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Solarcentury Africa Joins Chimuara Solar Power Project in Mozambique


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Renewables developer Solarcentury Africa has signed a joint development agreement with Renewable Energy Services Africa (RESA) and Mozambique-based investment firm Checunda Investimentos to contribute to the development of the Chimuara solar power project in central Mozambique.

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The solar power plant is being developed by SunMoz, a special purpose vehicle set up by Checunda Investimentos and RESA in 2019. The joint agreement will utilize the combined technical capacities and project management expertise of the three Afrocentric corporations to deliver the Chimuara solar park.

The future solar park will have a total capacity of up to 100 MWac. SunMoz has secured over 250 hectares of land for the development of the solar power project close to the existing Chimuara substation. The solar park will be delivered in several phases, with the first phase expected to supply 30 MWac of renewable power to the Mozambican electricity grid.

Jason De Carteret, Head of Solarcentury Africa, mentioned the Chimuara Solar Park as their second flagship renewable power project in Mozambique following the ongoing construction of a solar PV plant for Balama Mine in Northern Mozambique.

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Stan Chikakuda, CEO of RESA, said that a considerable amount of work for the solar park has already been undertaken by RESA and its partner, Checunda Investimentos. Their deal with Solarcentury Africa will add the essential skills and experience required to take the project forward.

Alberto Leonardo Cuvelo, CEO of Checunda Investimentos and Chairman of SunMoz, said the  Chimuara solar plant is an important renewable energy project for Mozambique. SunMoz will work with its international development partners, Solarcentury Africa and RESA, public sector stakeholders, and the local community to deliver the solar project.

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