LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
The Zambian government has invited bids for firms
intending to implement its second Scaling Solar Project aimed at
boosting energy availability, its investment firm said on
Development Corporation has invited the private sector for its
second solar project after the success of the first project.
The investment firm
said in a notice that the second project will be for the
development of between 150-250 megawatts of solar power plant.
Development Corporation expects that, in addition to individual
companies, consortia will be formed to respond to the
anticipated tender. These companies and consortia would likely
comprise a mix of international, regional and local companies
with expertise in developing utility scale solar PV,” the notice
In May last year,
President Edgar Lungu launched the first round of the Project
targeting 100 megawatts and directed that development of up to
500 megawatts of solar power sources be actualized in the
French firm Neoen
S.A.S was chosen as the preferred bidder for the first project
after a competitive bidding process.
Minister of Finance
Felix Mutati said last Friday that the government has finalized
negotiations with the French firm for the start of the project
which is expected to commence this year.
The Scaling Solar
Project is a World-Bank supported project meant to boost solar
energy production in African countries. The International
Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank, offers a
one-stop shop solution and package of advisory services,
template contracts, financing, guarantees and insurance to help
the government and utilities procure solar power transparently,
competitively and at a lower possible cost.