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Rolls-Royce has made an undisclosed equity investment into Kowry Energy to support the development of small-scale solar PV projects across sub-Saharan Africa. Berlin-based Kowry is focused on supporting local African solar PV developers.

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Power project monitoring and data service African Energy Live Data is pleased to give an update on new features that will be added to the platform over the next 12 months.

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The malaise in most of the continent’s generation industries continued in Q1 2021, even though work resumed on most power projects which were held back by the pandemic in 2020. New data show that solar technology is spreading too slowly and in too few areas to meet the expectations of energy transition advocates, according to analysis of the latest figures from African Energy Live Data by Dan Marks.

Issue 429 - 17 December 2020

Chad: New energy rules bear first fruit

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ZIZ Energie has started civil works for a 2.5MW solar and 5MWh storage mini-grid in Mongo in central Chad. Work on the hybrid project began in October 2020 and the project is expected to come online by Q2 2021, supplying the city of 70,000 people 500km east of N’Djamena. ZIZ told African Energy it was the first company to use a new licensing regime introduced by law No 036 of August 2019.

Chad
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Brighter Life Kenya 1 Ltd (BLK1), a local currency off-balance sheet financing vehicle servicing solar home system (SHS) company d.light design inc, has been expanded to $127m following a $15m investment by Norfund.

Kenya
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Plastics manufacturer Miniplast Ltd has begun commercial operations at a 700kWp grid-tied solar PV plant developed and built by Stella Futura at Spintex Industrial Area in Accra. The plant is funded by Empower New Energy, the owner and asset manager, which sells power to Miniplast through a 20-year power supply agreement. 

Ghana
Issue 426 - 05 November 2020

Kenya: Off-grid solar funding

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The Kenya Off-Grid Solar Access Project (Kosap) has released KSh500m ($4.6m) to 19 companies to support wider use of solar and clean cooking technology in off-grid areas. The financing will support the establishment of standalone solar systems and clean cooking solutions for households in 14 counties that are underserved by the national electricity grid. The disbursement, announced on 19 October, is part of the ambitious five-year Kosap project supported by the World Bank with $150m.

Kenya
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched prequalification for a tender to develop small solar PV systems to power its operations across three countries.

Kenya | Uganda
Issue 410 - 27 February 2020

Angola: Off-grid solar plans

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Minister of energy and water resources João Baptista Borges has announced that 300MW of new off-grid solar PV capacity will be installed by year-end. He told a business forum during the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa on 11 February that systems would be installed in Benguela, in Luena (Moxico Province), in Saurimo (Lunda Sul), Dundo (Lunda Norte) and Bailundo (Huambo Province) with a total investment of $500m.

Angola
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Fenix International announced this month that it has gained nearly 40,000 customers in the 11 months since it began selling its solar home systems in Zambia. The milestone was reached significantly faster than the company had expected and is one of the first successful large-scale expansions into southern Africa by a pay-as-you-go solar company. Fenix International Zambia managing director John Foye told African Energy that by comparison the company’s main competitor Vitalite had around 15,000 customers, while the other solar suppliers SupaMoto Energy and d.light were much smaller.

Zambia
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Construction at the 2.5MW Kaiha II hydropower plant in Liberia got under way in July, project deputy executive director Stephen Potter of the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency tells African Energy Live Data.

Liberia
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After winning a tender in 2017 to provide electricity to 300,000 households in Togo over five years, off-grid solar company BBOXX has launched a new distributed energy service company (desco) to handle in-country operations. BBOXX Togo is owned by BBOXX alongside EDF and BBOXX equity partner Beam. BBOXX is already supplying electricity to 26,000 households, having opened around 20 shops employing 100 people.

Togo
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Lagos-based commercial and industrial (C&I) solar power provider Starsight Energy on 14 July announced that Paul van Zijl was joining as group chief financial officer;

Nigeria
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The remaining contracts for the 20MWp Jambur solar PV project are “expected to be signed in the last quarter of this year, after which design and construction will begin”, National Water and Electricity Company (Nawec) senior power engineer Ebrima A Bah told African Energy.

Gambia
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Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa has announced it is installing solar plants at 11 of its sites in the country.The plants will have a combined capacity of 10.4MW, expected to produce around 18GWh/yr of electricity, and are scheduled to be completed by February 2019. South Africa’s Mulilo Group will build the facilities under a 25-year power purchase agreement. Investec was lead arranger for the project. Coca- Cola also uses a 1.33MWp solar plant at its bottling facility in Accra, Ghana.

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