RIC Energy starts 23-MWp solar project in Uganda

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July 21 (Renewables Now) - Spanish solar PV developer RIC Energy announced on Wednesday it had launched construction of a 23-MWp photovoltaic (PV) farm in Uganda.

RIC Energy is building the project, named Nkonge, for The Xsabo Group, a Kampala-based German-Ugandan diversified consultancy.

Works will also include the construction of a 132-kV/33-kV step-up substation and a 4.5-kilometre 132-kV overhead line, RIC Energy said.

The Spanish firm expects to wrap up construction some time in the first half of 2023.

Once the Nkonge solar farm goes online, The Xsabo Group will sell its output to Uganda Electricity Transmission Co Ltd, while RIC Energy stays on the ground to provide operations and maintenance services.

RIC Energy touts Nkonge as the largest privately funded solar project in Uganda, and one of the largest in East and Central Africa.

The firm was previously hired by The Xsabo Group to build its 20-MWp Kabulasoke solar farm in Uganda.

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