The sub-Saharan Africa edition of SolarPower Europe's engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) best practice guidelines, published with the support of GET.invest.
The ‘EPC Best Practice Guidelines: sub-Saharan Africa Edition’ is a product of the joint African-European EPC Taskforce that was established in June 2021, assembling 24 leading solar experts from both continents, with representation from Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Based on the first edition of SolarPower Europe’s ‘EPC Best Practice Guidelines: Europe Edition’, recommendations in these latest guidelines have been adjusted to reflect the market and business conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, taking the unique aspects of the continent into account.
The new, tailored recommendations, include:
Methods for better assessing project risk and bankability
Provisions on the transition between the project development and EPC phases
Considerations for involvement of local communities in project development
Specifics on the inclusion on battery storage in power plant design
Overhauled Contractual Framework
An overhauled contractual framework involving new terms & bond categories
EPC Best Practice Guidelines: sub-Saharan Africa Edition
GET.invest is a European programme, supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria, that mobilises investment in renewable energy in developing countries.
They support project developers and companies towards investment readiness and link them with financiers. In collaboration with many stakeholders in the sector, they also provide a range of other services to complement this effort. GET.invest aims to substantially increase the volume and pace of investment, to contribute to building sustainable energy markets, and to thus help meet the twin challenge of sustainable energy and climate change.