Solar Farms

Assisting Zambia with Renewable  Energy

We have been pioneering Solar Farm development in Africa since 2012, also Alset Power Company Inc have built two 1,000MW Solar Farms in Chile. Alset Power Company Inc & PSECC Ltd have developed the “Resource Ownership” concept – whereby a City, Town, County or State Council can take ownership over the Natural Resources in their area e.g. Waste, Solar Radiation for Solar Farms. Biomass Plants, Solar PV for homes and Water & Wind Turbines.

The number of ground-mounted solar parks is increasing across the world in response to energy decarbonisation. Solar parks offer an opportunity to deliver ecosystem co-benefits but there is also a risk that their development and operation may be detrimental to ecosystems. Consequently, we created the Solar Park Impacts on Ecosystem Services (SPIES) decision-support tool (DST) to provide evidence-based insight of the impacts of different solar park management practices on ecosystem services. We promote the co-delivery of other ecosystem benefits can help to ensure that the energy transition does not swap climate change for local scale ecosystem degradation, and potentially prompt improvements in ecosystem health.

WWF Zambia – we are in negotiations with WWF Zambia to try and bring additional revenue streams into their work by the adoption on land in Zambia for Solar Farms. WWF & the Chiefs who own the land can be part shareholders in each solar farm, which will see much needed extra Renewable Energy (Electricity) being generated and resulting in more electricity being available for the people of Zambia.

University of Sheffield

While ground-mounted arrays of solar panels offer several benefits related to clean energy provision, they miss opportunities to deliver livelihood benefits in addition to electricity supply, and in some cases can actually detract from other development goals. For example, ground-mounted arrays remove land from food production, and at a time when crop yields are threatened by a changing climate, increasing populations and insecure land ownership, we cannot risk putting further pressure on land resources. 

Agrivoltaic energy systems, however, can combine the delivery of solar electricity, crop production, and rainwater harvesting on the same land area. Instead of being mounted close to the ground like traditional solar power arrays, agrivoltaic systems are constructed several meters high, with gaps between the arrays, enabling crops to be grown underneath.

Here’s the link to an article on our webpage, here’s a Guardian article on the project, and here’s a short video by the World Economic Forum.

This concept could be incorporated into this Zambia project in a second development phase – for every 50MW solar farm we build in Zambia we could have two or more 500KW or larger projects below incorporated into the project.

Solar PV & Food production

Solar power is seen as a key way of addressing East Africa’s energy challenges, but the solution is not as simple as installing traditional solar panels across large areas of land. “Harvesting the Sun Twice”

Conclusions and policy implications

Land use change for ground-mounted solar parks has occurred at an exponential rate, and arguably offers more potential than any other land use change to deliver natural capital and ecosystem service benefits. Empirical data showing increased vegetation diversity and butterfly abundance across 11 solar parks demonstrate that these benefits are realisable. However, public and industrial policy support to capitalise on this opportunity is lacking. In the UK the SPIES DST provides a means of promoting natural capital and ecosystem service benefits at solar parks across the UK, over and above the environmental benefits related to increased low carbon energy provision. Moreover, while the evidence base and management actions in the SPIES DST are optimised for UK solar parks, these could be altered to enable applicability to other regions and other land uses. Coupled with expert knowledge of local ecosystems and the environmental and financial costs and management of existing land uses and agricultural practices, the SPIES DST could be embedded within planning and industry policies to promote land use change for solar parks that maximises net ecosystem and environmental gain.

Alset Power

Alset Power Company Inc from the USA, we first propose the Four Waste plants development programme followed immediately by a second twelve x 50MW Solar Farm development programme USD 700 million, one in each of the Cities below. It would be useful to investigate this potential with the Ministry of Green Economy and for them to arrangements each City to allocate 180 acres of land. Once the Research data has been completed for the Harvesting the Sun Twice we will hopefully assist in the further development of this project in Zambia to further assist with Climate Change Mitigation and Food production.

A 50MW Solar Farm, will cover 180 acres and utilise solar panels & to maximise efficiency with Battery storage for 24/7 supply.

A 50MWp solar power plant would produce in 1st year approximately 81 million kWh per year – one of our partners is Alset Power who have built 2 x 1,000 MW solar farms Chile.

Zambia – 12 Largest Cities

NamePopulationLatitude/Longitude
1Lusaka  , Lusaka1,267,440-15.407 / 28.287
2Kitwe  , Copperbelt400,914-12.802 / 28.213
3Ndola  , Copperbelt394,518-12.959 / 28.637
4Kabwe  , Central188,979-14.447 / 28.446
5Chingola  , Copperbelt148,564-12.529 / 27.884
6Mufulira  , Copperbelt120,500-12.55 / 28.241
7Luanshya  , Copperbelt113,365-13.137 / 28.417
8Livingstone  , Southern109,203-17.842 / 25.854
9Kasama  , Northern91,056-10.213 / 31.181
10Chipata  , Eastern85,963-13.633 / 32.65
11Kalulushi  , Copperbelt66,575-12.842 / 28.095
12Mazabuka  , Southern64,006-15.856 / 27.748
Each City above could have a 50MW Solar Farm producing in 1st year approximately 81 million kWh per year

54 MW Solar Farm – 20% owned by IDC

PSECC & partners can assist Zambia with twelve more 50MW solar farms sited in other MFEZ areas on 50 Hectares of land for each Solar Farm.

INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION

  • HELPING YOUR COUNTRY FIND IT’S WAY IN 1.5 DEGREE C CONSISTENCY

    Sustainable Development – Sustainable Urban & Rural Life Full funding for Waste Recycling
    &
    Gasification plants & Solar Farms

Solar Farm development for Zambia

If Zambia wants Solar Farms we can have a second development programme & provide full funding & technology. We have built two 1,000MW Solar Farms in Chile and have been active in Africa since 2012. Twelve 50MW solar farms with battery storage for 24/7 electricity supply could be built and full funding of USD $700 million made available by us for Zambia projects – in line with COP26 aspirations.

Solar development programme & Climate Investment funding –

Net Zero

Zambia can have another development programme for Solar Farms and Solar PV arrays and PV for homes and full funding.

Climate Investment Fund
Leaf – for Solar Farms & Solar PV

The LEAF framework will provide decentralised renewable energy solutions to tackle the energy shortfall, while also reducing CO2 emissions and simultaneously boosting local economies and businesses.

This initiative will address financial and investment barriers by deploying credit enhancement instruments and new financial products to crowd in local currency debt and commercial capital.