Volume 91 | December 16, 2018
Arlington, VA – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Golomoti JCM Solar Corporation (JCM), a Malawi-registered special purpose vehicle owned by JCM Power, a renewable energy development company. The grant supports a feasibility study for the construction of a 17.5 – 40 megawatt solar power plant in the Golomoti region of Malawi . The study will be carried out by the U.S. engineering firm Power Engineers, Inc. based in Hailey, Idaho.  

Power Engineers, Inc. will work to determine the size of the solar plant, provide the government with vital analysis/documentation, and evaluate the implementation of an energy storage facility to strengthen the stability of the local grid. Through the project, JCM hopes to help the Government of Malawi expand energy access across the country and achieve 30 percent access by 2030, and 60 percent by 2040.

“USTDA is pleased to partner with JCM and Power Engineers in support of this unique project, joining a whole-of-U.S.-government effort to further develop Malawi’s energy sector,” said Thomas R. Hardy, USTDA’s Acting Director. “This study will also demonstrate how U.S. expertise can expand renewable energy and storage capabilities in an emerging market.”

“We look forward to working with USTDA and having their support,” said Justin Woodward, Co-Founder & Head of Africa at JCM Power. “USTDA’s contributions will allow Malawi to utilize its renewable energy resources and provide a starting point for sector growth and development in the country moving forward.”

JCM is co-developing the Golomoti Solar Initiative with InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG). This project represents one of the first to be developed by an independent power producer (IPP) under recent energy sector reforms in Malawi. Through Malawi’s first competitive bidding process for solar generation, this project was developed with assistance from Power Africa and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

This project supports the goals of Power Africa and the Electrify Africa Act. The project also builds upon the MCC’s infrastructure development and power sector reform projects in Malawi. 
USTDA announced a call for proposals for gas sector infrastructure projects in emerging markets! Project sponsors or U.S. businesses working with project sponsors can submit by Monday, January 28, 2019 at 12pm EST . Click here to learn more.
February 21, 2019
Location: Johannesburg

Energy storage increases grid flexibility and can offset the need to use diesel and other fossil fuels for peaking power. As the cost of storage systems declines, the importance of high-quality and safe technology is paramount to the effective deployment of energy storage. If deployed effectively, energy storage will increase the capacity of South Africa’s electric grid to integrate renewable electricity generation sources and improve the operating efficiency of existing plants.

Click  here   to view the event flyer. To register, email  us-africacesp@ansi.org . Kindly indicate name, title, organization, contact email and telephone number.

The U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Standards Program is sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and coordinated by the American National Standards Institute in partnership with Power Africa. More information is available at  www.standardsportal.org/us-africacesp .
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