Africa Mining: South African miner Harmony Gold in talks to build solar power plant

Africa Mining: South African miner Harmony Gold in talks to build solar power plant

South African miner Harmony Gold is in talks to build a 30 megawatt solar power plant in the Free State province to supply power to some of its operations to try to reduce power costs and dependence on struggling utility Eskom.

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Mozambique: First large-scale solar plant active in May

Mozambique: First large-scale solar plant active in May

Mozambique’s first solar power plant has secured financing. Construction is expected to start in May, with the facility operational by early 2019, government sources have told Lusa. “It will be the country’s first large-scale solar plant, and represents an important step in Mozambique’s ambition to increase the renewable sources share of its electricity production,” the developer said. The large solar panel array will cover a 126-hectare site in Mocuba, central Zambezia province, and is the…

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Africa Renewables: Ethiopia Issues Tender for Solar Plants

Africa Renewables: Ethiopia Issues Tender for Solar Plants

In Ethiopia, the Ministry of Energy launched a call for tenders for the installation of six large-scale solar power plants. The plants would have a combined capacity of almost 800 MW and be located in the states of Afar, Somali, Oromia and Tigray. The solar plants are being developed as part of a public-private partnership at an estimated cost of approximately $795 million, which will be partially funded by the government. These projects are being…

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Renewables: Govt signs solar power agreement with France’s Neoen

Renewables:  Govt signs solar power agreement with France’s Neoen

The Mozambican government has signed an agreement with French company Neoen to build a solar power plant north of the country capable of serving 150,000 people, it was announced during an official ceremony. The investment is around 50 million euros and will be installed in Metoro, Cabo Delgado Province, and work is expected to start in the second half of 2019, said Max Tonela, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy. “The Mozambican government considers this…

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Africa Mining: Zambia targets 200 MW of solar power to reduce hydro dependency

Africa Mining: Zambia targets 200 MW of solar power to reduce hydro dependency

Zambia is seeking proposals from potential developers of solar power projects with a combined 200 MW capacity as it tries to diversify its energy mix away from hydroelectric power. Energy Minister Matthew Nkhuwa said in a statement at an investment conference on Tuesday that the 200 MW would be split into small projects, each with a maximum size of 20 MW. Zambia is heavily dependent on hydropower and faced electricity shortages following a drought in…

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