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With tourism being the number one economic driver of the island, followed by agriculture, Desroches is home to a branch of the Four Seasons resorts chain which consumes almost half of the electricity generated by the solar farm.
Declining costs have made the reliance on renewable energy more attractive which has seen the commercial and industrial (C&I) microgrid sector be the fastest growing worldwide.
Crowd-based global solar leasing platform, Sun Exchange, has secured $2.5 million in the form of a convertible note from ARCH Emerging Markets Partners Limited’s Africa Renewable Power Fund (ARPF).
Gridworks and New GX have announced a $40 million investment into the portfolio company Sustainable Power Solution Investments (SPS).
The generators can be equipped with remote asset monitoring to provide data visualisation,and alerts that are globally accessible through an easy-to-use web interface.
To improve the energy supply, solar PV power plants are being built in Somaliland to supplement existing generators but this development poses major challenges for the power grid, which is now being addressed through a smart microgrid.
A recent RMI report explores the electrifying of agriculture in Ethiopia to empower livelihoods through productive use of energy with clean power.
A solar photovoltaic power plant, recently commissioned by BECO, a private electricity supplier, is now operational in Somalia's capital city, Mogadishu.
Niger, a country with one of the lowest power access rates in Africa, is set to construct a 6MW solar-diesel hybrid power plant.
A project undertaken by a Tunisian-based EPC is set to remedy the electricity problems in Bangui, the capital city of Central Africa Republic (CAR).