CrossBoundary Energy partner Zoodlabs to develope off-grid hybrid solar power plant

KENYA – CrossBoundary Energy, a Nairobi based electricity access provider, has signed a partnership with Zoodlabs, a digital and technology services provider, to equip its fibre optic facilities with an off-grid hybrid solar power plant. CrossBoundary Energy is embarking on a new project in West Africa. The solar photovoltaic energy provider has signed a partnership with digital service provider Zoodlabs, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Shell Foundation, PowerHive and Netis. The agreement covers the installation of an off-grid solar power plant with a battery storage system to…

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CrossBoundary Energy to install GCO’s hybrid solar power plant in Senegal

SENEGAL – Solar energy provider CrossBoundary Energy has signed an agreement with Grande Côte Operations (GCO) to install a 13 MW hybrid solar power plant with storage for the company’s operations in Diogo, north-western Senegal. GCO, a subsidiary of the French mining and metallurgical group Eramet, mines mineral sands in this locality, which is located more than 100 km from the Senegalese capital Dakar. This activity requires a significant amount of energy. GCO now wants to produce this energy from renewable sources, in particular photovoltaic solar energy, hence the partnership…

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Rio Tinto signs renewable energy power purchase agreement in Madagascar

MADAGASCAR – Rio Tinto, Anglo-Australian metals and mining corporation, has signed a power purchasing agreement for a new renewable energy plant to power the operations of its QMM ilmenite mine in Fort Dauphin, Southern Madagascar. The project, which uses solar and wind energy, will significantly contribute towards Rio Tinto’s operations in Madagascar achieving its carbon neutral objective by 2023. The project is part of a broader initiative to reduce the ilmenite mine’s environmental footprint which includes programmes that focus on emissions reduction, waste and water management, carbon sequestration, ecological restoration…

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Oil and gas trader B.B. Energy acquires Solarcentury Africa

AFRICA – B.B. Energy (BBE), a London  based oil and gas trader, has announced the acquisition of Solarcentury Africa, the subsidiary of solar energy provider Solarcentury. Through its local subsidiary, Solarcentury supplies solar energy to industrial and commercial (C&I) customers and its assets will now be part of BBE Renewables, BBE’s subsidiary. With this transaction, BBE is now targeting the dynamic solar energy market for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in Africa. Solarcentury has an installed capacity of 2.1 GW in Africa. Commenting on the acquisition, Chahid Jarmouni, Global Head…

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CrossBoundary Group commissions 424KWp solar plant for XFlora Rose Farms in Kenya

KENYA – CrossBoundary Group through its facility  Crossboundary Energy Fund I, has commissioned a 424KWp solar plant for XFlora Rose Farms in Nakuru County, Kenya. The new roof and ground installations will generate 750MWh of reliable, clean energy annually, resulting in approximately 35% reduction in their power cost. With this solar plant installation, XFlora Farm will over the 20 – year life of the plant, avert over 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. “Our solar power purchase agreements enable businesses operating in Sub-Sharan Africa to access affordable, clean, reliable power…

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CrossBoundary Energy exits its first fund, raises US$40M to scale financed solar for businesses

AFRICA – CrossBoundary Energy (CBE), a direct investment arm of CrossBoundary that finances solar projects in Africa, has exited of its first fund at a 15% net Internal Rate of Return (IRR) to investors. In addition, ARCH Emerging Markets Partners’ Africa Renewable Power Fund (ARCH ARPF) has provided US$40m in new equity funding to exit initial investors and support CrossBoundary Energy to continue to develop, construct and operate distributed commercial & industrial (C&I) solar projects that will provide businesses across Africa with access to cheaper, cleaner power. This exit and…

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CrossBoundary Energy receives US$16.5m commitment from ARCH EM Partners

AFRICA – ARCH Emerging Markets Partners’ Africa Renewable Power Fund (ARCH ARPF) has announced its commitment to fund CrossBoundary Energy (CBE) with up to US$16.5 million in equity funding. This fund is to develop and finance new Commercial & Industrial (C&I) solar assets that will provide businesses across Africa with access to cheaper, cleaner power. This commitment represents the first stage of a larger transaction under finalisation by CrossBoundary Energy to scale solar for business across Africa. The announcement comes as the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts a strong acceleration…

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