Jul 26, 2017 Last Updated 9:38 AM, Jul 26, 2017

SunPower to build Cape Town solar facility

ABN – SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) plans to own and operate a Cape Town-based solar panel manufacturing facility.

The company plans to use the factory to manufacture its high-efficiency SunPower E20/440 Solar Panels, with the hope of producing 160 megawatts annually.

The South African facility will also be home to SunPower’s engineering, procurement and construction offices and its operations & management operations.

SunPower COO Marty Neese said: "SunPower has a significant presence in the South African solar market, including two large power plants built this year and another one that will begin construction soon.

“By manufacturing our high-efficiency solar panels at this new facility, we will not only help the local economy, but continue to deliver clean, renewable energy to this region.”

The new facility is scheduled to open in 2015.


Fuel storage containers shipped for Operation United Assistance

ABN – Storage containers arrived in Liberia yesterday with the purpose of storing fuel for Operation United Assistance’s fight against Ebola.

The Defense Logistics Agency Energy-procured fuel will be stored in 30 International Standards Organisation (ISO) containers and will help to extend on-hand supplies of fuel at Ebola treatment facilities.

The MV Vega cargo ship delivered the empty containers, which are expected to hold around 6,500 gallons of fuel each, from Rotterdam.

Bill Brennan, DLA Energy Europe and Africa deputy director, said: "We were concerned there was not enough fuel storage for the Ebola treatment units that are scattered across Liberia."

Colonel Lee English, DLA Energy Europe and Africa commander, said: “The tanks are intended to be used at the Ebola treatment units in order to extend the amount of supply each site has on hand so that the site requires less frequent pushes.”

The storage containers are expected to provide extra fuel for 24 existing Ebola treatment units as well as 17 more that are currently under construction in Liberia.

Norway invests $50m into African renewable energy development

ABN – Norway has announced that it will invest US$50 million into renewable energy development in sub-Saharan Africa.

The announcement was made by the Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende at the Norwegian-African Business Summit.

More than 400 people from both Africa and Norway attended, including the Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama.

Brende said: "More than 700 million people in Africa lack electricity. The continent needs more investments in renewable energy.

"I am pleased to announce that Norway will contribute to Green Africa Power, a new fund to stimulate private sector investment in renewable energy in sub-Sahara Africa."

Eivind Fjeldstad, managing director of the Norwegian-African Business Association, added that plans to open an office in Nairobi are already underway.

President Mahama emphasised the need for support in Africa to develop the international business community and encourage infrastructure development within the continent.

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