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11 firms pre-qualify to submit bids for two 50 MW solar PV power plants in Zambia

Economy 11 firms pre-qualify to submit bids for two 50 MW solar PV...

The Industrial Development Corporation Zambia Limited (IDC) has pre-qualified 11 bidders to develop the initial 2x50MW Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaic IPP Projects under Round 1 of the 600MW Scaling Solar Project announced and launched earlier this year.

The prequalification follows a competitive request for quotation process that ran from 05 October 2015 to 13 November 2015, in which a total of 48 applications were received.

The evaluation of bids was conducted by an evaluation committee comprising of members drawn from the Zambia Development Agency, ZESCO, Rural Electrification Authority, Engineering Institution of Zambia and IDC.

The evaluation process involved a three-stage appraisal system with technical, financial, and legal requirements being evaluated respectively.

Following the severe energy crisis in Zambia in 2015 on account of low water levels for adequate hydro power generation, President Edgar Lungu, in his capacity as Chairman of the Board of Directors, directed the IDC to target the immediate development and procurement of up to 600MW of solar PV power into the national grid as a matter of priority and urgency.

The following 11 firms or entities have been pre -qualified by the IDC to participate in the Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop the first ever grid connected solar PV power plants in Zambia consisting of 2 x 50 MW plants to be located in the Lusaka South – Multi Facility Economic Zone.


Bidder Name

Country (Domicile)


EDF Energie Nouvelle



Scatec Solar



Access Eren Zambia 1



Mulilo Zambia PV1 Consortium

South Africa


Enel Green Power (EGP)




United Kingdom


International Power SA/Engie



Neoen First Solar



Shanghai Electric Power/Avic



Africa Infrastructure Investment Fund 2 – Old Mutual Life Insurance Company  – Cobra/CDE



Grupo T-Solar, SA


The RFP bidding process is expected to open sometime in January 2016.
It is envisaged that IDC will also announce timings for Round 2 of the 600MW Scaling Solar Program after the RFP for Round 1 is opened.

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  1. Good but how come I don’t see any Zambian company? We seem to lack capacity to do things on our own or at least taking the lead.

  2. Well it’s difficult case even if a Zambia wanted to start a solar company there are no engineers available in the contract and 2 to run a big business you need money have seen the interest Zambian banks charge…. It’s easier to get investment loans from China, UK south Africa…. Zambians don’t stand a chance….. Maybe dual citizenship will help

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