Solarcentury Africa and RESA to Develop Malawi’s 50 MWp Nkhoma Deka Solar Farm

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Solarcentury Africa and Renewable Energy Services Africa (RESA) have signed a joint development agreement to deliver the Nkhoma Deka solar project in Malawi. The future solar energy facility is planned to have a capacity of 50 MWp and also will include a battery storage system.

The key strategic partnership between the clean energy companies to develop the Nkhoma Deka solar farm will support Malawi to increase its electricity generation capacity to 1,000 MWp by 2025. The renewable project has already secured around 150 hectares of land in Nkhoma, Lilongwe District for on-site solar power generation and export with the support of the local community.

Jason De Carteret, the Head of Development for Solarcentury Africa, said, “We have been very impressed with the team at RESA and the considerable work they have done to develop the Nkhoma project this far. We are thrilled to be working with RESA to deliver the Nkhoma project, as well as exploring other renewable power opportunities with them across Southern Africa.”

Solarcentury Africa is specialized in solar PV and storage projects in the African region. The company has been providing clean, affordable, and reliable energy to a variety of businesses, communities, and investors over the past decade by designing smart solutions for solar technologies.

Stan Chikakuda, the Chief Executive Officer of RESA, commented, “We are very pleased to have secured the support of such a strong partner as Solarcentury Africa. We look forward to working with Solarcentury Africa, the local community at Nkhoma, and public sector stakeholders at national and district level to deliver this important project for Malawi.”

With a total installed capacity of 400 MWp, Malawi’s electrification strategy highly relies on solar energy to reduce its dependence on electricity imports as well as hydroelectricity. The Nkhoma Deka Solar power plant will supply power to the national electricity grid and boost Malawi’s renewable energy capacity.

As part of the diversification of its energy mix, Malawi has installed a 60 MWp solar power plant covering about 170 hectares in the Salima district, developed by Canadian energy company JCM Power Corporation, Matswani Capital, and InfraCo Africa. The 20 MWp Golomoti power plant in the Dedza district is already under development by JCM Power and financed by InfraCo Africa. 

The Malawi government has also launched work on a 21 MWp solar power plant at Nkhotakota town in the Central region of the country. It is the first phase of a large project led by responsAbility Renewable Energy Holding (rAREH) and Phanes Group.

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