Kenya/Ethiopia/Uganda: UNHCR tenders for solar PV plants

11 Nov 2020 | 1 minute read
Power plants in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched prequalification for a tender to develop small solar PV systems to power its operations across three countries. Contractors will finance, build and operate plants at up to ten UNHCR sites in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Expression of interests are due by 30 November. A request for proposals is scheduled to begin in early 2021 and further tenders are expected in future.

UNHCR aims to reduce emissions from diesel generators powering its operations, particularly in large field compounds. The organisation’s generators produce around 97,136t of carbon dioxide each year. Germany’s GiZ assisted with feasibility studies for the initial sites and is working on legal and technical documentation for the tender. The plants will have individual capacity of 60-500kW and combined capacity of up to 1.8MW. They will either include battery storage or operate alongside existing diesel gensets.

UNHCR Green Fund is overseeing the tender. The fund is a recent development, with internal governance and technical procedures put in place during 2020 with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. It aims to operate as a financing mechanism for UNHCR to procure renewable energy services from independent power producers through power purchase agreements or leasing arrangements.

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