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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Solar energy producers in Zimbabwe granted tax relief for five years

ZIMBABWE – As part of its policy to encourage investment in solar energy, the Zimbabwean government plans to exempt investors from paying taxes for a period of 5 years in addition to the exemption of import duties on solar power equipment into Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean government wants to take its strategy of attracting investment from solar energy producers in the country a step further. The country’s Minister of Energy said the government was looking into the possibility of exempting solar energy investors from taxes for a period of five years.…

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German company ecoligo commissions Kenya’s first floating solar system

KENYA – Berlin-based solar company ecoligo, which implements solar projects in emerging markets, has commissioned Kenya’s first ever floating solar plant. The 69 kWp system provides clean and affordable energy to the sustainable flower farm, Rift Valley Roses. The solar plant floats on one of the farm’s water reservoirs, saving space and providing many other benefits in addition to renewable energy. Rift Valley Roses has been pursuing the goal of sustainable, environmentally friendly production for years and in addition to rainwater catchment basins to reduce water consumption and biogas plants,…

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Solar energy start-up Jirogasy in fundraising push to finance its solar computer and expansion in East Africa

MADAGASCAR – After the successful launch of its solar computer Jirodesk II, Malagasy company Jirogasy, has joined the Seedstar and Shell Foundation’s acceleration program to open a fundraising round.  Jirogasy, the first company to manufacture connected objects and solar kits “made in Madagascar” for e-health and e-education, has been deploying its new generation solar computer Jirodesk II for a month now. The computer is more autonomous, compact, equipped with a GPS, a data feedback box and adaptable to remote maintenance. The local innovation, the fruit of a team of 100%…

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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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German firm Boreal commissions desalination wastewater treatment systems in Kenya

KENYA – German start-up Boreal Light has commissioned desalination and wastewater treatment systems in several hospitals in Mombasa County, Kenya. The installations are part of a programme implemented in partnership with the Kenyan company WaterKiosk and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), a subsidiary of the German Development Agency (KfW). The programme aims to install 28 desalination systems for health facilities in Kenya and Tanzania. The company will also provide systems that treat wastewater from health facilities and such plants are important in hospitals treating Covid-19 cases on a daily…

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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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Total and Greentech partner Sonangol for the construction of the Quilemba Solar Power Station in Angola

ANGOLA – Sonangol Group, a parastatal that oversees petroleum and natural gas production in Angola, through its Business Unit Gas and Renewable Energy, has signed the Head of Terms agreement with Total Eren and Greentech for the construction of the Central Energy Photovoltaics “Quilemba Solar”.  The plant will be built in the Lubango region, to supply around 30 MW to the national electricity grid, thus reinforcing energy production in Angola.  This significant milestone, which precedes other stages for the development of the project, represents yet another step by Sonangol and…

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AfDB approves US$27m loan financing for construction of solar power plant on the river Nile

EGYPT – The Board of directors of The African Development Bank (AfDB) have approved US$27.2 million in loan financing for the design, construction and operation of a 200MW photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant at Kom Ombo, in Upper Egypt on the river Nile. The project, whose estimated cost is at US$156.4 million is expected to lower electricity costs for businesses and residences, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating construction and other jobs. In addition to the Bank’s financing, structured as a senior loan, the European Bank for…

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InfraCo Africa to finance construction of Golomoti solar project in Malawi

MALAWI – Sub -Sahara infrastructure fund InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), and its project partner, JCM Power (JCM), have announced their commitment to finance construction of the 20MWAC Golomoti Solar project with a 5MW/10MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS) in Malawi. Golomoti Solar will be the first commercial-scale solar photovoltaic plant in Malawi to include a BESS, and along with its sister project, Salima Solar, Golomoti is among the first commercial-scale solar photovoltaic plants in the country. “As part of our commitment to Malawi’s renewable…

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