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Mozambique Signs First Major Solar Power Deal as Drought-Strick

Dry season stricken Mozambique will begin assembling its first huge scale sun oriented plant in mid 2017, after Scatec Solar, which claims a few such plants in Africa, marked a $80 million arrangement to offer power to the state-possessed vitality organization for a long time.

The 40MW plant will convey energy to the national matrix and deliver vitality for about 175 000 family units, Oslo-based Scatec Solar said in an announcement on Tuesday.

“The project is the first large scale solar plant to be built in the country and represents an important first step in realizing Mozambique’s ambition to increase renewable power generation in its energy mix,” it said.

Mozambique has been hit by the worst drought in 35 years, which has reduced water levels in its huge Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam.

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Some 1.5 million hungry people in the impoverished southern African country are in need of aid, the United Nations says.

The solar project is backed by the World Bank’s private-sector lending arm, the International Finance Corporation, and the public-private Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund.

The plant will be built near the city of Mocuba in Mozambique’s central, coastal Zambézia Province.

“This is an excellent example of how private public partnerships can deliver renewable energy and support further economic growth in Mozambique,” Scatec Solar’s chief executive Raymond Carlsen said.

“It paves the way for further investments in renewable energy in the country.”

Only 3% of the world’s electricity is generated in Africa, Scatec Solar said.

The company also owns solar plants in South Africa and Rwanda, with others under development in Mali, Nigeria and Kenya.

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Written by How Africa

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