Malawi: Golomoti Solar
Building Malawi’s solar energy future
Malawi has an electrification rate of just 18%, with frequent power outages affecting economic productivity. The country’s energy sector is currently reliant upon hydro power; however, rainfall fluctuations have severely impacted electricity generation in recent years, with the situation expected to worsen. The Government of Malawi has recognised energy as a key driver of economic growth in its Growth and Development Strategy (2017-2022) and is working to establish regulatory frameworks needed to attract private sector investment to Malawi’s energy sector. The government is also committed to diversifying the country’s energy mix to mitigate against climate vulnerability and reduce reliance on expensive diesel generation. High solar irradiation levels suggest that developing solar power generation could have considerable potential to support this objective.
Golomoti Solar is a 20MWAC solar photovoltaic project with a 5MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) at Dedza, approximately 100km south east of Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe. The plant will connect to the adjacent Golomoti substation which will evacuate power via an 132kV transmission line, facilitating delivery of much-needed power to Malawi’s national grid. Golomoti Solar will be the third of Malawi’s commercial-scale solar photovoltaic plants, and the first with a BESS
InfraCo Africa co-developed Golomoti Solar with JCM Power (JCM), a Canadian clean energy Independent Power Producer. Both parties have now decided to co-fund construction of the project which is anticipated to commence in Q1 2021. The two companies have an established relationship, having worked together with Matswani on the 60MWAC Salima Solar project which is expected to begin delivering power to Malawi’s national grid in 2021. It is therefore anticipated that Golomoti Solar will progress swiftly, delivering power to Malawi’s national grid in early 2022.
Being jointly developed with JCM Power.