Solar powered milling plants in zambia

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A Germany firm says it has invested USD $164 million in the construction of a 139 megawatt (MW) Photovoltaic plant in Lusaka.

Droege Energy, an international engineering, procurement and construction which is specialised in renewable energy company said the company had embarked on feasibility studies and consruction of the plant is likely to commence next year.

Company Strategic Key Account Manager Carlos Giron said once the plant is constructed, it would generate 139 MW with 50 MWh Litium Ion storage.

He said energy generation in Zambia was currently being dominated by hydropower which is insufficient to meet the demands of the growing population.

“This project is important to us because once completed, it will have significant benefits for the local community and beyond. The project is also important to utilising other sources of energy and will help in reducing Zambia’s dependence on hydropower generation,” he said.

Giron saidrenewable energy is cardinal in times of low water levels in reservoirs for power generation if fully embraced and boost various economic activities.

Zambia is currently facing a serious power deficit which has been caused by effects of climate change as its main power supply which is situated at Lake Kariba has been shut down due to low water levels in the Zambezi River.

This massive power deficit has since forced ZESCO limited to ration power and effect a load management time-table of more than 15 hours a day.

Giron said solar PV plants could operate for years without incurring much of operation and maintenance costs which would benefit the country massively.

“Using solar PV systems help reduce peak loads, postponing or preventing the needs for additional base load energy generation and distribution infrastructure like hydroelectric dams, coal-fired power generation stations, and under water electrical dams,” he said.

Giron said the sun is a clean, renewable, energy resource that is proven and increasingly cost competitive.

He concluded that increased solar energy builds energy security, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and moves users towards a sustainable energy future. 

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