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2021-12-15
JCM GOLOMOTI SOLAR PV 20 MEGAWATTS POWER PLANT TOWARDS COMPLETION
The Golomoti Solar Photovoltaic project, currently under development in the Dedza district, is going towards completion with almost 95% of work completed. Golomoti Solar PV project will be the first commercial-scale solar photovoltaic plant in Malawi to have a 5MW/10MWh lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in Malawi to enable the plant to provide reliable power and improve grid stability, reducing reliance on hydro and diesel generation. This was disclosed during a project site visit on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 by Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change (NRCC) led by the Chairperson of the Committee Honorable Welani Chilenga organised by Power Market Limited ( PML). The JCM Golomoti Solar project site visit by the NRCC committee is follow up on what PML had presented to the committee during the orientation workshop earlier this year on how the company has been working since its establishment in undertaking the functions of a Single buyer. According to the Project Manager at Golomoti JCM Solar Power Plant, Behzad Farzipour, almost 95% of installation work has been done they will inject 10 megawatts into the grid December 2021 and the remaining 10 megawatts by February 2020. Farzipour then said it was important for PML to engage the members of Parliament so that they appreciate what they approved and what is on the ground. "This project clearly shows that Malawi is an attractive destination for foreign investment as the solar power will improve the stability of Malawi's national grid," Farzipour said. He added that the plant would also reduce the country's dependence on hydropower. Golomoti Solar Power project has benefited from knowledge-sharing with its sister project, Salima Solar project. Both projects are crucial to transforming Malawi's renewable energy, with the battery storage system aiming to optimise the plant's output so that it continues to provide electricity in bad weather or after sunset. In his remarks, Member of Parliament for Chitipa South Honourable Welani Chilenga, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change (NRCC), said that the development of the three solar power plants, namely JCM Salima, JCM Golomoti and Serengeti solar PV projects in the country is a step forward in accomplishing the vision of the President His Excellency Dr Lazarus Chakwera of adding 1000 megawatts to the grid within four years. "I commend PML for this timely engagement, I assure the public that we will work based on the laws that are there so that every player in the Malawi power market is doing what they are supposed to be doing according to the law without fear or favour" he said. Honourable Chilenga urged the government through the Ministry of Energy to make good use of the remaining time so that PML takes over entirely the role of the Single Buyer by December 31st, 2021, failing which the law will take its course. Currently, the Malawi power sector key players are; the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) is responsible for Transmission, Distribution, and System Market Operation. Power Market LTD- the single buyer/off-taker is responsible for buying and selling power from all generators to ESCOM Distribution. Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) regulates the energy sector. Construction works began in April 2021, and the project has managed to employ 300+ workers. The Golomoti Solar project is being developed by Canadian Independent Power Producer (IPP) JCM Power (JCM), with financing from InfraCo Africa, an investment company of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG).

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