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Construction has been completed at three plants that form part of agro-industrial firm Tanganda Tea’s 7.5MWp solar PV and battery energy storage system (Bess). The developments, which Tanganda has privately funded, comprise Zimbabwe’s first large-scale embedded commercial and industrial (C&I) project.

Zimbabwe
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Endeavour Mining expects the 18MWp solar PV power plant at its Houndé gold mine to be commissioned by end-2022, the Cayman Islands-headquartered company told African Energy. Chief executive Sebastien de Montessus said in June that construction had started at the plant.

Burkina Faso
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The National Energy Regulator of South Africa announced on 30 October that mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe has given the go-ahead for the regulator to process new licences for self-generation facilities above 1MW, even if they do not comply with the national Integrated Resource Plan.

South Africa
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The Zimbabwe government and Zimplats have signed an agreement that will see the platinum miner invest $1.4bn in a series of projects including the construction of a 110MW solar PV power plant. The spending programme also includes a new mine, the expansion of a smelter and construction of an additional concentrator, a base metal refinery and a sulphuric acid plant.

Zimbabwe
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Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch’s government has underlined its determination to push through long-delayed, liberal legislation by approving a new law (projet de loi 82.21) on self-generation, which local industry players have long sought.

Morocco
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A major investment in Democratic Republic of Congo, Kamoa-Kakula is set to become Africa’s largest copper producer by Q2 2022, in a market entrepreneur Robert Friedland says will be “psychedelic”. It will be powered by the 162MW Inga II upgrade as developers work to better exploit DRC’s world-scale hydropower resource, writes Marc Howard

DR Congo
Issue 450 - 18 November 2021

Old Mutual launches 641KW solar plant

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Financial services and property group Old Mutual Zimbabwe launched a 641kW solar PV plant at its Mutual Garden Business Park headquarters, Harare on 3 November. The power plant cost $2.5m and generates enough power to meet the needs of the company’s office complex. Construction of the plant began in March 2020, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic the work took longer than anticipated.

Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwean agro-industrial company Nhimbe Fresh has announced the completion of work on its 1.9MW solar PV project to supply its estates in Marondera.

Zimbabwe
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Contracts to build solar plants in South Africa and Nigeria show how large data projects are being helped by increasingly supple regulation and favourable economics, writes Marc Howard

Nigeria | South Africa
Issue 432 - 11 February 2021

Kenya Power plugs into C&I market

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Kenya Power (KPLC) is looking to install captive solar PV facilities for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, in a move to counter recent grid defections by large power users who are increasingly opting for grid-tied solar to slash their energy bills.

Kenya
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CrossBoundary Energy (CBE) is to build an independent power plant (IPP) to supply NextSource Materials’ Molo graphite mine. The solar/thermal IPP has a 20-year contract to supply the mine.

Madagascar
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The more optimistic mood emerging in the long under-performing electricity supply industry suggests Nigeria is on the right track in some areas of government-led reform. But persistent failures to develop hydrocarbons resources continue to depress output, raising the spectre of stranded assets despite the key role for gas in the domestic energy transition, while political tensions and conflict around the nation pose real doubts about the future, write African Energy staff and correspondents

Nigeria
Issue 452 - 15 December 2021

Tunisia: Rooftop PV for cheese-maker

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Lansarine, Tebourba-based cheese-maker Centrale des Produits Laitiers – CPL Souani inaugurated an 85kWp roof-mounted PV plant on 9 December, saying it will cover up to 60% of its electricity needs during daylight hours.

Tunisia