1.8 million Angolans to benefit from new PV parks
In July, MCA concluded two photovoltaic (PV) parks in Biópio and Baía Farta, in Benguela province in Angola. The parks have an installed capacity of 285MWp, producing green electricity to supply about 1.8 million people.
The two parks are part of Angola’s 2018-2022 National Development Plan to diversify the country’s energy production sources. MCA is part of the international consortium responsible for the project’s development, leading its execution phase in Engineering, Procurement and Construction.
With an expected installed capacity of 189MWp of electricity, enough to supply over a million consumers, the photovoltaic plant in Biópio, Catumbela municipality, is the biggest solar energy project in Angola and sub-Saharan Africa. The park includes around 509,000 solar panels. The second plant, Baía Farta, with 96MWp, will inject energy into the national grid to benefit over half a million consumers and is made up of around 261,000 solar panels.
The plants are part of a set of seven, with a total capacity of 370MWp in the provinces of Benguela, Huambo, Bié, Lunda-Norte (in Lucapa), Lunda-Sul (in Saurimo) and Moxico (in Luena), which should be operational by the end of the year. Together they will provide renewable and clean electricity to around 2.4 million people.
The implementation of this project will represent an important contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. It will allow an annual reduction of pollutant emissions of about one million tons of CO2 (carbon dioxide), eliminating the need to consume about 215 million litres of diesel per year in generators and thermal production and contributing to a considerable saving in the country’s imports.