Construction Begins On Mocuba Solar Power Station

London — Construction has begun on the 40 megawatt solar power plant in the district of Mocuba in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia, following the announcement by the Norwegian energy company Scatec Solar that it has reached financial closure on the project.

The project is a public-private partnership between Scatec Solar and Mozambique's publicly-owned electricity company, EDM, and project debt financing will come from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund.

The Mocuba power station will be the largest solar power plant in sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa, and it is expected to supply power to 175,000 households, with an estimated output of 80,000 megawatt hours per year. This is 4.8 per cent of the country's currently available electricity capacity, but 40 per cent of the electricity grid north of the Zambezi.