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West Africa's largest solar power plant in Senegal planned for 2017

In May 2016, an agreement of € 43 million was signed for the Senergy project in Senegal, West Africa's largest solar power plant. Located in Méouane in the region of Thies, this solar plant is expected to start production in early 2017. It is funded by the FONSIS, the sovereign Strategic Investment Fund of Senegal, Méridiam, an investment fund, and Proparco, a subsidiary of the French Development Agency dedicated to the private sector.

 

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7,6 MW of three RE Projects in Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde and Senegal

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) announced on January, 2016, USD 46 million in concessional loans for four renewable energy projects in the three ECOWAS Member States and Antigua and Barbuda. The loans will fund a solar project in Burkina Faso, a solar and wind project in Cabo Verde and a solar project in Senegal. The three projects will result in 7,6 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity and represent a mix of renewable energy sources, are all innovative, potentially replicable or scalable, and will improve energy access.
 

 

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Inauguration of the Community Energy Service of Bambadinca

Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau, Eng. Domingos Simões Pereira, and the ECOWAS Commissioner for Energy and Mines, Mr. Bangoura Morlaye, inaugurated on March 4 2015 the Community Energy Service of Bambadinca (SCEB).

The entry into service of SCEB will allow inhabitants of Bambadinca overcome the constraints in electricity access. Around 8.000 inhabitants will benefit from a
permanent supply of renewable energy, which is guaranteed by a innovative hybrid photovoltaic plant of 312 kW of power. This is the result of the project titled "Bambadinca Sta Claro", funded by the European Union, the Camões Language and Cooperation Institute,UNIDO and ECREEE, with the support of the Directorate General of Energy.

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The Community Energy Service of Bambadinca starts the testing phase

The project aims at providing the village of Bambadinca (region of Bafata, Guinea-Bissau) with a modern, reliable and accessible electricity service from renewable energy sources. In Bambadinca, NGO TESE sem fronteiras, is implementing this innovative project; "Bambadinca Sta Claro", where 6500 persons will receive energy from a large solar PV system, covering 15,000 m2, that will be producing 270 kW electric power. The electricity benefits both women and children, households, schools and local businesses. About 120 pilot customers started testing on15th November 2014 the Community Energy Service of Bambadinca (SCEB).

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ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report

REN21 in cooperation with the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has just released a new report: The ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report. The report provides a regional perspective on the renewable energy and energy efficiency market and industry development in West Africa. It enables policymakers, industry, investors and civil society to make informed decisions with regards to the diffusion of renewable energy. The 92-page report covers recent developments, current status, and key trends; by design, it does not provide analysis or forecast.

The production of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report was supported by ECOWAS, UNIDO under the GEF Strategic Program for West Africa, The Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) and the Austrian Development Agency. (ADA). Over 50 experts and reviewers from across the ECOWAS region and elsewhere contributed to the report’s content.

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Africa Energy Outlook IEA Publication 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa' s energy sector can be improved to unlock a better life for its citizens.  This report, which has been produced and published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in October 2014, describes one of the most poorly understood parts of the global energy system, offers an authoritative study of its future prospects - broken down by fuel, sector and sub-region - and shows how investment in the sub-Saharan energy sector can stimulate rapid economic and social development across the region.

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Texas utility secures rock-bottom price for solar

Austin Energy in Texas is set to sign a deal expected to result in one of the lowest-priced solar power arrangements in the world. Under the unprecedented agreement between Austin Energy and SunEdison, the utility will buy solar power for less than $0.05 per kilowatt hour.

The Austin American-Statesman, the utility. owned by the city of Austin, has approved an agreement with SunEdison to buy electricity from two solar farms in West Texas at a price of just below $0.05 per kilowatt hour – considerably lower than the standard price for solar energy and less than a third of the price Austin Energy agreed to pay in 2009 for electricity from a smaller solar installation east of the city.

The Austin American-Statesman cited Jurgen Weiss, an energy economist with the Brattle Group, who added, "It is certainly at the very low end of the prices I have seen. As many had predicted, we’re entering a time in which, with some caveats, solar presents quite an attractive alternative to conventional sources."

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Sierra Leone Embarks on One of West Africa’s Largest Solar Parks

Sierra Leone is getting plans underway to have one of the largest solar parks in the region. The country awarded UAE conglomerate Mulk OGI-Oasis Gulf Investment, FZC (subsidiary of Mulk Holdings) an $18-million solar park project to be located in Freetown.

Oasis Gulf Investment, FZC, has been selected for the construction of a 6 MW PV plant in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in the frame of IRENA/ADFD Project Facility Program. According to Business Ghana, the IRENA/ADFD initiative will provide $9 million in financing for the project, that will require a global investment of $18 million. The thin-film PV modules for the project will be provided by the UAE renewable energy company Masdar, a business unit of Mubadala Development Co. The IRENA/ADFD Project Facility Program is an initiative led by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to provide financing of up to $350 million for renewable energy projects in developing countries. Sierra Leone aims to cover 25% of the country's electricity generation from renewable source by 2015.

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Africa Energy Outlook

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Renewable energy projects to electrify rural communities in Cape Verde

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Anexo C - Projetos Solares - Site Assessment

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Solar Energy Research Centre Usman Dan Fodio University,

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TERRA Technologies

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APROFA (Association des professionels de l'énergie solaire)

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Global Energy Gambia

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Terrawatt Planungsgesellschaft mbH

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Solar Light Co. Ltd.

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Blue Energy Co.

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Association of Ghana Solar Industries (AGSI)

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Centre National d'Énergie Solaire (CNES)

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