilot project, InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), has signed a Shareholders’ Agreement and a Loan Agreement with Bonergie Irrigation SAS (Bonergie Irrigation) to continue supporting the scale up of the project. Under the new agreements, InfraCo Africa will hold a large minority shareholding in Bonergie Irrigation...
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JinkoSolar together with New Sahara Ventures empowered the Richaw Solar Farm in Zimbabwe,  by supplying 5MW AC High Efficiency Jinko Monocrystalline Panels with ultra-high performance. The project is estimated to be valued at US$4.5 Million. The community has benefitted from this  project as it has resulted in the creation of 40 rural construction jobs of which 18 are permanent. Since the ins...
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Read original full article from News Trust here Nick Hurd is senior adviser to Bboxx and former UK Minister for International Development and Climate Change & Dr Priti Parikh is associate professor at UCL and co-author of a recent report, “Off-Grid Energy and Economic Prosperity. Evidence on the relationship between off-grid electricity access and local economic well-being in sub-Saha...
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Read original  full article from the Engineering news here Six more solar photovoltaic (PV) projects situated in the Northern Cape and North West provinces have reached commercial operation, infrastructure equity investment management company African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) reported on Wednesday. These projects include the 50 MW De Wildt solar project, the 68 MW B...
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JinkoSolar, one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, is the leading PV module supplier in Kenya for the third quarter of 2021. By July 2021, Jinko Solar accounted for 25% of the market share (supplying 12.872 MW) and to date has imported 200+ MW in Kenya. This places Jinko Solar at the top ahead of its competitors as the preferred PV Module brand in Kenya. ...
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Welcome to GoodWe South Africa! We are proud to announce the opening of GoodWe’s new office space in Johannesburg, South Africa. There’s no better illustration of GoodWe’s deep commitment to the Sub-Saharan African solar market than the opening of a new GoodWe space that will allow us to serve and support our customers in SA, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Madagascar, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Bo...
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Read full original article from Afrik21 here French energy giant Engie has signed a contract with Release by Scatec, the branch of Norwegian independent power producer (IPP) Scatec, which provides modular solar power generation solutions. The two partners will produce green hydrogen for the Mogalakwena platinum mine in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The first commercial operation of a...
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Proving its Supreme Performance with More Than 10 Years of Outdoor Installation. Dubai, UAE, Sep 7th, 2021 -- TrinaTracker, a leading tracker manufacturer and business unit of Trina Solar Co., Ltd. (SHA:688599), has released the "TrinaTracker Spherical Bearing: Unique three-dimensional long-lasting patented component white paper." The document proves the advantages of the spherical bearing’s ...
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Read original full article from Afrik21 here SparkMeter will digitise the management of green mini-grids in Benin. To carry out this project, the smart metering and grid analysis technology provider is receiving a grant from the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). Enabling remote management of green mini-grids. This is the aim of the project that SparkMeter will be implementing in West ...
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August 2021
Appoints Solinc East Africa Ltd as Authorized Distributor Dubai, UAE – August 31, 2021 – Trina Solar Co., Ltd., a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, is announcing the appointment of Solinc East Africa Ltd in Kenya as an official distributor to supply Trina Solar’s products and solutions in East Africa. The new appointment comes as part of Trina Solar’s commitme...
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Finergreen is pleased to have supported Lidera Green Power (a partnership between Filatex Group and Dera Energy) in the structuring and fundraising of a convertible bridge loan of $6m provided by REPP. Lidera Green Power plans to install a total capacity of 42 MW of solar PV to hybridize three HFO (Heavy Fuel Oil) plants in Madagascar. This fundraising enables Lidera Green Power to finance the ...
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Read full original article from BusinessDay here Daystar Power, a leading provider of hybrid solar power solutions to businesses in West Africa, today announced that it commissioned a 800kWp solar power system for UAC Foods. Installed for UAC’s dairy subsidiary, the solar solution was fully integrated into its existing power setup. UAC Foods, a division of the eponymous NSE-listed conglome...
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Read full original article from the-star.co.ke here   Huawei FusionSolar has introduced an integrated system for residential solar energy solutions during its launch on Friday. With a growing number of homeowners jumping on the solar bandwagon, the home energy storage system dubbed Luna 2000 is a device that stores electricity as chemical energy. The theme of the day at the Nai...
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The Bukamba Water Supply Project which was funded by the Japanese Embassy and constructed by Aptech Africa Ltd was commissioned at Bukamba Boma Ground on May 18th, 2021 by the District Water Officer. The project was completed with funding from the Japanese Embassy under the Assistance for Grass Roots Human Security Projects (GGP). Aptech Africa was contracted for the design, supply, i...
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In partnership with Solar Energy International (SEI), Nextracker initiates 3-year scholarship program to foster female participation in solar industry FREMONT, CALIF. USA, August, 2021 — Nextracker™, the market leader in yield-enhancing PV system technology and solar trackers, and Solar Energy International (SEI), the world’s leading renewable energy technical training provider, today ann...
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Recently, JinkoSolar announced that it has been selected as an “Eco-Leader” by Green Builder® Media for the third time. Green Builder® Media selects Eco-Leaders every year as a way to honor companies who have taken exemplary steps towards sustainability for their business practices. With this year’s theme focused on decarbonization, JinkoSolar was recognized for its extraordinary stride...
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Read full original article from Afrik21 here Swiss company Lindt & Sprüngli AG is financing the installation of 69,000 solar lighting kits in cocoa farmers' households in 50 districts in Ghana. The solar lamps are distributed by Namene Solar. Lindt & Sprüngli AG, the manufacturer of the famous Lindt chocolate brand, is involved in rural development in Ghana. As part of its agricult...
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Read full original article from the Standard here Electricity is one of the largest expenditures for most small firms. This is not only limited to those in energy-intensive ventures such as manufacturing. Fresh power tariffs show that small commercial consumers are charged Sh15.60 per unit. A unit means a kiloWatt hour (kWh). These charges are for the firms whose consumption doesn’t ...
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Read full original article from PV-magazine here LONGi has supplied the Chamalire School in Malawi with 20 solar panels capable of reaching a peak power of 7,200W. Zikomo Africa, an NGO association in existence since 2006, executed the project, as part of its mission to aid development in Africa, particularly Malawi, by providing communities with infrastructure and training. The school is lo...
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Read full original article from Afrique.latribune here Alors que l'Afrique constitue 17% de la population mondiale, elle ne représente que 6% de la consommation globale d'énergie primaire, selon les données de 2018, de l'Agence Internationale de l'Energie (AIE). Pourtant, le continent enregistre une demande toujours plus grande en matière d'énergie, pour accompagner une croissance continue...
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates – August 10, 2021 – Trina Solar has formally joined the global Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and signed the Business Ambition for 1.5°C pledge. This once again underlines the company's commitment to helping to limit the rise in the global temperature to 1.5°C through its own actions to reduce emissions. Trina Solar has committed itself to being a global ...
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When the authors of May’s The Sky’s The Limit report named Botswana as the most ‘super-abundant’ renewable energy territory on earth, they can little have imagined how quickly the nation’s solar industry would leap forward. With the International Renewable Energy Agency having estimated the Southern African nation had just 6 MW of grid-connected photovoltaic generation capacity at t...
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  OFGEN, a Nairobi based leading solar power developer recently commissioned a 1.05 MWp Captive Solar PV System at the Nairobi Headquarters of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The state-of-the-art solar system is mounted across the roofs and carport of GSK. The plant offsets daytime load resulting in a 50% self-reliance and saving on operational costs. The latest installation...
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July 2021
  Read full original article from Sun-Connect here Bboxx, a next generation utility, is partnering via a first-of-a-kind joint venture with Geocoton Advens Group as part of Bboxx’s market entry into Burkina Faso. This is the first step in a long-term strategic partnership that will see the two companies in the future expand clean energy into other countries. The Burkina ...
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Read original full article from Africa21 here Electricity access solutions provider MyJouleBox has raised €3 million for its expansion into four countries in West Africa. The funding supports the company's plan to electrify 55,000 households and businesses over the next two years. MyJouleBox’s recent transaction raised €3 million. The funds come from several investors, including EDFI...
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  Dubai, UAE – July 27, 2021 -- Trina Solar's State Key Laboratory of Photovoltaic Science and Technology (SKL) announced that its proprietary Vertex high-efficiency p-type monocrystalline silicon module, based on 66 pcs of 210 mm x 210 mm high-efficiency PERC cells, has achieved a record aperture module efficiency of 23.03% for larger-area industrial silicon p-type modules. This is inde...
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Read full original article from PRNewswire here inkoSolar 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 has been selected as an "Eco-Leader" by Green Builder® Media for the third time. Green Builder® Media selects Eco-Leaders every year as a way to honor companies wh...
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Read full original article here TEMPE, Ariz., July 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) has appointed Anita Marangoly George, a senior executive with almost four decades of diverse global experience in institutional finance and sustainable infrastructure investing, to its board of directors, effective July 15, 2021. Ms. George will serve on First Solar’s Nominating and...
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Read original full article from ASI Africa here Advisory services provider to the renewable energy industry UL announced its acquisition of Clear Sky Analytics’ proprietary software platform and related assets.  The proprietary software platform analyses solar asset performance and provides prescriptive insights. Founded by solar industry veterans Ajay Saproo and John Corson, who will bot...
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JinkoSolar supplies 98MW of High-efficiency modules to Gruptec to empower two solar plants in Kenya. The two projects have a total power of 98 MWp and consist of 290,000+ Jinko solar PV Modules. Grupotec has completed the construction of the Radiant and Eldosol solar parks, near the city of Eldoret (in northwestern Kenya). The plants occupy 600+ acres of land to generate power that would supply en...
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SHANGRAO, China, July 12, 2021 -- 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, after recently setting a test record of 25.25% for large-area N-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells, the maximum solar conversion efficiency of its advanced high-efficiency solar modul...
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Caters to the Rapidly Increasing Demand for Solar Energy in South Africa Brings Cutting Edge Technology and Innovation to the Region Dubai, UAE - 13 July, 2021 –  Trina Solar Co., Ltd., a world leading PV and smart energy total solution provider, has announced today that it will launch a distribution facility in South Africa. This comes as a step that further caters to the company’...
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A shareholder agreement has been signed between InfraCo Africa, an investment company of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) and Rural Village Energy Solutions (RVE.SOL). The agreement covers the continuation of a rural electrification project using stand-alone solar systems in Busia County, Kenya. Kudura Power East Africa (KPEA) will provide electrification to several village...
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GreenYellow supports Senico in its energy transition and signs a new contract to build the largest self-consumption solar power plant in Senegal GreenYellow, a company specialising in energy efficiency solutions, energy services and solar photovoltaic production, is supporting Senico, a major player in the food industry, in its energy transition with a new self-consumption power plant project. ...
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While the C&I and SHS segments have monopolized the African solar headlines over the past few months, June 2021 has seen an unprecedented series of large-scale projects being commissioned, awarded and/or confirmed. Since June 1st 2021, projects totaling 1,879MW have made significant progress in their respective development stage (commissioning, construction, award, financing, tender launch ...
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We are announcing a new grant awarded by KawiSafi Ventures Limited through the KawiSafi Technical Assistance Facility, to ensure energy access to the customers in Kenya and Rwanda who have been the most negatively impacted by the pandemic. At Bboxx, we have a strong history of positively impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in East Africa with access to clean, reliable and ...
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InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Cardano Development (CD), committing up to $1m to the development of a credit enhancement facility in Kenya. The investment is being made through the company’s dedicated investment vehicle which is backed by the UK Government’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development...
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InfraCo Africa and Rural Village Energy Solutions (RVE.SOL) today signed a joint Shareholders Agreement committing a total of $8 million to support the scale up of RVE.SOL’s innovative multi-sector KUDURA Power East Africa (KPEA) business in Kenya. InfraCo Africa will become a 40% shareholder of KPEA. InfraCo Africa’s CEO, Gilles Vaes said, “InfraCo Africa is committed to scaling up mi...
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LAGOS, Nigeria July 6 2021 -- Daystar Power, a leading provider of hybrid solar power solutions to businesses in West Africa, today announced the closing of a $20 million facility from International Finance Corporation (IFC). Following its $38 million series-B fundraise in January, and a $4 million financing for its Ghanaian subsidiary with DEG, Daystar Power has secured $62 million in financing t...
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Read original full article from Engineering News here Telecommunications and power equipment company Dartcom has signed an agreement with solar power equipment manufacturer Longi Solar to distribute its panels in South Africa. The deal will result in Dartcom importing, warehousing and distributing various product ranges of Longi Solar panels in bulk. “This partnership allows Dartcom to...
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Op-ed by Svet Bajlekov, CEO of AMMP Technologies It’s hard to miss the increasingly frequent and ferocious cyber-attacks on our infrastructure. To save me compiling yet another run-down recent of events, here’s the opening of a recent CNN piece on the topic: "A major gas pipeline. Dozens of government agencies. A Florida city's wa...
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June 2021
  Dubai, UAE – June 30 - Trina Solar Co., Ltd ("Trina Solar"), a world leading PV and smart energy total solution provider, launched the TrinaTracker Vanguard 2P Independent Row tracker. The new tracker is fully compatible with ultra-high power modules ranging from 400W to 670W+. Vanguard 2P adopts four key technology advantages: high reliability, increased power generation, low O&M...
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Utilities Middle East speaks to Jaffer Wang, General Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa at JinkoSolar about the company’s business strategy in the region and how its products can help boost access to electric power to millions of people that are not connected to the grid [caption id="attachment_7695" align="alignnone" width="300"] Jaffer Wang, General Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa at JinkoSolar[/caption...
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Solar energy company SustainSolar has completed the supply of its battery energy storage system to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London, in the Eastern Cape. The system was supplied to the hospital as part of a joint initiative between electrical equipment supplier Siemens, nonprofit organisation Solidarity Fund and the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as b...
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Recently, JinkoSolar supplied 1MW of high-efficiency PV modules for SGCC first off-grid PV pilot project in Ethiopia. This project is the first off-grid PV project undertaken by SGCC overseas and the first off-grid PV project in East Africa. As the first demonstration project of the World Bank's "Lighting Africa" program, it has extremely important strategic significance and demonstration effect,...
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Currently, JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (the “Company” or “JinkoSolar”) (NYSE:JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, announced the completion of an 1.2MWh order for its Energy Storage System with one of the largest power developer in Africa. The project will improve the electricity consumption of local villages and improve the life quality of ...
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On June 3, 2021, the first day of the 2021 SNEC exhibition, JA Solar introduced DeepBlue 3.0 Pro, its new generation of high-efficiency module, which attracted wide attention from participants of the exhibition. The product is a new member of the company’s DeepBlue 3.0 product line following the release of DeepBlue 3.0 Light in March, 2021. DeepBlue 3.0 Pro is an upgrade of DeepBlue 3.0. Th...
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We’re delighted to announce that Genius Watter is the 2nd runner-up at Energy Startup Hub! 🥳 The event, organized by Middle East Energy w/ Green Climate Ventures and supported by Schneider Electric, gathered some of the most innovative solutions within the #offgrid distributed #renewable energy industry. More than 60 applications have been carefully examined by a top-class jury in...
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(AXIAN ) - As part of the promotion of renewable energy and following phase 1’s success, JIRAMA and Green Yellow Madagascar have agreed to further expand the Ambatolampy power plant in order to increase its capacity from 20 to 40MWp as well as providing for a 5MWh of battery. The JIRAMA states that this expansion allows a significant reduction of its production costs within the framework of its...
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In pursuit of building synergies in energy technology, Distributed Power Africa (DPA), an Econet Global company, is partnering with Huawei Technologies to transform African communities through smart batteries and solar. This collaboration will culminate in the offering of the Huawei Smart Energy Fusion product to be used in hybrid solar solutions for the African market. In a statement, DPA s...
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SAN FRANCISCO, June 14, 2021 -- 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 has been recognized as an "Overall High Achiever" in Renewable Energy Testing Center's ("RETC") 2021 PV Module Index Report for the second consecutive year. JinkoSolar is one of only 5 m...
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The largest agricultural irrigation project using solar energy in Africa is located in Sudan, and it is distributed over dozens of agricultural lands. The total installed solar energy capacity is 11.5 MW and helps to save approximately 8.7 million Liters of fuel annually, and the project relies on high-efficiency solar panels from Jinko Solar....
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At SNEC Shanghai, Peng Jianhua, President of Site Power Facility, Huawei Digital Power Technologies Co., Ltd., released the full series of comprehensive off-grid fuel removal power solution iPowerCube to the global audience. Serving as an inclusive power supply in all scenarios, the solutions provide cost-effective, green, and reliable power for people's livelihood and industrial production in of...
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OFGEN Africa, a Nairobi based solar power developer and EPC has commissioned a 350kW offgrid solar PV plant to power the UAP Equatorial Tower, the tallest building in Juba. The Solar project has been built on the building’s carpark area providing shading to vehicles during the day. Excess energy generated by the PV plant is stored in Tesla Powerpacks minimizing the cost of diesel consumed by...
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XIAMEN, China, June 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Antaisolar, the leading supplier of the whole industry chain in PV mounting system, celebrated its 15th anniversary by launching its latest SPACE solar tracker at SNEC.   Featuring with "Unique, Intelligence, Efficiency, Infinity", this world's longest 1P independent single-axis tracking system can be extremely extended to more than 4 strings, maximu...
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Trina Solar Wins Its Seventh Consecutive “Top Performer” Certified by PVEL for Its High-Reliability Modules Dubai, UAE – June 08, PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), the leading independent PV test laboratory has recently released its latest annual global PV module test results, the 2021 PV Module Reliability Scorecard Report. Trina Solar again placed as a “Top Performer” for outstanding product...
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Olusola Lawson, Joint-MD at African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) in Nigeria spoke with ESI Africa in an exclusive interview. During the four-question conversation, he addressed financing Africa’s post-COVID-19 recovery and the factors hindering renewable energy market growth. Olusola Lawson was appointed Co-Managing Director of AIIM in August 2020 and has more than 16 years of co...
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LONGi has consolidated its leading role in R&D innovation in the global PV industry by setting new cell efficiency records for N- and P-type TOPcon and HJT. The company announced in April its record of 25.09% for N-Type TOPCon solar cell efficiency and, one month later, testing at the Institute for Solar Energy Research (ISFH) in Hamelin, Germany, has confirmed that the conversion efficiency o...
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  SHANGRAO, May 31, 2021 -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced that the maximum solar conversion efficiency of its large-area N-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells reached 25.25%, setting a new world record for large-size contact-passivated solar cells...
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May 2021
Mid-February this year, SustainSolar expanded its footprint electrifying health services by adding yet another hospital project to its portfolio, this time in its home country of South Africa – a first for the company. SustainSolar delivered a solar PV and battery backup solution to a joint initiative to build a modular treatment facility at the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London. ...
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While the global economy crawls slowly out of the pandemic-induced recession, energy users across Africa are at risk of paying a heavy price. As governments have been piling up debt to finance rescue-packages, the IMF warns of a looming debt crisis. In sub-Saharan Africa in particular, public debt in 2020 increased to its highest level in 20 years. Rising oil prices lay an additional toll on m...
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InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) and Solvéo Energie,  have signed a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Electricité  de Guinée (EDG); marking a significant milestone for the pioneering Khoumagueli Solar IPP project. The PPA follows on from the signing of a Concession Agreement for the project in February 2019. The 40MWac Khoumagueli Solar ...
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Dubai, UAE – May 24 - Trina Solar Co., Ltd. (“Trina Solar”), the world-leading PV and smart energy loT total solution provider, has obtained IEC certification for its dual-row one in portrait (1P) tracker “Agile 1P” from the Certification Entity for Renewable Energy (“CERE”), a Europe-leading independent testing, simulation, certification and inspection body. The IEC certification...
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UL, a global safety science leader and one of the world’s top advisors on the development, evaluation and optimization of renewable energy projects, today announced the acquisition of solar analytics company Clear Sky Analytics’ proprietary software platform and related assets. Clear Sky Analytics co-founders Ajay Saproo and John Corson will also join UL. Clear Sky Analytics specializes...
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  Dubai, UAE – May 09 - Trina Solar Co., Ltd ("Trina Solar"), a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, announced the official worldwide launch of the TrinaTracker Agile 1P Dual Row. Agile 1P tracker is fully compatible with ultra-high power modules ranging from 400W to 670W+. The Agile series is a new member to the TrinaTracker family after the Vanguard series launc...
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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and UL have joined forces to develop Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus software. NREL has committed to adding new features to SolarAPP+ until March 2023. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Underwriters Laboratories, a U.S. nonprofit standards development organi...
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April 2021
Solar energy provider PowerGen Renewable Energy is commissioning mini-grids in four communities in Sierra Leone. With a total capacity of 150 kWp, the solar systems were installed in partnership with InfraCo Africa, a finance company of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG). The solar mini-grids recently commissioned by solar energy provider PowerGen Renewable Energy are located...
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With Chinese manufacturers having warned they will pass on escalating component costs, and shipping expenses soaring since last summer, the rising price of solar is forcing some installers to redraft quotes, pv magazine has discovered. Solar companies have been put on notice by the big Chinese panel manufacturers, With Chinese solar giant JinkoSolar having warned customers about rising PV ...
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Italian start-up Genius Watter has developed a solar desalination solution that is claimed to be particularly suitable for remote areas with no connection to grid electricity. The system is able to produce up to 1,000 cubic meters of potable water per day at an opex of €0.20 per cubic meter. Italian start-up Genius Watter has developed a desalination solution that is powered exclusively by ...
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SHANGRAO, China, April 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced that it has won the 7th All Quality Matters Award for Green Module Efficiency at the Solar Congress 2021 held by TÜV Rheinland. This award recognizes the high-efficiency perfor...
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Announces appointment of Solar Power Etal as new distributor in Nigeria Dubai, UAE – April 28 – Trina Solar Co., Ltd., a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, is announcing the signing of an official distributor agreement with Solar Power Etal to supply Trina Solar’s products and solutions in Nigeria. The new appointment comes as part of Trina Solar’s commitment to...
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(Ecofin Agency) - The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has announced that it is considering providing $20 million to Nigerian off-grid power service provider, Daybreak Power Solutions, a subsidiary of Daystar Power Group. The investment is still undergoing regulatory approval by the IFC, according to a statement from the organization. When approved, the funds will be used as part of a $...
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Huawei has launched its Next-Generation Mini Grid “iPowerCube-S” solution to provide reliable, green and affordable power supply for people’s livelihoods and production activities in areas without main power connection or unstable power supply. This iPowerCube-S is a distributed power solution that integrates solar, grid, diesel generator and battery storage. It features one-stop delive...
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Avec 2,6 milliards d’euros investis dans l’électricité propre, la licorne française affirme son modèle indépendant et innovant. Pas moins de cinq de ses activités ont reçu le label Solar Impulse. L’histoire commence en 2003. Eric Scotto, chargé du développement stratégique dans plusieurs entreprises des technologies de l’information, et Patrice Lucas, ingénieur de forma...
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‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member LONGi Solar has reported total PV module shipments of 24.53GW in 2020, setting a new industry shipment record and leapfrogging rivals to become the largest PV manufacturer in the world for the first time. LONGi Solar’s external PV module sales in 2020 were 23.96GW, a year-on-year increase of 223.98%, while shipments to in-house PV projects made up...
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In an official statement dated April 19, AREN the Autoridade Reguladora de Energia in Mozambique, has announced the 5 prequalified bidders for the 30MW/40MWp solar IPP to be developed in Dondo. The 5 prequalified bidders are: Akuo Energy and Globeleq Africa Holdings EDF Renouvelables Enel Green Power Scatec T461837705...
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Off-grid solar energy will reduce GHG emissions, create jobs, and increase economic opportunities in underserved communities in Rwanda, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. MIGA, a member of the World Bank Group, has issued guarantees of up to US$37.1 million to a fund (AIIF3) managed by African Infrastructures Investment Managers (AIIM), one of Africa’s largest infrastructure-...
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Reporting Operating Revenue of US$4.263 billion (RMB 29.418 Billion), 26.14% More  Than 2019 Achieving Net Income Attributable to Shareholders of US $178 Million (RMB 1.229 Billion) Company’s Total Module Capacity Reached 22GW Module Shipments Reached 15.915GW, Ranking Third in The World Dubai, United Arab Emirates – April 21 -Trina Solar Co Ltd. (SH: 688599), the world's leadi...
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LONGi Solar, said to be the world’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) technology company, is partnering with Durban-based solar PV panel manufacturer, ARTsolar, to meet the requirements of the South African Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) Risk Mitigation IPP Procurement (RMIPPP) programme, and beyond. LONGi, a Tier 1 solar PV manufacturer listed on the Shanghai stock exchange,...
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Increased understanding of reoccurring weather events, such as sand, dust and hailstorms, is critical to driving future project efficiencies and extending photovoltaic (PV) module lifetimes, according to UL, the global safety science leader and one of the world’s top advisors on the development, evaluation and optimization of renewable energy projects. This, coupled with deeper knowledge of extr...
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At present, the distribution market PV demand is increasing year by year. According to IHS, the CAGR for the distribution market of PV modules in 2020-2024 will reach 9.81%. JinkoSolar launched Tiger Pro 54p high-efficiency module based on the characteristics of the global residential rooftop market and customer preferences, after completing survey for PV module needs of the regional DG customers ...
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JinkoSolar announced it has joined the United Nations (U.N.) Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Under the U.N. Global Compact, signatories are encouraged to align their operations and strategies with key principles. “We are proud to be a signatory company of UNGC. At JinkoSolar, we have a culture of equality, transparency, accountability,” said Mr. Xi...
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French renewable power producer and developer Akuo increased its energy sales by 12% year-over-year in 2020 on the back of new plant commissioning in 2019 and 2020. Energy sales rose to EUR 288 million (USD 344.6m) after growing 22% in 2019. The company said on Wednesday that 2020 pro-forma revenues, restated for the biomass business which is now accounted for in assets held for sale, expend...
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Trina Solar, the world's leading global PV and smart energy total solutions provider released, the total volume of the orders for its distributed products Vertex 500W and Vertex S 405W has surpassed 2GW, which have spread their footprints all over the world with high reliability and power generation efficiency. In addition, the first batch of the Vertex S modules have arrived in Europe recently ...
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UL is on a shared mission with our customers and stakeholders to work for a safer, more secure and sustainable world. We are a Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, upholding the Ten Principles of Responsible Business, and we are committed to progressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We apply our human, brand and financial capital toward positive actions that benefit our plan...
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Plan International Sénégal en collaboration avec les agences des énergies renouvelables et électrification rurale du Sénégal, Mali et Niger, a travers le programme DESFERS (Développement Economique et Social des Femmes à travers les Energies Renouvelables au Sahel (Sénégal, Mali Et Niger), sollicite des offres de la part de soumissionnaires éligibles et répondant aux qualifications req...
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Are you a Minigrid Developer looking for a sustainable business model? If so, probably you are looking into productive use of energy as an anchor load to reach your financial sustainability. This is where we can help each other. Together, we can co-develop and enhance the projects’ profitability, through our Innovative Water Purification Technology. Genius Watter is an Italian based company s...
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The total capacity of this ground project is 6MW, which is comprised of several projects ranging from 1to 2MW  and installed in Diego, Tamatave, Majunga and other places. Due to the frequent cyclone season, the maximum wind speed is higher than 60m/s. Madagascar has a tropical rainforest climate, with lots of rain, flat but muddy land. Antai Solar adopted concrete foundation with aluminum mountin...
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Recently, JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (the "Company" or "JinkoSolar") (NYSE:JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, announced the completion of an order for its Energy Storage System with one of the largest distributors in Africa. This client has a stable business cooperation with JinkoSolar for PV modules and by signing Jinko ESS order, the clien...
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March 2021
SHANGRAO, China, March 29, 2921 – 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 has launched a new series of ultra-efficient Tiger Pro modules with higher power capacity targeted for distributed generation market. The new module is based on the Tiger Pro 1...
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Green Energy Solutions (GES), a Joint Venture between JOVENA, the energy branch of Axian Group, which is a leading infrastructure group in Madagascar, and GREENYELLOW, an energy management company offering turnkey services in energy efficiency and solar projects entered into an agreement with Colas Madagascar for the construction of a mobile hybrid power plant for Ambokatra quarry. 1 As per the...
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Empower New Energy´s first solar energy project investment in Egypt has now been commissioned and is generating electricity for one of the country´s leading aluminium manufacturers, Intercairo Ltd. The project, a 495 kWp solar power plant, is installed at the factory´s roof top in Cairo´s industrial area. The power plant will enable the factory to cut CO2 emissions and energy costs substantial...
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With the rapid development of PV capacity in Africa, the proportion of bifacial modules in the African market is also gradually increasing. The solar tracking system solves the obstruction of power generation which is happened on using bifacial modules on the fixed mounting system. The switch to larger modules and the combination of bifacial modules +trackers have been exciting trends in th...
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Bboxx Rwanda has secured a $3 million investment loan to expand solar electrification as countries seek to diversify energy supply and reduce dependence on energy sources that produce greenhouse gas emissions. What will it take to drive investment in renewable energy? Bboxx Rwanda Managing Director, Justus Mucyo joins CNBC Africa for more. Original Article Here...
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The module makers eventually cannot bear the cost pressure anymore which is transmitted from the upstream sector as material shortages continues to ascend. This is reflected in the actions of almost all industry giants like JinkoSolar, Longi, JA, which reversed their price cut policy and raise their bid quotation, others have already notified their customers of the price hike. The reason beh...
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DNV GL report on Trina Solar Vertex 210mm Modules’ advantages with fixed tilt underlines value in both BOS and LCOE    The internationally authoritative third-party organization DNV GL began the third round of assessment of the BOS cost and LCOE of Trina Solar’s 210mm Vertex modules. The assessment took place in Aomori prefecture, Japan. In the assessment, the BOS cost and LCOE were ...
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There is no denying the fact that due to overpopulation and technological advancement, energy demand is growing exponentially with every passing day. It is not an issue with a country or two, but it has become a global phenomenon. This overpopulation has burdened conventional energy resources like coal, natural gas, and petroleum, leading to the approaching depletion of these fuels and environm...
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DNV GL’s Technical Report: Reducing LCOE by 3.72%, Trina Solar Pioneers in Better System Value by 210 Vertex Modules Conjoining Single-Axis 2 portrait installation (2P) Tracker  DNV GL, the international leading design institutes and the well-known third-party organization, just reported the value of Trina Solar’s 600W+ Vertex Bifacial Dual-Glass Module with Single-Axis 2 portrait installa...
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Many solar installers and MG developers have a habit of opting for low power modules, sometimes less than 350Wp. But recent technology innovation now makes it possible to use panels of 450Wp and above, and generate significant savings on the overall project. In this Showcase, you will learn about finding the right balance between Quantity and Quality. Topics addressed include: th...
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Lilongwe, Malawi: InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), and its project partner, JCM Power (JCM), have announced their commitment to finance construction of the 20MWAC Golomoti Solar project with a 5MW/10MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS). Golomoti Solar will be the first commercial-scale solar photovoltaic plant in Malawi to include a BE...
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The world's leading photovoltaic inverter brands have announced the market launch of inverters and trackers compatible with the 210 Ultra High-Power Modules, significantly promoting smooth chain collaboration in the industry and the reduction of Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), thus accelerating the pace of entering grid parity era.   The inverter companies approving compatibility with ...
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February 2021
EDF has become a shareholder in Bboxx Kenya to provide access to clean, reliable and affordable energy to over two million Kenyans with Bboxx’s solar home systems by 2025. EDF has taken a 23% stake in Bboxx Kenya and will bring its commercial resources and its experience from developing off-grid solutions in several African countries. EDF’s investment in Bboxx’s Kenya operations will a...
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SHANGRAO, February 18, 2021 – JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE:JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced that the Company and its subsidiaries have signed a solar glass procurement contract with Flat Glass Group Co. Ltd. (“Flat Glass”), securing approximately 338 million square meters of rolled glas...
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Trina Solar today announced that its Vertex 660W+ solar power modules have received IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 certification for their performance and safety from TÜV Rheinland. This series generates power of 675W with a conversion efficiency of 21.7%. It is the world's first IEC certification for 660W+ modules issued by a highly authoritative international certifying body. It is also another major ...
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Sterling & Wilson Solar has signed an order worth USD 127.5 million (Rs 930 crore) in the Kom Ombo region of Egypt. The order has been received from Saudi Arabia's leading renewable energy company and is scheduled to be commissioned by Q1 2022. Sterling and Wilson Solar has already executed five projects of over 322 MWp in Benban Solar Park in Egypt. read original article here...
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With the beginning of the “14th Five-Years Plan”, the PV industry market has continued to heat up, and large-size modules have progressively earned growing popularity in PV market. According to the industry expectation, by the end of 2021, the production capacity of 182mm modules may exceed 100GW and the most mature product capacity planning will match the demand of global market. There are o...
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West Africa hybrid solar power solutions provider Daystar Power plans to raise about $100m within the next three years to satisfy existing client demand. “The market size and funding gap is huge, and our role in bridging this gap will involve us continuously raising funds,” Olaedo Osoka, Daystar’s CEO for Ghana, tells The Africa Report. The funding will mostly be debt, and the ...
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Trina Solar promotes product transparency through the UL and EPDItaly Mutual Recognition Programme to meet global sustainability requirements. UL, the global safety science leader, is pleased to announce that Trina Solar received UL’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certifications for its photovoltaic (PV) products, promoting transparency on their environmental impact. An EPD...
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Bboxx, a next generation utility, is partnering with Trafigura, one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading companies, to accelerate progress on meeting United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 (UN SDG 7) – clean energy for all – in Africa. Bboxx manufactures, distributes and finances decentralised solar powered systems in developing countries, operating across Africa an...
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Trina Solar Co., Ltd. ("Trina Solar") received IEC62817 Certification for its TrinaTracker Vanguard Series verified by the Certification Entity for Renewable Energies ("CERE"), a Europe-leading independent testing, simulation, certification and inspection body. TrinaTracker has a worldwide reputation of delivering high quality and reliable solutions that are designed to provide the best leveliz...
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January 2021
Namibia’s first Gold Standard-certified project will finance UK-designed solar lights to serve every household without grid access across the entire country. LONDON, UK. Jan 28th, 2021: Namene Solar today announced their latest carbon offsetting project in Namibia, certified by Gold Standard. It’s the first project in Namibia to receive the certification. It will see climate finance subsid...
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Trina Solar Co., Ltd. ("Trina Solar" or the "Company"), a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has released the TrinaTracker Intelligent Tracking Technology White Paper on SuperTrack. According to the white paper, the SuperTrack algorithm has three distinctive technical features - including both smart tracking and backtracking technologies, “Broadcast + Polling” commu...
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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 has won the prestigious PV Magazine Award 2020 in the Module category for its Tiger monofacial module. PV Magazine assembles expert juries and representatives from the global solar world every year and the PV Magazi...
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With its advantages in increasing energy yield and decreasing LCOE, bifacial double-glass module has become the mainstream product used in large-scale ground-mounted PV power plants. Leading the industry in the development and application of bifacial double-glass modules, JA Solar began mass production of the PERC bifacial double-glass modules in 2017. Since then, it has supplied modules for a num...
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Recently, JinkoSolar Announced that after JinkoSolar N-type TOPCon Mono Cell conversion efficiency broke the record, the company’s latest developed N-type mono modules have been tested by the authoritative third-party organization TÜV Rheinland. As a matter of fact, Jinko N-Type panels hit a record-high conversion efficiency of 23.01%, breaking the previous world record of 22.39% set by JinkoSo...
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Trina Solar Co., Ltd. ("Trina Solar" or the "Company"), a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has recently obtained dual “Environmental Product Declaration” (EPD) certifications from UL, the global independent safety science certification institute, and EPDItaly, which is the first UL and EPDItaly mutually recognized EPD in photovoltaic industry, proving the Company’s...
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The investment will allow West Africa’s fastest growing C&I solar provider to accelerate its regional expansion. LAGOS, Nigeria Jan 12 2020 -- Daystar Power, a leading provider of hybrid solar power solutions to businesses in West Africa, today announced a Series B investment of $38 million. The round was led by the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU), the Danish development fi...
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InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), and Global Logistics Services(GLS) have signed an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with Liberian contractor, BMC Group, to enable construction to commence on the Liberia Inland Storage Facility (LISF) project. InfraCo Africa will be the majority shareholder in the project which will develop Liberia...
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After a slow year for electrification, 2020 ends with a full workshop and promising pipeline for SustainSolar, greatly supported by innovative mini-grid asset leasing offering. The contraction of the global economy paired with far-reaching travel restrictions during most of 2020 did not only slow down many industrial sectors but also had a significant impact on the implementation of rural elect...
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Recently, JinkoSolar has achieved a record large-area N-type monocrystalline silicon solar cell conversion efficiency of 24.90%, independently confirmed by the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hamelin (ISFH), Germany.   JinkoSolar has invested huge resources in R&D. JinkoSolar’s experts in fields of silicon wafers, cells and photovoltaic modules focus on technological innova...
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As it expands its presence in Africa, LONGi has announced the appointment of Maryzad, a Saudi-Egyptian company founded in 2012, as a new major distributor and partner, leveraging its strengths in the field of solar, alternative and renewable energy. Water requirements in Egypt have grown over recent years due to an increase in population, improving living standards and agricultural expansion, a...
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Trina Solar has recently built three Vertex Super Factories in Yiwu, Zhejiang, as well as Suqian and Yancheng in Jiangsu, China. By the end of 2020, Trina Solar witnessed its 210mm-module production capacity exceeding 22GW, and will further shoot over 50GW in 2021 across the globe. The development of the 210mm industry chain has matured, where most customers recognize and accept the related produ...
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December 2020
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. (“Trina Solar” or the “Company”), a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, is announcing that it is leading a joint initiative to promote the standardization of 210mm size silicon wafer, modules in the photovoltaic industry. Trina Solar is hopeful that this technical standard will be actively adopted by the industry, enabling it to develop and mak...
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With its top-notch research and development of ultra-high-efficiency modules, Trina Solar has once again led the industry into the 600W+ era, with a variety of high-power, high-efficiency, high-yield and highly reliable products. Drawing attention from across the industry, Trina Solar’s innovative “low voltage, high string power ” design concept has certainly proven to be the best Levelized ...
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Bboxx, a next-generation utility, and EDF, a global leader in low-carbon energies, are expanding access to solar-powered irrigation systems for thousands of farmers in Togo. As part of the partnership, the Togo Government is providing a 50% subsidy to halve the cost of solar-powered farming and irrigation systems for 5,000 farmers. This is alongside tax exemptions on import duties and VAT on...
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Large portions of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population lack connectivity to the electric grid. Furthermore, businesses and consumers with connectivity to the grid continue to face constant power outages that affect their livelihoods. It is estimated that over 50 million back-up generators are in use in Sub-Saharan Africa, by businesses alone. Daystar Power is a Nigerian company that offers hybri...
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GRS Energy is about to commission the Greefspan II photovoltaic solar power plant. Located near the town of Douglas, in the Northern Cape Province in South Africa, the solar power plant has a capacity of 63.2 MWp. GRS Energy implemented this project in partnership with the Spanish group TSK and the South African company Umbono Energy Partners. “We have reached the preliminary and final stage ...
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Though Amazon.com is staying mum for now on details of its planned “utility-scale” renewable energy project in South Africa, it has emerged that it will source the power from a giant solar farm to be built in the Northern Cape. The project, which has already been approved by energy regulator Nersa, is being led by local solar energy experts The SOLA Group. It will supply 28GWh of solar powe...
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The contraction of the global economy paired with far-reaching travel restrictions during most of 2020 did not only slow down many industrial sectors but also had a significant impact on the implementation of rural electrification projects in developing economies. After some slow-moving months, SustainSolar, a South African provider of off-grid solar power generation solutions, finishes this chall...
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This month we are thrilled to introduce you to Albert Wen of Huawei. Huawei is a global leaders in smart PV solutions which harness more than 30 years of expertise in digital information technology and has been the largest inverter supplier globally for the last 5 years. ...
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SHANGRAO, December 1, 2020 – JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE:JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced that it is the sole PV company given the highest AAA rating for credit quality in the Chinese market. This highest rating is the recognition of market quality credit management capabilities and levels...
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Following the withdrawal of Mahindra Susten from the Kom Ombo solar project, Saudi Arabian Independent Power Producer (IPP) Acwa Power has finally chosen Sterling and Wilson to build the 200 MWp facility. This is one of the consequences of the Covid-19, which continues to claim victims around the world. In Egypt, the pandemic has slowed down the implementation of the Kom Ombo solar photovolta...
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African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) has raised an additional $80m (€65m) for its third mid-market infrastructure investment fund. The African Infrastructure Investment Fund 3 (AIIF3) fund, which announced a $320m fundraise in July last year, has now received the additional capital, to continue its strategy of investing in the power, transport, digital infrastructure and midstr...
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Namene Solar today announced the certification of a new project in Zambia that unlocks the carbon value of a solar light to offer customers truly affordable, high-quality solar lighting for the first time. The lights will reach over 1.5 million people living in rural households, with no access to electricity, and will be financed by the sale of carbon credits. Namene Solar will distribute their...
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Rensource, a leading West African renewable energy services provider, announced today its entrance into the provision of Commercial & Industrial (C&I) solar with a project in partnership with the Norwegian impact investment company, Empower New Energy, to deploy a 700 KWp solar photo-voltaic plant to Nigeria´s largest egg producer, Premium Poultry Farms. The power plant, ground-mounted on...
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November 2020
Trina Solar Co., Ltd. (“Trina Solar” or the “Company”), a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, today announced the renewal of its global brand for tracker business, as well as integrate and upgrade its business system and channels, so as to make full use of and strengthen Trina Solar's brand influence and bring better service and more added value to global customers....
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On November 12.2020, the “Customer Value Focused, Advanced PV Technology for Better LCOE-182mm Module and System Technology” Conference, co-sponsored by JinkoSolar, JA Solar and Longi Green Energy, was successfully held in Shanghai. During the conference, solar inverter and tracker manufactures, power design institutes, EPC enterprises and third-party certification institutions issued a compre...
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Solar solutions provider Bboxx has secured a $4 million loan from the Facility for Energy Inclusion Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF), a debt fund managed by Lion’s Head Global Partners (LHGP) to accelerate energy access in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The loan will enable the company to accelerate operations in the across Kivu, Ituri and Tshopo provinces with ambitions to exp...
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FRANKFURT, GERMANY / ACCESSWIRE / November 10, 2020 / Emerging Energy Corp. AG ('EEC'), a German-based private equity firm focused on partnering with energy companies that are pursuing compelling opportunities in creating growth in the African energy sector, has acquired a strategic stake in Sustainable Power Generation (Pty) Ltd. ('SPG Group'), a South African clean energy company operating acros...
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 Trina Solar Co., Ltd. (688599) today released its third-quarter reports for 2020, revealing that first-half momentum has held up, with revenues and profits both rising steadily. In the first three quarters, the company reported total realized income of RMB 19.93 billion, a year-on-year increase of 18.66%, with third-quarter realized income accounting for RMB 7.38 billion. Shareholders enjoyed a ...
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Next generation utility Bboxx has announced the appointment of former UK Minister and MP Nick Hurd as a senior adviser, as the company gears up towards the next phase of its growth journey. As part of this new senior role, Hurd will advise the company on projects involving political and multilateral engagement with key stakeholders and overseas governments. Commenting on his appointment, Hur...
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Universal solution for residential and commercial applications, the Vertex S boasts ultra-high performance despite its small size profile Trina Solar, a leading global PV and smart energy solution provider, announced the launch of Vertex S, the latest in their high-efficiency PV module series for residential and commercial rooftop applications. The new series features innovative Vertex technolo...
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Mid-September 2020, OnePower Lesotho (1PWR), a mini-grid developer working in Lesotho with the mission to bring electricity to underserved communities, was announced as one of the winners of Power Africa’s Beyond the Grid initiative to electrify primary healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa with off-grid solar PV solutions. SustainSolar, a Cape Town based manufacturer of containerised, rap...
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October 2020
The winners of the Africa Solar Industry Association (AFSIA) Solar Awards 2020 were unveiled during first-of-its kind online event --------- The inaugural AFSIA Solar Awards, organized in partnership with the Africa Energy Forum (aef), have culminated in a grand show streamed online on October 29. During this ceremony, the winners of the 15 categories were unveiled and celebrated. More t...
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Trina Solar Co., Ltd. (“Trina Solar” or the “Company”), a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, announced recently that the Vertex 600W and 550W series of glass-backsheet and dual-glass modules passed the TÜV Rheinland Photovoltaic Module IEC standard serial test and obtained two certificates, IEC 61215 and IEC 61730. The Vertex series became the first 600W+ high-pow...
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African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) through its IDEAS Managed Fund has invested in Phakwe Group to become the 90%-owner of Witkop Solar Park, a 30MW solar PV facility located in the Limpopo province, South Africa. African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) through its IDEAS Managed Fund has invested in Phakwe Group to become the 90%-owner of Witkop Solar Park, a 30MW solar ...
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Trina Solar announces that total sales of its ultra-high power modules, the Vertex Series, have reached 1GW worldwide, including nearly 200MW in Europe as well as from three other major regions, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Latin America. In February of this year, Trina Solar released the Vertex 500W series ultra-high power modules to the world. Within just five months, the power output of the...
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Trina Solar announces that its mass production of Vertex 550W ultra-high-power modules in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, has begun with the opening of a new manufacturing plant. The new Vertex factory was completed in 2020. It is equipped with advanced equipment and industrial facilities, and highly automated and intelligent operating systems. The mass production of the 550W module is a milestone...
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By Sola Lawson Joint managing director at African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) in Lagos --- Nigeria’s chronic power shortages have been a defining feature of the country’s path to sustainable economic development. As an oil-producing net importer of petroleum products, this makes the lack of investment in Nigeria’s own domestic energy infrastructure even more sta...
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September 2020
Trina Solar Co., Ltd announced that the company's Vertex 600W/550W series ultra-high power modules had passed the comprehensive reliability test by TÜV Rheinland. This is another major breakthrough and milestone after Trina Solar was granted both the IEC 61215 PV module performance standard and the IEC 61730 PV module safety standard certificates in March 2020. Based on Trina Solar's superior ...
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Global Total Revenue H1 2020 reached US$ 1.836 Billion Net Profits for Shareholders US$ 72 Million  Dubai, UAE – September 20: Trina Solar Co., Ltd., a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has announced the publishing of its half-year financial reports for 2020. The company is reporting a 245.81% Year-on-Year Growth in net profits in 2020 compared with the same ...
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AMMP Technologies is scaling up its SaaS platform for real-time operations of distributed renewable and hybrid energy systems The pace at which these energy systems are being rolled out is growing rapidly – especially in emerging markets with poor grid infrastructure, which are AMMP’s current focus AMMP solves the problem of remote system operations, by providing energy s...
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August 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Aug 30, Trina Solar Co., Ltd. (“Trina Solar” or the “Company”), a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, was once again named the 100% Bankable Module Supplier Brand as announced in the 2020 PV Module and Inverter Bankability report, published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The judges unanimously recognized the company’s stable financi...
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Leading monocrystalline wafer producer and ‘ Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, LONGi Green Energy has defied the downward pricing pressure on its core wafer business and weak global demand, driven by the impact of COVID-19 on the solar industry supply chain to report record revenue, profit, and module shipments in the first half of 2020. LONGi reported first-half 2020 operating inco...
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Solar PV system-caused fires are rare, but they are on the rise in the United States. The numbers here are hard to track down, but Lawrence Shaw, owner of Higher Powered LLC, a residential solar preventive maintenance company in Arizona, reached out to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), dug through their data and sent the results to PV Magazine. The reported tally is 56 recorded solar system...
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A $1.9 billion infrastructure fund owned by Old Mutual Ltd. said South Africa should start with power as it embarks on an R2.3 trillion ($137 billion) drive to lure private investment into infrastructure over the next decade. Electricity is South Africa’s most urgent need and the country has experience of approving renewable energy projects with a prior program attracting 209 billion rand of ...
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LONGi and Sungrow have been highlighted as top solar brands in BloombergNEF’s PV Module & Inverter Bankability 2020 report published on 13th August 2020 with Sungrow awarded a 100 percent Bankability Rating for a second year. Courtesy of LONGi BNEF surveys solar industry participants covering 32 banks, funds, solar engineering contractors, independent power producers and technical...
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Following Covid-19 related delays, July 2020 saw the successful commissioning and final testing of the first Sustain Compact™ containerized solar generation unit as a mini-grid under the Rural EASE (Energy Access through Social Enterprise and Decentralization) project, funded by the Scottish Government in collaboration with University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and United Purpose, an internationa...
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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 solar brand in debt financed projects and named a most "bankable" PV manufacturer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Forty-nine global solar module manufacturers were ranked based on BNEF's...
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Dubai, UAE: Aug 25, Trina Solar Co Ltd, a world’s leader in solar technology manufacturing, has announced that it has signed an investment cooperation agreement with the Management Committee of Yancheng Economic and Technological Development Zone in Jiangsu province to expand its manufacturing capacity of 210mm solar cells. In line with Trina Solar’s strategies, the company will add 7.6GW i...
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Groupe Filatex is in talks with Bboxx on a partnership to extend the clean-energy platform’s services to Madagascar, Filatex chief operating Officer George Condé tells The Africa Report. The discussions, which are at an early stage, are to analyse whether Bboxx’s business model can be adapted to generate solar power for rural Madagascar, says Condé. Filatex is a Malagasy fami...
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The new product, currently the most powerful panel on the market, was showcased at the SNEC PV Power Expo in Shanghai. Also presented at the fair was a 780 W product from Tongwei and a 660 W module from Trina. The 14th SNEC photovoltaic exhibition and conference held in Shanghai this week set the stage for the presentation of the most powerful solar panels on the global PV market. The Chinese...
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It is important for solar energy professionals to stay informed of the latest advances in technology and solar efficiency. And although we can’t say that bifacial modules is a terribly new advancement, it is not yet mainstream. Bifacial modules is one of the older developments in solar panel technology dating back to the 1960s, but it is also one of the latest latest advances to take hold. And, ...
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Trina Solar Co., Ltd (‘Trina Solar” or the “Company”) has announced the launch of two next-generation Vertex series modules with power output of up to 600W. The company expects to realize the mass production of a 550W series in the final quarter of this year. Several representatives of upper, middle and lower streams of the industrial value chain of the 600W+ Photovoltaic Open Innovatio...
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This month we are thrilled to introduce you to Aman Mathur, Managing Director of Addwatt. Addwatt has installed 800+MW of large and small Solar Power Projects worldwide. Addwatt Power Solution is a leading and diversified company operating in the field of Solar Power Energy and committed to bringing the entire range of services involved in designing and construction of Solar Power plants. ...
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July 2020
Analysis by Jason Wallis, Finance Director at Namene Solar Changes to VAT and import tariffs for solar materials and equipment could jeopardise regional progress towards energy access and environmental targets. Namene Solar is celebrating the synergy of our brands. We have unified our branches that extend into both the off-grid and commercial and industrial space. This, combined with our...
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The Chinese manufacturer has claimed a world record of 24.79% for a large-size, contact-passivated solar cell. The result, certified by Germany’s Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hamelin, betters the company’s previous record by almost 0.6%. JinkoSolar’s R&D teams of experts in silicon wafer, solar cells and solar modules have made significant breakthroughs in the field of high effi...
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The 600W+ Photovoltaic Open Innovation Ecological Alliance was announced today – a formation of 39 firms that aims to create a new collaborative and innovative ecosystem through open collaboration, synergizing the main resources of the industry chain and integrating core processes such as R&D, manufacturing and applications. In a declaration adopted by the 39 members of the alliance, member...
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In the AFSIA’s “Who’s Who” series we ask a few questions to individuals who are shaping the industry. This month we ask Michael Lappin about his career and most notable moments in the solar industry. 1. What is your role at your company and what does this entail? I am responsible for the South African Cape and SADC regions sales strategy and implementation while looking after Cape To...
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Following the postponement of aef to October 2020, organisers hosted the digital content and networking platform ‘aef2.0’ for Africa’s energy community over the previous dates of the Forum, between 30th June – 3rd July. Under the theme ‘Investment & Impact: Out of Response and Into Recovery,’ aef2.0 examined the effect of Covid-19 on Africa’s energy sector, responses happening acr...
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By Nick Lusson, Business Development Executive at Jubaili Bros Solar East Africa Sub Saharan Africa has made great strides in recent years towards universal electrification. Many countries like Ethiopia and Uganda set ambitious goals of 100% of population with access to electricity by 2030, and Kenya has targeted 2022 for the same. In order to hit these ambitious targets, no doubt mini grids...
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Despite the challenges of covid-19 lockdown, SustainSolar, an Africa-focused solar photovoltaic (PV) off-grid system integrator and provider of turn-key solutions for rural electrification, recently started working on a containerized off-grid solar-battery power systems to be delivered to Idjwi Island on Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Equatorial Power, a Uganda-based mini-grid d...
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Governments across the developing world have implemented a wide range of responses to the COVID-19 crisis, from encouraging good hygiene to imposing partial curfews and full lockdowns. Conventional wisdom is that emerging countries are even less able to cope with lockdowns than developed countries: Many people live hand-to-mouth, and few can work from home in economies where most work is still su...
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June 2020
An analysis by Terje Osmundsen, CEO of Empower New Energy Businesses in Africa suffer from the world’s highest costs of electricity. Rooftop and ground mounted Solar PV on the user’s site can slash industry’s energy costs, improve their competitiveness and create hundreds of thousands of jobs, but government regulations are holding investments back. The Coronavirus pandemic has left Af...
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The companies aim to jointly develop higher quality and more competitive cells and modules that will in turn ensure the viability of PV power plants. Chinese solar manufacturer Longi has signed an agreement of strategic cooperation with DuPont aimed at jointly creating high-end modules and helping downstream customers build more reliable and higher-quality PV power plants. As part of the agr...
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May 2020
Recently, JinkoSolar officially launched the world's most powerful utility solar panel – the Tiger Pro series – as well as a full stack portfolio.   "We have been making steady progress since we announced our technical roadmap and high power product strategy last year," said Kangping Chen, CEO of JinkoSolar. "Everything is moving forward according to plan, from R&D to product la...
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The Chinese conglomerate has revealed how it will further integrate artificial intelligence (AI) in its string devices this year. The approach includes the transformation of inverters into smart PV controllers, the development of AI inference modules and the creation of an AI training and inference platform. Machine learning will also be incorporated into operations and maintenance, grid managemen...
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African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) has divested itself of two renewable projects in South Africa. The organization has announced the successful divestment of AIIF2’s 14% stake in Cookhouse, a 139MW wind farm, and 34% stake in REISA, a 75MW solar PV facility. The exits are concluded through sales to AIIM’s IDEAS Managed Fund, one of the largest equity investors in South Afric...
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In the AFSIA’s “Who’s Who” series we ask a few questions to individuals who are shaping the industry. This month we ask Yvonne Zhao about her career and most notable moments in the solar industry. What is your role at your company and what does this entail? My role is Global Marketing Manager. My responsibility is to maximize LONGi’s brand awareness and to gain market shares. ...
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Initiatives in support of access to electricity are multiplying in response to Covid-19. Soleva, a social enterprise offering electrification solutions in West Africa, has decided to offer free electricity to its clients in Togo for one month. The company was joined by the British home solar kit supplier Bboxx. The latter plans to grant free credits of up to one month to its Togolese customers. ...
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April 2020
If you are active in the Corporate PPA space, as a provider or as an end-user, Eversheds-Sutherland would like to hear from you on the impact of the current situation on your project(s) through the following survey. CAR_LIB1-#17639843-v2-ETC_-_industry_survey_Q2_2020_-_Covid-19 Survey is anonymous and can be sent to Megan James at MeganJames@eversheds-sutherland.com...
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London, United Kingdom, April 16, 2020 - This year’s Africa Energy Forum (aef) has been rescheduled to take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 20 - 22 October 2020. Previously due to take place in July, the move comes in the interests of all attendees’ safety after monitoring the COVID-19 situation and its impact on global economies.   The Forum, organised by EnergyNet, bring...
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While 840 million people still live without electricity and a further 1 billion live without a reliable electrical supply, significant progress has been made in recent years on expanding energy access globally. But without urgent action, off-grid energy could essentially be wiped out. By Mansoor Hamayun, CEO and Co-Founder of Bboxx As COVID-19 continues to make its way through Africa, this g...
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In the AFSIA’s “Who’s Who” series we ask a few questions to individuals who are shaping the industry. This month we ask Ashwin West about his career and most notable moments of his career. 1. What is your role at your company and what does this entail? I am part of African Infrastructure Investment Manager’s (AIIM) pan-African investment team, based in our Cape Town office. AIIM i...
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U.S. solar module manufacturer and project developer First Solar was the largest EPC contractor last year with 4.31 GW of deployed solar, according to Wiki-Solar. The company’s ranking includes all EPC activity for PV projects above 4 MW in size that have been deployed over the past year at the global level, outside of China. The second position is occupied by U.S.-based Swinerton wit...
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China’s largest exporter of solar PV cells, JinkoSolar, has announced that it will donate one million face masks and other protective equipment items to several countries severely affected by COVID-19. The countries include Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Britain, Switzerland, South Korea, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Turkey, Portugal, and Norway. The first batch of 50,000 has been pa...
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In March 2020, LONGi officially joined the Global Initiative RE100, committing to sourcing 100% of renewable electricity across its entire global operations by 2028, with an interim target of 70% by 2027. In November 2018, LONGi announced its “Solar for Solar” concept of manufacturing clean energy products using 100% clean energy. Joining the RE100 further reinforces the company’s commitment...
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March 2020
Backsheets are the critical outer layers of solar panels providing the first line of defense for solar cells and encapsulating materials. Solar project development in India has always been very competitive due to the reverse auction process and also lately because of tariff caps, which forces developers to bid unrealistically low. Due to the pressure of low tariffs, the quality of components...
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“(Business in Cameroon) - In Cameroon for Cameroon”: this is the title of the first-ever corporate movie produced by Huawei in Cameroon. The movie produced in partnership with the Ministry of Water and Energy, Camtel and Sup’ptic recaps the projects Huawei led in the framework of its partnership with Cameroon. This movie was premiered on March 5, 2020, in Yaoundé. In the framework of the p...
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In the AFSIA's "Who's Who" series we ask a few questions to individuals who are shaping the industry. This month we ask Stephan Padlewski about his career and most notable moments of his career. 1. What is your role at your company and what does this entail? I currently lead the marketing and business development activities at DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, in EMEA. DuPont operates upstream...
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The report provides a snapshot of Tunisia’s business environment, macroeconomic trends, and issues related to the country’s credit and political risk. Antoine Poussard, Managing Partner MENA Region at Finergreen, said: “After a few years of strong commitment and support from the government, the Plan Solaire Tunisien is becoming a reality at a large scale, making Tunisia a strong renewable...
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One phenomenon of 2019 is that solar panel manufacturers have focused on increasing the energy density, the efficiency rating of PV modules. These efforts have driven investments on commercial and utility-scale solar power plants as never before. Having looked through the latest news in solar industry, the most efficient solar panels of JinkoSolar is the Tiger 465 series. Efficiency, performanc...
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February 2020
The new Q1 2020 bankability analysis has now been completed by the PV-Tech market research team, ranking PV module suppliers within the PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings. The listing reveals that LONGi Solar now commands AAA-Rated status, the highest grade achievable. A further seven module suppliers are in the AA and A bands and four suppliers fall into the B levels. This article reveals the n...
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Under the overarching theme “Investment & Impact,” the Forum’s 2020 programme puts sustainable development and the impact of power projects under the spotlight The 2020 Africa Energy Forum (aef) will welcome Chairwoman Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Co-Chair of UN-Energy, to officiate the open...
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January 2020
When it comes to solar opportunities, the African continent is blessed with an abundance of options: from large scale to residential projects, through mini-grids (MGs), solar home systems (SHS), commercial and industrial (C&I), on grid, off grid, and a whole array of solar applications related to water, refrigeration or cooking. This wide diversity of solar applications and markets makes Afri...
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September 2019
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced that it is invited to the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 which will be held at the UN headquarters in New York on September 23, 2019.   To move forward on ambitious climate action globally, UN Secretary-General António Guterres...
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August 2019
How much of impact would a 25% weight decrease on a panel be to the industry? Compared with dual glass bifacial, JinkoSolar’s Swan reduces the weight by 25%. How much would this mean to the investors, developers, EPCs and O&M? Would it make much of a difference, or would the savings be significant enough to 100% shift to it? Will weight increase of glass-glass bifacial diminish its returns ...
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July 2019
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (“JinkoSolar” or the “Company”) (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced that the world’s largest1 solar plant of 1,177MWp, which was jointly developed by the Company, Japan’s Marubeni Corp. and Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), has recently started commercial operations as ...
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June 2019
Finergreen continues its international growth strategy: after Abidjan in 2016, Singapore in 2017 and Dubai in 2018, the financial advisory boutique is expanding to Latin America and the Caribbean with the opening of an office in Mexico; and strengthens its position in East Africa by setting up an office in Nairobi. Finergreen, a financial advisory boutique specialising in the renewable energ...
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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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