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South African led consortium building $2.2bn photovoltaic park

By on February 27, 2015 in Renewables, Solar with 0 Comments
South African led consortium building $2.2bn photovoltaic park

SA company GSC Energy will start work on a 500MW solar photovoltaic park costing about $2.2bn in Cameroonin the second half of this year, founder and chairman Steven Moti said in a Business Day report. GSC Energy heads a consortium that includes Austria’s Sun Value , and two other SA firms, Tricom Structures and Conco […]

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Solarcentury launches commerical solar arm for East Africa

By on February 20, 2015 in Renewables, Solar with 0 Comments
Solarcentury launches commerical solar arm for East Africa

Global PV developer, Solarcentury, is formalising its growing operation in East Africa by joining forces with Kenyan firm, East African Solar, to form Solarcentury in East Africa. The new company will deliver solar projects throughout East Africa, where solar is emerging as a promising alternative to expensive diesel-generated power. Both companies have solid experience of […]

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72MW project to boost Cameroon’s growing PV pipeline

By on February 19, 2015 in Solar with 0 Comments
72MW project to boost Cameroon’s growing PV pipeline

The African Development Bank is to back a 72MW PV project in Cameroon, pushing the country’s solar pipeline close to 200MW. The AfDB’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa is to release a US$770,000 grant to JCM Greenquest Solar Corporation to develop plans for what would be the Central African country’s first independent power producer (IPP) […]

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A 40MW utility PV power plant due in Kenya soon.

By on February 18, 2015 in Renewables, Solar with 0 Comments
A 40MW utility PV power plant due in Kenya soon.

Kenyan independent power producer, Greenmillenia Energy, is planning a 40MW utility PV power plant in the East African country. The plant, which is planned for Kenya’s northern Isiolo county, would be the first solar project to qualify for Kenya’s feed-in tariff. Greenmillenia Energy said the plant was at a pre-finance stage of development. “We are […]

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Kenya’s first commercial scale “pay as you use” solar project, enabled by Solar4Africa, successfully completes the pilot phase

By on February 16, 2015 in Press Releases, Solar with 0 Comments
Kenya’s first commercial scale “pay as you use” solar project, enabled by Solar4Africa, successfully completes the pilot phase

NVI Energy, the founder of Solar4Africa, received some funding from the Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF) to pilot the concept of pay-as-you-use solar for commercial power. Pilot project took place at Cheli and Peacock’s Tortilis Camp in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. The project is thought to be Kenya’s first third party financed and operated solar […]

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Solar and other renewables to grab bigger slice of Kenya’s clean energy pie

By on February 15, 2015 in Renewables, Solar, Wind with 0 Comments
Solar and other renewables to grab bigger slice of Kenya’s clean energy pie

Kenya is moving to boost its solar energy capacity, with a new plant now under construction aiming to start producing electricity for the national grid by January 2016. This heralds a shift in the balance of the country’s efforts to embrace renewable energy, which have so far focused on hydropower, geothermal and a small amount […]

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Africa’s solar future grows

By on November 6, 2014 in Renewables, Solar with 0 Comments
Africa’s solar future grows

Africa continues to offer significant growth potential for SolarWorld Africa, a subsidiary of the German-based manufacturer of solar panels, SolarWorld. At the time of writing, the company was supplying Liberia, Mali and Burkina Faso, while Nigeria remains a significant market for SolarWorld which is supplying between 4 000 to 5 000 solar panels a year […]

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Burkina Faso obtains Support to built Solar Plant

By on September 29, 2014 in Renewables, Solar with 0 Comments
Burkina Faso obtains Support to built Solar Plant

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) approved a US950 000 dollars grant to develop the Windiga 20MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Burkina Faso. The Sefa project preparation grant will support outstanding advisory activities needed for financial close, including support for the structuring of the power purchase agreement for a period of 25 […]

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Atlas Copco Drilling into the PV market

By on September 22, 2014 in Solar with 0 Comments
Atlas Copco Drilling into the PV market

Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique is the preferred supplier of surface drill rig equipment to BMI Drilling for various drilling applications, including drilling of holes for photo-voltaic (PV) solar projects in South Africa. “We have successfully completed projects across the country as well as in Lesotho,” says BMI Drilling’s managing director, David Ireland. […]

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Solar to make Kenya sizzle

By on September 8, 2014 in Solar with 0 Comments
Solar to make Kenya sizzle

Kenya is increasingly looking towards renewable energy as a source of power. This is attested by a number of low and high profile projects either underway or in the planning stages. A feasibility study for the use of solar as a source of power was concluded in 2012. “We are looking at the possibility of […]

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