SolarWorld signs 20 MW module supply agreement for Senegal solar plant

first_imgSolarWorld signs 20 MW module supply agreement for Senegal solar plantThe German module manufacturer will begin delivering the modules in time for March next year. The solar plant is to be located 100 kilometers from Senegal capital Dakar. October 31, 2016 Ian Clover Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share More than 77,000 SolarWorld PV modules will be shipped to Senegal’s Kahone region by March next year to build a 20 MW solar PV plant in the country. Austrian SolarWorld partner Energie Merl acquired a supply contract for the project, which will be located some 100 kilometers from Senegal’s capital Dakar. Senelec, a local power company, has tendered the project, which when completed will be one of the largest in the country. Senegal has been beset by energy problems for many years, exacerbated by frequent droughts in many regions that have led to a rural exodus, thus piling demand on to already-overstretched city grids. For Senegal and many other nations in West Africa, solar PV energy offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly means of meeting these challenges, creating much-needed jobs in the meantime. “With this project, we are once again documenting that PV represents a safe, clean and affordable solution for millions of people,” said SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck. “It is a wise decision that the customer has bet on sustainability with durable products.” In the summer it was revealed that 20 MW of grid-connected solar PV was under construction in Senegal as part of an investment by global private equity firm Denham Capital and African renewable energy investment company GreenWish. The project is located close to the Mauritanian border in Bokhol. 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Former Somali minister arrested in raid

first_imgA former Somali minister and outspoken government critic was on Monday arrested by security forces for treason, the security ministry said on Monday.A spokesman for Internal Security Ministry Abdiasis Ali said that Abdirahman Abdishakur – a candidate in February’s presidential election won by Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed – was arrested on a decree from the Ministry of Internal Security and the office of the attorney general.“The former minister was legally arrested by decree from the attorney general and internal security minister. He was accused of treason. His guards fought the security forces,” Reuters quotes Abdiasis to have said.There are reports that the clashes between security forces and Abdishakur’s bodyguards led to some deaths, but Abdiasis declined to give further information on this.Attorney general Ahmed Ali Dahir described Abdishakur’s house as a hub for the opposition and a gathering point for people “who want to collapse the government.”“We also warn those who meet at hotels,” he added.Many Somali officials including lawmakers live in fortified hotels for the security they offer.last_img read more

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