GET FiT Zambia Awards 120MW In Highly Competitive International Solar PV Tender

Photo: Soroti Solar Power Station, a 10 MW project developed under GET FiT Uganda. Photo credit: Access Power

Photo: Soroti Solar Power Station, a 10 MW project developed under GET FiT Uganda. Photo credit: Access Power

April 5th, 2019 Lusaka, Zambia GET FiT Zambia is pleased to announce the award of six (6) solar PV IPP projects, totalling 120MWac. The lowest successful bid came in at 3.999 USc/kWh and the weighted average of all six successful projects is 4.41 USc/kWh1 . This is the largest single Solar PV tender implemented in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to date outside of South Africa, and is the first time a tariff below 4 USc/kWh is achieved through a public tender in SSA.

The GET FiT tender had a target outcome of 100MWac, but due to the favourable results, the GRZ and GET FiT Investment Committee decided to award an additional 20MWac. Notably, the award was not based on price alone but was based on a total combined technical and financial score. GET FiT is the Government of the Republic of Zambia's programme to facilitate private sector investment in small- and medium-scale Renewable Energy Independent Power Projects (IPPs) in Zambia. The programme is a partnership between the Department of Energy and the German Development Bank, KfW, and is implemented by the GET FiT Secretariat (staffed by Multiconsult).

Full press release available here.

GET FiT Zambia Round 1: 100 MW Solar PV Tender Request for Proposal Announcement

On 31 August 2018, and on behalf of the Zambian Ministry of Energy, the GET FiT Zambia Secretariat announced the launch of the Request for Proposal (RfP) stage of Round 1 of GET FiT Zambia, the 100 MW Solar PV tender. Shortlisted companies and consortia which successfully prequalified have been invited to submit their proposals by 29 November 2018.

The ten shortlisted companies or consortia were selected following a competitive Request for Qualification which concluded in June 2018.  During July and August 2018, GET FiT Zambia partnered with  ZESCO to assess the proposed sites to ensure that grid capacity is sufficient to connect the Projects presented at a given location. Having completed this exercise, we now look forward to working with our partners in government and shortlisted firms to ensure a successful outcome to the tender.

The process will be concluded in early 2019 based on a thorough evaluation of technical and financial criteria. Applicants selected for award will sign a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with ZESCO to deliver low-cost clean energy to the Zambian people.

The shortlisted firms are:

  1. Building Energy S.P.A

  2. EDF Energies Nouvelles

  3. Enel Green Power S.P.A.

  4. Engie Afrique S.A.

  5. Globeleq African Holdings Ltd & Aurora Power Solutions

  6. InnoVent SAS & Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc

  7. Mulilo Group Holdings Proprietary Ltd

  8. Phanes Group

  9. Scatec Solar ASA

  10. SolarReserve Development Co

The full Press Release regarding this shortlist may be found here.

Further details pertaining to next steps of the tender will be published via this site. If you have questions regarding the tender, please email solar@getfit-zambia.org

Tender Announcements during the Pre-Bid Stage (now completed)

For the GET FiT Solar PV Tender Announcement (11 December 2017), please click here.

For Clarification of Tender Announcement #1 (21 December 2017), please click here.

For Clarification of Tender Announcement #2 (5 February 2018), please click here

For a general Guidance Note on Environmental and Social Issues associated with the GET FiT solar PV Tender (5 February 2018), please click here

For Clarification of Tender Announcement #3 (14 February 2018), please click here. For Annex 1 to Tender Announcement #3, please click here.

Clarification of Tender Announcement #3 (14 February 2018) also includes one Annex, and three attachments:

Annex 1: Grid Connection Options

Attachment 1: Presentation of GET FiT Zambia Solar PV Tender process and requirements

Attachment 2: Introduction to the GET FiT Standardized Legal Documentation

Attachment 3: GET FiT Zambia: Introduction and Overview

Clarification of Tender Announcement #3 was the last clarification note published prior to the launch of the Request for Qualification. .