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Construction has started at Burkina Faso’s largest solar PV project, the 38MW Kodéni plant, after France’s Africa Ren said on 21 October it had reached financial close on the scheme.

Burkina Faso
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Covid-19-related restrictions have delayed commissioning of the 56MW Shema Power Lake Kivu methane-to-power plant (previously known as Kivu56), project director Tony de la Motte told African Energy.

Rwanda
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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed a €10m ($10.2m) local currency loan backing the deployment of 107,000 solar home systems in Benin by Engie Energy Access. The systems are expected to provide power to around 643,000 people.

Benin
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Burundi’s first utility-scale power development to come online in over three decades started up in October. The 7.5MW Mubuga solar PV plant will boost the country’s on-grid generation capacity by just over 10%, according to African Energy Live Data.

Burundi
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Cairo has secured the hosting rights for the COP27 intergovernmental meeting next year, in further evidence of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s interest in using climate change as a diplomatic tool, but the short-term prospects for large renewable schemes will remain limited until the economy expands by enough to use up existing surplus generation capacity, writes John Hamilton.

Egypt
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Construction of the Korhogo solar PV plant is expected to begin in Q2 2022, developer Madagascar-based Groupe Filatex chief operating officer George Conde told African Energy.

Côte d'Ivoire
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A 10MWp solar PV plant to supply the Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant in South Africa is due to be commissioned Q3 2021, Pan African told African Energy

South Africa
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CDC Group’s Gridworks and South Africa's New GX Capital announced on 23 August investments worth $40m in commercial and industrial solar company Sustainable Power Solutions Investments. 

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An investment by Norfund has bolstered a receivables vehicle run by Solar Frontier Capital for d.light in Kenya, in one of the first large-scale transactions for the sector. The transaction is a boost for d.light Kenya in its efforts to become financially sustainable and cashflow positive, writes Dan Marks.

Kenya
Issue 430 - 14 January 2021

G5 Sahel obtains more solar support

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The G5 Sahel countries have received new support for solar generation in the Desert to Power scheme promoted by the African Development Bank (AfDB). The AfDB’s stated ambition is for the G5 Sahel countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, Mali and Niger – to harness their potential to create “the world’s largest solar zone”. The AfDB aims to increase on- and off-grid solar generation capacity by 10GW, to transform the livelihoods of some 250m people across the 11-state Sahel region.

Mauritania | Niger | Chad | Burkina Faso | Mali
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The impact of coronavirus on construction and project completions was underlined by figures for Q1 2020 produced by African Energy Live Data and presented at a 6 July Africa Investment Exchange (AIX) webinar on Africa power negotiations. This showed that only 240MW of net installed capacity was added in Q1 2020 (as a total of 438MW was installed but several big rental contracts ended). If this performance continued across the year, there would be a historic low in the installation of new generation capacity.

Issue 430 - 14 January 2021

Togo: Solar pump partnership

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Bboxx and French utility EDF have announced a partnership to distribute solar irrigation pumps in Togo. EDF affiliated company SunCulture will supply the pumps which will be integrated with Bboxx’s payment and management technology to allow the cost to be spread over time. Togo has had success attracting investment into its off-grid sector through the Cizo programme. Bboxx, which has head offices in Rwanda and London and operations across Africa and Asia, was the first solar home system (SHS) company to become part of the programme that aims to provide power to 300,000 households over five years. 

Togo
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A consortium led by CDC Group’s Gridworks announced on 26 November that it had been selected as preferred bidder for the Essor Access to Electricity (A2E) Initiative in Democratic Republic of Congo. Gridworks has partnered with Eranove and AEE Power for the project.

DR Congo
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Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is inviting companies to prequalify to install solar hybrid systems at seven universities and two teaching hospitals with combined capacity of around 38MW.

Nigeria