Green Energy International Limited, one of the UK’s leading solar energy developers, has today signed an agreement to develop a major new solar farm set in over 350 hectares within Zambia’s copperbelt region.
With an installed capacity of 50MWp (Megawatts-Peak), this massive project will provide sustainable ‘clean electricity’ – enough to power a large town. Further the site will generate enough carbon savings to offset a small traditional coal fired power station. The installation will provide electricity for the mine via the Copperbelt Energy Corporation, thus decreasing the demand on the National Grid.
Currently over 90% of the country’s electricity is generated by three massive hydro-electric dams. However, in recent years, lower than average rainfall and in extreme cases a lengthy drought, has resulted in dangerously low river levels. A direct result has been daily power outages of up to 12 hours as the Government keeps the power supply to the copper mining industry. An industry that consumes about 50% of the electricity generated and that is so crucial to the Zambian economy.
Arthur Bell, Managing Director of Green Energy International, comments: “We are delighted to be chosen by the Zambian Development Corporation to take the lead on the development of this exciting project. With the finance and grid connection secured we can work quickly and efficiently to deliver the project. Our team of developers will work with local contractors and engineers thereby benefiting the local economy.”
Patrick Chisanga, Director General of the Zambia Development Agency, said “We are delighted to be working with Green Energy International. Their International experience and understanding of local issues made them the right partner for this project. We are confident that this project will go a long way to improving the quality of life of our people”
Arthur added “One of our strengths is the ability to tap into local knowledge and expertise by working with local contractors. Once the project is completed local people will be engaged in the long term operation and maintenance contract”.