Mozambican power company Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) has begun construction work on the Mocuba solar power plant in Zambézia province, Mateus Magala, the company’s Chairman and CEO said, according to daily newspaper Noticias.
With capacity to produce 40 megawatts of electricity, the unit is the result of an investment of US$80 million by a public-private partnership.
The solar plant will be linked to a grid developed in partnership by Norwegian companies Scatec Solar and Norfund and EDM.
Magala told the newspaper that the energy produced in dams, which is currently the basis of Mozambique’s power supply, “cannot be counted on anymore, so it’s time to bet on new types of sources, especially the sun, which is inexhaustible.”
Mozambique needs to invest in new sources of electricity, given the threat posed by climate change and the reduction of water flow in rivers and reservoirs, said the chairman of EDM.
Ten to twenty percent of the electricity consumed in Mozambique over the next 20 years will be generated by solar or wind power sources, according to projections from Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM).
According to the newspaper, Magala and Swedish ambassador Marie Andersson de Frutos signed an agreement in Maputo last week for funding of US$6 million for production, transmission and distribution in Mozambique.