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USTDA supports large wind, solar, battery hybrid in Zambia

Collocated solar and wind parks. Photo Credit: Istock

August 12 (Renewables Now) - The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) on Friday awarded a grant to a Zambian energy solutions firm to finance a feasibility study for a 150-MW wind-plus-solar-plus-battery project.

The idea is to evaluate the optimal mix of on-site wind, solar and energy storage technologies to deliver power production and services to the Zambian grid, USTDA said in a statement.

Upepo Energy Zambia Ltd has chosen WSP USA Inc, which is based in New York, to carry out the technical and financial analysis for this hybrid project in northern Zambia. The feasibility study will help determine the commercial viability of the plant.

“This project will also serve as a gateway for U.S. technologies to serve an important sector in Zambia,” commented Todd Abrajano, USTDA’s acting deputy director.

USTDA did not reveal the size of the awarded grant.

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