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ISA opens global bids for solar cold storage in Africa

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is overseeing bids from prospective contractors to supply, install and commission solar cold storage capacity in Senegal, Sudan, and Seychelles. Bidding is also open for two 2 MT systems in Djibouti.

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Saatvik secures solar module supply order for Mauritius project

Indian PV manufacturer Saatvik Solar will supply 9.3 MW of mono PERC modules to Bharat Heavy Electricals for a PV project in Mauritius. The panels will feature multi-busbar and half-cut cell technology.

Shell to acquire Sprng Energy

Shell has signed the agreement to acquire Solenergi Power, an Actis company owning 100% of Indian developer Sprng Energy. The transaction, valued at $1.55 billion, is expected to close later this year.

PowerGrid to develop Africa’s first ‘PPP mode’ transmission project in Kenya

The Indian state-owned electric transmission utility company has signed an agreement with infrastructure investor
Africa50 to develop 400kV and 220kV transmission lines in east African country Kenya under a public-private partnership framework.

Gravita Group enhances lead recycling capacity at Africa plant

The Jaipur-headquartered company carries out smelting of lead ore, lead concentrate, lead battery scrap, and aluminum scrap to produce secondary lead metal and aluminum ingots. 

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EXIM Bank to finance rural electrification solar projects in Togo

The Togolese government aims for universal access to electricity this decade and for half of its power to come from clean energy sources under the National Development Plan (NDP).

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Rising hardware costs slow Covid recovery for off-grid solar sales

The global off-grid solar appliance market began an uneven recovery from the worst ravages of the global pandemic in the second half of last year, according to market body GOGLA, but more finance and policy support must be made available to have any chance of achieving universal electricity access this decade.

Visaka’s solar roof granted patent rights in South Africa

The company believes introducing its ATUM solar roof (PV panels integrated on cement boards) would be a gamechanger for South Africa. The product, which can directly be used as a roof, will enable distributed microgrids in the region to address the energy requirements of the unelectrified.

BHEL secures its first overseas EPC contract for grid-connected solar plant

The state-run has been awarded an 8 MWac grid-connected solar power plant in Mauritius on an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) basis.

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Sterling and Wilson to build solar+storage hybrid power plant in Niger

The latest project is another African opportunity for the India-based EPC player after successfully commissioning Nigeria’s first solar-plus-storage hybrid power plant, which is also Africa’s largest battery energy storage system.

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