The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a $1.15 million grant to Globeleq Zambia Wind Limited (Globeleq) for a feasibility study for an estimated 100-megawatt wind power plant in the Muchinga Province of Zambia.
The study will be carried out by U.S. engineering firm, DNV GL Energy USA, Inc. of Katy, TX, with Globeleq providing financial, development and project management planning services.
As Zambia’s energy generation has historically been dominated by hydropower, the Government is looking to diversify and incorporate other resources, including wind energy. This approach will better protect the energy sector from the effects of climate change.
The project is anticipated to include 40 wind turbine generators connected to the national grid by a single-circuit overhead transmission line. The study will support Globeleq in finalizing the technical analysis needed for the project to seek financing, such as a wind energy assessment, as well as finalizing the design of the plant and equipment needed for construction.
“USTDA is pleased to support this study that will diversify Zambia’s energy mix,” said Thomas R. Hardy, USTDA’s Director for Congressional and Public Affairs. “At the same time, this project will also lead to new opportunities for innovative U.S. companies in a growing sector in Zambia.”
“We look forward to working with USTDA and having their critical support,” said Paul Hanrahan, Globeleq’s CEO. “This is a positive step forward for the project, demonstrating Globeleq’s continued commitment to Zambia and the Government’s renewable energy initiatives.”
Marion Hill, Director, Renewable Advisory Services for DNV GL added, “We are pleased to be working with Globeleq and USTDA in Zambia, to advance wind power plant development, enable renewable energy, and, ultimately, provide greater energy security to Zambians.”
This project supports the goals of Power Africa and the Electrify Africa Act which aim to increase capacity as well as support private sector involvement in Africa’s energy sector.