The plants will complement Uganda’s hydroelectric dams which currently provide the African nation with most of its electricity.
The solar panels will float on reservoirs upstream of one of the hydroelectric dams – Sweco will conduct preliminary assessment of four dams to determine which one is most suitable for the project.
After the dam has been chosen, the Swedish engineering consultancy will carry out a detailed study and produce a design and specifications to enable the procurement of contractors. The Swedish engineering consultancy will also deliver a detailed design of a pilot plant.
“This is a new technological field that is highly attractive for power companies, private investors and financiers,” said Conny Udd, Sweco’s divisional manager for energy and industry.
“The energy sector is conducting an increasing number of innovative projects and Sweco has great ambitions to participate in international initiatives to contribute to the green transition,” she added.
The project is set to commence immediately and is planned to last for 21 months. The total order value is SEK 8 million (£640,000).
Sweco’s contract is part of an agreement between the governments of Sweden and Uganda financed by Swedfund, a Swedish state-owned development finance institution.
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