Zanzibar, the semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, is set to reduce its dependency on mainland electricity with a groundbreaking partnership. Taifa Group and Generation Capital Limited (GCL) have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the state-owned Zanzibar Electricity Corporation (Zeco) to establish the first-ever utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the region.
The partnership aims to produce 180 megawatts of renewable energy on the islands, starting with the construction of a 30 MW solar PV power plant at Bambi, Central District in South Unguja Region, to be completed by 2024. The project is expected to revolutionize Zanzibar’s energy landscape and provide a reliable supply of clean power for the tourism and other industries, ushering in a sustainable future.
Zanzibar’s Energy and Minerals Ministry hails the milestone agreement as a significant step towards the island’s development. The project garnered interest from over 80 companies prior to the partnership.
By granting Generation Capital Limited strategic investor status, the Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority (Zipa) acknowledges the proposed multi-phase renewable energy facilities as a valuable investment. Generation Capital Limited and Taifa Group, in collaboration with the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, plan to swiftly implement subsequent phases.
Advanced battery energy storage systems will be incorporated in later stages to ensure reliable and efficient energy supply, particularly during evening peak demand.
The project aligns with Zanzibar’s vision of integrating solar PV into its energy mix, promoting sustainable development, reducing reliance on mainland supply, increasing access to clean energy, and fostering economic growth in the region.
The signing of the PPA marks a significant milestone in Zanzibar’s commitment to renewable energy development. Rostam Azizi, Chairman of Taifa Group, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership and its implications for the region. Azizi emphasized that the project represents a major step towards renewable energy development not only in Zanzibar but also in the entire continent.
By providing inexpensive, clean, and reliable power infrastructure, the project is expected to accelerate economic growth and improve the quality of life for all citizens.
Furthermore, it supports Zanzibar’s Blue Economy agenda by enhancing energy security, diversifying the energy mix, and promoting sustainable development. The partnership signifies the dedication of all parties involved to expedite the energy transition in Zanzibar and pave the way for a greener and more prosperous future.