Zambia To Launch 100 MW PV Tender

Pre-Bid Meeting For Up To 100 MW Of Solar Power In Zambia Sees 250 Developers And Investors Showing Interest
10:19 AM (Beijing Time) - 13. February 2018
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The German Development Bank (KfW), now involved in helping Zambia set up its Global Energy Transfer Feed-In Tariff (GET FIT) program, previously helped Uganda develop a similar program to generate investment for 170 MW of small to medium-scale renewable energy projects. Pictured here is the 10 MW Soroti Solar Power Station, which was developed under the GET FIT Uganda program. (Photo Credit: GETFiT-Zambia.org)

Key Takeaways

  • A solar power tender for up to 100 MW of capacity is scheduled to be launched in March 2018
  • A pre-bid meeting held recently was attended by over 250 power developers and investors
  • The tender is being launched under the Global Energy Transfer Feed-in Tariff (GET FIT) program, which was set up to help the country implement its Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT) strategy
  • The German Development Bank (KfW) has helped the Zambian Ministry of Energy develop the program, and the German government has also extended funding of €31 million ($38 million) for GET FIT

Zambia is set to issue a PV tender for up to 100 MW of capacity under the first round of the Global Energy Transfer Feed-In Tariff (GET FIT) program. At a recent pre-bid meeting, during which the GET FIT program was officially launched, more than 250 power developers and investors were present.

GET FIT Zambia is the official implementation program for the Zambian Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT) strategy. The REFIT strategy was officially launched in October 2017 and provides an allocation of 200 MW for small to medium-scale renewable energy projects with a maximum size of 20 MW. It will include PV, hydro, geothermal, biomass, water energy and wind power.

GET FIT is aimed to help mobilize private-sector investment in the country’s power sector. The program was developed by the Ministry of Energy and the German Development Bank (KfW). The bank had previously helped the government of Uganda to successfully implement its own GET FIT Uganda program. Investment poured in for 170 MW of renewable energy capacity in Uganda with the help of that program. The 10 MW Tororo Solar Power Plant, for example, was commissioned in October 2017 in Uganda under the GET FIT program (see 10 MW PV Plant Online In Uganda).

Meanwhile, the German government has extended funding of €31 million ($38 million) for the Zambian program.

“We are intent to deliver more power to all people in Zambia: whether providing light to rural villages or more stable and low-cost power supply to businesses and communities already served by the grid,” said Zambian Minister of Energy, David Mabumba. “The task is huge,” he adds, “but the ministry is committed to transitioning Zambia away from a nation experiencing load-shedding and low rates of electrification.”

The pre-qualification stage for the PV tender will be launched in March. Another tender for 100 MW of hydropower capacity is also scheduled to be launched in mid-2018.

Zambia is also one of the countries in the World Bank Group’s Scaling Solar Program, which strives to support installation of more than 1.2 GW of solar power capacity in Zambia, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Senegal. Recently, Neoen from France and First Solar got the go ahead for construction of Zambia’s first Scaling Solar project (see Financing Secured for 47.5 MW Zambia PV Project).

 

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