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Nigeria’s power minister has said the country’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, is “personally committed” to backing the country’s renewable energy roll-out.
Norwegian PV developer Scatec Solar and the country’s overseas development finance body, Norfund, have agreed to jointly invest in solar projects in developing countries.
Scatec Solar, the Norwegian company that this year has announced the construction of PV plants in territories including Jordan, Rwanda and South Africa, has announced plans to list on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance 1.8GW of renewable power capacity will be commissioned in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2014.
Dubai Electricity and Water has shortlisted developers for the tender for the 100MW second phase of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
Electricity from large-scale PV power plants in Saudi Arabia could achieve costs as low as US$70, according to French PV developer Solairedirect.
German inverter manufacturer, SMA, has begun operations at a new Cape Town manufacturing facility set up to serve South Africa’s burgeoning PV market.
Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has cancelled a procurement round for four 100MW renewable energy projects.
The World Bank has pledged US$5 billion in technical and financial assistance for energy projects in six African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Jinko Solar is on the brink of opening a 120MW PV module factory in Cape Town, according to South Africa’s minister for trade and industry Rob Davies.
Italian energy and waste management company TerniEnergia has signed a deal to develop two solar power plants with a total installed capacity of 148.5MWp in South Africa.
US thin-film firm First Solar is to build and operate what is set to become one of the Middle East’s largest PV power plants, the 52MW Shams Ma’an project in Jordan.
The new South African subsidiary of module maker Suntech could include local manufacturing, according to the company.
Spanish engineering firm Iberdrola Ingenieria is close to completing the 96MWp Jasper PV plant in South Africa that counts internet giant, Google, among its investors.
A former Pakistani technology minister has attacked a new tax that has left containers full of imported solar equipment reportedly stranded at ports in the Asian country.