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French-based renewable energy firm Neon and state utility Electricidade de Moçambique have selected a partner for the development of the country’s largest solar power plant.

Efacec has been tasked with the engineering, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance of a 41MW solar plant in Metoro, north of Mozambique.

Construction of the solar plant will start at the end of 2020 on about 138 hectares of land.

The solar plant will generate 68GWh of energy per annum

Neoen and EDM will co-own the project through Central Solar Metoro.

Mozambique will leverage the plant to diversify its energy mix, expand its portfolio of decentralised energy generation as well as to give access to energy to 100% of its population by 2030.

The generated energy will be sold through a Power Purchase Agreement contracted with EDM.

Neon has a capacity close to 3GW in operation or under construction in France, Australia, Mexico, El Salvador, Argentina, Finland, Portugal, Ireland, Zambia and Jamaica.

The firm operates Europe’s most powerful solar PV farm (300 MWp) in Cestas, France, and the world’s largest lithium-ion power reserve (100 MW/129 MWh storage capacity) in Hornsdale, Australia.

The French company has set a goal of more than 5GW capacity in operation or under construction by 2021.