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  • SOUTH AFRICA: Cities can buy directly from IPPs
  • KENYA: Energy Ministry seeks to add cow dung powered plants to the grid
  • ETHIOPIA: DFC awards $1.55 million grant to Tulu Moye geothermal project
  • Tanzania’s Songas Gas Power Project, a Successful Example of PPP
  • CAMEROON: the Green Power start-up produces biogas from household waste
  • EGYPT: IPPs develop a 2,000 MW wind power complex in the Gulf of Suez
  • RWANDA: Engie and OffGridBox provide green energy, water and Wi-Fi in Kigali
  • AFRICA: Scatec Solar diversifies into green energy with the acquisition of SN Power
  • NIGERIA: Eos strengthens its partnership with Nayo for electricity storage
  • NAMIBIA: a 25 MWp solar project to be developed under PPPs in Windhoek
  • AFRICA: Networking to facilitate the financing of renewable energies
  • KENYA: Construction of the Menengai geothermal power plant is completed
  • ZIMBABWE: Voltalia to build a solar power plant (12 MWp) at Blanket mine
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Perdekraal East wind farm to deliver 110 MW in 4 weeks’ time
  • BURKINA FASO: in Koudougou, 6,000 households will be connected to the Sonabel network
  • NIGERIA: GreenTec Capital finances Powerstove’s eco-friendly cooking solution
  • EGYPT: UAE investors obtain land for 500 MW wind farm
  • SOUTH AFRICA: BioTherm commissions 2 solar power plants in the Northern Cape
  • LIBYA: Alhandasya to inject 62 kWp into the grid thanks to a solar power plant in Tajura
  • AFRICA: Easy Solar obtains $5 million for the distribution of its clean energy solutions

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Cities can buy directly from IPPs

    The South African Department of Energy has just allowed the big cities of the rainbow nation to buy their electricity directly from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) from renewable energy sources. This is an important decision that will not only revolutionise the use of renewable energy in South Africa, but will also enable the big cities to reduce their dependence on the state-owned company Eskom. A green energy revolution is being unleashed in South Africa’s major cities such as Johannesburg in the north-east and Cape Town, located on the south-west coast of South Africa. The Department of Energy decided this October 2020 to grant permission to major cities to source electricity directly from independent power producers (IPPs) of renewable origin. This long-awaited possibility was the subject of a complaint filed in February 2019 by the city of Cape Town against the Ministry of Energy. “The city is fighting for its right to buy clean energy directly from IPP. We are doing everything in our power to move away from our dependence on Eskom to meet our energy needs. At the same time, we are trying to be more climate resilient and greener by using clean energy sources and gas,” said Phindile Maxiti, Cape Town’s Director of Energy and Climate.


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    KENYA: Energy Ministry seeks to add cow dung powered plants to the grid

    Cow dung fed biogas plants could soon power the national grid as the Energy Ministry moves to test the efficacy of the cattle waste in electricity generation. In a notice issued on Tuesday, the Ministry of Energy has invited bids for the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of prefabricated domestic biogas plants using cow dung as the feedstock. The project will be carried out in the counties of Makueni, Siaya, Busia and Narok. The initiative aligns to the Ministry’s goal of reducing its reliance on expensive power sources. This by going for sustainable energy options which not only cuts electricity costs to consumers but also promotes eco-sustainability. The Ministry has aggressively pursued renewable sources of energy in the recent years as it also seeks to cut the cost of power generation. Last year, 518 megawatts (MW) 518 megawatts (MW) of power was added to the national grid through renewable sources. This includes expansion of Olkaria 5 unit which added 158MW; the 310MW Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) power wind project and the 50MW Garissa solar farm.


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    ETHIOPIA: DFC awards $1.55 million grant to Tulu Moye geothermal project

    The American Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is providing a $1.55 million grant for the “technical development” of the Tulu Moye geothermal project in Ethiopia. It will result in the construction of a steam power plant with a capacity of 50 MWe. The Tulu Moye geothermal project is again supported by the United States of America. The American Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has just awarded a $1.55 million grant for the “technical development” of the project in the Oromia region in south-west Ethiopia. Through its grant, the new American agency, the result of the merger between Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the Development Credit Authority (DCA), wants to support the development of this clean energy project. “The DCA will help shape the design of the project using one of our new development tools: technical assistance. This project will help Ethiopia harness a resource that is essential for economic growth,” says Adam Boehler, DFC’s managing director. The exploitation of the geothermal resource is being carried out by Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations (TMGO), a company owned by a consortium formed by Meridiam, a French company specializing in the development, financing and management of infrastructure projects, and Reykjavík Geothermal, a company specializing in geothermal energy, based in Iceland.


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    Tanzania’s Songas Gas Power Project, a Successful Example of PPP

    About 25 years ago, the Tanzanian Government developed a Master Plan and invited tender bids which resulted in the Songas gas power project coming to fruition. This October marks 16 years since former President Benjamin Mkapa officially commissioned the Songas gas to power project, which uses Tanzania’s natural gas resource for electricity generation at the Songas Ubungo power plant. To date, Songas has continued to quietly demonstrate, that it is a world-class example of a successful Public-Private Partnership (PPP) across Africa. The Songas gas power project was conceived as a least-cost power supply project, under the 1991 Power System Master Plan. The project was implemented after a thorough international competitive tender. The government of Tanzania carefully reviewed and approved the project and, in 2001, the project reached financial close and the construction phase was initiated. In 2004, the project was completed, with a new plant expansion being carried out in 2005.


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    CAMEROON: the Green Power start-up produces biogas from household waste

    The Cameroonian start-up Green Power Biotechnology has recently developed a technique to produce biogas from household waste. The start-up has named its system "Power biogas". It is expected to serve households for a period of 10 years. In recent days, several households in Cameroon are reportedly cooking food with virtually no carbon footprint thanks to “Power biogas”. This is a biogas production system recently launched by the young company Green Power Biotechnology. To achieve this result, the nugget has used Methanation. Concretely, the young shoot collects the waste and places it in bio digesters. Through a valve equipped with a piping system, the energy produced is led to its operating circuit. The heat produced by the Green Power Biotechnology system is capable of powering three hours of cooking. In addition, the plant has a lighting capacity of 45 W, which can be used for six hours. According to the managers of the start-up, the biogas production plant “Power biogas” has a lifespan of 10 years. For a start, Green Power has put 111 systems on the market, 49 of which have already been commercialised. The system costs 195,000 CFA francs, or more than 297 euros.


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    EGYPT: IPPs develop a 2,000 MW wind power complex in the Gulf of Suez

    Egypt's Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Mohamed Shaker, announced the development of a new green energy production complex in the country. Located in the Gulf of Suez, this wind power complex will have a capacity of 2,000 MW. Egypt has great ambitions in terms of renewable energy production. A wind power complex is currently being developed in the country, with an expected capacity of 2 000 MW. The Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energies, Mohamed Shaker gave some details about this mega project, indicating that work is already underway on the site located in the Gulf of Suez, governorate of the Red Sea. In this complex, the German giant Siemens is developing a 500 MW wind farm. The mega project developed by the Independent Power Producers (IPP) should bring the country’s renewable energy production capacity to 10 000 MW. But the massive development of wind power could deal a serious blow to Egypt’s biodiversity. The governorate of the Red Sea concentrates a significant number of wind farms already commissioned or under construction by the IPPs. Among these is the West Bakr wind farm in Ras Ghareb. With an expected capacity of 250 MW, the project is being developed by Lekela Power, a joint venture between the British investment fund Actis and Mainstream Renewable Power. These projects are part of the Egyptian government’s policy to produce 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2022 and 40% by 2035.


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    RWANDA: Engie and OffGridBox provide green energy, water and Wi-Fi in Kigali

    Engie Energy Access, the subsidiary of French energy company Engie, has just signed an agreement with the decentralised clean energy solutions provider OffGridBox to supply electricity, drinking water and Wi-Fi to households in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. An alliance is being formed for solar energy, drinking water and Wi-Fi in Rwanda. This partnership is initiated by Engie Energy Access, the new flagship of French energy company Engie, which now includes Engie Mobisol, Fénix International and Engie PowerCorner. The company, which specialises in decentralised renewable energy solutions, has decided to work with OffGridBox, which supplies containerised systems for drinking water and solar energy. The aim of this alliance is to supply electricity, drinking water and Wi-Fi to 200 off-grid households in the Rwandan capital Kigali. To achieve this objective, the OffGridBox company will install its containerised systems covered with solar panels and equipped with electricity storage and water purification systems. The container will also be able to provide internet connection via a Wi-Fi hotspot.


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    AFRICA: Scatec Solar diversifies into green energy with the acquisition of SN Power

    The Norwegian Independent Power Producer (IPP) Scatec Solar has announced the acquisition of SN Power, a hydropower producer owned so far by the Norwegian fund Norfund. Through this transaction, Scatec Solar is diversifying its activities in Africa, where it produces exclusively solar energy. The company has disbursed US$1.116 billion to purchase all the shares of SN Power. Africa is a gold mine for independent power producers (IPPs). Scatec Solar’s new transaction confirms this. The Oslo (Norway) based IPP announces the acquisition of SN Power, a developer of hydropower projects with numerous concessions in Africa. All shares were purchased at over US$1.116 billion from Norfund, the Norwegian government investment fund and now former owner of SN Power. “The acquisition is fully financed by a combination of cash on Scatec Solar’s balance sheet, a US$200 million seller’s note, a US$150 million term loan and a US$700 million acquisition financing from Nordea Bank Danmark A/S (Nordea), DNB ASA, BNP Paribas and Swedbank,” explains Scatec Solar. According to the IPP, SN Power has a portfolio of hydropower assets with a total capacity of 1.4 GW (0.5 GW net) and a median gross generation of 6.1 TWh (1.8 TWh net). Its new subsidiary also has numerous projects under development in Africa. This is the case of the 147 MW Ruzizi III hydropower project that it is developing under a public-private partnership (PPP) with Industrial Promotion Services (IPS), the industrial arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). The electricity produced by this project is destined for the power grids of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi.


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    NIGERIA: Eos strengthens its partnership with Nayo for electricity storage

    Electricity storage equipment supplier Eos Energy Storage is expanding its partnership with Nigerian clean energy mini grid supplier Nayo Tropical Technology. The two companies will work together to provide electricity to businesses and households in West Africa. Electricity storage is a key element in the deployment of renewable energy mini-grids. That is why Nayo Tropical Technology intends to rely more on its partner with Eos Energy Storage for the implementation of its mini green grid projects in West Africa. The two companies have decided to strengthen their partnership. Based in Edison (New Jersey, USA), Eos Energy Storage manufactures electricity storage systems using zinc batteries. “We are proud to extend our partnership with Nayo after a follow-up in the first quarter of 2020, and look forward to meeting the energy needs of additional communities in the future with Nayo as our partner”, says Balki G. Iyer, Eos Energy Storage’s Commercial Director. In West Africa and particularly Nigeria, Nayo Tropical Technology is executing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for green mini-grids for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and rural households. The Abuja-based company plans to rely on its partner with Eos Energy Storage to carry out its new projects, including the construction of four mini-grids with electricity storage systems in the first quarter of 2021.


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    NAMIBIA: a 25 MWp solar project to be developed under PPPs in Windhoek


    In Namibia, the municipality of Windhoek is planning to build five photovoltaic solar power plants (25MWp) for the consumption of its population within 3 years. The solar project, which will be carried out under public-private partnerships (PPPs), is expected to cost N$420 million, i.e. nearly US$25.5 million. The municipality of Windhoek in Namibia has just announced that a solar project will be implemented to meet the electricity needs of its population. The project consists of five solar photovoltaic power plants that will have a combined capacity of 25 MWp. The plants will be built on the southern borders of Cimbebasia, along the B1 road to Rehoboth. According to the municipality of Windhoek, the solar power plants will be built over the next three years under public-private partnerships (PPPs). The implementation of the project could cost N$420 million (about US$25.5 million). This corresponds to N$85 million per solar power plant (over US$5.15 million). Thus, each photovoltaic solar power plant will have a capacity of 5 MWp.


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    AFRICA: Networking to facilitate the financing of renewable energiesy


    The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) has just launched a series of networking sessions to connect independent power producers (IPPs) and investors. The online event is of interest to a number of donors including the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Finnfund. How to mobilise funds for the implementation of a dedicated clean energy project for the grid? This is a real headache for independent power producers (IPPs), especially the less experienced ones. To address this issue, the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) launched online networking sessions on October 13th, 2020. The aim is to enable IPPs to make contact with investors. This concept is already of interest to many donors. According to REPP, a platform funded by the UK government’s International Climate Finance, nine development finance institutions have already registered for the networking sessions, including the African Development Bank (AfDB) and FinnFund, a Finnish company specialising in development finance.


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    KENYA: Construction of the Menengai geothermal power plant is completed


    The construction of the Menengai geothermal power plant in western Kenya has been completed. This is according to a report published on October 6th, 2020 by the African Development Bank (ADB), the main financier of the project. The Menengai geothermal power plant, with its 105 MWe, brings the national production of geothermal energy to 672 MWe, making Kenya the first African producer of this renewable energy source. Kenya is Africa’s largest producer of geothermal energy. The East African country has increased its production from 168 MWe to 672 MWe in 6 years. This performance was achieved after the completion of several projects, including the Menengai geothermal power plant in western Kenya. According to the project completion report, published on October 6th, 2020, the 105 MW power plant consists of 49 steam drillings.The project will enable Kenya to make up its electricity shortfall, which it experienced severe power shortages in the late 2000s due to variability in hydropower generation. The country had to rely on expensive back-up thermal generation from 2011 to 2018. But with the commissioning of the Menengai geothermal power plant, 500,000 households, including 70,000 in rural areas of the country, will be connected to the electricity grid.


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    ZIMBABWE: Voltalia to build a solar power plant (12 MWp) at Blanket mine


    The French company Voltalia has just been appointed by Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc. to build a 12 MWp photovoltaic solar power plant to supply its Blanket mine in Zimbabwe. The installation will supply 27% of the gold mine's electricity needs. After successfully raising US$13 million a month ago for the construction of a solar power plant for its Blanket gold mine, Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc. is continuing to develop its project by selecting Voltalia to carry out the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. The French company was selected following a call for tenders launched in 2019. Caledonia Mining Corporation plans to implement the project in several phases, the first of which will allow its planning after the signing of the EPC contract with Voltalia. The plant is expected to begin supplying power to the Blanket gold mine in the last quarter of 2021. The solar panels will be installed on a 40-hectare site and will produce 12 MWp. This voltage should provide 27% of the needs of this gold mine located in the Matabeleland South province.


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    SOUTH AFRICA: Perdekraal East wind farm to deliver 110 MW in 4 weeks’ time


    Mainstream Renewable Power, the developer of the Perdekraal East wind project, has just completed production tests for this wind farm located in the municipality of Witzenberg, Western Cape Province. With a capacity of 110 MW, the installation will avoid the emission of 410,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. The Perdekraal East wind farm will start supplying electricity to the grid of the South African public company Eskom within a few weeks. The promise is made by the developer of the Mainstream Renewable Power project, which has just completed production tests at this facility located in the municipality of Witzenberg, Western Cape Province in South Africa. “During the test period, the project team verifies the response of the wind farm in accordance with the latest grid code, taking into account local wind and grid conditions, ultimately demonstrating compliance,” explains Glenn Hobson, the project manager for the construction of the Perdekraal wind farm. According to this specialist, before a wind farm can be connected to the country’s national grid for commercial operations, it must be tested to certify compliance with both performance requirements and grid code. To do this, a sufficiently stable wind is required to carry out the tests.


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    BURKINA FASO: in Koudougou, 6,000 households will be connected to the Sonabel network


    The Project for the Development of Electricity Connections (PDCEL) is taking place in Koudougou, in the province of Boulkiemdé in Burkina Faso. In this city, the National Electricity Company of Burkina Faso (Sonabel) plans to connect 6,000 households to its network through the construction of various facilities. After Ouahigouya and Kaya, it is the turn of the city of Koudougou to benefit from the pilot phase of the project for the development of electricity connections (PDCEL). On October 1st, 2020, the Burkinabe Minister of Energy, Bachir Ismaël Ouédraogo officially launched the works in Koudougou. In this city in the province of Boulkiemdé, the National Electricity Company of Burkina Faso (Sonabel) will connect 6,000 households to its network. To do so, the public company will build 16 km of low-voltage lines and 2 km of high-voltage lines. Sonabel will also install three transformers with a capacity of 160 kV. The project will cost more than 164 million CFA francs, i.e. more than 250,000 euros. Bachir Ismaël Ouédraogo, the Burkinabe Minister of Energy indicates that it will be enough for each customer to give an advance of 3,000 CFA francs (about 4.6 euros) on the amount of the connection estimate to be connected to the Sonabel network. The connection to the national electricity company generally costs between 200,000 (around 305 euros) and 300,000 CFA francs (457 euros).


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    NIGERIA: GreenTec Capital finances Powerstove’s eco-friendly cooking solution

    The German investment company GreenTec Capital Partners announces its investment in Powerstove Energy. This young company offers a green biomass system that produces electricity while cooking food for households in Nigeria. GreenTec Capital Partners continues its policy of financing technological and ecological innovations in Africa. The German investment company has just invested in the small Nigerian company Powerstove Energy. The start-up offers an innovation that solves two major problems in Nigeria: access to electricity and ecological cooking. “Powerstove has developed a new and scalable solution to solve not only the problems of fuel costs and CO2 emissions, but also, more generally, the problems of famine and hygiene. We look forward to helping this company grow and bring low-cost, energy-efficient heating to Nigeria and expand access to energy in Africa,” says Xavier Chapel, Head of Business Development at GreenTec Capital Partners. The young Nigerian company has developed a system that transforms non-recyclable paper, wood and agricultural residues into biomass pellets. This fuel can be used to power a smokeless cooker. The system is equipped with a stainless steel combustion chamber that burns the pellets and can reach 1000 degrees in less than 3 minutes. The heat produced by this small cooker can produce 50 W of electricity. This continuous power is used for lighting, mobile phone charging and other low-energy appliances. Here


    EGYPT: UAE investors obtain land for 500 MW wind farm

    According to a corroborating source, the Egyptian authorities have given their agreement to Emirati investors to produce 500 MW of electricity from a wind farm in the Gulf of Suez. This other project, which comes in addition to other initiatives of the kind in the region, will require an investment of more than 500 million dollars. The Gulf of Suez will host a new wind farm. Emirati investors have just secured land from the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) for the construction of this facility. The undisclosed developers want to invest £8 billion (over $500 million). In addition to providing the land for the wind project, NREA has also agreed to carry out studies for the project. The consortium of Emirati investors will carry out wind speed measurements, soil investigation for the construction of the wind towers and especially the monitoring of bird migration over a 2-year period. The Gulf of Suez is located on the migration route of large birds that leave Europe to spend the winter in the Great Lakes region of East Africa. The future wind farm will have a capacity of 500 MW. According to our colleagues at Arab News, the project is being developed under a BOOT (Build, Own, Operate, Transfer), a form of Public Private Partnership (PPP). Thus, the electricity produced within the framework of the project will be sold to the public Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC). This new project will support the Egyptian government’s policy to produce 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2022.


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    SOUTH AFRICA: BioTherm commissions 2 solar power plants in the Northern Cape

    The independent power producer (IPP) BioTherm Energy has just commissioned its Aggeneys and Konkoonsies II solar power plants. The two plants supply 132 MWp of electricity to the grid of the state-owned company Eskom. BioTherm Energy has just commissioned new clean energy facilities in South Africa. The Aggeneys and Konkoonsies II solar power plants are located in the Northern Cape, a province with a large number of renewable energy plants in South Africa. With a capacity of 46 MWp, the Aggeneys solar power plant is located near the town of Aggeneys. Konkoonsies II is capable of generating 86 MWp thanks to 260,000 solar panels installed on a 267-hectare site about 32 km north-east of the small town of Poffadder. The electricity produced by this large solar power plant is fed into the grid of the South African public utility Eskom via a 132 kV substation. BioTherm Energy estimates that its new plants will produce 33.3 GWh of electricity annually, capable of powering at least 110,000 South African homes. Both plants will be operated for 20 years under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed between the Independent Power Producer (IPP) and the state-owned Eskom. “This is an important milestone, which sees the first two of our four renewable energy plants feeding into the national electricity grid. There is no doubt that renewable energies offer vast possibilities and should play a central role in the country’s economic recovery strategy. Not only will they improve security of supply, but they will also bring many economic and social benefits associated with South Africa’s green energy programme,” says Robert Skjodt, the CEO of BioTherm Energy.


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    LIBYA: Alhandasya to inject 62 kWp into the grid thanks to a solar power plant in Tajura

    The Libyan company Alhandasya has been chosen by the Libyan government to build a 62 kWp solar power plant. The installation will be located in the Centre for Solar Energy and Research (CSERS) in Tajura, near the capital Tripoli. A solar photovoltaic system is under construction in the city of Tajura, near the capital Tripoli. The installation, which will be located in the Centre for Solar Energy and Research (CSERS), will have a capacity of 62 kWp. The construction of the small solar power plant has been entrusted to Alhandasya, a supplier of renewable energy systems. The electricity produced by the plant will be fed into the national electricity grid. This should make it possible to secure the electricity supply for the populations of the town of Tajura. According to our colleagues in the Libya Herald, the project is financed by the Tripoli government. This solar project is part of the 2030 vision of the General Authority for Electricity and Renewable Energy, based in Tripoli, which aims to exploit alternative and clean energies, particularly solar and wind power. In the municipality of Hay Al-Andalus, in the north-west of Libya, a project to install 1,000 solar street lamps is under development.

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    AFRICA: Easy Solar obtains $5 million for the distribution of its clean energy solutions

    Solar home systems provider Easy Solar has just secured $5 million to accelerate the spread of its renewable energy solutions in West Africa, particularly in Liberia and Sierra Leone where it has already provided access to electricity to more than 450,000 people. Donors have renewed interest in providers of decentralised clean energy solutions in sub-Saharan Africa. The latest to receive favours from these investors is Easy Solar. The Freetown (Sierra Leone) based company has just secured $5 million in financial mobilization. Of the funds raised, US$3 million was obtained in a Series A fund-raising exercise with Acumen and Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO), the Dutch development finance company. Easy Solar also has a $2 million line of credit opened by the Trine investment platform. “Although further expansion in West Africa is on the horizon with this financing, we remain committed to our vision of deepening the markets in which we operate. We will continue to enhance the reach of our brand and distribution network in Liberia and Sierra Leone – where we operate the largest direct retail network in the country – and leverage this to offer additional products and services to our customers, either directly or through strategic partnerships,” says Alexandre Tourre, Easy Solar’s CEO.

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