Mozambican electricity grid to receive power from solar plant

25 May 2018

Mocuba’s electrical substation in Mozambique will be renewed to allow interconnection to the country’s first large-scale solar power plant currently under construction, said Siemens Moçambique, the company awarded the contract.

The interconnection “will improve the supply of energy to the central and northern region of Mozambique,” carrying electricity from the Mocuba Solar Park to about 175,000 households, the company said in a statement released in Maputo.

The statement from Siemens Moçambique also reported that the contract signed with state-owned Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) includes, in addition to the installation of new equipment at the Mocuba plant, the construction of a medium voltage line to connect to the solar power plant.

Construction of this power plant with capacity to produce 40 megawatts of electricity began last March and should be completed in early 2019 and offset the inability of the national electricity grid to meet demand in the northern half of Mozambique.

The solar panels will be installed on a 126-hectare site in Mocuba, central Zambezia province, and is the result of a partnership between Scatec Solar (52.5%), Norwegian state fund Norfund (22.5%) and Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) (25%).

“It will be the country’s first major solar power plant and represents an important step in the ambition to increase the share of renewable sources in electricity generation,” the developer said. (macauhub)