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THE Industrial Development Corporation Zambia Limited (IDC) has pre-approved 11 bidders to develop the initial 2 x 50 megawatts (MW) Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaic IPP projects.

The projects are under round one of the 600MW scaling solar project announced and launched earlier this year.

The 11 firms are EDF Energie Nouvelle of France; Scatec Solar of Norway, Access Eren Zambia 1 of France, Mulilo Zambia PVI Consortium of South Africa, and Enel Green Power (EGP) of Italy.

Others are Globeleq of the United Kingdom, International Power SA/Engie of Belgium, Neon First Solar of France, Shanghai Eletric Power/Avic of China and Africa Infrastructure Investment Fund 2-Old Mutual – Life Insurance Company –Cobra/CDE of Mauritius and Grupo T-Solar of South Africa.

The companies have been pre-qualified to participate in the Request For Proposals (RFP) to develop the first-ever grid connected solar PV power plants in Zambia to be located in the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone.

This is according to a statement released yesterday by IDC chief executive officer Andrew Chipwende.

Mr Chipwende said the pre-qualification followed a competitive Request For Qualification (RFQ) process that ran from October 5 to November 13, 2015, in which 48 applications were received.

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  1. When people told of a working government this is what it means. The pf government does not and has not waited for for elections to develop the nation. This fact has brought about panic in under 5 grouping from the south

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  2. when did we start having load shading? so it means the gov. is late in implementing this project.
    so to me this is campaign gimmicks.

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    • Solar Cells in a solar panel require light not heat, which school did you do your physics from don’t show your ignorance in public by commenting for the sake of trying to get attention.

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    • BAWISHI MULEIPUSHA FIRST BEFORE YOU MARKET YOUR IGNORANCE ON A GLOBAL PLAY-GROUND. HIGH ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURES AREN’T HIGH SOLAR POWER ACCUMMULATION. SOLAR POWER IS ACCUMMULATED MAINLY DURING DAY LIGHT AND MAINLY DURING NIGHT TIME BECAUSE OF LIGHT DURING THE DAY. IF YOU HAVE USED A SOLAR CALCULATOR YOU SHOULD HAVE OBSERVED THAT IT WORKS AT NIGHT WITH THE ROOM LIGHT IS SWITCHED ON. SO BE INFORMED THAT SOLAR POWER CAN BE OBTAINED FROM (MOST) SOURCES OF LIGHT. BUT, IT WOULD BE FOOLISH TO GENERATE SOLAR ENERGY FOR INDUSTRIES FROM SAY HYDRO OR THERMO POWER FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES IF YOU SEE THE LOGIC.

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    • BAWISHI MULEIPUSHA FIRST BEFORE YOU MARKET YOUR IGNORANCE ON A GLOBAL PLAY-GROUND. HIGH ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURES AREN’T HIGH SOLAR POWER ACCUMMULATION. SOLAR POWER IS ACCUMMULATED MAINLY DURING DAY LIGHT AND MAINLY DURING NIGHT TIME BECAUSE OF LIGHT DURING THE DAY. IF YOU HAVE USED A SOLAR CALCULATOR YOU SHOULD HAVE OBSERVED THAT IT WORKS AT NIGHT WITH THE ROOM LIGHT IS SWITCHED ON. SO BE INFORMED THAT SOLAR POWER CAN BE OBTAINED FROM (MOST) SOURCES OF LIGHT. BUT, IT WOULD BE FUULISH TO GENERATE SOLAR ENERGY FOR INDUSTRIES FROM SAY HYDRO OR THERMO POWER FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES IF YOU SEE THE LOGIC.

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    • people have you claculated the power to land utilisation ratios. how much land will you need to generate power that will sustain the thirst for electrical energy in the next 200 years.

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  3. TO THESE PER-QUALIFIED COMPANIES SOUND SERIOUS COMPANIES FROM VERY SERIOUS COUNTRIES. AND I LOVED THAT THE PER-QUALIFICATION IS NOT ONLY FROM ONE COMPANY OR COUNTRY. THIS KIND OF SELECTION INHERENTLY PROMOTES VERY HIGH STANDARDS AND QUALITY OF END PRODUCT RESULTS. THOSE WHO DON’T PERFORM TO EXPECTED STANDARDS ARE TECHNICALLY ELIMINATED FROM FUTURE CONTRACTS. THAT’S THE WAY TO GO, ZAMBIA. THE ONLY WASTE PART OF THESE PROJECTS IS THAT THEY ARE ALL PILED IN LUSAKA. IT’S HIGH TIME SUCH PROJECTS ARE DEVELOPED IN RURAL AREAS. AFTER ALL GENERATED POWER WILL BE POOLED INTO THE NATIONAL GRID. LET RURAL AREAS BE PRODUCERS OF SOME OF THESE THINGS SUCH AS THIS.

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    • As a Zambian, I can go to UK an register a company. Then fail to tick in the competition there and find myself winning a contract in Zambia. My registration country does not necessarily translate into seriousness.

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  4. The most I have seen is mounted solar panels on roofs of houses. Solar farms need tracts of land. But whichever way we decide Solar is the way. Why not approve all of these providers and locate them in the Provinces around the country. 10 Provinces and 11 providers no problem. So why concentrate in Lusaka South MFZ? We act very shallow and no forward thinking plans. There is too much political influence in all these deals. Zambians please wake up.
    I rest my case

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