IPP Legendre Energie signs contract for its 50 MWp solar power plant

MALI – Independent Power Producer (IPP) Legendre Energie, the subsidiary of the French group Legendre, has just signed a 25-year concession contract for its 50 MWp solar power plant in Fana with the Malian Ministry of the Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Energy The future solar photovoltaic power plant will be built under the BOOT (Build-Own-Operate-Transfer) model, a form of public private partnership (PPP). “The project aims to promote the national economy through the development of the energy sector. By increasing the electricity production capacity of the national…

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Botswana issues license for first large-scale solar power plant

BOTSWANA – The government of Botswana through its energy regulator has granted a generation license for a 100MW solar project to local firm Shumba Energy, a company executive told IOL, making it the first independent power producer to set up a large-scale solar plant in the country. The southern African nation does not currently have large-scale solar power generation and its 600 MW national energy demand is met by state-owned coal-fired plants and imports, primarily from South Africa and Mozambique. The Botswana Stock Exchange-listed Shumba Energy plans to implement the…

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Windhoek invites bids from IPPs to generate 25MWp of solar power

NAMIBIA – The municipality of Windhoek, Namibia has launched a call for expressions of interest for the financing, construction and operation of a 25 MWp solar photovoltaic plant. The Independent Power Producers (IPPs) interested in the tender have until 19 August 2021 to submit their bids. The municipality intends to rely on an independent power producer (IPP) to install a solar photovoltaic plant in a public-private partnership (PPP) with the city for a period of 25 years. The power purchase agreement (PPA) that will be signed for this project is…

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Power producer Globeleq and partners starts construction on first solar energy storage in Mozambique

MOZAMBIQUE – Power producer Globeleq, Source Energia and Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) have begun construction on the first independent power producer (IPP) in Mozambique to integrate utility-scale energy storage with a solar PV plant. The 19MWp (15MWac) solar PV plant and 2MW (7MWh) energy storage system will be located in the Tetereane District of the city of Cuamba in the Niassa province, about 550 kilometres west of the coastal town of Nacala and the electricity will be sold through a 25-year power purchase agreement with EDM. The US$32 million project…

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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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