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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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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.

South Africa
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Australian gold miner Resolute Mining has signed a joint development agreement with South Africa’s Ignite Energy Projects for a 40MW solar hybrid power plant at the Syama gold mine. The plant, which will combine solar photovoltaic (PV), battery and heavy fuel oil (HFO) technologies, will be built and financed as an independent power producer (IPP). Resolute said it would be the world’s largest off-grid, fully integrated hybrid power plant for a stand-alone mining operation when it enters full operation by the end of 2020.

Mali
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The Off-Grid Clean Energy Facility (OCEF) invites proposals by 22 May from private companies, NGOs, communities and other entities to demonstrate viable off-grid, clean energy solutions. The Millennium Challenge Account-Benin (MCA-Benin II) will provide funding totalling $12m for the successful projects. MCA-Benin II was created to implement the programme of a second grant agreement (compact) signed by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, acting on behalf of the US government, in September 2015.

Benin
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German off-grid solar company Mobisol has partnered with internet of things (IoT) specialist Aeris to support remote access to data from its systems. The agreement comes as residential off-grid solar companies continue to move away from simple keycode-activated systems towards more sophisticated monitoring and management operations as the cost of IoT connected products has decreased.The agreement will mean that Mobisol uses Aeris’ AerPort connectivity management platform to receive data from its systems in real time.

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UK-based Azuri Technologies and First Bank of Nigeria Ltd announced a partnership on 7 February to expand access to electricity in Nigeria. The agreement will see Azuri’s solar home system packages co-branded and co-marketed by FirstBank. Customers will be able to use First Bank’s Firstmonie agent network and mobile payment platform to pay for their solar systems.

Nigeria