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South Africa’s government has confirmed that successful bidders under the fourth round of its renewable energy programme will not be announced until the New Year.
China’s ET Solar is to begin work building a 40MW solar power plant in Israel.
The completion of South Africa’s latest utility PV power plant has coincided with new figures showing an “exponential” rise in the contribution solar is now making to the country’s grid.
Uganda has fired the starting gun on its bid to become a large-scale solar player with the selection of four projects totalling 20MW.
World leaders negotiating global climate change policies are “10 to 15 years out of date” when discussing renewable energy technology.
The West Bank city of Jericho is using a 710kW solar power plant to generate renewable energy for Jerusalem’s Palestinian population.
US installer SolarCity is among the investors in a US$16 million funding round closed this week by Off Grid Electric, a company offering pre-paid solar systems in Africa.
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved two loans, totaling €176 million (US$216 million) for the second phase of the Ouarzazate solar project in Morocco.
Italian specialist solar cell manufacturer, MegaCell, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Egyptian investment firm, Misr Asset Management, to seek investors to build and operate a 120MW solar cell and module assembly plant in Egypt using its n-type monocrystalline bi-facial cell technology.
Global energy developer New Generation Power (NGP) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Government of Nigeria to deliver 1,200MW of utility-scale photovoltaic projects within the West African country.
Ten bidders will be reviewed by Dubai’s state utility company for the development of the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, following the close of the bidding on 20 November.
Namibia in southern Africa is expected to see its first large-scale PV plant come online early next year following a ground-breaking ceremony last week.
Trina Solar has made an agreement with Jordan-based solar energy supplier, Shamsuna to construct a 10MW solar power plant.
The Wold Bank has commissioned the first of many data stations measuring renewable energy potential around the globe in an effort to open up new markets.
Jasper, at 96MWp the largest PV power plant in South Africa, has been completed.
Norway-based independent power producer, Scatec Solar, has secured finance for 43MW of PV in Jordan.
Chang Zhou Almaden a major PV glass manufacturer in China is establishing a new manufacturing plant in Dubai to produce 400,000 PV glass substrates per annum.
REC Silicon is to expand polysilicon production at its Moses Lake facility and silane production at its Butte facility, while restarting Silane I production. The company is also undertaking a feasibility study to establish a 20,000MT joint venture polysilicon plant in Saudi Arabia with IDEA Polysilicon.
US PV energy provider, SunPower, has said it will own and operate a new module assembly plant in South Africa to produce its E20/440 high-efficiency PV panels.
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.