The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant supporting a feasibility study for a 130-MW wind-power project in Zambia. The grantee is Access Zambia Wind One, a wind project developer, and a subsidiary of Access Power, a Power Africa partner and developer, owner, and operator of power assets in emerging and frontier markets.
Access Zambia will competitively select a U.S. firm to complete the study.
The wind farm is slated for completion in 2019, and is expected to be the first wind independent power production project in Zambia and will help meet the country’s growing demand for electricity.
“USTDA is pleased to support this important project that will help diversify Zambia’s energy generation mix,” said USTDA’s Acting Director Thomas R. Hardy. “The project will create opportunities for U.S. exports in a new and growing sector in Zambia.”
Vahid Fotuhi, Managing Director for Access, added: “By bringing this pioneering project to fruition with the support of USTDA we aim to diversify Zambia’s energy mix and tap into its vast clean energy, power-generation potential in order to help fuel its economic development and satisfy the urgent need for electrification.”
Businesses interested in submitting proposals for this USTDA-funded feasibility study should visit the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website. A link to the FBO announcement will also be posted to USTDA’s website.