• Zambia has launched the next round of its 100 MW solar PV tender with a request for qualification (RFQ)
  • The tender is being implemented by the German Development Bank (KfW)
  • All individual projects must have a maximum installed capacity of 20 MW each
  • All applicants will be allowed to apply for up to 2 projects
  • Once all assessments are done, a request for proposals (RFP) will be launched that will require shortlisted contenders to submit technical and financial bids

The Zambian government has launched a request for qualification (RFQ) round for up to 100 MW of PV capacity to be developed in the African country. It stipulates that individual projects can have a maximum installed capacity of 20 MW each and all applicants are able to apply only for up to 2 projects.

 The tender is being implemented by the German Development Bank (KfW) on behalf of the Zambian government. Upon receiving complete RFQ documents, a maximum of 20 projects and an equal number of bidders will be selected. These will then have to submit technical and financial bids for the next round, which will be the request for proposal (RFP) stage.

 All selected projects will feed clean energy generated into the Zambian national utility’s (ZESCO) grid, with whom all winners will have to sign a power purchase agreement (PPA). Bidders are responsible for the selection of project sites.

 More details are available on the Global Energy Transfer Feed-in-Tariff (GET FiT) Zambia website, which is the implementation program for the Zambian Renewable Energy FiT (REFiT) strategy.

 At least 250 developers and investors showed up for the pre-bid meeting for this tender in February 2018 (see Zambia To Launch 100 MW PV Tender).