Wind power project developer Access Zambia One Limited has been awarded a grant for the feasibility study of a 130 megawatts (MW) wind power project in Zambia by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).
“By bringing this pioneering project to fruition with the support of USTDA we aim to diversify Zambia’s energy mix and tap into its vast clean energy power generation potential in order to help fuel its economic development and satisfy the urgent need for electrification,” Vahid Fotuhi, Managing Director for Access said.
Access Zambia Wind One Limited is a subsidiary of Access Power, a Power Africa partner and developer; owner; and operator of power of power assets in emerging and frontier markets.
The project anticipated to be the first wind independent power production project in Zambia is expected to be completed in 2019.
It will provide the necessary supply to meet the country’s growing demand for electricity.
To create opportunities for US exports in the project, one of the mandates of USTDA, Access Zambia will competitively select a US firm to conduct the study.
USTDA recently approved a similar grant to fund the feasibility study of the development of run-of-river hydroelectric plants at five sites in Kenya and the best approach for connecting the sites to the country’s national grid.