MOZAMBIQUE – Power producer Globeleq, Source Energia and Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) have begun construction on the first independent power producer (IPP) in Mozambique to integrate utility-scale energy storage with a solar PV plant.
The 19MWp (15MWac) solar PV plant and 2MW (7MWh) energy storage system will be located in the Tetereane District of the city of Cuamba in the Niassa province, about 550 kilometres west of the coastal town of Nacala and the electricity will be sold through a 25-year power purchase agreement with EDM.
The project will also receive US$7 million in grant funding from the PIDG’s Viability Gap Funding grant facility and US$1 million from CDC Plus to enable an affordable tariff and the energy storage system.
“The UK Government is actively partnering with Mozambique on the development of its renewable energy potential, through investments such as this, as well as through our BRILHO-Energy Africa programme which encourages private sector investment in off-grid energy solutions. The UK looks forward to continuing to work closely with Mozambique in the run-up to COP26 and beyond, to identify and support opportunities for sustainable, long-term green growth, investment and jobs,” Nnenne Iwuji, British High Commissioner to Mozambique said.
“Promoting battery storage solutions alongside green, renewable electricity generation plants is of enormous importance to Africa’s economic development and the world’s efforts to manage climate change”Emilio Chijiutomi – Head of Infrastructure Equity, CDC Group
“Cuamba Solar, along with all our energy projects we are working on, cements our ongoing commitment to contribute to the long-term energy security and development of the country on a low carbon pathway.”
Chris Chijiutomi, Head of Infrastructure Equity, CDC Group added by saying: “We are delighted to be supporting Mozambique’s demand for new renewable energy supply across the country; 7 in 10 people in Mozambique today do not have access to electricity and 53% of firms report electrical outages. Robust storage technologies are fundamental for the transition to clean energy.”
Emilio Cattaneo, Head of PIDG TA, also commented by saying: “Promoting battery storage solutions alongside green, renewable electricity generation plants is of enormous importance to Africa’s economic development and the world’s efforts to manage climate change.”
Pedro Coutinho, Source Energia founding partners and managing director said they were excited to have worked on such a significant milestone in Mozambique and committed to developing projects which are in line with the country’s energy goals for universal access led by EDM.
It is expected the project would need about 100 workers during construction, many of whom will be hired from the local community. Spanish company TSK has been appointed as project EPC contractor.