Ngonye Solar Power Station

Ngonye Solar Power Station
Ngonye Solar Power Station
LocationKafue District, Lusaka Province
Coordinates15°31′03″S 28°25′44″E / 15.51750°S 28.42889°E / -15.51750; 28.42889Coordinates: 15°31′03″S 28°25′44″E / 15.51750°S 28.42889°E / -15.51750; 28.42889
Commission date29 April 2019
Construction costUS$40 million
Owner(s)Ngonye Power Company Limited
Operator(s)Ngonye Power Company Limited
Solar farm
Thermal power station
Primary fuelSolar
Power generation
Nameplate capacity34 MW (46,000 hp)

Ngonye Solar Power Station (NSPS), is a 34 MW (46,000 hp) solar power plant in Zambia. The solar farm that was commercially commissioned in April 2019, was developed and is owned by a consortium comprising Enel Green Power of Italy, a multinational renewable energy corporation, and the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia (IDC), a parastatal company. The power station cost about US$40 million to develop.[1][2]


The power plant is located in the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone,[1] in Kafue District, in Lusaka Province, approximately 25.5 kilometres (16 mi), by road, southeast of the central business district of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia and the largest city in that country.[3] The geographical coordinates of Ngonye Solar Power Station are 15°31'03.0"S, 28°25'44.0"E (Latitude:-15.517500; Longitude:28.428889), situated immediately south of Bangweulu Solar Power Station.[4]


The Government of Zambia, through IDC Zambia, working with the World Bank Group, as part of the bank's program "Scaling Solar", awarded the tender to develop this power station to Enel Green Power (EGP), a renewable energy subsidiary of Enel, the Italian multinational manufacturer and distributor of electricity and gas. EGP and IDC formed an ad-hoc joint venture company, Ngonye Power Company Limited, to design, build, own and operate this power plant. The energy generated here will be purchased by Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO), under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), at US$0.078 per kWh.[1][2][5]


This power station is owned by a consortium whose members are illustrated in the table below. The members of the consortium formed a special purpose vehicle company Ngonye Power Company Limited, which operates and maintains the power station.[1][2][6]

Ngonye Power Company Limited Ownership
Rank Shareholder Domicile Ownership (%) Notes
1 Enel Green Power Italy 80.0 [1][2][6]
3 IDC Zambia Zambia 20.0 [1][2][6]

Funding, construction and timeline

The table below illustrates the sources of funding for this renewable energy infrastructure project:[6]

Sources of Funding For Ngonye Solar Power Station
Rank Fund Source Dollar Amount % of Total Notes
1 Enel 4.8 million 12.0 Equity[6]
2 IDC Zambia 1.2 million 3.0 Equity[6]
3 International Finance Corporation 10.0 million 25.0 Loan[6]
3 IFC–Canada Climate Change Program 12.0 million 30.0 Loan[6]
4 European Investment Bank 12.0 million* 30.0


Total 40.0 million 100.0
  • Note: Some figures are rounded up to balance table totals.

Construction began in August 2018,[5] and commercial commissioning was achieved in April 2019.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f ESI Africa (2 May 2019). "Zambia: 34MW Ngonye solar PV plant comes online". Rondebosch, South Africa. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e Boris Ngounou (30 April 2019). "Zambia: Ngonye solar plant (34 MW) already operational". Paris, France. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  3. ^ Google (17 September 2021). "Road Distance Between Lusaka City Centre, Zambia And Ngonye Solar Power Station, Kafue District, Zambia" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  4. ^ Google (17 September 2021). "Location of Ngonye Solar Power Station" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  5. ^ a b Enel Green Energy (22 August 2018). "Enel starts construction of Ngonye solar project, its first power plant in Zambia". Enel Green Power. Rome, Italy. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Enel Green Power (29 April 2019). "Enel Green Power brings online its first power plant in Zambia". Enel Green Power. Rome, Italy. Retrieved 17 September 2021.

External links

  • Scaling Solar: The Complete Package
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