The 48 bidders have submitted their applications for the development of two 50-megawatt solar projects, according to a statement released by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a government agency tasked to establish the solar projects.


“Bidder turnout was excellent, with submissions that included many leading international renewable energy developers,” the statement said, adding the pre-qualified bidders will be announced next month.

Pre-qualified bidders will then be provided with further information on the two solar power PV projects and will proceed to the final round of an open, transparent and competitive bidding process, it added.

On July this year, Zambian President Edgar Lungu directed the IDC to develop at least 600 megawatt of solar power in the shortest possible time to address a current power deficit the country is facing.

This was after the government signed an agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) for the development of the two solar projects.

Zambia is currently facing a power deficit caused by low water levels in its key reservoirs. About 90 percent of the country’s power comes from hydro. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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