US agency signs grant for 60-MW PV project in Tanzania
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The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will help finance the feasibility study for NextGen Solawazi Ltd’s 60-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in northwestern Tanzania.
The grant agreement was signed on Friday. US engineering and technical consulting firm Clean Energy Consulting & Education LCC will carry out the feasibility study to evaluate the technical and commercial viability of the project and its environmental and social impact.
“This project presents a valuable opportunity to draw upon US technical expertise to deploy new energy generation capacity in Shinyanga,” commented USTDA director Leocadia Zak.
According to estimates by the World Bank, just 15% of Tanzania’s population has access to electricity. NextGen Solawazi’s managing director Mayank Bhargava said that the power produced from the solar park will be enough for about 210,000 households. It will also serve as a catalyst to attract commercial enterprises by ensuring reliable and cheaper electricity, he added.