In Zimbabwe, Chinese solar cell manufacturer, JA Solar Holdings, has been awarded a $179 million contract to supply photovoltaic (PV) modules to one of the first three large-scale ground-mounted solar power plants.
According to PVtech, the projects, which will be led by Zimbabwe Power Company, will each have an installed capacity of 100MW.
The three contractors include the ZTE Corporation, China MCC17 Group and Intratrek Zimbabwe.
The MCC17 Group was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Munyati project, and JA Solar will be responsible for supplying the contractor with PV solar modules.
The construction of the Munyati solar plant is expected to commence construction towards the end of 2016 and reach completion by the end of 2017.
Meanwhile, the ZTE Corporation will construct the Insukamini project in Bulawayo, and Intratrek Zimbabwe will develop a solar power plant in Gwanda, situated in the capital of Matebeleland.
The three projects will have a total PV module supply contract valued at $544 million.
JA Solar executive president, Xie Jian, commented: “Zimbabwe was [Chinese] President Xi’s first stop during his official visit to Africa, signalling that both countries should expect to see greater co-operation in the field of renewable energy.
“Winning the contract to supply PV modules to the Zimbabwe project not only provides opportunities for JA Solar to establish stronger relationships in Zimbabwe, but also helps lay a foundation for the company to develop relationships with other African countries.”
He added: “JA Solar will continue its commitment to providing higher-quality solar products for markets across the globe, as we continue to pursue the highest quality in our products in order to best serve our customers.”