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Zambia’s state-owned utility ZESCO Limited has awarded renewable energy developer Power China a $548 million contract for three 200MW grid-connected solar farms in various regions of the country, according to a statement from the utility.

ZESCO said the investment will help the utility diversify its energy mix with further investment in renewable energy. The three projects will be located in the districts of Chibombo, Chirundu and Siavonga.

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During the contract signing ceremony at the company’s head office, ZESCO’s managing director, Victor Mulenga Mundende, urged Power China to complete construction by the agreed deadline, making use of the latest technologies at their disposal.

Mundende stated that the increase in solar generation would greatly benefit the utility’s one million-plus customers by increasing access to reliable electricity, enhancing potential industrial development and creating employment opportunities for local people.

Power China’s authorised representative, Wang Junzhou, said his company was proud to partner with ZESCO in the provision of clean energy, which will contribute to optimising power structure, grid stability and the economy, according to ZESCO’s statement.