August 2020
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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