Solar farm using thin film PV panels. Source: Belectric. All Rights Reserved.

Solar farm using thin film PV panels. Source: Belectric. All Rights Reserved.

Intelligent Energy Zambia Ltd (IEZL) plans to soon start construction of a 100-MW solar park in the Southern Province of Zambia and complete it in 2017, local media reported this week.

The Kumi Kumi Zuba (KKZ) project in Livingstone represents an investment of USD 257 million (EUR 228m). IEZL chairman Richman Njovu told Zambia Daily Mail that the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) and the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) have assured the project will have full government support.

South African firm Rhino Engineering will be in charge of the engineering work and German solar power firm Belectric GmbH will supply the modules. Zambian utility ZESCO will purchase the produced solar electricity.

Zambia has average solar radiation of 5.5 kWh per sq m per day with up to 3,000 sunshine hours annually, offering significant opportunities for solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) development, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). That potential remains largely untapped.

Source : Renewables

17 June 2015