Sterling and Wilson Begins Work on 54MW Solar Project in Zambia

The solar plant, slated to spread across more than 128 acres, will be the country’s largest once finalized. French company Neoen is the project’s developer.

solar-panel-2889317_1920Sterling and Wilson will build a 54.3-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in Zambia under the International Finance Corp.’s Scaling Solar program.

The project will be the first utility-scale solar farm in the country, and the first under the Scaling Solar program to be built exclusively for grid connection.

Located 12.4 miles southeast of Lusaka in the Kafue district, the facility is slated to spread across more than 128 acres. French developer and Independent Power Producer Neoen is the project’s developer.

“Zambia is one of the key markets for us considering the booming renewable energy segment and the Zambian government’s support for the development of 500 megawatts of new Solar PV plant in next couple of years. Zambia regularly suffers from power outages that lasts for more than 10 hours a day. Reports suggest one in five people living in the country currently has no access to electricity, a basic need today,” Bikesh Ogra, president & CEO of renewable energy and energy storage business at Sterling and Wilson, said in prepared remarks.