Ethiopia launches tender for two 125 MW solar plants

Ethiopia’s state-owned power utility Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has launched a Request for Pre-Qualification for the deployment of 250 MW of PV capacity.

Through the tender, the utility hopes to build two 125 MW (AC) PV plants in the frame of the World Bank’s Scaling Solar program. Interested developers must submit their applications by November 21, 2017.

EEP said the RfQ round will pre-qualify prospective bidders with the requisite experience, expertise, and financial resources to rapidly deliver the two IPP projects. The second stage, the utility added, will involve a Request for Proposal from pre-qualified bidders.

pv magazine has previously reported that Ethiopia is seeking to tender up to 500 MW of solar PV via the Scaling Solar program and the first such tender will concern about 200 MW to 250 MW of capacity.

The Ethiopian government is currently running a tender for the 100 MW Metehara project, which initially attracted more than 60 bids. Five bids have been shortlisted and a final decision is expected to be announced soon.

Based on the government’s energy plan for the years up to 2020, Ethiopia has prioritized 300 MW of solar PV projects dispersed across three sites.