Sub-Saharan Africa

From Rwanda to Riverside: How the solar industry provided new opportunities for an immigrant entrepreneur

When Covid-19 hit his small solar engineering business, CEO Methode Maniraguha said, no furloughs or layoffs — we’ll pivot.

Energy investment roundup: $50M for drinking water from solar-powered ‘hydropanels’

Also African microgrids, $200 million for solid-state batteries, $20 million for utility field safety, billions for infrastructure, and millions for deep tech.

Earth’s magnetic field affecting PV panel performance

Researchers in Kenya say the geomagnetic field could reduce solar panel conversion efficiency 0.21% between the equator and a 50-degree latitude. Their analysis showed the complex magnetic field can determine increases in module fill factor and falls in maximum power.

South African startup raises $3M for crowd-funding solar project finance with a crypto bitcoin twist

Since financing and developing a commercial solar project wasn’t enough of a challenge, SunExchange adds crowdfunding and cryptocurrency to the mix.

Morning Brief: Mysterious Rashba effect detected in bulk perovskites, Zanzibar’s ‘solar mammas’

Also in the brief: SEIA disappointed by USTR’s decision to remove Section 201 tariff exclusions for bifacial solar modules, plus VC investment in energy and grid startups.


Covid-19 is heightening the stakes for off-grid solar in Africa

“Without energy, we can’t fight this,” said Bill Lenihan, CEO of Zola Electric, a company that develops solar and storage systems in Africa.


Morning brief: Elon Musk’s battery day ‘will blow your mind,’ Chinese module prices expected to rise 12.5%

Also in the brief: Powerhome has partnered with Generac, Duke Energy is donating $150,000 in low-income bill relief, Seychelles readies the world’s largest salt-water floating solar plant and more.


Morning Brief: Google’s airborne wind turbine ‘moonshot’ closes, SEIA on Black History Month, solar under storm

Also in the morning brief: Maine’s renewable procurement, Scatec Solar’s big South African solar plant, Silfab Solar’s manufacturing expansion in Washington, plus the NABCEP conference is next month.

Beijing to develop 500 MW of solar in Uganda

State-owned China Energy Engineering said the PV capacity will be developed in two phases in a deal worth $500 million.

Morning Brief: unenthusiastic solar bill in West Virginia, battery storage is suffering from ‘growing pains’

Plus the Rise and Fall of Real Goods Solar, Australian solar predictions and 50 MW of PV in Zimbabwe

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