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China Unveils World’s Largest Solar Plant in UAE Ahead of Climate Summit

The United Arab Emirates inaugurated a massive Chinese-built solar power facility just ahead of the COP28 climate summit kicking off in Dubai this week. The two-gigawatt Al Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic Project is the world’s largest single-site solar plant. It contains 4 million solar panels, ...

Chinese Company Expands Footprint in South Africa’s Energy Sector With New Solar Project

One of China’s biggest companies, the Fortune 500-listed PowerChina, is establishing itself among energy sector players seeking to offer solutions to the crippling blackouts predicted to last until 2027 in South Africa. The country is seeking to transition to ...

A Chinese-Backed Solar Project in Lesotho Highlights Beijing’s New “Small is Beautiful” Infrastructure Development Strategy in Africa

Some 71 kilometers south of Lesotho’s capital Maseru, the new Mafeteng Solar Power Plant Project generates some 30MW of electricity that could easily power 30,000 homes running household appliances like a fridge, a TV, an electric cooker and a number of lights while also supporting some ...

How Chinese Construction Giant Sinohydro Benefits From Sanctions and Power Shortages in Zimbabwe

Sanctioned and isolated by the West, Zimbabwe’s economy has taken a beating for more than two decades but in that period, a number of Chinese companies have stuck it out and become favorites winning contracts for big-ticket projects. Chinese state-owned Sinohydro ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: China’s New Green Energy Diplomacy in Africa

Over the past six months, there's been a noticeable increase in the number of green energy deals announced by Chinese private and state-owned enterprises in Africa. But unlike the earlier era of Chinese-financed infrastructure development in Africa, this new push into ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Chinese State Firm’s Growing Presence in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Sector as Coal Power Disappoints

Pinggao, a subsidiary of the world’s largest power company, the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), is investing in South Africa's renewable energy sector as circumstances push the country towards renewable energy options from its reliance on coal-generated electricity. In its ...

China Offers Solar Help to Blackout-Ridden South Africa

China has offered to donate solar panels and generators to South Africa to keep the lights on at key facilities like hospitals. The offer comes as green energy is increasingly emerging as a field for diplomatic engagement between Beijing and developing countries.

Chinese-funded, Constructed Sakaï Solar Plant Powers up Central Africa Republic

The Central African Republic (CAR)’s first photovoltaic power plant is now operational following the successful launch of operation of the Sakaï Solar Power Plant last week. In the CAR, power cuts sometimes last 16 hours a day, badly hitting the ...

Chinese Company Targets South Africa With Renewable Energy Solutions Despite Difficulties Weaning off Coal

China’s Hinen Group is expanding into South Africa with a promise to make renewable energy accessible and affordable for everyone, according to the company’s Country Manager, Andy Zhou Xiang Yang. Hinen Solar South Africa is launching in the Southern African ...

Namibia Partners With Chinese Company to Build 50MW Wind Power Plant

Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) has signed power purchase and transmission connection agreements for the development of a 50MW wind power project in Lüderitz, southwestern Namibia. CERIM Lüderitz Energy, a joint venture between Riminii Investments and Energy China, will undertake the ...
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