Ultra Green to break ground on 200MWp solar plant in Zambia

ZAMBIA – US-based Ultra Green Corporation plans to break ground on its 200 MWp Serenje solar photovoltaic power plant in September 2021 which will be connected to Zambia’s national power grid.

According to Emmanuel Mwizerwa, the managing director of Ultra Green Corporation Zambia, the solar photovoltaic plant will be built on a 448-hectare site in Kosamu and with 465 people employed at the project site, the U.S.-based company hopes to complete the project after 15 to 18 months of construction.

The 200 MWp Serenje solar power plant will be one of the largest photovoltaic installations in Zambia.

The Southern African country already has several solar parks in operation, including Bangweulu (54 MWp) and Ngonye (34 MWp), south of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital.

Ultra Green will invest US$336 million for its project, including US$216 million for the construction of the solar plant and US$120 million for the transmission line that will connect to the Pensulo substation.

But before the Serenje solar plant can be commissioned, the independent power producer (IPP) would first have to sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the state-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco) and Ultra Green has already obtained a concession agreement from the Zambian Ministry of Energy.

Zambian authorities have also granted concessions to Japan’s Univergy Solar for 200 MWp, Egypt’s Elsewedy Electric and its partner, Japan’s Toyota Tsusho, for two 100 MWp solar plants.

The giant Power China has also received approval from Lusaka to invest US$548 million in three 600 MWp solar PV plants.

These new installations will allow Zambia to diversify its electricity mix (2,800 MW), which is largely dependent on hydroelectricity (85%), with an installed capacity of 2,380 MW, according to Power Africa.

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