Ethiopia launches 250-MW solar tender

Sunset in Ethiopia. Author: Rod Waddington.

October 5 (Renewables Now) - Ethiopia on Wednesday launched a tender for 250 MW of solar capacity as part of the World Bank Group's Scaling Solar programme.

Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) formally started the tender for the development and installation of two photovoltaic (PV) power projects of 125 MW each with the issuance of a request for pre-qualification (RfQ). Responses are due by November 21.

The RfQ exercise will prequalify bidders, who will move to the request for proposals (RfP) stage. EEP is looking for parties with the required experience, expertise and financial resources to "rapidly" deliver the projects.

This is the fifth Scaling Solar tender in Africa so far, World Bank Group said on its Scaling Solar site. It follows two rounds in Zambia, where the round 1 projects are expected to reach financial close soon. Zambia's round 2 has completed the qualification stage, as has a tender in Senegal. A request for pre-qualification (RfQ) for a 25-MW PV project in Madagascar was also unveiled on Wednesday.

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