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Zambia: Solar bolt from the blue

Zesco has announced a deal with Power China to add 600MW of solar power to its grid in 2022.The Chinese contractor will build three solar PV projects in Chibombo, Chirundu and Siavonga districts on an engineering, procurement and construction plus finance basis. The debt required for the project is around $548m. Power China is the parent company of Sinohydro, which already accounts for 67% of Zesco’s debt. The Power China projects appear aimed to replace the second round of Scaling Solar, through which Zambia had intended to procure 600MW.

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