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Work begins on 1,000MW solar project in Democratic Republic of Congo


A 1000 MWp solar project has recently been launched in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by the Head of State Félix Antoine Tshisekedi. Named “Kinshasa Solar City”, it will be carried out in two phases by Sun Plus, a subsidiary of TSG (The Sandi Group), a global provider of design, real estate development, construction and logistics services.

The first phase of the BOOT [build, own, operate, transfer] solar project, a specific form of public-private partnership (PPP), was launched on August 19, 2020 in Menkao, a rural district of the Maluku commune 74 km from Kinshasa, by the DR-Congolese Head of State Félix Antoine Tshisekedi. This step aims at the installation of several solar photovoltaic power plants, with a combined capacity of 600 MWp.

Sun Plus which won the contract to install the first photovoltaic solar power plants with a total capacity of 600 MWp. For both phases, the company is expected to invest one billion dollars. TSG’s subsidiary, The Sandi Group, signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the National Electricity Company (Snel).

Sun Plus plans to complete the first phase of the “Kinshasa Solar City” project within 1 year. The electricity generated by the future solar power plants will be fed into the grid of the state-owned utility Snel. According to the authorities of the DRC, Snel will purchase 100% of the electricity produced by the solar power plants at a set rate of $0.095 per kWh. This will significantly improve the public company’s electricity supply to the 14 million inhabitants of the capital Kinshasa. In its 2018 report, the World Bank points out that barely 19 percent of the population has access to electricity.

According to the PPA, the initial rate will increase annually starting in year three based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI).

[Inès Magoum]

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