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US aid agency the Millennium Challenge Corporation is supporting a drive by the government of Benin to increase access to off-grid power in the West African country.
Saudi Arabian power engineering firm ACWA Power has agreed financing for a 200MW project in Dubai thought to have the lowest cost per unit of electricity ever.
Rwanda’s ambassador to the UK has said he hopes the completion of the East African country’s first utility PV power plant earlier this month will inspire similar projects across Africa.
By 2030 the Algerian government hopes to install 13.5GW of PV capacity.
The finalists in stage two in the bid for power purchase agreements of 200MW by the government of Jordan have been released by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
French renewable energy developer Global EcoPower (GEP) has expanded overseas with the acquisition of Morocco-based Nova Power.
Israeli micro-inverter manufacturer SolarEdge has filed papers for a US$125 million flotation on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
Mainstream Renewable Power and private equity firm Actis have established a US$1.9 billion investment platform for the African market.
Kenyan independent power producer, Greenmillenia Energy, is planning a 40MW utility PV power plant in the East African country.
Authorities in Dubai have invited solar power manufacturers to register for its net metering programme, which it claims is the first of its kind in the Middle East.
Algeria has doubled its renewable energy target from 12 to 25GW by 2030, according to the state press agency APS.
The African Development Bank is to back a 72MW PV project in Cameroon, pushing the country’s solar pipeline close to 200MW.
Qatar is close to opening a long-awaited tender for 200MW of solar power capacity, according to local media reports.
PV tracking systems specialist, Exosun has established a subsidiary in Cape Town, South Africa with plans to partner with local firms on tracker system construction to meet local content rules.
The Emirate of Dubai looks set to ramp up its target for renewable energy to 15% of the overall generation mix by 2030, from its current level of 5%.
Market research firm, IHS has significantly lowered its PV demand forecast for Saudi Arabia in response to the country pushing back its renewable energy plans by eight years in the wake of plummeting oil prices.
According to reports, Saudi Arabia has pushed its renewable energy targets back from 2032 to 2040, without citing specific reasons.
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.
Officials in Dubai have doubled the size of a proposed PV plant to 200MW, after receiving what is thought to be the lowest ever per kWh bid for its construction.
Power project developer Access Power and renewable energy company EREN have launched Access Infra Africa — a company that will invest in the development of power projects in Africa.
Morocco has awarded contracts for the building of 350MW of generation capacity across two phases of a 500MW solar power project to a consortium led by Saudi Arabian company ACWA Power.
The full list of companies approved for Egypt’s 2GW large-scale solar tender has been released.
France-headquartered renewable energy developer, Sonnedix, has finalised details of an 86MW PV power plant to be built in South Africa.
Egypt’s recent 4.3GW renewable energy tender was twice oversubscribed for solar projects, it has been revealed.
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.