Madagascar tenders 25 MW of solar

Madagascar’s Ministry of Energy and Hydrocarbons has issued a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFQ) for a 25 MW PV project planned to be built near Antananarivo, the country’s capital city.

The first phase of the process will consist of the pre-qualification of potential bidders who have the required experience, expertise and financial capital to quickly complete the production of a big independent solar energy project of this volume. In order to qualify, the bidders will have to prove that they meet the necessary technical, financial and judicial criteria mentioned in the pre-qualification document.

The project will be structured around the World Bank’s Scaling Solar group program, which aims to facilitate the development of privately financed large scale renewables projects.

Interested developers must submit their applications by 10 January 2018. Pre-selected bidders will then have access to the Request for Proposal (RfP) phase.

Madagascar’s government recently announced it has introduced a VAT and custom duty exemption for the imports of PV components and 50% reduction on the tax it imposes on the revenue generated by residential and commercial PV systems.

The country aims to grant access to electricity to up to 70% of households, and at covering 85% of its energy mix with renewables by 2030. Solar and wind are expected to reach both a 5% share, while hydropower will have the lion’s share, with around 75%.