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Hitachi ABB Power Grids has joined forces with Sun Africa LLC and M. Couto Alves S.A. (MCA), part of the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) conglomerate, on behalf of Angola’s Ministry of Energy and Water, to supply the main electrical infrastructure to connect sub-Saharan Africa’s largest solar project to Angola’s transmission grid.

Electrical infrastructure for Africas largest solar power project

The new solar PV project being developed in Angola will be the largest in Africa.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ scope of work will include the design, main power equipment supplies, testing and commissioning of the project. It is based on an in-depth grid impact study looking at the customer’s specific requirements to determine, in advance, the best way to achieve the integration of the Angolan government’s renewable energy programme. The initial stage of the project will include the construction of a 188 MWp solar power plant and six other solar power plants to electrify homes in the country

“This is one of the largest and most significant photovoltaic projects to be delivered,” says Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ Grid Integration business unit. “We are contributing pioneering technology to enable MCA to integrate more renewables and electrify rural areas, while maintaining a stable network. Our role is to develop the project from idea to energisation – shaping a reliable and sustainable energy future for Angola.”

Nikola Krneta, CEO of Sun Africa says, “We are pleased to partner with Hitachi ABB Power Grids as we share its commitment to provide low-cost clean energy across the African continent. This project is a significant accomplishment given the ongoing financing and other challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It demonstrates the dedication, capabilities and the resilience of all our partners to overcome the challenges together.

“We appreciate our partners, such as ING Bank, SEK, EKN, DBSA and KSURE, and the support we have received from the Swedish and US governments, in helping bring this project to fruition. We also thank the Government of Angola for its continued support throughout the development process,” Krneta adds.

President and CEO of the MCA Group, Manuel Couto Alves says, “The project will have a huge positive impact on Angola and its economy, as more people are guaranteed access to affordable and clean energy. The project will also significantly increase the renewable energy share of the country’s power supply.”

Angola is Africa’s seventh largest nation, with about 30 million inhabitants and a rapidly growing economy. The renewable energy initiative is being financed under the Swedish Export Credit System (the Swedish Export Credit Corporation and Swedish Export Credit Agency), which aims to raise investment in Swedish sustainable technology globally.

The project supports the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 7 – to ensure all people have access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy. It will also help to increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

For more information visit: www.hitachiabb-powergrids.com

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