French IPP Qair begins work on 30MWp solar power plants in N’Djamena, Chad

CHAD – French Independent Power Producer (IPP) Qair, formerly Qadran International, has commenced the construction of two solar power plants with a total capacity of 30MWp near the Chadian capital N’Djamena, expected to be operational in 2022. Qair, which is partly owned by the oil company Total, has been awarded two plots of land, one to the north and one to the south-east of N’Djamena, in the districts of Lamadji and Gassi. The Lamadji solar power plant will occupy a 40-hectare site while the second park under construction in the…

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IPP Masdar Clean Energy to supply 500MWp of solar power in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA – United Arab Emirates based independent power producer (IPP) Masdar Clean Energy has obtained an approval from the Ethiopian government to produce 500 MWp of solar energy to be fed into the grid of the state-owned Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). Under the terms of the agreement, Masdar, which is expanding rapidly on the African continent, will develop, finance, and provide design, engineering, procurement, construction, testing, commissioning, insurance, operation, and maintenance of the solar photovoltaic plants. The Emirati company will also build transmission infrastructure and feed the generated power into…

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Energy firm GreenCo floats tender for 40MWp solar plant in Zambia

ZAMBIA – Energy provider GreenCo Power Services, a subsidiary of Africa GreenCo Group, is launching the pre-qualification process for the selection of an independent power producer (IPP) that will build a solar photovoltaic power plant with a capacity ranging from 10 to 40 MWp. Interested IPPs have until March 21st, 2021 to apply. This comes after Africa GreenCo’s subsidiary was given the go-ahead by the Zambian authorities to play a major role in Zambia’s electricity sector, along with the state-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO). Unlike ZESCO, which distributes electricity…

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ENGIE acquires 40% stake in 100MW Xina Solar One in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA –  French multinational electric utility company ENGIE has reached an agreement to acquire from Abengoa a 40% equity stake in Xina Solar One, a 100 MW Concentrated Solar plant, as well as 46% of the Operations & Maintenance Company. The plant is equipped with parabolic trough technology and a molten salt storage system that allows for 5.5 hours of energy storage to provide reliable electricity during peak demand. Power is contracted through a 20 years Power Purchase Agreement with state utility Eskom.  Xina Solar One is supplying clean…

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Power utility Eskom set to be unbundled into three divisions

SOUTH AFRICA – The government of South Africa has announced plans to unbundle utility Eskom into three divisions; generation; transmission and distribution  by December 2022. The separation of the transmission division is expected to be completed by December this year, while the separation of the generation and distribution divisions is expected to be completed by December 2022. The South African government allocated Eskom US$3.86 billion for 2020/2021, of which US$413.4 million of the equity allocations had been provided by 30 September 2020. The utility has been allocated a further US$2.18…

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Tanzania’s TANESCO to buy 19.16MW green power from IPPs

TANZANIA – Six Independent Power Producers (IPPs) which are developing renewable energy projects in Tanzania, have concluded power purchase agreements with the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) for 19.16 MW under the supervision of the Energy and Water Regulatory Authority (EWURA). Among the selected IPPs is Nishati Lutheran Investment, which is implementing a 36-kW hydro-power project at the Ijangala Falls in Makete. Madope Hydro which is implementing the 1.7 MW Madope Hydroelectric Project on the Madope River while Luponde Hydro is also signing a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with TANESCO…

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French IPP launches 50MW solar photovoltaic power plant in Mali

MALI – Akuo, a French independent power producer (IPP), has commissioned a 50 Mega Watts (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant in Kita, about 180 km west of Bamako, in the Kayes region of Mali, one of the largest photovoltaic installations in West Africa. This project was implemented in partnership with Pash Global, an investor active in the renewable energy sector. The West African Development Bank, the National Bank for Agricultural Development, the Dutch Development Finance Co., and the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund provided funding. “We are delighted to have co-invested…

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