- French renewable energy developer Neoen has awarded Indian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Sterling and Wilson the contract to set up a 54.3 MW solar power park in Zambia
- The project is being developed under the World Bank Group’s Scaling Solar program
- It will be located in Kafue district, located southeast of Lusaka, in an area covering 52 hectares of land
- Once completely operational, it will be the first utility-scale solar power plant in Zambia
French renewable energy developer Neoen has selected Indian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Sterling and Wilson to build a 54.3 MW solar park in Zambia. The project is being developed under the World Bank Group’s Scaling Solar program.
Sterling and Wilson is the same company developing the 1.2 GW Sweihan solar power project in Abu Dhabi (see Indian EPC Bags Sweihan Contract). It will develop the Zambian project in Kafue district, located southeast of Lusaka, in an area covering 52 hectares of land, reported Lusaka Times. Once fully operational, it will be the first utility-scale solar power plant in Zambia.
US-based First Solar Inc. is providing its modules for the project. Both companies won the project via a tender in June 2016, during the first round of the Scaling Solar program. Italy’s Enel Green Power won the other 28.2 MW PV project in the same tender (see Zambia IFC Projects).
The 54.3 MW plant will sell all of its power generated to the Zambian national utility ZESCO. A power purchase agreement (PPA) to this effect was signed in March 2017 (see Neoen Signs PPA For Zambia Project).
Meanwhile, Zambia’s Industrial Development Corp. (IDC) has agreed with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to develop two large-scale PV projects under the World Bank program.
Recently, the Zambian government organized a pre-bid meeting along with the German Development Bank (KfW) for a solar power project with capacity of up to 100 MW. It was attended by over 250 developers and investors (see Zambia To Launch 100 MW PV Tender).