Minister of Energy, Ibrahim Matola says Serengeti Solar Power Plant in Nkhotakota district is in its final stage of testing and will be inaugurated soon.
Matola disclosed this yesterday when Ministry of Energy together with Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) and Electricity Generation Company Malawi Limited (EGENCO) addressed the press on the electricity generation and supply situation in the country.
According to Matola, the situation of electricity in the country is expected to continue improving because the power plant in Nkhotakota is set to add 21 megawatts.
“The current power supply capacity has improved considerably with the coming back of three out of four machines at Kapichira, which has brought back into service 97.2 megawatts. Additionally, the 21 megawatts Serengeti Solar Power Plant in Nkhotakota is in its final stage of testing and will soon be inaugurated,” he said.
Malawi, and ther six African nations are the beneficiaries of the €63.2 million (K71.45 billion)’s African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI’s) Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF) to improve electricity generation and supply in these countries
The Solar PV power plant in Nkhotakota has 60,000 bi-facial solar panels with smart sunlight tracking technology, 132 inverters, 4 transformers and can generate electricity for approximately 100,000 households. In addition, it will contribute 5 percent of power to the national grid.