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Ethiopia could see construction of 300MW of PV across a number of government projects going ahead in just over six months, after the country’s public utility signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a US-headquartered developer.
Egypt has invited “pre-qualification submissions” from independent power producers (IPPs) for solar projects of up to 50MW capacity, following the September announcement of the country’s first feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme.
The president and chief executive officer of Windiga Energy, a Canadian-based independent power producer, said it is now easy to develop renewable energy projects, like PV, in Africa.
PV manufacturer Clenergy, completed a 41MW mounting order for TBEA SunOasis’ Quaid-e-Azam Solar Energy Park, on track to be Pakistan’s first large-scale ground PV project.
Global module manufacturer Trina Solar has opened a warehouse in South Africa.
TuNur, a 2GW concentrated solar power (CSP) project along the same lines as the original Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) plan, said the idea for Middle East and North African solar energy exports into Europe is still a valid and needed venture.
A 2GW concentrating solar power (CSP) project in Tunisia will apply for support from the UK government.
The new contracts for difference mechanism in the UK market is “an interesting opportunity for a more market orientated approach”, according to First Solar.
Two of the former shareholders in the Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) have said they will continue to invest in desert renewable energy despite leaving the project.
All but three shareholders of the Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) have quit and the group is now to become a consultancy firm, following a meeting in Rome.
Renewable energy generation in sub-Saharan Africa could increase more than twofold to make up 44% of the region’s generation capacity by 2040, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has forecast.
De Aar 3, an 85MW solar project said to be the largest solar farm in South Africa using thin-film modules, has been completed.
Large-scale solar plant developer and EPC services provider, Phoenix Solar, has renewed a cooperation agreement with turnkey international solar company, Millennium Energy Industries (MEI), to focus on PV projects in Jordan’s burgeoning market.
Gestamp Solar has agreed a US$28 million deal for a 10MW project in Kuwait to be built for a state-run oil company.
Morocco has secured a US$519 million loan from the World Bank to finance the second phase of the 500MW Noor concentrated solar power project near the southern city of Ouarzazate.
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) PV market now has a 12GW pipeline, according to the latest data from NPD Solarbuzz.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to provide a €23 million (US$29.5 million) loan for solar development in West Africa.
Module manufacturer, Canadian Solar, has been awarded a module supply agreement for a 1.5MW project in Jordan.
Solar Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) leader GlassPoint Solar is set to receive a US$53 million equity investment from the State General Reserve Fund –- Oman’s largest sovereign wealth fund – Royal Dutch Shell and other investors.
The Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative (EEREI) has opened the tendering process for a 50MW PV project in Israel that could also provide power to neighbouring Jordan.
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.
The Spanish subsidiary of solar panel manufacturer, Yingli Green, is to build a 2MW solar power plant in Senegal.
Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, and governor of the city of Luxor, Tarek Saad Eddin, inaugurated two solar power plants on Saturday, according to local news reports.
Megalim Solar Power, a company established by Brightsource, Alstom and the NOY Infrastructure & Energy Investment Fund has received funding from the European Investment Bank and Bank Hapoalim in order to construct a 121MW solar thermal plant in Israel.
Plans to build three solar PV projects with a combined capacity of 225MW in South Africa have been put forward by local developer Mulilo Renewable Energy.
The build-out of PV projects planned under South Africa’s flagship renewable energy programme continues with the completion of the 40MW Linde project in the Northern Cape province.
European branch of AGC Glass, AGC Europe has signed a Letter of Intent to enter into a joint venture with Saudi Arabian glass company, Obeikan Glass.
Rwanda’s first utility-scale PV plant, built by Norwegian firm Scatec Solar, has begun test operations.
Iran is planning to spend US$60 million on solar projects this year, up from US$12 million last year, according to reports.
The government of Sierra Leone has agreed a loan worth around US$9 million from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to build a 6MW solar park in the capital city, Freetown.
Authorities in northern Ghana have signed a deal to press ahead with the 40MW first phase of what will eventually be 200MW of solar capacity in the region.
First Solar’s 52MW PV plant in Jordan has a new partner going forward. Mitsubishi Corporation, through their subsidiary Diamond Generating Europe, Ltd., will operate a 35% equity share of the Shams Ma’an plant.
Burkina Faso has become the latest West African state to reveal plans for a utility-scale PV power plant.
With more than 500MW of utility-scale solar installed, South Africa has now placed itself into the world’s top-ten PV markets, according to reports released today by the utility-solar group, Wiki-Solar.org.
System provider, Petra Solar, and its partner, the Washington DC-based renewable infrastructure business group, Caspian Renewable Energy, have completed a 5MW installation in Bahrain.
A new joint venture targeting India’s PV-diesel hybrid market has been established between a US independent power producer and an Italian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm.