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Construction of the 69MW Msenge Emoyeni wind farm has started, after the project reached financial close in mid-February, according to the African Clean Energy Developments (Aced) consortium. Rand Merchant Bank was the sole mandated lead arranger.

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The Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) on 15 March commissioned a 1MW solar PV plant, which will provide power to its Gaborone premises. The plant is part of an ‘agrovoltaic’ project which combines electricity generation and food production.

Botswana
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Voltalia has set a new timeframe for its Nkhotakota solar PV project. Business development manager Marcio Matos told African Energy the project was delayed by Covid-19-related restrictions, and was also affected by the winding-up of Malawi’s single buyer and off-taker Power Market Limited (PML).

Malawi
Issue 481 - 31 March 2023

Cabo Verde: Solar PV tender launched

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State-owned Unidade de Gestāo de Projetos Especiais (UGPE) published a tender on 8 March to build four solar PV plants, including a 1.3MW plant on Fogo island, a 1.2MW facility on Santo Antāo island and two 0.4MW plants on the islands of Sāo Nicolau and Maio, along with a storage component.

Cabo Verde
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Independent power producer (IPP) Equinox Energy is aiming to raise $12m to build a 10MW solar PV plant in Makaha, a ward in the Mudzi district of Mashonaland East province, via a combination of equity and debt finance.

Zimbabwe
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Renewable energy developer Solgenics said it has identified potential offtakers for its 300MW solar PV and battery project in Tete Province. The London AIM-listed company which recently changed its name from Ncondezi Energy, is aiming to raise $1.5m from development finance institutions and independent power producers (IPPs) to fund a bankable feasibility study (BFS).

Mozambique
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 A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed for Zimbabwe’s first high-powered green hydrogen power plant, to be developed in the Chipangayi Renewable Park (RETPark), in Manicaland province’s Chipinge district.

Zimbabwe
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Amid considerable difficulties, a series of financial and trade agreements are underpinning the government’s hopes for economic recovery following the recent end of devastating conflict with Tigray rebels. Liberalising reforms may encourage more private investment in the power, agriculture and other sectors, while the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s construction continues apace, but with debts weighing heavy and peace still fragile Ethiopia’s challenges remain daunting.

Ethiopia
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Abdelhamid Al-Dabaiba’s government has granted permission for the construction of two highly ambitious power generation projects. Cork-based AG Energy, with links to the former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, is in line to build what could be Libya’s first private sector solar PV plant. Qatar-based Urbacon Trading and Construction (UCC) has been authorised to build a large gas-fired plant in Zliten. Neither company has built power plants in Libya until now, but UCC has teamed up with Germany’s Siemens Energy, Tripoli-based Acesco Consulting Engineering and Services and Philadelphia-based Hill International, who bring substantial experience in major construction projects in the country, while AG has been promoting projects in Libya and the wider region for a decade.

Libya
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State utility Zesco has signed a $3.4bn power purchase agreement (PPA) with China’s Integrated Clean Energy Power Company (CiEG) covering up to 2.4GW of solar capacity, which will be developed over several phases. The agreement was signed at Zesco’s headquarters in early April.

Zambia
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China has agreed to extend a $240m preferential loan to Madagascar to finance construction of the Ranomafana hydroelectric power (HEP) plant on the Ikopa River in Anamalanga, roughly 115 north-west of Antananarivo.

Madagascar
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State utility Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Chinese/local Cerim Lüderitz Energy for the Karas wind power project, close to the southern coastal town of Lüderitz, which is being developed on a build-own-operate model.

Namibia
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Botswana Stock Exchange-listed Shumba Energy has secured debt and equity funding for its flagship 100MW Tati solar PV project near Francistown. Shumba is also moving forward with several coal mining and power projects in Botswana.

Botswana
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Starsight Premier Energy Group (Speg) has commissioned a 3MWp rooftop solar PV plant for timber firm Timsales Ltd in Elburgon, Nakuru County, Kenya.

Kenya
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Metals miner Pan African Resources continues to scale up investments in renewable energy projects to supply the group’s mines, having commissioned the 10MW Elikhulu Tailings Solar PV in May 2022. African Energy takes a closer look at Pan African’s power generation plans.

South Africa