Africa has shown great progress in the development of its solar energy markets over the last year. The continent has experienced a growth of over 1.8 GW of new solar installations, with 1.4 GW coming from photovoltaic (PV) installations, which was a significant jump from the 786 MW that was brought online in 2017. According to IRENA, last year’s growth was mainly driven by five specific countries: Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Namibia and Ghana. The aim of this report is to provide a comprehensive overview of the key facts and figures related to these solar PV markets.
Phanes Group, an international end-to-end solar provider headquartered in Dubai, UAE, is once again on the hunt for promising solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to support in sub-Saharan Africa, as the company relaunches its Solar Incubator program. Now in its third consecutive year, the competition continues towards its goal of electrifying more communities for a sustainable future.
The report will present an overview of the energy sector and the range of issues related to solar PV project development, including key demographic information, insights into legislation and policy, inventory of power generation capacity, and assessments of the current status of the solar industries in the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
The Sun Exchange is a micro-leasing marketplace where solar projects can be financed and owned by anyone in the world. We talked to its founder, Abraham Cambridge, to learn more about the history, vision and mechanics behind this innovative platform.
Experiences of a B2B service provider that enables off-grid solar providers through metering & monitoring technology and digitizing sales in emerging markets.
KIGALI / ROTTERDAM, 31 AUGUST 2018 - In June 2018, Bouake, the second largest city of Cote d’Ivoire, suffered its first-ever shutdown of domestic water supply. The country’s dammed lake, which supplies 70 percent of the city’s water supply, completely ran dry. According to many experts, this was yet-again another consequence of climate change.
For years, the African renewable energy development market has been dominated by foreign investors and financial institutions. Now is the time for African investors to step up to the plate and join the continent’s solar energy transition.
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. 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.
In East Africa, Uganda’s Tororo solar photovoltaic (PV) project has received a $14.7 million senior loan from the Dutch development bank, FMO.
Huawei is hoping to promote its FusionSolar Smart PV Solution, a product that can boost internal rates of return by up to 1%, across the African market.
The Nigerian federal government sets out plans for the energy sector's generation capacity to be met through traditional and renewable energy resources.