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Issue 401 - 11 October 2019

Talks over Ethiopia Scaling Solar awards

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The Ethiopian government and World Bank Group (WBG) are holding high-level talks about the first round of the Scaling Solar programme, in which Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power was awarded two 125MW projects – Gad and Dicheto – on 11 September after bidding $0.02526/kWh. However, questions are being asked about the disqualification of the four remaining bidders. The involvement of the International Finance Corporation in the bids appears to have raised unexpected issues, while the process also encountered challenges around foreign exchange and Ethiopia’s difficult macroeconomic environment.

Ethiopia
Issue 373 - 13 July 2018

Mozambique: Mocuba solar launch

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A ground-breaking ceremony on 29 June marked the start of work on the 40MW Central Solar de Mocuba project. Financing of the $76m project was led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). A 25-year power purchase agreement was signed with Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) in October 2016 but difficulties obtaining government guarantees delayed financial close, which was finally reached in March.

Mozambique
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The Communauté Electrique du Bénin, the power producer and grid operator serving Benin and Togo, invites prequalification applications by 16 January for the rehabilitation of the 65.6MW Nangbeto hydropower plant on the Mono River, which forms the border between the two states.

Benin
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Kenya’s Energy Act 2019 provides for the opening up of the national grid to private investors, but energy ministry principal secretary Joseph Njoroge says Kenya Power will retain its monopoly for now because the country does not have sufficient demand to accommodate more distributors.

Kenya
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The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) is tendering for a technical adviser to help deliver the first of a series of power projects which it intends to build in Zambia in partnership with the national utility Zesco.

Zambia | Morocco
Issue 422 - 10 September 2020

Solar project hopes to save Libya’s water

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A scheme put forward in August aims to supply the Man- Made River (MMR) with power from independent solar generation plants.The waterway is a critical piece of infrastructure supplying almost all the water consumed by the majority of Libya’s population, and is highly vulnerable to grid power outages. The proposal, which is at an early stage, could involve the construction of as many as 20 IPPs, each of 5MW.

Libya
Issue 422 - 10 September 2020

Kenya: Norwegians quit Rumuruti solar

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Lack of progress at the 40MW Rumuruti solar PV project has caused its main shareholders, Norway’s Norfund and Scatec Solar, to pull out. Rumuruti signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) in May 2018 but has not yet reached financial close. Voltalia signed a PPA for its 40MW Kopere project at the same time and has also not announced financial close or construction.

Kenya
Issue 422 - 10 September 2020

Burkina Faso: Solar tender

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Sonabel has issued a tender for the turnkey construction of three solar PV plants, with financing from the African Development Bank, as part of the country’s Yeleen rural electrification project. The tender is divided into three lots.

Burkina Faso
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Juwi Renewable Energies announced this month that the Droogfontein II solar project had begun commercial operations. Juwi was the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project and has a five-year operations and maintenance contract.

South Africa
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Energy leasing company Solarise Africa announced on 31 August that it had closed its latest investment round with a follow-on investment from Energy Access Ventures (EAV). French development finance institution Proparco led the round with a €4m equivalent quasi-equity dollar-denominated investment alongside EAV and the Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI).

Issue 423 - 24 September 2020

Botswana aims to procure 645MW by 2026

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Mineral resources, green technology and energy security minister Lefoko Moagi has said Botswana will look to procure 645MW of new capacity by 2026. Moagi made the comments in parliament in August while presenting his ministry’s proposals for the mid-term review of the country’s National Development Plan (NDP).

Botswana
Issue 423 - 24 September 2020

Tunisia: Solar PPA

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A 10MWp solar PV project in Gabès has signed a power purchase agreement with Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz. The project is owned by France’s Akuo Energy Afrique in a consortium with its Tunisian partners HBG Holding, owned by the Hédi Bouchamaoui family, and Immobilière Chaabane group company Nour Energy.

Tunisia
Issue 423 - 24 September 2020

ARE: Lecoque named head

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The Brussels-based Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) has appointed Belgian renewables policy, regulation and business development specialist David Lecoque as the decentralised renewable energy industry association’s new chief executive.