EC fund photovoltaic solar energy system in Mozambique

The town of Chipene, in Nampula province, will have a power system based on solar panels funded by the European Commission, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

Costing an expected 46 million meticals (1.25 million euros) the solar power system will “drive a turnaround in terms of the socio-economic development of the coastal region and has a high potential for agriculture, game tourism and artisanal fishing,” said director Felisbela Lázaro.

The public tender organised by the National Energy Fund (Funae) for selection of the contractor to carry out work to set up the solar power panels and the power distribution network to the town, which has a population of some 30,000 people, was awarded to Edwinter, which is currently transporting equipment to begin the work, which is schedule to finish at the beginning of 2012.

Chipene is a region where crops such as maize, cassava and sesame are grown along with rice, beans, peanuts, cashews and others, to supply both its own district and the neighbouring districts of Nacala-a-Velha, Nacaroa and Nacala-Porto, part of which have sandy soils that are considered unsuitable for agriculture.