Platinum miners eye solar power as a green answer to load shedding

SOUTH AFRICA – The world’s biggest platinum miners are ramping up plans to build renewable energy plants to free them from power outages that have plagued South Africa for more than a decade and to reduce their carbon footprint. Sibanye Stillwater, the number one platinum miner, Impala Platinum Holdings and Anglo American Platinum said they plan to scale up solar and wind farms for their own use to cut reliance on state-owned utility Eskom, some of whose aging coal-fired plants have failed to keep up with electricity demand. South Africa…

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PowerGen secures US$9m, partners CrossBoundary Energy Access to build minigrids

NIGERIA – PowerGen, a leading distributed energy developer in Africa, has partnered with CrossBoundary Energy Access to build 28 minigrids after securing US$9 million in construction financing. Although the minigrids’ technical specifications are yet to be announced, PowerGen will develop and maintain systems to provide approximately 55,000 rural Nigerians with electricity. Each distributed energy system will consist of PV solar and battery storage built into a special purpose vehicle, serving residential, commercial and productive use customers in parts of the country without grid electricity. Under the unique “take-out at completion”…

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Distributed Power Africa to install solar panels in TotalEnergies Zim service stations

ZIMBABWE – Distributed Power Africa, Econet Global subsidiary, has clinched a deal to install solar panels at 15 TotalEnergies Zimbabwe service stations in Zimbabwe.  The deal is part of Total’s initiative to install solar-powered service stations across 57 African countries to create a portfolio of low-carbon businesses that will account for at least 20 percent of the energy conglomerate’s trading by 2040.  Mr. Divyajeet Mahajan, DPA Zimbabwe CEO, said his company was contracted to custom-design the grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, procure equipment and install the power solutions. DPA will…

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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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Tysilio set to install containerised solar system with battery storage in Senegal

SENEGAL – Tysilio, a French company, is set to install its containerised solar system with battery storage in a community agricultural estate (DAC) in Sédhiou, southern Senegal. This is after Tysilio signed a partnership agreement with Senegal’s National Programme for Community Agricultural Estates (Prodac). This solution, called the Tysilio Solar Station (TSS), will reduce farmers’ dependence on highly polluting generators. The installation will consist of a small 32 kWp solar plant connected to inverters and batteries installed in a container. The storage system will be capable of accumulating 60 kWh…

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InfraCo Africa and RVE.SOL partner to install 22 solar mini-grids in Busia County, Kenya

KENYA – InfraCo Africa, an investment company of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) and Rural Village Energy Solutions (RVE.SOL) have signed a shareholder agreement for the continuation of a rural electrification project using stand-alone solar systems in Busia County, Kenya. Rural Village Energy Solutions (RVE.SOL) previously held all the shares in KPEA. Under the agreement, the company that finances, builds and operates off-grid clean energy systems is 40% owned by InfraCo Africa. The funds injected by the investment company will be used to finance the expansion of KPEA in…

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Fenix International changes name to ENGIE Energy Access Nigeria following integration with ENGIE Mobisol

NIGERIA – Fenix International, a pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) solar industry player, has announced the change of its name to ENGIE Energy Access Nigeria. The name change follows ENGIE integrating Fenix International with ENGIE Mobisol, another solar home systems company; and mini-grids provider, ENGIE PowerCorner, under one entity and one name – ENGIE Energy Access. Now a company in the ENGIE Group, a global independent electricity producer, Fenix International started operations in Nigeria in 2018, as part of ENGIE’s ambition to expand its footprint in Africa. According to ENGIE Energy Access Nigeria,…

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Renewables developer Statkraft partners SolarAid to address energy poverty in Africa through solar power

AFRICA – European renewable energy developer Statkraft is partnering with the international development charity SolarAid to address energy poverty through solar power in sub-Saharan Africa over the next three years. In the agreement, Statkraft will give US$2.7 million in cash and equipment in that time to support SolarAid’s work and the donations will go towards providing clean, safe and simple solar lighting in an effort to ensure that by 2030 all homes, schools, and clinics have energy access in the region. According to Statkraft, 548 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa…

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Italian firm Enertronica Santerno invests US$1.2m to boost solar PV manufacturing in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Italian-based firm Enertronica Santerno which has been an active player in South Africa over the past 10 years, will invest up to US$1.2 million to enhance the capability of manufacturing inverters for solar photovoltaic applications, including storage solutions, with a maximum initial production capacity of more than 500MW per year. According to the  South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), the inverters will achieve a designated local content value higher than 40%, therefore exceeding the minimum requirements for public procurement. Activities to practically implement the plan are already in place…

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Bboxx DRC appoints former Orange DRC CEO Gerard Lokossou as a new board member

DRC- Next generation utility Bboxx DRC has appointed Gerard Lokossou as a Non-Executive Board Member to the company’s Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Board, reflecting the rapid growth of operations in the country. As former CEO of Orange DRC, Gerard has a wealth of experience in driving growth in this market. Prior to this appointment, he led the distribution for Airtel Africa Group, re-focusing its sales and services network strategy and he has also worked as a Sales and Distribution Director at MTN, and has previously held roles at Nestlé…

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