Hanergy signs deal to build one of the largest solar projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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The multinational clean energy company, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, secured a strategic order for setting up the 400 Megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plants in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s first and the largest solar power plant project, so far.

Building synergies to provide sustainable and stable energy supply in the DR Congo, the clean energy giant and the Ministry of Energy and Hydraulic Resources of Democratic Republic of Congo, on May 29 signed a strategic partnership framework agreement for 400 MW solar power plants.

Under the agreement, the two parties along with the National Power Company of DR Congo will follow “EPC+F” financing model to make joint efforts through project cooperation and technical exchange to consolidate and increase cooperation in the fields of electricity, water, renewable energy and fuel.

The cooperation is intended to gradually reduce the energy scarcity faced by the mining industry in the provinces of Katanga, Lualaba, Kasaï-Oriental, Kasaï-Central, Kivu and Sankuru, where the two parties will set up SPV plants with a cumulative capacity of 400 MW upon signing of the formal contract. The execution of the co-operation will begin in December this year.

José Maboya Nzalingo, General Secretary of Ministry of Energy and Hydraulic Resources said, “Our strategic partnership with the global clean energy giant, Hanergy is a step ahead towards meeting DRC’s original target of 65% electrification by 2025, letting alone the new Sustainable Development Goals of universal electricity access by 2030. By dint of joining forces with Hanergy to set up the country’s first and the largest solar power station project, we’re confident of providing sustainable and stable energy supply in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”

The initial strategic partnership framework agreement suggests that energy generated in the first stage is estimated to be 20 MW, benefiting over 100,000 people. With the total capacity of 400MW, the multiple power stations are expected to solve the problem of energy inadequacy of DR Congo. The project is also aimed at generating around 10,000 jobs and providing education to create 100 technology specialists.

— Solar Builder magazine

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