The facility will be developed under the World Bank’s Scaling Solar initiative on a public-private partnership basis in Herat province.
The International Financial Corporation will help the country’s government competitively tender the project, which is expected to be developed through a public-private partnership.
The Chinese provider of storage and back-up power systems has been awarded the $59.7 million contract to build the facility, which will be located at an industrial area in the Nangarhar province. The tender had been issued in September 2017.
The project is part of the country’s Afghanistan Sustainable Energy for Rural Development (ASERD) program, which aims to bring sustainable power to 200 rural communities over the next four years.
The funds will be used to build a solar plant in Naghlu, in the capital Kabul’s Surobi district.
The 10 MW PV plant will be built by Indian developer Dynasty. The facility will sell power to the local grid under a 15-year PPA.
A 40 MW plant will be located in an industrial area of Jalalabad City, while two more facilities, with a capacity of 10 MW and 5 MW, will be built in the provinces of Khost and Daykundi, respectively.
The Afghan government has approved a plan for the deployment of 100 MW of renewable energy capacity. The plan includes 65 MW of solar tendered by the government in 2016.
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