Solar power system in Zambia. Source: UNIDO. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic
June 6 (Renewables Now) - Twelve bidders have been pre-qualified in Zambia’s procurement round for up to 300 MW of utility-scale solar power capacity under the World Bank Group’s Scaling Solar programme.
The Request for Qualifications (RfQ) got 21 responses. The Request for Proposals (RfP) will be sent to the pre-qualified 12 soon, according to a notice on the Scaling Solar website.
In May 2016 Zambia held auctions for two photovoltaic (PV) projects, each of up to 50 MW, under its first mandate with Scaling Solar. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Zambia, is leading the new solar effort in coordination with the Ministry of Energy. Its list of pre-qualified bidders is available below.
Acciona Energia - Swicorp
Company - Enara Bahrain
Access EREN JGC Zambia
Mitsui & Company
Engie Global Developments
Globeleq - FRV Consortium
Enel Green Power
Neoen & First Solar
Total Mulilo Zambia
EDF Energies Nouvelles
Scaling Solar helps governments to quickly contract large-scale solar capacity with private financing. It provides technical assistance, templated documents, pre-approved financing, insurance products, and guarantees. Countries in Asia and the Middle East are currently in talks to join the programme, which has the financial support of the US Power Africa initiative, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the World Bank’s DevCo.
The IDC said a third round in Zambia could be announced before the end of the year.