Hadassah Hart Energy
Currently, Zambia is generating a total of 3,541.1MW of power and according to the Energy Regulation Board of Zambia, only 2.38% of Solar power is generated into the national grid, accounting for 88.3MW. We’re about to change that!
Hadassah Hart Energy(HHE) was born in March 2023, out of the desire to have a private locally driven project that is sustainable and contributes effectively to the energy sector in Zambia thereby positively impacting the Country’s economic growth
The development of a 50 MW Solar PV Power Project at Chimpempe in Kawambwa District is a concept by Hadassah Hart Energy Limited who seek to participate in the mitigation of the energy deficit in the country and the region through renewable and environmentally friendly options. The concept also aims at contributing to the increased access to electricity for all as envisaged under Sustainable Development Goal No. 7 and other national initiatives.
The Government of Zambia, acting through the Minister of Energy authorised Hadassah Hart Energy to undertake a feasibility study for the development of the project which Hadassah Hart Energy has successfully completed. The feasibility study outlines the proposed technical solutions, viability of the project and the related financial, economic and environmental considerations for the successful implementation of the Project.
The Feasibility Study Report is designed to form a basis for further development of a Solar PV power plant in Kawambwa District. The study focused on the suitability of the selected project site with respect to the solar energy yield, capability of the grid to evacuate the power generated from the power plant and to provide an overview of the anticipated environmental and social concerns that may arise due the execution of this project. Components addressed under the feasibility study have been classified as technical, economic and financial, and environment and social parameters.
The proposed Power Plant is expected to have a peak capacity of about 63 MW made up of 143, 190 Solar PV modules, 277 solar inverter units, 10 smart transformer station and a 66/33 kV substation. The substation at the solar PV power plant will be connected to the national grid via a 7.5 km line in line out arrangement cutting into the Kawambwa – Mporokoso 66 kV transmission line.
The solar generation potential in the area is sufficient to sustain a utility scale solar PV power plant and technology is readily available to implement the project hence the project is recommended for further development and implementation.
Luapula Province has a population of 1,514,011 people, with 303,429 households which are largely rural and without access to electricity. It has a total area size of 50,567 sq.km (source: 2022 ZSA census report). The province has a promising manufacturing and mining industry, yet limited due to lack of electricity. Some notable companies in Kawambwa district close to our site are Kawambwa Tea, Kawambwa Sugar, ZAFFICO, Sunbird Bioenergy, Green 2000, Workers Compensation Fund( Forestry) and the Luena farm block.
According to data obtained from the Zambian Ministry of mines In 2020, Zambia exported $19.2M in Manganese Ore, making it the 15th largest exporter of Manganese Ore in the world. This is despite the under development of the manganese mining sector in Zambia largely due to constraints around reliable power supply to enable establishment of processing facilities in the Luapula province which is also host to some of the highest manganese grades in the world averaging 40 to 50%.
The project will have a significant impact on the environment by promoting sustainable development while impacting the local community through job creation and stimulation of economic growth.