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China Building More Wind, Solar Capacity Than Rest of World Combined: Report

By Matthew Walsh China is building almost twice as much wind and solar energy capacity as every other country combined, research published Thursday showed. The world's second-largest economy is the biggest emitter of the greenhouse ...

Chinese Energy Diplomacy in Mali to Increase Renewable Energy Generation

Chinese companies are said to have quietly joined Africa’s renewable energy revolution. In March 2023, China Power Construction Corporation held a special 10-day training program for Mali focused on energy supply chains, including construction and maintenance. It was the 112th such program in a developing nation.

China Commits $49 Million for Burkina Faso’s Donsin Airport Solar Power Plant

The Chinese loan also comes at a time when Burkina Faso is seeking to improve its relations with international partners following the 2022 military coup and the ongoing geopolitics between Russia, the U.S., China and France.

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 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

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 ...

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.
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