USTDA supports feasibility study for 40 MW PV plant in Malawi

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, a renewable energy development company. The grant supports a feasibility study for the construction of a 17.5 to 40 MW photovoltaic power plant in the Golomoti region of Malawi. The study will be carried out by the U.S. engineering firm Power Engineers, Inc. based in Hailey, Idaho.
Power Engineers, Inc. will work to determine the size of the solar plant, provide the government with vital analysis/documentation, and evaluate the implementation of an energy storage facility to strengthen the stability of the local grid.
JCM is co-developing the Golomoti Solar Initiative with InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG). This project represents one of the first to be developed by an independent power producer (IPP) under recent energy sector reforms in Malawi. Through Malawi’s first competitive bidding process for solar generation, this project was developed with assistance from Power Africa and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Malawi targets to expand energy access across the country and achieve 30 percent access by 2030, and 60 percent by 2040.

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