Bboxx, Geocoton Advens Group partner for access to clean energy in Burkina Faso

BURKINA FASO – Bboxx, a Pay as you go solar provider, and Geocoton Advens Group, have entered into a partnership to facilitate access to clean energy in Burkina Faso and other countries. This is the first step in a long-term strategic partnership that will see the two companies expand access to clean energy to other African countries in future. This new partnership allows Bboxx and Geocoton Advens Group to impact the lives of two million people in Burkina Faso, through access to clean, reliable and affordable energy. The partnership will…

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Rio Tinto signs renewable energy power purchase agreement in Madagascar

MADAGASCAR – Rio Tinto, Anglo-Australian metals and mining corporation, has signed a power purchasing agreement for a new renewable energy plant to power the operations of its QMM ilmenite mine in Fort Dauphin, Southern Madagascar. The project, which uses solar and wind energy, will significantly contribute towards Rio Tinto’s operations in Madagascar achieving its carbon neutral objective by 2023. The project is part of a broader initiative to reduce the ilmenite mine’s environmental footprint which includes programmes that focus on emissions reduction, waste and water management, carbon sequestration, ecological restoration…

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Solar distributor MyJouleBox completes US$3.54m Series A round

WEST AFRICA – MyJouleBox, a solar distributor & operator, has completed a €3 million (US$3.54m) Series A round aimed at strengthening its positions as a leading energy specialist in Benin and accelerate its expansion in Burkina Faso, Senegal and Togo. The company, operating under the trade brand ARESS, has developed a competitive one-stop-shop approach to service complementary segments of clients (retail, SMEs, communities) in their decentralized, renewable energy needs. “After 10 years with only our sweat and our desire to change things, we are very happy to welcome such a…

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Total Eren set to construct 50 MWp solar power plant in the capital of Gabon

GABON – Total Eren, a renewable energy independent power producer (IPP), has signed an agreement with the Gabonese authorities for the construction of a 50 MWp solar power plant near the capital Libreville, Gabon. Total Eren, which is 30% owned by the French oil company Total Energies, signed the preliminary agreement with Alain-Claude Bilie By Nze, Gabon’s Minister of Energy and Water Resources. The electricity will be fed into the grid of the Société d’énergie et de l’eau du Gabon (Seeg). The solar project should enable Gabon to diversify its…

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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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China’s Trina solar opens distribution center in South Africa

KENYA – Trina Solar Company Limited, a global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has announced that it will launch a distribution facility in South Africa coming as a step that further caters to the company’s overarching expansion strategy to grow ambitiously in the region. The new facility comes as part of Trina Solar’s commitment to further increase its footprint and presence in Africa to cater to the rapidly growing demand for solar energy in generating power for residential, commercial and industrial needs, in addition to farming and agriculture.…

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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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Solar manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding completes 1.2MWh order for its Energy Storage System

AFRICA – JinkoSolar Holding Ltd, world largest solar manufacturer, has announced the completion of 1.2MWh order for its Energy Storage System with one of the largest power developers in Africa. The project will improve the electricity consumption of local villages and improve the life quality of the residents. The client is one of the most influential multi-technology companies in West Africa and has cooperated plenty of new energy projects with World Bank, local government and others. The new solution includes batteries, a power conditioning system (PCS), DC modular, switch cabinets…

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AMEA Power commissions its 50MW solar photovoltaic plant in Togo

TOGO – AMEA Power, a subsidiary of UAE-based Al Nowais Investments (ANI), has announced the official commissioning of its 50MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Blitta, Togo. This marks the country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project developed by an Independent Power Producer (IPP), and one of the largest solar PV IPP plants in West Africa. Officially named Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, after His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the PV plant has been delivered in record time, with just 18 months between the…

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PE firm Adenia acquires leading electrical and solar equipment distributor Herholdt’s

SOUTH AFRICA – Adenia Partners, a private equity firm investing in Africa, has acquired a majority stake in Herholdt’s, a leading distributor of low-voltage electrical products and solar products in South Africa. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Established in 1964, Herholdt’s operates in Bloemfontein, Kimberley and George, and has recently opened branches in Johannesburg and Cape Town.  Herholdt’s supplies a broad product portfolio of 10,000+ items to professionals such as installers, contractors and resellers as well as end-users. Herholdt’s originally focused on the sale of electrical equipment…

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