Afghanistan issues tender for hybrid solar


The Ministry of energy and water of Afghanistan (MEW) has issued a tender for the construction of a 5 MW hybrid solar power plant in the province of Ghor, which is located in the central part of the country.

The ministry said the tender will be conducted under International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procedures. Bidders shall include a bank statement, line of credit or any other reputed document indicating their financial status and ability to perform the $1.8 million contract, the Afghan government stated in the document. Interested developers must submit their bids by Jul. 20, 2018.

Meanwhile, the MEW has awarded the contract to build a 10 MW hybrid on-grid solar power plant in Khost Provinceto Indian solar module manufacturer and project developer Waaree Energies Ltd, a project that was tendered in September 2017 together with two more projects of the same kind, with a capacity of 40 MW and 5 MW, respectively.

These three projects, together with the 5 MW hybrid project in Ghor are part of a plan to deploy 65 MW of hybrid solar projects approved by Afghanistan’s High Economic Council in March 2017.

The largest project of the plan, 40 MW hybrid solar plant at the Hisar-e-Shahi Industrial Park (HIP), which is located 22 km southeast of Jalalabad, in the eastern province of Nangarhar, was awarded in mid-May to Shuangdeng Group Co Ltd., a Chinese provider of communications back-up power systems, energy storage batteries, start-up batteries, super capacitors, and other related products.

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water aims to install 500 MW of PV plants by 2020. The country’s renewable energy policy is targeting 4 to 5 GW of new renewable energy capacity by 2030.

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