Sub-Saharan Africa

Battery storage challenges: Materials, longevity and project management

An academic event held last week in the U.K. presenting the results of two major research projects on energy storage provided an update on the current and future directions of battery storage technology and development.

Trump opens the door for specific products to be excluded from tariffs

The President’s proclamation provides a path for specific products to apply for exemption from tariffs, which had been sought by both SunPower and the government of Korea. Additionally, imports from a number of developing nations are exempt as long as import levels remain small.

IEA explores paths to PV and wind integration

The International Energy Agency has released a manual for policy makers on the issues involved in the large scale integration of solar and wind power into power grids.

Rapper Akon lights up Africa with solar

Akon, the platinum-selling rapper, is lighting up Africa with solar lighting and other products thanks to a reported $1 billion credit line with Chinese manufacturers and a skill for celebrity networking.

Off Grid Electric secures $7.5 million in debt financing

The California-based provider of off-grid solar power in Africa rounded off an excellent 2016 for the company with a further $7.5 million in debt financing and a partnership with Rwanda’s national utility company, off the back of further expansion plans across Africa.

IdeemaTec Wins Tracker Projects in U.S. Southeast

IdeemaTec, the Wallerfing, Germany-based tracker manufacturer, announced at SPI that it has won new projects in Georgia and Tennessee following the opening of its first U.S. office in Charlotte, in July.

SMA to close Denver factory, lay off 280

The world’s largest inverter maker says the move is “unavoidable”, and is maintaining its sales and service operations in California.

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