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Solenova, the joint venture between Angolan state-owned oil company Sonangol and Italian Energy company Eni, has reached the final investment decision (FID) and signing of the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contract for the first phase of the Caraculo photovoltaic project. The 50 MWp solar PV plant will be constructed in Angola’s Namibe province.
According to Eni, the Caraculo PV plant will be an important source of renewable electrical power in the Namibe province, which currently relies on diesel for electricity generation. This will help in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to Angola’s energy transition.
The first phase of the project will be for 25 MWp and the construction of the facility will begin in the last quarter of 2022. The implementation of the Caraculo project should also reduce the energy gap between the northern part of the country, where most of the infrastructure is concentrated, and the southern part.
The project will contribute to the sustainable development of communities in the region, which will benefit the people through increased access to energy, water, health facilities, and education.
Solenova was signed into being in mid-2019 for developing renewable energy opportunities in Angola. The company focuses on utility-scale solar projects and supports the country’s energy plan to reach an installed renewable capacity of 800 MW by 2025.
Angolan authorities are now working to diversify the electricity mix of the country, with development in electricity production and transmission infrastructure in the south. Angola recently approved Total Eren’s proposal to build a 35 MWp solar PV plant in Quilemba town, located in the southwest part of the country. The project is being developed in partnership with Sonangol and Luanda-based Angola Environment Technology (Greentech).