Speaking at the end of a visit to those two plants to verify their level of execution, the Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges, informed that the two parks will be inaugurated in June and that with them, for the first time, it will be possible to "inject energy from the national electricity grid from the solar use of photovoltaic parks".
Cited in a note from the Provincial Government of Benguela, the minister considered that it is a new energy, "which will diversify the energy matrix, making the electrical system more consistent and allowing the benefit of this great capacity to be extended to more inhabitants of the country".
He informed that these two power stations have a capacity of more than 200 megawatts that will make it possible to electrify more areas, with Benguela province being the biggest beneficiary.
João Baptista Borges also indicated that this energy "will enter the national electricity grid system and any province and locality that is connected to the electricity grid can benefit from it, being another addition of capacity that will be made to the system".
The minister also took the opportunity to talk about the water plants that exist in the country. Cited in the communiqué, he stressed "that hydropower will continue to be the basic energy" and that mini-hydro plants translate into a "solution and an important local contribution to serve certain regions".
Launched in March 2021, the Biópio solar project has a physical execution of 54.81 percent, and is estimated to be completed in May 2023. This project has an estimated power of 188.8 megawatts, enough to supply electricity more than a million people.
Considered the largest solar energy project in the country, as it will include around 509,000 solar panels, the Biópio power station provides, at this stage, more than 1000 jobs.
In turn, the Baía Farta solar project – which was also launched in March 2021 – has a physical execution of 75.42 percent, and it is estimated that it will be ready in June this year.
This project – which currently employs more than 130 people – is expected to generate 96.7 megawatts and ensure the supply of energy to more than 500 thousand people. It should include more than 261 thousand panels.
It should be remembered that these two plants are part of a program of seven photovoltaic plants to be built in six provinces of the country, which together add up to one million solar panels capable of generating clean and sustainable energy of 370 megawatts as well as ensuring the regular supply to more than two million people.