Mozambique’s first floating solar project – pv magazine International
Mozambique’s state-owned electricity company Electricidade de MoÃ§ambique (EDM) has posted an expression of interest request to seek consultants for the feasibility study of a large-scale floating photovoltaic project at the hydropower plant of 44 MW from Chicamba, located in Chicamba, covering the Ruvue River, in the province of Manica, near the international border between Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
âThe services included in this project consist in carrying out a complete feasibility study of a floating photovoltaic solar power plant in the Chicamba reservoir describingâ¦ the technical viability; â¦ Financial sustainability; [an] assessment of the environmental impact of the plant’s infrastructure and of the interconnection lines as well as of the environmental impact on the dam and the marine ecosystem; and [a study of the] socio-economic aspects of the proposed floating solar photovoltaic project in order to guide EDM and other local stakeholders in its decision-making process, âthe document states.
EDM requested funding from the African Development Bank to cover the cost of the feasibility studies. Interested consultants will have until January 28 to submit their application.
If built, the facility will be the country’s first floating solar power plant. The country, Mozambique, has vast surface water resources, with many large perennial rivers, although varying seasonally, as well as lakes.
Mozambique has not installed much solar power so far, with installations not exceeding 55 MW by the end of 2020, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. However, a number of large-scale projects are currently under development.
The overall rate of access to electricity in the country was estimated at around 30% in 2019.
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