Hitachi ABB Power Grids announced it has been appointed by M. Couto Alves S.A., part of the EPC conglomerate, MCA Group, on behalf of Angola’s Ministry of Energy and Water, to supply the main electrical infrastructure to connect Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest solar project to Angola’s transmission network.
The delivery includes the design, main power equipment supply, testing and commissioning services. It is based on an in-depth grid impact study into the customer’s unique requirements to determine in advance the best way to achieve the ambitious integration of the Government of Angola’s renewable energy program.
The project will be developed by a consortium composed by the developer Sun Africa LLC, a US renewable energy company based in Chicago, Illinois, and MCA.
The initiative is financed under the Swedish Export Credit System (the Swedish Export Credit Corporation and Swedish Export Credit Agency) that works to raise investments in Swedish sustainable technology globally.
Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ Grid Integration business unit said:
“This is one of the largest and most significant photovoltaic projects ever delivered. We are contributing pioneering technology to enable MCA to integrate more renewables and electrify rural areas, whilst maintaining a stable network. Our role is to develop the project from idea to energization – ultimately, shaping a reliable and sustainable energy future for Angola.”
Manuel Couto Alves, President and CEO of the MCA Group said:
“This project will have a hugely positive impact on Angola and specifically its economy, as more people are guaranteed access to affordable and clean energy. It will also significantly increase the Country’s share of renewable energy.”
Source: Press release by Hitachi ABB Power Grids. Photo credit: © Hitachi ABB Power Grids.