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Construction Starts on Mozambique’s Cuamba Solar-Battery Project

United Kingdom-based Globeleq has commenced construction on the 19MWp/15MWac Cuamba Solar PV plant with 2MW/7MWh battery storage in the Tetereane district of Cuamba, Niassa province, Mozambique.

Source Capital, the private equity firm is involved in the $32Million project. So is the Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM). The project is aimed at bolstering the country’s northern grid, including upgrading the existing Cuamba substation.

Cuamba will be the first independent power producer in Mozambique to use energy storage. 

Power will be sold through a 25-year power purchase agreement signed with EdM in September 2020. 

The project is being strongly backed by the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG)’s Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, which is looking to provide $19Million debt and the project will also receive a $7Million viability gap funding grant from PIDG and a $1Million grant from CDC Plus to reduce the tariff and finance the storage system.

Spain’s TSK is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. Globeleq will oversee construction and operations of the plant.

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