Madagascar Invites Beds For Two Solar Parks Of 210 MW Capacity

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The government of Madagascar bid invites for the installation of two solar parks, totaling 210 MW in capacity.

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The Ministry of Hydrogen and Hydrocarbons of Madagascar released separate tender calls for photovoltaic (PV) projects. The larger project involves constructing a 200 MW solar complex in Ihazolava, located in the rural council of Ambohipihaonana in the eastern Vakinankaratra region near the capital city, Antananarivo.

The second tender is for a 10 MW solar plant in Mahajanga, situated on Madagascar’s northern coast. Both tenders have a proposal submission deadline of August 9.

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Currently, Madagascar has a total power generation capacity of 969 MW, with approximately 78% coming from fossil fuels and only 2% from solar PV. According to the European Investment Bank (EIB) data, only 15% of the rural population is connected to the national electricity grid, and most rural households rely on kerosene, wood, and charcoal for cooking and heating.

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While Madagascar does not have a legislated clean energy target, the country aims to have renewables account for 85% of the national power generation mix by the year 2030.

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