The Eswatini Energy Regulatory Authority (ESERA) officially announced the Globeleq and Sturdee Energy Consortium as the preferred bidder for its solar PV projects.
Globeleq and its consortium partner, Sturdee Energy Southern Africa, have been awarded preferred bidder status for two 15MWac projects in the first tranche of the Kingdom of Eswatini’s procurement programme for new renewable generation capacity.
ESERA officially released the intention to award notice on 14 April 2021 after evaluation of the bids submitted in November 2020. The tender was originally launched in March 2020.
Jonathan Hoffman, Globeleq’s chief development officer, commented: “As the first utility scale renewable IPPs in Eswatini, these projects will help stabilise the cost of electricity supply and increase the country’s energy resilience, acting as a strong driver for growth and playing a part in the economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The 15MWac Balekane and 15MWac Ngwenya projects will be located on separate parcels of private land in North Western Eswatini, in the Hhohho region, and connected to the existing Eswatini Electricity Company (EEC) transmission system.
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Connection works will be undertaken by the Globeleq-Sturdee consortium and once commissioned, the new transmission lines and associated substation equipment will be transferred to the EEC, which will be responsible for their operation and maintenance.