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Mozambique inaugurates 40MW Mocuba solar power plant

Mozambique has launched the 40MW Mocuba power in the province of Zambézia, in eastern part of the country. President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi performed the inauguration ceremony.

The solar plant project built by a consortium of Scatec Solar and partners, covers an area of 200 hectares, 170 hectares of which are occupied by the solar panels of the plant. It’s presently dominated by hydropower with dams on the Zambezi River, as well as the Cahora Bassa dam (2,075 MW).

Mocuba power plant

According to Raymond Carlsen, Managing Director of Scatec Solar, the plant  which will be connected to the national grid, will make a significant contribution to increasing the country’s share of renewable energy by providing clean energy to about 175,000 households.

“We are proud to complete the primary giant-scale alternative energy plant in the African nation in shut cooperation with our partners. The star plant is a vital contributor to extend the share of renewable power within the country by delivering clean energy to around a 175,000 households,” said Raymond Carlsen.

The independent power producer (IPP) Scatec Solar is part of the consortium that owns the Mocuba solar photovoltaic plant. The other shareholders of the project are; the state-owned company Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM) and KLP Norfund Investments, a financial institution owned by the Oslo-based insurance company.

The Mocuba solar project was also supported by the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), a multi-donor organization with members from seven European countries and the World Bank Group.

The electricity produced will be sold EDM under the 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) signed in 2016 during a statement that the clean energy made by the Mocuba plant can contribute to avoiding regarding seventy-5,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per annum.

 

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