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TotalEnergies, the French multinational energy company, has secured a concession by the Angolan authorities for the construction of the Quilemba solar power plant. The 35 MWp solar PV plant is Angola’s first solar power project and will be developed in the town of Quilemba in Huíla Province.
The Quilemba photovoltaic project will be implemented under a joint venture by TotalEnergies, Greentech – Angola Environment Technology, and affiliates of Angolan oil company Sonangol EP. In November 2020, TotalEnergies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Angolan Ministry of Energy and Water (MINEA) for the construction of the solar project.
TotalEnergies holds a 51% interest in the Quilemba solar plant, whereas the affiliates of Sonangol E.P. and Greentech hold 30% and 19% respectively. The future solar plant is set to have an initial capacity of 35 MWp and it also offers the potential for a second phase expansion, with an additional capacity of 45 MWp.
The solar power plant is due to become operational by the end of 2023 and the electricity produced will be sold to the Angolan public utilities under a fixed-price power purchase agreement. TotalEnergies claims the solar power plant will deliver ‘considerable financial savings for the Angolan government contrasted to the existing fuel-run power plants in the country.
According to Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies, said, the Quilemba solar project will allow the company to harness Angola’s solar energy potential and develop a sustainable model for electricity generation. The future solar plant illustrates the deployment of TolatlEnergies’ multi-energy strategy in the country.
The Quilemba PV plant will increase the percentage of renewable energy in Angola’s energy mix and contribute to raising the electrification rate in the country where only 47% of the population has access to electricity. The solar plant is one of the projects by TotalEnergies, along with the Maboqueiro natural gas project and Begonia oil field project, which demonstate the French energy major’s ambition to support Angola during the energy transition via producing energy with low carbon intensity.