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Mozambique’s energy and mineral resources minister attended a ceremony to mark the start of construction on the first solar project in the country to be paired with utility-scale battery energy storage.

Minister Ernesto Max Tonela made the ceremonial first solar panel installation at Cuamba Solar PV plant, which will combine 19MWp (15MWac) of solar PV with 2MW / 7MWh of battery energy storage. African independent power producer (IPP) Globeleq will sell electricity from the facility to utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA). Spanish company TSK will carry out engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) duties.

The project is in the Tetereane District of Cuamba, a city in Mozambique’s Niassa province. Scope of the US$32 million project’s works includes upgrades to Cuamba’s electrical substation and Globeleq chief development officer Jonathan Hoffman called it a “trailblazer for future utility-scale energy storage in Mozambique and the region”. EDM said that two medium voltage (33kV) lines will also be built to connect the plant to the local substation.

Globeleq partnered with EDM as well as with Source Energia, the subsidiary of an investment group headquartered in Mozambique’s capital Maputo, on the project and is partnering with Source Energia on a wind power project in the country. The IPP has also been prequalified to participate in a tender for a 40MWp solar project in Sofala province and has already been selected to work on two solar PV projects in neighbouring Eswatini (Swaziland), each of 15MWp.

[Andy Colthorpe]

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