On Tuesday, the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) signed a $1.5 million grant with Zambian geothermal development company, Kalahari GeoEnergy Limited, for a feasibility study supporting the development of a 10-20MW geothermal power plant.
The US trade agency said in a statement the plant, which is expected to be the first geothermal generation facility in Zambia, will add new renewable energy capacity to the Zambian grid.
This means that a greater area will have access to reliable electricity.
USTDA behind universal electricity access
The development agency noted that the grant was signed by US Ambassador to Zambia, Eric Schultz, on behalf of USTDA, along with Peter Vivian-Neal, CEO of the geothermal development company.
[quote]California-based Geologica Geothermal Group has been selected to carry out the study, which will provide technical and environmental analyses needed to advance the project, the development agency noted.
“This grant is an endorsement of the work Kalahari GeoEnergy has conducted to date, and of the Bwengwa River geothermal resource, which we can now validate as a source of stable sustainable power,” Vivian-Neal said.
He added: “This type of power source is essential for economic development.”
“USTDA is excited to support this new project, which will expand access to reliable electricity in Zambia,” said Lida Fitts, USTDA’s Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa.
“This project represents an excellent opportunity for US businesses to export technologies and services in support of Zambia’s infrastructure goals.”
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