ACWA Power Bags 250 MW Solar Projects in Ethiopia’s PPP Programme

ACWA Power Bags 250 MW Solar Projects in Ethiopia’s PPP Programme (PC: Acciona Solar)

ACWA Power has been awarded 250 MW solar projects by the PPP-DG of the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance.

ACWA 250 MW Solar Ethiopia

ACWA Power, a leading international developer has announced that it has been awarded 250 MW (2*125 MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) projects by the Public-Private Partnership Directorate General (PPP-DG) of the Ministry of Finance in Ethiopia. ACWA Power won the bid for the plants during the first round of Ethiopia’s solar programme organised under the new PPP law.

ACWA Power and Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP), the state-owned electricity producer, and the Ministry of Finance signed a Letter of Intent on October 15, 2019. The entities will proceed to sign a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for the projects at USD 2.52 cents/kWh over a time span of 20 years before the end of 2019.

With a combined capacity of 250 MW, the projects will contribute to addressing the current energy shortfall as well as diversifying the energy mix in Ethiopia, where the Government is currently working to increase the electricity generation capacity of the country from 4,300 MW at present to 17,300 MW by 2020. The new plants will be located in Dicheto, in the Afar region, and in Gad, in the Somali region of the country.

Paddy Padmanathan, chief executive officer of ACWA Power said that it is a remarkable achievement to have been selected to deliver these projects, the first to be tendered under the new public-private partnership framework in Ethiopia.

“We welcome the opportunity to help the country realise its incredible renewable resource potential and deliver significant economic, social and environmental value. At ACWA Power, we firmly believe that reliable, safe delivery of power and water is the first step to developing future-ready economies, and we will be playing our part in ensuring Ethiopia and its people to unlock their full potential.”

The two solar PV projects that were tendered in April 2019 and are estimated to power 750,000 homes and offset 320,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. ACWA Power was selected as the winning bid out of 12 pre-qualified bidders. While these solar projects will be ACWA Power’s first venture in Ethiopia, the company already operates in Africa with solar assets in Morocco, South Africa and Egypt, fuelling the power needs of respective communities.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for