Three exciting developments in the solar power space in Africa

The new year may only be a few months old, but 2015 has already ushered in a number of exciting developments in the solar power space in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Solar projects coming online across the continent and more in the pipeline.

Riding the momentum of 2014 in which it brought online the largest photovoltaic (PV) plant in Africa and joined the ranks of the top ten largest markets for utility-scale solar, South Africa last week announced the opening of KaXu Solar One, the country’s first Concentrated Solar Power plant.

In Rwanda, Gigawatt Global has completed the construction of the first utility-scale PV plant in the East Africa region. In West Africa, construction is underway at the Nzema solar plant in Ghana, which, with a projected capacity of 155 MW, will be one of the top ten largest PV plants in the world when completed. In addition, Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a South Korean firm to develop a 1 GW solar PV farm. This is the most recent of a series of new agreements to build gigawatts’ worth of utility-scale and distributed generation projects across the country. A number of other countries, including Ivory Coast and Uganda, have also initiated tenders for solar projects.

Read more: A Spotlight on Solar Power in Africa | Cov Africa.

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