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Week In Africa: KfW to Finance €49 Million For African Mini-Grids; Benin’s First Solar Power Plant to Increase its Capacity; And More


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KfW to Finance €49 Million For African Mini-Grids

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German state-owned investment and development bank, KfW has set up a new foundation in order to supply clean electricity to the people living in sparsely populated areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. On the behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), KfW has established “Clean Energy and Energy Inclusion for Africa” (CEI Africa) by signing a financing agreement of €49 million. The foundation will provide funding for the acquisition and installation of solar mini-grids and offer grant incentives for companies to invest in African renewables.

Benin’s First Solar Power Plant to Increase its Capacity

The Beninese government has announced to double the capacity of the Illoulofin solar PV plant located in the Plateau Region of the country. Initially planned for a capacity of 25 MWp, the under-construction solar power plant will now have a capacity of 50 MWp. The announcement came following the visit of Benin’s Minister of Energy Dona Jean-Claude Houssou to the construction site in the town of Pobè. The construction work is being carried out by French construction company Eiffage’s energy branch Eiffage Énergie Systèmes.

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Eni and Sonangol Sign FID for Solenova’s Caraculo Solar Project in Angola

Solenova, the joint venture between Angolan state-owned oil company Sonangol and Italian Energy company Eni, has reached the final investment decision (FID) and signing of the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contract for the first phase of the Caraculo photovoltaic project. The 50 MWp solar PV plant will be constructed in Angola’s Namibe province. According to Eni, the Caraculo PV plant will be an important source of renewable electrical power in the Namibe province, which currently relies on diesel for electricity generation. This will help in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to Angola’s energy transition. 

Vergnet Hydro to Implement Hybrid Solar Water Pumps in Ivory Coast

French company Vergnet Hydro will be carrying out the conversion of at least one thousand manual or human-powered pumps into solar pumps in Ivory Coast. This EUR 26 million project will be implemented in four regions of the country. In order to provide people with access to clean drinking water, these human-powered pumps will be converted into solar pumps in the regions of Agneby Tiassa, La Mé, Lôh Djiboua, and Sud-Comoé, all in the southern part of the country. The project will be financed by the Ivorian government, and to be carried out by the Vignet Hydro via its local subsidiary Saher.

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Scatec’s Subsidiary Signs for Solar Power Plants in Cameroon and Chad

Renewable Power Producer, Scatec has signed agreements for the installation of scalable solar photovoltaic plants in Cameroon and Chad, via its subsidiary ‘Release by Scatec’. Release is a pre-assembled, modular, and relocatable solar power and storage equipment offered under a leasing contract. Scatec has announced that the company has entered into an agreement with electric-utility ENEO to provide two hybrid solar and storage plants in Cameroon totaling 36MW solar and installation of 20MW/19MWh battery storage systems. These facilities will supply low-cost, clean, and sustainable electricity to the two cities of Maroua and Guider in the ‘Grand-North’ region of Cameroon.

Rooftop PV Plant for Tunisian Cheese Company

Tunisian company Solar Energy Systems (SES) and German EPC Kraftwerk Renewable Power Solutions have developed an 85 kWp solar power plant for a cheese-making dairy in Tunisia. The cheese company named ‘Centrale de Produits Laitier-Souani (CPL Souani), located in Tebourba now has a grid-connected solar power plant for their own energy consumption. CPL Souani is a family-owned and managed enterprise renowned for the European cheese variety, operating in the Tunisian market. The roof-top solar PV system will cover up to 60% of the electricity requirement of the cheese factory during the day.

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