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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 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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Construction is set to begin in January on a 10MW solar PV project to supply Amazon’s operations in South Africa, after the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) approved an amended generation licence. The project is an important milestone for the country as the first licensed plant – plants larger than 1MW must have a generation licence – to use a Wheeling Use of System Agreement with national utility Eskom in recent years.

South Africa
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Differences over who should undertake a new feasibility study for the Gwanda solar project are delaying the signing of a revised contract between the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) and contractors IntraTrek and Chint Electric Company. In July, Cabinet approved a revised implementation plan for the 100MW Gwanda solar PV project, in which the developers agreed to evacuate the first 10MW of the project to the national grid within six months of financial close, and brought in African Transmission Corporation (ATC) as transaction adviser for the project.

Zimbabwe
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
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Kampala-headquartered Aptech Africa has commissioned a 12MWp solar PV plant in Juba for Ezra Construction & Development Group. The commissioning of the plant has quintupled South Sudan’s installed solar capacity, which was previous just 3MWp.

South Sudan
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President George Weah has called for the rapid development of delayed schemes at Mount Coffee and other renewable projects, in a move that could ease chronic delays in permitting and financing. The Mount Coffee projects are supported by a new World Bank regional facility.

Liberia
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Two companies have already advanced electricity supply schemes that are not being developed as independent power projects (IPPs), energy minister January Makamba told EnergyNet’s Tanzania Energy Co-operation Summit in Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania
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While inflation and supply chain challenges have slowed the progress of many renewable projects, Amea Power has continued to expand its portfolio of solar and wind projects, with some 1.1GW of capacity operational or under construction, and a further 6GW under development. And it has big ambitions for green hydrogen and ammonia, the Dubai-based developer told Marc Howard.

Egypt | Burkina Faso | Togo | Tunisia
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Amea Power executive chairman and founder Hussain Al-Nowais in late February provided a detailed insight into 11 of the Dubai-based developer’s projects under development in African markets.

Egypt | DR Congo | Burkina Faso | Morocco | Togo | Tunisia | Côte d'Ivoire
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French independent power producer Qair Group has inked four power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the Central Electricity Board (CEB) to develop four so-called Stor’Sun solar PV and battery storage plants.

Mauritius
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The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has issued a request for qualification (RfQ) for a 30-year operations and maintenance contract for the 700MW Zungeru hydroelectric power in Nigeria.

Nigeria
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Its wealth of renewable energy resources, availability of land and proximity to markets mean Africa holds the key to Europe’s vision of a net zero future based on green hydrogen (GH2) use. The manufacture of carbon-free liquid fuels could also transform the continent, but project sponsors, financers and offtakers need to ensure this is done fairly, while contributing to economic and social development. The establishment of the European Hydrogen Bank can be a crucial step in that direction.

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United Arab Emirates state-owned Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) has signed a framework agreement with Côte d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Mining, Petroleum and Energy to explore the potential for solar PV plants.

Côte d'Ivoire
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In a move its principals said would create Africa’s largest renewable energy (RE) company, Amsterdam-headquartered Lekela Power BV on 20 March announced the completion of its acquisition by the Infinity Power Holding BV joint venture of Cairo-based Infinity Power and United Arab Emirates state-owned Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company).

Egypt | Senegal | South Africa