By Gift Briton

To close the energy access gap in Mozambique, Africa50, a pan-African infrastructure investment platform, has collaborated with the Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), the Mozambican utility, to develop clean energy projects in the country.

The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28) in Dubai in a partnership that is set to lead to the development of three solar power projects totaling 260MW in generation capacity with state-of-the-art Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS), including the first 100MW floating solar PV project to be developed in Mozambique. The projects will be based in Cabo Delgado Province, Nampula Province and the western province of Manica.

Through public-private partnership (PPP), the collaboration will deliver 400km of new transmission lines and associated infrastructure, which will be one of the first on the continent.

The projects are designed to enable and add green generation capacity – providing safe, reliable, and more affordable clean power to where it is most needed.

“Mozambique has tremendous renewable energy potential and Africa50 is pleased to partner with the country to help turn it into concrete and impactful power projects, including pioneering floating solar technology. We look forward to joining forces with EDM to accelerate the deployment of green power infrastructure in generation as well as transmission, leveraging private sector capital and our partnership with the UAE’s Africa Green Investment initiative, to deliver these significant investments in Mozambique,” Alain Ebobissé, chief executive officer (CEO)of Africa50, said.

Africa50 expects to develop these projects under the $4.5 billion Africa Green Investment initiative announced by the COP28 Presidency, for which Africa50 was selected as a strategic partner.

The initiative aims to help accelerate and scale green projects across Africa, promoting climate mitigation and adaptation, while catalyzing economic growth in Africa.