Mozambique’s Mocuba power substation will be renewed to allow interconnection to the country’s first large-scale solar power plant currently under construction, said Siemens Moçambique, the company that won the contract.
The interconnection “will improve energy supply in the central and northern region of Mozambique,” transporting electricity from the Mocuba solar park to about 175,000 households, the company said in a statement issued in Maputo.
The statement by Siemens Moçambique also reported that the contract signed with the public company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) includes, in addition to the installation of new equipment at the Mocuba plant, the construction of a medium-voltage line for the solar power station.
The construction of this 40-megawatt power plant began in March this year and is expected to be completed in early 2019 to offset the inability of the national grid to meet demand in the northern half of Mozambique.
The solar panels will be installed on a 126-hectare site in Mocuba, central Zambezia, and are the result of a partnership between Scatec Solar (52.5%), Norfund (22.5%) and Electricidade de Moçambique. (EdM) (25%).
“This will be the first major solar power plant in the country and represents a milestone in the ambition to increase the share of renewable sources in electricity generation,” said the developer.