Madagascar launches two tenders for 210MW solar projects

The deadline for application is 9 August 2023. Image: Unsplash

Madagascar has launched invitations to tender for two solar PV projects with a combined capacity of 210MW.

The larger plant, with a capacity of 200MW, will be located in Ihazolava. The second tender is for the construction of a 10MW project in Mahajanga, a city located on the northwest coast of the country.

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According to the tenders issued by Madagascar’s Ministry of Energy and Hydrocarbons, bidders for the construction of both plants need to submit a preliminary report indicating the nature and capacity of the facilities envisaged and the amount of investment.

The deadline for application is 9 August 2023.

Madagascar published its new energy policy in 2015 which stated that the country aims to attain 85% of renewable energy in the energy mix by 2030, according to the Solarize Africa Market Report. Recently, Canadian-headquartered mining company NextSource Materials completed work at its solar-hybrid power plant to power its Molo graphite mine in southern Madagascar. The project, developed by Kenyan company CrossBoundary Energy, has a capacity of 2.6MW, and NextSource expects annual production to reach 4GWh.

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