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Lucapa will start producing solar energy

In about half a year, the municipality of Lucapa, in the province of Lunda Norte, will be able to start producing solar energy, with the installation of a photovoltaic plant, capable of producing 7.6 megawatts of energy.

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João de Oliveira, director of the Portuguese company MCA, the construction company responsible for the contract, said that at the moment the cleaning work is being carried out on the site where the plant will be built, and that the works should start in the near future.

Cited by Angop, the official said that the project will be reinforced with an eight megawatt power plant, which will benefit the Lucapa municipal headquarters as well as the residents of Camissombo and Calonda.

That municipality, which has about 150,000 residents divided into the communes of Xá-cassau, Camissombo, Capaia and Lucapa, does not have access to electricity from the public grid.

For this reason, the inhabitants resort to private generators or entrepreneurs, who ask for up to 30,000 kwanzas per month, writes Angop.

With the implementation of the photovoltaic plant, budgeted at 19.7 million euros, which was ensured through the Swedish Export Promotion Agency (SEK), the municipality of Lucapa will have access to 15.6 megawatts of electricity.

This plant is part of a clean energy production plan until the end of next year, using renewable energy sources. Along the same line of financing, in addition to Lucapa, another six solar power plants will be built, distributed in the provinces of Benguela, Huambo, Bié, Moxico and Lunda Sul.

It is estimated that this mega-project will benefit around two million citizens, through the production of 370 megawatts of energy.

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