Mining company Gold Fields’ board gives green light to South Deep solar project

SOUTH AFRICA – the Board of Directors Gold Fields, one of the world’s largest gold mining firms, has given the green light for the construction of a 40MW solar plant at the South Deep mine in South Africa. The move follows the granting of a licence by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa on 25 February 2021. The 40MW solar plant will generate over 20% of the average electricity consumption of the mine and  will comprise 116,000 solar panels and cover a 118 ha and will be on mine…

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Trina solar appoints Solar Power Etal as its new supplier in Nigeria

NIGERIA – UAE-based Trina Solar, a global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has signed a distributor agreement with Solar Power Etal to supply Trina Solar’s products and solutions in Nigeria. With Nigeria having enormous solar energy potential, this agreement will ensure the availability of Trina Solar’s tier 1 PV modules in this key West African market and will further boost the company’s ambitious expansion across the continent. “The region is clearly witnessing a significant boom in the renewable energy industry and we are already seeing a big rise…

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Solar plant Kom Ombo secures US$114m to finance its construction

EGYPT – Kom Ombo, the largest private-sector solar plant in Egypt, has secured US$114 million package, through ACWA Power, from a group of banks to finance its construction. The deal was signed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the OPEC Fund for International Development, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and the Arab Bank. The package includes loans of up to US$36 million from the EBRD, US$18 million from the OPEC Fund, US$17.8 million from the AfDB, US$23.8 million from the GCF and…

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Bui Power Authority commission 22.25 MWp solar photovoltaic power plant in Ghana

GHANA – The Bui Power Authority (BPA), has announced the commissioning of a new 22.25 MWp solar photovoltaic power plant in the north-east of Ghana which will be connected to the grid of the state-owned Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo). The operation was successfully carried out after the green light from the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), the company that ensures the transmission of electricity in Ghana. This makes it one of the largest solar power plants for the national grid in Ghana. “Until now, the only renewable energy on the national…

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Suntrace, BayWar launch 30MW solar power plant in Fekola gold mine

MALI – Renewable energy providers Suntrace and BayWa r. e. have commissioned a 30 MW hybrid solar power plant at the Fekola gold mine located in southwest Mali and is operated by the Canadian mining company B2Gold. The Fekola solar power plant has already started delivering its first MW. The plant was recently commissioned by Suntrace and BayWa r. e., two renewable energy providers based in Hamburg and Munich, Germany respectively. The solar power plant occupies 27 hectares of land and has a capacity of 30 MW. It is the…

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Sunon Asogli Power to deploy 200MW solar power plants in Sierra Leonne

SIERRA LEONNE – Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Limited, Ghana’s biggest Independent Power Producer, has announced plans to expand to Sierra Leonne with a solar power plant in Freetown. The giant power producer is planning deploy toa 20MWp-50MWp [megawatt power] Solar PV in one year and another 160MW to be known as Benkongor Hydro plant in four years. According to Business Development Manager of the Company, Elikplim Apetorgbor, the expected total investment cost for the two projects is about US$700million. According to him, the 20MWp – 50MWp Solar PV plant deployment…

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Azuri Technologies, MultiChoice partner to launch DStv on PayGo solar TV in Kenya

KENYA – Azuri Technologies, the first company to launch a complete pay-as-you-go solar TV package in Kenya, and MultiChoice Kenya have announced a partnership to bring DStv content to off-grid households in Kenya. The partnership bundles Azuri’s recently announced TV400 product, the 32″ solar powered TV and household energy solution, with the DStv HD decoder to offer customers access to leading world class entertainment, local and international news, documentaries, and educational content. Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO of Azuri said, “We are delighted to partner with Multichoice to bring the world-leading DStv content to…

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Burkina Faso secures US$34m from EAIF for the construction of 30MW solar plant

BURKINA FASO – Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) has provided US$34.59 million to Burkina Faso to support the construction of 30MW solar plant which will supply national grid. EAIF, a member of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) is lending the project’s developer, Urbasolar SAS, 80% of the capital needed for the construction of the facility which is estimated to have a US$42.22 million development cost. EAIF is the sole lender to the project, its 20th clean energy project, providing US$34.59 million of the estimated Financial close (the transfer of…

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Kenya ratifies new standards to boost adoption of clean energy

KENYA – The government of Kenya, through its standards agency Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), has approved ten standards that provide specifications for systems and equipment that utilize clean energy such as solar and wind. “The use of natural replenishable energy resources contribute positively to Kenya’s economy in the fight against global warming, poverty eradication and the progress of important socio-economic aspects such as health, clean water supply, industrialization and education,” said Bernard Njiraini, Managing Director, KEBS. It is estimated that the socio-economic impact of climate change costs the East…

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Jirogasy inks deal with Aceleron for solar powered computers in Madagascar

MADAGASCAR – Jirogasy, a Madagasy company which designs and manufactures solar-powered computers, has signed a partnership with Aceleron, a supplier of batteries made from the waste of solar lanterns and lithium-ion batteries to equip rural schools in East Africa with solar-powered computers. The two companies aims to improve digital access and literacy in schools and rural areas in Africa. Jirogasy will bring Jirodesk 2, a computer that was designed and produced by the young company in Madagascar to this partnership. Running entirely on solar energy, Jirodesk 2 is designed mainly…

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