The developers of the project, which also includes battery storage, have already secured some 150 hectares of land for on-site solar power generation and export with the support of the local community of Nkhoma. According to the government, this facility will increase the country’s power generation capacity by 1,000 megawatt by year 2025.
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Multiplying Solar Power Plants to Boost the National Electricity Grid
With an installed capacity of 400 MWp, Malawi’s electrification strategy relies heavily on solar energy to reduce the country’s dependence on electricity imports as well as hydroelectricity.
The Golomoti power plant has a capacity of 20 megawatt and is located in the Dedza district, 100 km south of the capital Lilongwe. It is being installed by Canadian energy company JCM Power and financed by InfraCo Africa. Upon completion, the Golomoti Solar plant will have a capacity of 5 megawatt hours (MWh) to 10 MWh.
Also as part of the diversification of its energy mix, the country is developing a 60 megawatt solar power plant in the Salima district, 75 kilometers from the capital Lilongwe, covering some 170 hectares. Construction of the PV plant began in 2019 and has mobilized about $75.7 million in funding. The plant is expected to produce approximately 154 GWh per year. A production that will be injected into the public electricity grid.
Finally, in the center of the country, the government has launched work on a 21 MWp solar power plant in Nkhotakota. This is the 1st phase of a project led by responsAbility Renewable Energy Holding (rAREH) and Phanes Group.