Mozambique floats tender for US$ 13 million solar panel factory.

<b>Mozambique’s Energy Minister Salvador Namburete wants to import only those components that cannot be produced in the country itself.</b><br><br><i>Photo: Ministry of Energy</i><br>
Mozambique’s Energy Minister Salvador Namburete wants to import only those components that cannot be produced in the country itself.

Photo: Ministry of Energy

State-owned power utility National Energy Fund of Mozambique (FUNAE), which floated the tender, said construction of the US$ 13 million factory will involve installation of a photovoltaic module manufacturing plant on a turnkey basis at Maputo’s Industrial Park.
FUNAE invited bids for the project, which is only open to Indian solar developers, after confirming receiving a US$ 13 million credit line from Export/Import Bank of India. On the stage of tendering, FUNAE’s Communications Officer Fernando Namburete says that it “is still in evaluation”. Interested Indian companies will have to meet strict requirements if they are to qualify for the contract. The conditions include having been in the business of power development for at least 10 years. The companies must also have a minimum net asset value of US$ 30 million and an annual turnover of US$ 100 million over the past three years. They should also have a US$ 100 million credit line available from commercial banks and must have been working in Africa for at least five years, three of which must include Mozambique.

The new factory will manufacture flat-plate PV panels and is expected to be expanded in future to manufacture concentrator PV (CPV) panels. The project will substantially reduce solar equipment imports by the Southern African country, most of which have been sourced from India. Mozambique spends an average of US$ 5 million to US$ 6 million every year on importing panels for the nascent solar energy sector. The potential for generating electricity from solar in Mozambique is high. At an average insolation of 5.2 kWh/m2/day, 1.49 million GWh of annual radiation is incident on Mozambique land surfaces according to a report by FUNAE.

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