TerniEnergia awarded EPC contract for 34 MW solar plant in Zambia


With the completion of Zambia’s first solar tender, under the “Scaling Solar” program, the country has entered the PV landscape, and various companies worldwide are vying for a piece of the action. TerniEnergia announced that it has acquired the EPC for a 34 MW plant in Zambia, which is almost certainly the project that Enel Green Energy was awarded during the auction.

The company, which is part of Italeaf Group, said that the contract is worth approximately $8 million, and will involve all EPC activities, excluding the supply of modules, inverters, trackers, modules and inverters. TerniEnergia announced that the site will have a 34 MW capacity, and that it is on “behalf of an Italian leading utility.”

Enel Green Energy announced earlier in the week that it had won the auction for a 28 MW AC (34 MW DC) plant in Zambia, so it is fairly safe to assume that this is the “leading Italian utility” that TerniEnergia is talking about. The facility will be built in Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka, and will be spread across 50 hectares.

TerniEnergia has been active in the African PV market for some time, having already installed about 150 MW in South Africa, as well as having an order for a 47 MW project in Egypt. In a company statement, TerniEnergia said that it is positioned to take advantage of the growth in the African PV market.

This particular plant, if it is the Enel project, was one of two PV projects that were handed out during the first auction under the “Scaling Solar” program. Electricity from the plant will be sold under a 25-year PPA for 7.84 cents per KWh, while the electricity from the First Solar and Neoen joint project will be sold for just 6.02 cents – a record low price in Africa for solar energy.