The Republic of Angola covers 1,247,000 km² in the western region of Southern Africa and is the second-largest country south of the Sahara after the Democratic Republic of Congo.
As of the figures from 2020, over 73% of the Angola’s urban population has access to electricity, compared to just 7% in rural areas. To rectify this energy divide, the country’s government has plans to achieve 9.9GW of installed generation capacity and 60% electrification by 2025.
Although Angola’s renewable energy regulation has plenty of room for improvement, with PV products subject to import duties and tax, the country does offer feed-in tariffs and net-metering for select renewable energy projects.
Thankfully, plenty of support has come from private investors who have overseen the development of various large-scale PV projects since 2022.
The southwestern province of Namibe will gain 50MW of clean energy thanks to a new PV power plant that entered development in September 2022, with the first 25MW due for completion in December 2022. This plant seeks to reduce diesel consumption for thermal power stations and contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions.
In the same month, the construction of seven PV plants with a total of one million solar panels and an impressive 370MW output was promised by Dar, hoping to serve rural, isolated Angolan locations that lack access to the public network.
Developers of smaller-scale PV projects also entered talks nearing the end of 2022. For example, officials announced that a 5MW PV plant would be constructed in Luacano in October 2022.
These projects are expected to pick up speed in 2023 — and some will enter operation by 2024.
The Lucapa PV plant, for instance, is expected to start producing power by the first quarter of 2024, having reached 61% completion in February 2023 — with 11,000 of 12,090 panels already installed. Hoping to connect 1,500 homes to the grid, this plant will benefit over 49,000 Angolan people.
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