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ACWA Power to construct 250 MW solar PV: Ethiopia

Saudi Arabian generation and water desalination firm ACWA Power will construct two 125-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Ethiopia within the next year.

ACWA Power won the bid during the first round of Ethiopia’s solar program under a new public-private partnership law. State-owned utility Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP) and the nation’s Ministry of Finance endorsed a letter of intent with ACWA earlier this month.
 
“It is an outstanding achievement to have been selected to deliver these projects, the first to be tendered under the new public-private partnership framework in Ethiopia,” Paddy Padmanathan, CEO of ACWA Power, said in a statement. “We welcome the opportunity to support the country as it realizes its incredible renewable resource potential and deliver significant economic, social and environmental value. At ACWA Power, we strongly believe that reliable, safe delivery of power and water is the first step to developing future-ready economies, and we will be playing our part in ensuring Ethiopia and its people to solve their full potential.”
 
According to the deal, EEP and ACWA will have a long-term power purchase agreement at 2.52 cents (U.S.) per kWh for 20 years. The joint 250 MW of solar will help Ethiopia’s work to increase its overall electricity capacity from 4,300 MW currently to 17,300 MW by the end of 2020.
 
The new plants will be located in Dicheto, Afar region, and in Gad, Somali region. When completed and operational, the projects are supposed to create enough power for about 750,000 homes.
 
These solar projects will be ACWA Power’s first venture in Ethiopia, the company already operates in Africa with solar assets in Morocco, South Africa and Egypt
 
Source : www.ogafnz.com
Posted On: 10/31/2019 12:00:00 AM

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