Eritrea Invites Bids For 30MW Solar Plant
The AfDB is funding the US$50 million project.
Eritrea's Ministry of Energy and Mines has invited bids to build a 30MW solar plant with battery storage in Dekemhare, 40km southeast of the capital Asmara.
The deadline for submissions is 17 October.
In March, the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved funding of US$49.9 million for the Dekemhare plant.
The project involves the construction of a 30MW grid-connected photovoltaic solar plant with a 15MW battery energy storage system, a 33/66kV substation and a 66kV transmission line connecting to an existing transmission line between East Asmara and Dekemhare, about 1km from the site.
According to the AfDB, the project will increase Eritrea's electricity generation capacity to 185MW. It will also increase the share of renewables in the country's energy mix from 3% to 23%.
Eritrea’s current available generation capacity is 35MW, while peak demand is estimated at about 70MW meaning load shedding is a daily event.
#AfricanDevelopmentFund Board approves a $49.9 million grant to increase generation capacity through the construction of a new 30-megawatt #solar photovoltaic power plant in Dekemhare, #Eritrea. More on the project: https://t.co/efrrSeGLxn pic.twitter.com/pkA2v1pNeL— African Development Bank Group (@AfDB_Group) April 11, 2023
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