Construction has started in earnest on Mozambique’s Metoro Solar Plant in Cabo Delgado province a move that will see over 60 GWh of green electricity added into the grid every year.
Providing 135,000 Mozambicans with reliable and renewable electricity, the solar project construction that is being supported by PROPARCO and AFD will improve access to green electricity in a country marked by a low electrification rate.
It will cost $56 million to construct and take about 9 months to complete. From solar panels, it will be connected to Mozambique’s Metoro electricity substation in Ancuabe district.
With 49,000 tons of CO2 avoided every year, Metoro Solar Plant will reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and thereby contribute to the fight against climate change. This project will also have major environmental and social benefits, particularly for people in the province of Cabo Delgado (implementation of community projects, job creation, transfer of skills…).
“France, through Agence Française de Développement Group, is very proud to be contributing to financing the construction of this solar power plant. It should be noted that the loan from AFD and PROPARCO comprises a concessional tranche, made possible by the financial contribution of the French State, to optimize the proposed tariff and provide local support to the positive environmental and social benefits of this project”, said this morning the French Ambassador to Mozambique and Eswatini, Mr. David Izzo.
The Metoro solar plant construction project is the result of close cooperation between the Ministry of Energy, the national operator Electricidade de Moçambique and Neoen, the leading French company for renewable energy development and a major partner for PROPARCO.
The project will be handed over to Electricity in Mozambique after 25 years.