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Old February 2nd, 2016, 05:23 PM   #61
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Morocco to launch world’s largest solar energy plant
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Moroccan King Mohamed IV will launch the biggest solar energy plant in the world tomorrow, the Anadolu Agency reported yesterday.

The plant called Noor 1 has been built in the Sahara desert, near the town of Ouarzazate.

An official said: “Morocco gives much importance to the renewable energy through this project.”

Data from the Moroccan Ministry of Energy shows that the budget for the project is $652 million and its capacity is 160 megawatts.

This project is the first phase of a project which will generate 580 megawatts. The official completion of the project is due to take place in 2020

Morocco is planning to generate 52 per cent of its electricity needs through renewable energy by 2030, thus reducing its annual electricity bill which is current worth $9.9 billion.............See more
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Rachida Dati: "Morocco Has Become the Most Innovative Industrial Power in Africa"

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If we could attract Tesla to build their batteries or affordable versions of their cars in Morocco, that would be something.
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I'm afraid Tesla are looking at opening a Gigafactory in Cape Town
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I have read about that. They could open in both countries targeting two different markets.
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Unfortunately for us, if Elon Musk ever decided there was an interest in manufacturing in Africa, there is no way our lobbyists would get to him before those of his native country.

But I hope we put a fight nonetheless..
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Old February 10th, 2016, 06:07 PM   #69
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Valoe secures €15.8 million automated back contact module assembly line order from Ethiopia
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PV module assembly equipment supplier Valoe Corporation has secured its long-awaited first order for an automated turnkey back contact module assembly line from an unidentified customer in Ethiopia for €15.8 million.

Valoe, formerly Cencorp had developed conductive back sheet (CBS) technology and processes to enable lower-cost back contact solar cell modules, reducing cell to string losses and providing higher module conversion efficiencies.

The company said that main financer for the production line was the Development Bank of Ethiopia, which is contributing €9.5 million of the sales price.

However, the rest of the sales price will be held in shares of the customer company by Valoe, equating to it having a 30% shareholding, making it a manufacturing partner.

Iikka Savisalo, CEO of Valoe said: “The order Valoe received proves that new Finnish knowhow is valued. Valoe trusts the order will improve the company’s possibilities to meet its targets in the future and speed up the expansion of the company’s operations in the world.”

Valoe said that the turnkey assembly line would be delivered sometime in 2016. The company did not disclose the nameplate capacity of the line.

Ethiopia has plans starting in 2017 to build three 100MW PV power plants in the country.....................See more
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Senegal plans 200MW solar via IFC ‘Scaling Solar’ programme
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The government of Senegal plans to develop 200MW of solar power as part of the World Bank Group’s initiative ‘Scaling Solar’, which aims to assist African countries in procuring renewable energy quickly and affordably power through private investment.

International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, signed an agreement with the Senegal government to help it conduct due diligence and tender the solar project, and IFC, the World Bank and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency are expected to support the bidding phase.

Just over half the population of Senegal currently has access to electricity, according to World Bank data.

Zambia was the first African country to sign up to the Scaling Solar programme in 2015, which has generated “significant market interest” according to an IFC statement. It led to major advances toward the first utility-scale solar plant in the country. Zambia’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has announced that 48 companies sought to prequalify for their two initial 50MW solar projects under the Scaling Solar programme.

Scaling Solar provides advice, project documents, risk management products, finance and insurance to give small countries the purchasing power of larger markets and aims to attract leading private sector developers to new solar markets.

Vera Songwe, IFC director for West and Central Africa, said: “This innovative partnership with Senegal is important for creating a new market for solar power investment in the region. Scaling Solar is an excellent example of how World Bank Group expertise can help governments in the region meet their most pressing needs.”

PV Tech recently caught up with Mahama Kappiah, executive director of the Economic Community of West African States....................See more
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Skytron monitoring and supervisory platform to be used at 86.2MWp South Africa project
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First Solar subsidiary Skytron, specialising in monitoring, control and supervision systems for utility-scale and commercial PV plants, will be deploying its technology at an 86.2MWp PV plant in South Africa.

The power plant is being built under the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), which is targeting 8.4GW of solar out of a total 18GW of renewables to be developed by 2030.

Meeting the requirements of South Africa’s grid operator, ESKOM, Skytron will be fitting the Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV plant in Northern Cape with its supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software PVGuard, the control system skycontrol, a data logger, data server, 600 combiner boxes and skyCONNi-Sun Universal Weather Unit, which integrates different weather sensors into the PV plant’s communication network.

The REIPPPP has some domestic content requirements and to meet these, combiner box assembly – including integrated string current monitoring - was contracted to local partners................See more
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Algeria may soon invite bids for renewable energy development


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February 16 (SeeNews) - Algeria will add 4,500 MW renewable power capacity by 2020, the Energy Minister, Salah Khebri said on Sunday, noting that a call for expression of interest for investors will be launched soon.

Algerian state-owned gas and electricity operator Sonelgaz is managing a 400 MW programme which is currently being implemented, the minister affirmed, noting that 84 MW have already started operation and the rest of the 400 MW are expected to be commissioned by June or July this year, Algerian Renewable Energies Development Center (CDER) reports.

Minister Khebri also reminded that the national programme for development of renewable energy, adopted on May 24, 2015, targets a capacity of 22,000 MW by 2030 or 25% of the electricity generation capacity in the country.

The legal framework that would allow national and foreign private investors to participate in the capacity build-up is already in place, according to the minister. As a most recent development, the provinces (wilayas) of Hauts Plateaux and Sud have signed contracts to identify suitable sites for solar power installation.

A call for national and international expression of interest will be launched shortly, Khebri said................See more
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Voltalia to develop 40 MW hydro power project in Morocco
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February 17 (SeeNews) - French renewable power plants operator Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTS) has recently signed its first private contract in Morocco with a 40 MW hydro power plant, Moroccan daily L'economiste reports.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Volta Maroc, the local unit of the French renewable energy company, has been operating in Morocco for several months and does not hide its ambitions to take part in the projects that are being developed by Morocco's agency for solar energy Masen, including the final, photovoltaic phase of the Noor solar power complex in Ouarzazate.

Voltalia targets to have 1 GW of renewable energy capacity under management by 2022, up from 376 MW at the end of December 2015.................See more
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Old February 21st, 2016, 07:46 PM   #74
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Business climate easing as construction starts on East Africa’s largest PV project

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French PV company EREN Renewable Energy and developer Access Infra Africa, a subsidiary of Access Power, have begun construction of a 10MW solar PV plant in Uganda, which will be the largest project in the Eastern region of Sub-Saharan Africa once complete.

The project is located at Soroti around 300 kilometres northeast of the Ugandan capital Kampala and will require investment of US$19 million. It is expected to be connected to the national grid by July this year to generate electricity for roughly 40,000 homes and businesses.

Nasir Aku, business developer at Access Power, told PV Tech that the project demonstrates that fast track financial closure can be achieved for renewable energy projects in Africa alongside swift construction as opposed to conventional power plants that can take several years to complete.

He said: “The energy need in Africa is such that urgent steps need to be taken and fast-track projects like this one need to be replicated.”

Aku said that as with any power project in Africa the first problem that any developer will encounter is the policy framework – adding: “Over the years, bureaucracy, corruption and such vices have been a bane to the development of the general African economy, power sector inclusive.”

However, collaborations with entities such as Germany’s KfW Development bank in the ‘GET FIT’ programme are making business easier in East Africa, and the Soroti project is the first to be developed under the scheme. The first phase of the GET FIT programme includes fast-tracking a portfolio of 15 small-scale renewable energy generation projects promoted by private developers with a total installed capacity of roughly 125MW. KfW is in partnership with the government of Uganda through the country’s Electricity Regulatory Agency (ERA) and the GET FIT facility is funded by the European Union Infrastructure Trust Fund, and the governments of Germany, Norway and the UK.

Furthermore the World Bank Group’s initiative ‘Scaling Solar’ is assisting African countries in procuring renewable energy quickly and affordably through private investment.

Aku said Access Infra Africa did face challenges with land acquisition because in any traditional African setting, owners do not want to part with their land. However, the firm said it was able to create a model that allows for participation from these landowners and the local community so that the sense of ownership is still there. The community then sees the solar plant as a collective project, he said.

Aku added: “Once you are able to garner the trust and confidence of your partners and stakeholders in any project across Africa you are significantly way ahead of competitors.”

The Soroti project is on schedule and no delays are envisaged according to Aku. The tender was launched in March 2014 and the procurement process managed by KfW.

A 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) was signed in 2015 with the state-owned utility Uganda Electricity Transmission Company (UETCL). The project also reached financial close on 20 January 2016. The plant also has the capacity to expand as its sub-station is able to handle a further 20MW of solar energy.

Spain’s TSK Group was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract and will sub-contract parts of the work to local firms.

Aku said that Access Power also has “significant developments” on the way in Kenya claiming that Kenya is more developed than its peers and has a government that is delivering on its promises to work on achieving an energy mix that includes renewables.

He said: “This government is beginning to invite transparency and competition which significantly is driving in private interests to their country.”

Also today, Access Power announced the launch of Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) 2016, which is a US$7 million financial support mechanism for renewable energy projects, which aims to give technical support and guidance to local power project developers.

After successful launch last year, the ACF increased its funding pot for a second round from US$5 million in 2015 to US$7 million for 2016. Projects eligible for the ACF mechanism will be selected by a panel of judges. The winners of ACF 2016 will be announced on Tuesday 21 June.

Reda El Chaar, executive chairman of Access Power, said: “Through this unique facility, we hope to encourage innovation and support companies in their efforts to deliver power to places that desperately need it. Last year we received a total of 55 submissions from 18 countries across Africa, including solar, wind, hydro, hybrid and bio-mass projects.”....................See more
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Japanese government to back solar plant in Egypt

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CAIRO - The Japanese government has decided to offer a yen loan of about 10 billion yen (about $88,829,700) to support construction of a gigantic solar power plant with a large-capacity storage battery system in Egypt.

A large-capacity storage battery system is a large-scale recharge and discharge equipment built into the electrical system of a power plant and other facilities. This equipment is seen as essential to ensuring a stable supply of electricity from renewable sources, as weather can greatly affect the amount of power generated. There are several types of equipment, including lithium-ion and sodium-sulfur batteries. Japanese companies such as Sumitomo Electric Industries and NGK Insulators have made progress in technology for high-capacity power storage.

Egypt is expected to hold a public tender open only to Japanese companies with advanced battery technology. The government hopes this will give the Japanese firms a leg up in the rapidly expanding renewable energy markets in the Middle East and North Africa.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is scheduled to make his first visit to Japan from Feb. 28 to March 2, during which a written agreement on the project is expected to be signed.

According to sources, the plan is to build a 20-megawatt solar power plant with a 30-megawatt capacity storage facility in the eastern Egyptian city of Hurghada. The plant is to be completed by 2019 and would supply electricity to about 7,000 households.

The total construction cost is expected to be about $92 million (about 10.5 billion yen), which is to be fully covered by a yen loan to be paid back over a long period at a low interest rate.

This would be Egypt's first major solar power plant equipped with a large storage facility.

A senior official of the Egyptian Electricity and Renewable Energy Ministry told The Yomiuri Shimbun that the government had high hopes for Japan's storage technology, due to its excellent durability and stability. The official revealed that bidding for the project would only be open to Japanese companies or consortiums led by Japanese firms.

Egypt produces oil and natural gas, but it also imports energy from other countries. To address this, the Egyptian government has set a goal of increasing the proportion of energy generated from renewable sources from the current 3 percent to 20 percent by 2022.

Other resource-rich countries in the Middle East and North Africa are also expecting demand for electricity to rise, and are therefore looking to renewable energy.

Projects in the Middle East to construct solar power plants capable of generating more than 10 megawatts rose from three in 2013 to 40 in 2015, according to the Middle East Solar Industry Association, which is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates. There are also several plans to build wind power facilities to make use of strong winds in coastal areas.

Under its growth strategy announced last year, the Japanese government called for domestic firms to secure 500 billion yen in earnings from the advanced storage batteries businesses as of 2020. "We want to attract global attention with achievements in Egypt," a government official said....................See more
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JA Solar selected for 86MW plant in South Africa
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Chinese manufacturer JA Solar has been chosen as the sole module supplier for an 86MW PV power plant in South Africa.

The Orange solar project is one of six chosen under the so-called round '4.5' of South Africa's renewable energy procurement programme.

It will be built on farmland near Loeriesfontein in South Africa's Northern Cape province. The two main developers behind the project are Black Enterprise Empowerment and Solar Capital, which is behind two of the now-operational PV power plants in earlier phases of the programme.

Construction of the solar farm is due to being in 2017 and end later that year. JA Solar will supply its P310W multi-crystalline silicon modules for the plant.

The additional tranche of the fourth round of the REIPPP was announced last spring after the fourth window attracted overwhelming interest. The additional projects announced later in 2015 added a further 400MW of solar to the initial 415MW announced earlier in the year...............See more
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3 GW-plus of wind capacity producing, or being built in South Africa

Following recent confirmation by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) that South Africa had increased its installed wind-energy capacity to above 1 GW in 2015, the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has highlighted that more than 3 GW of wind capacity has already been allocated through the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer’s Programme (REIPPPP), with yet more to be procured in the coming months.

“In 2011 there were just 10 turbines in the country – now we have 13 large wind farms in operation, consisting of over 495 turbines, with many more under construction,” Van den Berg enthuses.

The GWEC figures show that South Africa has also emerged as the largest wind-energy base in Africa, followed by Morocco, whose installed capacity stood at 787 MW in 2015.

The global body reports that South Africa installed 483 MW in 2015, helping to raise the overall installed capacity of the Africa and Middle East region to nearly 3 300 MW.

Sawea says the 1 GW of operational wind energy includes 649.25 MW procured under REIPPPP round one, 329.68 MW procured in round two, Eskom’s 100 MW Sere wind farm and the Darling (1.3 MW) and Coega (1.8 MW) facilities.

Under the REIPPPP, through which a total of 6 300 MW of renewable-energy capacity has been procured since 2011, prices for wind have also fallen significantly, from R142c/kWh in the first bid window in 2011, to 65c/kWh in the fourth bid window.


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61MW Kinangop project cancelled

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The project, located in the central county of Nyandarua, "was hobbled by disputes with residents over compensation for land," said the developer, African Infrastructure Investment Fund (AIIM), now wholly owned by Old Mutual Investment Group, but formerly in a joint venture with Australia's Macquarie Group.

Local opposition cites the project's allegedly excessive proximity to local homes — reportedly as close as 20 metres — in violation of regulations.

AIIM claims Kinangop was the first fully licensed, large-scale wind farm to reach financial close in Kenya, sub-Saharan Africa's biggest wind market outside South Africa.

In May 2014 the start of construction "was prevented by civil commotion [...] preventing [the project] from engaging directly with the affected landowners to progress the project," AIIM said.

"A number of further serious security events" ensued, the company said, "creating an unsafe environment for the team to implement the project................Read more
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Siemens to build rotor-blade factory for wind turbines in Morocco

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Siemens and the Moroccan government have reached an important agreement. Siemens will build a factory in Morocco to manufacture rotor blades for onshore wind turbines, creating up to 700 jobs and thereby tripling Siemens’ footprint in the country.
The construction of the factory is expected to start as early as the spring of 2016, and it is scheduled to commence operations in spring 2017.
“We invest where we see strong business opportunities,” said Markus Tacke, CEO of the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. “Morocco is the perfect location from which to serve the growing onshore wind-power markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The economy is strong, the political climate is stable, and Morocco has a young, skilled and motivated workforce. These factors make Tangier the ideal site for this new state-of-the-art factory.”
Clean and renewable energy will play a major role in meeting the country’s growing energy demand. The Moroccan government’s target is to generate 42% of its energy demand from renewables by 2020, of which 20% will come from wind power. This target was revised upwards and is set to 52% by 2030 as announced by His Majesty King Mohammed VI at the COP 21 meeting in Paris.................Read more
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