On the 5th of October 2017, Solarplaza organized a webinar on solar development in the African market: Commercial capital investments in African solar PV projects, in the run-up to the 2-day Unlocking Solar Capital Africa conference organized in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on the 25th and 26th of October, 2017.
A large and persistent power deficit exists across the African continent; addressing this is key to achieving economic and social goals. There is significant potential for solar power, both at the utility and off-grid scale, to help close this deficit, particularly given high solar irradiation in many countries and the falling price of PV equipment in recent years. Governments increasingly see both forms of solar power as central to their electrification targets.
Solarplaza and GOGLA are proud to announce the second edition of Unlocking Solar Capital (USC) Africa. After hosting last year’s inaugural edition in Nairobi, Kenya, we’ll be organizing its follow-up in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Phanes Group, an integrated end-to-end solar provider headquartered in Dubai, has launched its first Solar Incubator program, aimed at identifying PV projects of potential in sub-Saharan Africa by providing access to funding, and commercial and technical knowledge.
In preparation of this conference, Solarplaza organized a webinar through which one could get a glimpse at the intricate mechanism governing the African solar market today.
Le besoin d’énergie et l’abondance de soleil sont deux arguments de poids en faveur du développement de l’énergie solaire photovoltaïque en Afrique. Ce potentiel se fait de plus en plus évident alors que plusieurs investisseurs internationaux sont en train de planifier et de construire des centrales solaires de grande taille dans la région. Sur la base des cinquante principaux projets de centrales photovoltaïques annoncées en Afrique, le continent devrait ainsi connaître une augmentation de plus de 4 GW de sa puissance solaire installée dans les années à venir. Notre liste des 50 principaux projets en cours de développement s’inscrit dans le cadre de nos prochains événements organisés au Nigeria (The Solar Future Nigeria, 25 et 26 avril 2017) et en Côté d’Ivoire (Unlocking Solar Capital Africa, 24 et 25 octobre 2017 à Abidjan).
PV-MAGAZINE - Madagascar’s Ministry of Energy and Hydrocarbons is increasing efforts to implement its rural electrification plan for 2015-2020. Meanwhile, the government is also seeking developers for the island’s first MW-sized grid-connected PV projects.
PV-MAGAZINE - The government of the West African country has signed an implementation agreement for a 6 MW solar project in Freetown. The country’s first MW-sized PV plant is being built with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).
BLOOMBERG - Nigeria is seeking $5.2 billion from the World Bank to expand electricity generation and help the economy recover from its first contraction in 25 years.
PV MAGAZINE - Gambia’s National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) has issued a tender to select companies to conduct feasibility studies to assess the country’s potential for solar and hybridized PV projects in mini-grids and close to existing power plants.
The Energy & Environment Partnership programme (EEP) is a challenge fund active in southern and east Africa. Since 2010, EEP has assisted over 200 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the region with grant funding during their early stages of development and implementation.
Our list of Top 50 projects under development comes in preparation for the two-day event in Nigeria during the 25-26 of April. The Solar Future Nigeria concentrates all major stakeholders in the country and addresses all forms of solar applications ranging from utility scale to pico solar.
On the 20th of October 2016, Solarplaza organized the webinar “Market Development Trends in the African solar PV Off-Grid Sector”, as a preparation for our upcoming event: The Solar Future of Nigeria in April,2017.
The tone of the conversation around utility-scale solar power in Nigeria is changing. Complicated conditions around fossil-based grid generation have provided the needed motivation for the Nigerian government and the private sector to further explore clean-tech power sources such as solar power.
Through the Bright Lights for Benin project, we are introducing Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar lanterns to the Beninese market for the first time. PAYG allows customers to buy the lantern for a small down-payment and pay it off in regular instalments.
Africa up or down? After 10 years of quite remarkable growth across the continent most countries are experiencing a downturn, with average growth nearer 3.75% than 5% as before.
As the demand for clean energy rises, so too has the demand for energy storage. Batteries and other storage products extend the ability of renewable energy systems to provide clean power when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing.
During a recently held conference in Nairobi, Kenya, the AfDB-hosted Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Africa Hub launched a Green Mini-Grid Help Desk for renewable energy mini grid project developers.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission approves the adoption of mini grids to boost electricity supply to households, businesses and institutions in the country.
The World Bank estimates that 24% of the sub-Saharan African population doesn’t have access to electricity, with the installed generation capacity for the region (excluding South Africa) being equivalent to that of Argentina.