PAYGO——Paying in small installments

Pay-as-you-go(PAYGO): Companies sell services or products to customers through a pre-paid model. In case of products, PAYGO is a kind of paying in small installments to persons that cannot afford or are not willing to buy products in cash. Under PAYGO, the companies not only provide product and services but also the necessary finance to consumers. Customers usually pay 10-20% as upfront cost and rest as loan over a period of 1-2 year. For PAYGO, it may take more than 3 years to convert product inventory into cash flow.

Solar Run has been corporate with 4 main paygo platforms in Africa, Angaza, Kpay, PaygOps, Paygee, etc. Our Apollo and Yellowbox are welcomed in different markets, paygo helps off-grid people get access to electricity.


How To Store Food In Hot Climates?

Recently, hot summer in North Hemisphere is widespread discussed. And the electricity cost is still high, many areas cannot afford the bill for air condition and some other cooling appliances. Under such a situation, how to keep daily food fresh is a problem many people need to face.
Here, we will share 3 ways to help you.

Seal It
You can eliminate two threats in one by dehydrating your food, and then vacuum sealing it. The dehydration obviously takes care of most of the moisture, and the vacuum sucks all the air out of it
Can It
Traditional canning in mason jars is probably one of the best-known food preservation techniques, and one that has been used successfully for a very long time. Pressure canners allow you to can a wider variety of food than traditional water bath canning since it seals the food at a higher temperature.
Freeze It
The most obvious way to get rid of heat is to freeze your food stores. You will not need to remove the air, though it may still be helpful to vacuum seal food in order to prevent freezer burn. Light and moisture are non-issues as well.
If you are worried about if a blackout occurs? Therefore, we recommend our solar drive fridge, which could help you to make sure frozen food is not bothered by the inconvenience caused by the power off.


Good news for solar in South Africa

South Africa is making positive moves to overcome the decade-long power crisis, says the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) – even if it’s happening really slowly.

Following five weeks of persistent load shedding, power utility Eskom managed to return enough capacity to the national grid to suspend rolling blackouts over the past weekend.

While the end of load shedding – for now – has been welcomed, the country awaits word from president Cyril Ramaphosa on a special package of interventions to tackle the country’s power crisis.

Addressing the inaugural Black Industrialists and Exporters Conference in Sandton on Wednesday (20 July), the president said that he was engaged in consultations with social partners on measures to take on the crisis, and would “soon be able to announce a package of measures that provides an effective response” to it.

“Disappointingly, nothing was forthcoming from president Cyril Ramaphosa on accelerated steps to ease the power crisis,” the BER said. “However, with consultations between the government and the other social partners apparently continuing, there could still be an announcement this week.”

In his February State of the Nation Address, Ramaphosa pledged to provide a comprehensive social compact on the power crisis – in cooperation with business, labour unions and civil society – within 100 days.

While the government has held talks with its social partners since February about agreeing to a compact, the process has been “slow and at times it has been quite difficult,” he said in an address to members of the governing African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal province on Sunday.

The plan is being finalized and will be announced “soon,” the president said again

Despite the lack of news coming from the office of the president, the BER noted that positive actions are being taken.

“Environment, Forestry and Fisheries minister Barbara Creecy said she intends to publish revised regulations for public comment that will accelerate the environmental approval process for independent power producers,” the group said.

“If implemented, this could go some way to reducing the time it takes for these projects to get off the ground.”

Creecy on Thursday (21 July) announced her intention to gazette two documents for public comment in August that would make it easier for solar PV projects to be launched, specifically targeting the lengthy environmental impact assessment process required.

The department said that it has identified special renewable energy development zones, where impact assessment times could be almost halved – from 300 days to 176 days. The department wants to reduce these times even further, Creecy said.

It also wants to cut processing times for strategic infrastructure projects to 57 days.

To do this, the department plans to launch a new web-based screening tool to give prospective projects access to more information and detailed data on environmental sensitivity. Using the tool as a basis for project applications, will allow some solar PV projects to skip environmental authorisation or otherwise reduce processing times from 300 to 60 days.

Source: Business Tech

RIC Energy starts 23-MWp solar project in Uganda

July 21 (Renewables Now) – Spanish solar PV developer RIC Energy announced on Wednesday it had launched construction of a 23-MWp photovoltaic (PV) farm in Uganda.

RIC Energy is building the project, named Nkonge, for The Xsabo Group, a Kampala-based German-Ugandan diversified consultancy.

Works will also include the construction of a 132-kV/33-kV step-up substation and a 4.5-kilometre 132-kV overhead line, RIC Energy said.

The Spanish firm expects to wrap up construction some time in the first half of 2023.

Once the Nkonge solar farm goes online, The Xsabo Group will sell its output to Uganda Electricity Transmission Co Ltd, while RIC Energy stays on the ground to provide operations and maintenance services.

RIC Energy touts Nkonge as the largest privately funded solar project in Uganda, and one of the largest in East and Central Africa.

The firm was previously hired by The Xsabo Group to build its 20-MWp Kabulasoke solar farm in Uganda.

Source: Renewables Now

Les organismes solaires et éoliens s’unissent pour orienter les financements vers les énergies renouvelables africaines

Les organismes commerciaux des industries solaires et éoliennes se sont unis pour stimuler le financement de l’énergie renouvelable pour les pays africains.


SolarPower Europe et le Conseil Mondial de l’Énergie Éolienne(CMEE) ont signé un accord avec la société de médias RenewAfrica et l’Association de l’Industrie Solaire Africaine(AISAF) pour organiser conjointement le Sommet d’ Investissement de l’Énergie Renouvelable Africaine (SIERA) en Afrique du Sud en septembre.


Le rôle de SIERA sera de catalyser les investissements dans l’énergie renouvelable pour l’Afrique en amenant les principaux acteurs de l’industrie à explorer le potentiel d’énergie verte du continent.


Malgré le potentiel du continent en matière d’énergie renouvelable, avec le solaire photovoltaïque en tête des installations de capacité d’ici 2030, l’Afrique n’a reçu que 2 % des 2 billions de dollars américains qui ont été investis dans l’énergie renouvelable depuis le début du siècle jusqu’en 2020.


Compte tenu de la déconnexion majeure entre les développeurs solaires et les financiers des projets en Afrique, SIERA fonctionnera comme une “plate-forme de mise en relation idéale” entre les parties prenantes des projets renouvelables, a déclaré John van Zuylen, PDG de l’AISAF.


L’événement se tiendra moins de deux mois avant que l’Égypte ne tienne la 27ème Conférence des Nations Unies sur les Changements Climatiques(COP27) , qui attirera l’attention du monde sur les changements climatiques et l’industrie renouvelable avec une opportunité pour l’Afrique d’augmenter ses investissements dans l’énergie renouvelable.


En outre, le sommet explorera également les opportunités que l’industrie de l’hydrogène vert pourrait créer sur le continent, car la technologie a été considérée comme un potentiel élevé d’opportunités économiques pour divers pays.


Le projet d’ammoniac vert de Scatec en Égypte et les efforts de la Namibie pour apporter des investissements dans l’hydrogène vert ont été quelques-uns des projets critiques annoncés pour l’hydrogène vert sur le continent plus tôt cette année.


Walburga Hemetsberger, PDG de SolarPower Europe, a déclaré : « L’Afrique est un véritable « continent solaire ». À mesure que les économies africaines se développent, elles présentent un énorme potentiel d’investissement et de déploiement solaire. SIERA est prêt à soutenir l’énergie solaire de niveau supérieur et l’énergie propre, verte et sécurisée pour des millions de citoyens africains.

Source: PV tech