Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development

Projects Portfolio

In 2017 the Energy Fund (FUNAE) published the first edition of the Renewable Energy Projects Portfolio - Hydro and Solar Power. That edition included 322 hydropower projects with a total capacity of 1013.2 MW, 03 of which (2.8 MW) with completed feasibility studies, 05 (2.2 MW) with completed pre-feasibility studies, 14 (40.9 MW) with fact-finding visits made, and 300 (967.3 MW) with fact-finding visits to be made. The solar power projects portfolio consisted of 343 projects, including 10 mini-grids (1 to 3MW) and 111 micro grids (1 to 100 kW), 81 villages with individual systems, 141 to be validated and categorized, as well as 968 schools and 280 health centres outside the villages, which still needed to be validated.

One of the main data sources for the preparation of the 1st Edition of the Portfolio was the Renewable Energies Atlas completed in 2014. Subsequently, and in order to provide technical and socioeconomic information about the projects included in the 1st Edition of the Projects Portfolio – which would enable potential investors in the energy sector to carry out feasibility studies with a view to the implementation of the projects - FUNAE conducted studies on site that served as the basis for the preparation of the 2nd Edition of the Portfolio.

Thus, this edition includes 31 hydropower projects with a total potential of 100.2 MW, located in the provinces of Niassa, Nampula, Zambézia, Tete and Manica. From this small hydropower portfolio of 31 projects, two (02) are under construction one (01) has a completed feasibility study, five (05) have completed pre-feasibility studies and 23 projects have completed baseline studies to be followed-up by pre-feasibility studies.

As far as solar power is concerned the portfolio consists of 178 projects for the development of Mini- Grids, with a total capacity of 8.7 MW and just over 24 thousand connections planned in all provinces of the country. In terms of individual solar systems, 60 sites with potential for setting up more than 2 thousand Solar Home Systems have been identified.