Solar and Off-Grid Renewables Africa: EAC & SADC is designed for governments and project owners (large and small to meet) to mobilise access to electricity in Africa. The event will focus on the pre-qualifiers of the first and second rounds of the Zambian Scaling Solar programme with up to 400 MW of PV to deploy, and the 160 MW PPA which was signed in Kenya in June 2017. Large scale solar developers will also be invited to contribute from across the region, to update attendees on their plans and project requirements. The off-grid sessions will focus on the role of microgrids in the region, smart villages, aggregated small scale PV installations and energy storage. Attendees will enter into discussions about the commercial and industrial opportunity and we will host Solar Media’s second hotly anticipated Women in African Power workshop, bringing together the most exciting and tenacious female owned businesses from across the region. Lastly, we will bring major sources of funding from development finance to private equity grants, foundations and commercial debt to show everyone in attendance how to scale up access to clean electricity. (Image credit: African Solar Design)
Solar Media, the publisher of PV Tech, has identified more than 50 potential mini-grid projects in Tanzania ahead of its Solar & Off-Grid Renewables Summit in Dar Es Salaam on 5-6 December.
German company BayWa r.e. has commissioned a PV plant with a battery system in Zambia.
Solar finance company PEG Africa has raised US$13.5 million for household solar systems in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, which is expected to reach up to 500,000 people.
A consortium including Enel Green Power, a subsidiary of Italian power giant Enel, and Ethiopian infrastructure company Orchid Business Group has won a 100MW solar tender floated by the utility Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP).
Oolu, a Senegal-based start-up company and PV corporation in Africa, has successfully raised US$3.2 million in equity investments. This Series A fundraising follows its seed round in 2015 and will support the company’s growth and strategy as it looks to expand its customer base in West Africa.
A new report from the World Resources Institute sheds some light on the growth of the mini-grid sector within the country of Tanzania.
Mitsui & Co., a major Japanese industrial conglomerate, has formed a Joint Venture (JV) with leading India mini-grid developer OMC Power to expand their mini-grid business into Africa. The new JV is part of a ¥1 billion (US$9 million) equity investment by Mitsui in OMC Power.
A pay-to-own solar system will be developed in Zambia by MTN, Africa’s largest telecoms company, in partnership with Fenix International, who is extending ReadyPay Power.
The World Bank is providing US$150 million in credit for off-grid solar energy in marginalised communities of Kenya.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced this week that it will fund the construction of Chad’s first large-scale solar project.