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The World Bank Group (WBG) is financing the development of four small solar PV projects through its Renewable Energy and Improved Utility Performance Project. The projects include a 1.3MW plant on Fogo island, 1.2MW on Santo Antão island, 400kW on Maio island and 400kW on São Nicolau island. The WBG will also provide technical assistance for the privatisation and restructuring of energy utility Electra.

Cape Verde
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Ngodwana Mill’s biomass energy plant in Mpumalanga province came on stream in March, with capacity to burn up to 35 t/hr of biomass to generate steam and drive a turbine to generate electricity which is fed into the national grid, shareholder Sappi Southern Africa spokesperson Zelda Schwalbach told African Energy.

South Africa
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The World Bank Group (WBG) has launched a tender for consultants to conduct feasibility studies on four solar photovoltaic plants to be developed near Bissau, Gabu, Cacheu and Bafata. Expression of interests are due to be submitted by 25 May.  

Guinea-Bissau
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Sun King – the rebranded Greenlight Planet – has raised $260m in a funding round. The series D round attracted major private institutional investors. The fundraising was seen by some observers as a vote of confidence in the solar home system industry, which has suffered negative press in recent months over alleged sharp business practices and continues to face questions about the sustainability of business models.

Kenya | Nigeria
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With blackouts raging, South African efforts to bring new capacity online face global headwinds. Both the latest Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (REIPPP5) and the Risk Mitigation IPP Procurement Programme (RMIPPP) are being hampered by rising component and engineering costs.

South Africa
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Power trader Africa GreenCo has raised a further $15.5m with the aim of backing up to 110MW of new solar PV capacity. GreenCo is the first member of the Southern African Power Pool’s (SAPP) market participant category and aims to procure renewable power to sell directly to industrial consumers or trade on SAPP markets.

Zambia
Issue 460 - 12 May 2022

Bboxx in talks to buy PEG Africa

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Media reports that off-grid solar company Bboxx has acquired PEG Africa are inaccurate, African Energy understands, but discussions over a possible continue

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Kibo Energy has extended the deadline for its takeover of the 100MW Chidome Solar PV project (also known as Victoria Falls Solar Park) in Zimbabwe for a second time.

Zimbabwe
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The West African Power Pool (WAPP) and International Solar Alliance (ISA) have agreed to partner on solar projects in the region

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Liberia has suspended import duties on some solar components in efforts to stimulate renewable energy development.

Liberia
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The refinancing of six plants at the Benban solar park in Upper Egypt is a key landmark for strategic investors Scatec and Africa50, but also for the lenders involved in the newly issued green bond and for the Egyptian government. By crowding private sector capital into renewable energy (RE) projects, the transaction is an example of blended finance in action. It could point the way to further private sector support for African RE projects

Egypt
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Production testing has started at four recently-drilled geothermal wells at Aluto-Langano, south of Addis Ababa, power utility Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has said. The testing is scheduled to take three months.

Ethiopia
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Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) has invited bids to construct solar PV-diesel hybrid power plants in Inyonga and Liliondo.

Tanzania
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The 41MW Metoro Solar PV plant has been commissioned in Ancuabe district, Cabo Delgado province. The project is owned by French renewable energy developer Neoen with a 75% stake and Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) with a 25% stake.

Mozambique
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The Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) has issued an invitation for bids for the design, supply and installation of hydro-electro-mechanical equipment, 33kV evacuation line, substations and associated civil works for the 9.4MW Gbedin Falls hydroelectric plant

Liberia