The latest set of global statistics produced by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) indicates that the African island nation of Sao Tome and Principe did not have any grid-connected solar generation capacity at the end of 2021, but that could be about to change.
On April 5, the nation's Ministry of Infrastructure and Natural Resources issued a call for bids to develop, construct and operate a 1.5 MW solar project at a thermoelectric power station which, it appears from the bid document, is due to shut down by the end of 2022.
Bidders for the contract have until June 6 to submit their offers. The solar site is being financed as part of the Sao Tome government's Energy Transition and Institutional Support Program, which is being bankrolled by a loan from the African Development Bank.
Irena estimated Sao Tome and Principe had just 334 kW of off-grid solar capacity at the end of 2021.
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