Malawi starts construction of 60 MW PV plant

Malawi starts construction of the 60 MW (ac) Salima Solar project with a ground-breaking ceremony in December. It is being co-developed by InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), and renewable energy development company JCM Power. It is the first Independent Power Producer (IPP) project of its kind in Malawi. JCM will install 230,000 solar panels of an unnamed manufacturer after the rainy season (lasting from December to April) and anticipates that Salima Solar will be delivering power to the grid by the end of 2019.
Recently, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Golomoti JCM Solar Corporation (JCM), a Malawi-registered special purpose vehicle owned by JCM Power. The grant supports a feasibility study for the construction of a 40 MW photovoltaic power plant in the Golomoti region of Malawi, a sister project of Salima Solar. Together, the two projects will increase Malawi’s installed power generation capacity by over 80 MW by 2020.

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