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A consortium of two US firms, Sterling and Wilson Solar Solutions and Sun Africa, have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nigerian government to develop, design and commission 961MW of solar PV projects along with 455MWh of battery storage.

Nigeria
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Concrete pouring has been completed at the 2,115MW Julius Nyerere dam project on the Rufiji river. The dam’s construction started in 2018 and is now due to be completed in 2024, rather than its earlier mid-2022 deadline.

Tanzania
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President Cyril Ramaphosa is once again promising strong action to deal with South Africa’s electricity supply crisis, with new appointments expected at the beleaguered state utility Eskom to reinvigorate the board. Among the changes that have been mooted is replacing chief executive André de Ruyter, although that has yet to be confirmed. Measures to increase generation and ease load shedding that were announced by the president in July are also now being implemented at pace.

South Africa
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Supermajor Shell has acquired Nigerian commercial and industrial (C&I) developer Daystar Power for an undisclosed sum. The Lagos-headquartered firm’s co-founders and management team will remain in situ. Daystar also announced plans to expand into southern and eastern African markets.

Nigeria
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The full 2.4MW phase I capacity of Diego solar PV plant is due to be in service in November, with the commissioning of an additional 700kW of capacity.

Madagascar
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The United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has signed a commitment to lend $25m to the 20MWp Golomoti solar PV and a 5MW/10MWh battery energy storage system (Bess).

Malawi
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Independent energy trader BB Energy said it intends to start trading solar-generated electricity on the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) by end-2023.

Botswana | Namibia | South Africa
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Schonau Solar Energy (SSE) has become Namibia’s first independent power producer (IPP) permitted to sell electricity to the South African Power Pool (SAPP) grid.

Namibia
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Island nations Seychelles, Mauritius and Comoros are assessing initiatives to encourage more private investment in renewable energy, according to a World Bank Group (WBG) report published on 20 September.

Mauritius | Seychelles | Comoros
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Japan’s pledge to invest some $30bn in Africa over the next three years has underlined the Asian economic giant’s commitment to rapidly advance its relations, as well as to expand its presence, on a continent where Tokyo’s involvement has too often lagged behind other big nations.

Kenya | Egypt | Ethiopia | South Africa | Tunisia
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The planned merger of Nigeria’s Starsight Energy and South Africa’s SolarAfrica reflects the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector’s continued rise, driven by the persistence of unreliable and expensive grid power in many African markets. Solar photovoltaic (PV) generation is rapidly growing as a source for C&I, according to trends identified by African Energy Live Data.

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Nigeria’s Starsight Energy and South Africa’s SolarAfrica have announced plans to merge in a deal which, if approved by regulators, will join two of Africa’s largest commercial and industrial (C&I) renewable power developers into a pan-continental player with a portfolio of over 220MW of operated and signed generation capacity.

Kenya | Ghana | Nigeria | South Africa
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The Nachtigal hydroelectric power plant has reached 70% completion, it was reported following a mid-September visit to Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute by World Bank Group regional director for West and Central Africa infrastructure Franz Drees-Gross.

Cameroon
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The 211MW Memve’ele hydroelectric power (HEP) project is expected to operate at full capacity by end-October.

Cameroon
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HDF Energy aims to produce electricity from 2024 at its planned green hydrogen plant (GH2) in Swakopmund. The French independent power producer’s (IPP) scoping report – seen as a crucial permit for the project – has been accepted by local authorities, allowing HDF to finalise its environmental and social impact assessment (Esia) report.

Namibia