BP Solar Awarded Solar Power Contract in Zambia

One hundred and twenty one community-based organizations and nine schools in rural areas of Zambia will soon be getting BP Solar panels to generate electricity for lighting, radio, television and refrigeration through a project that will amount to almost 250 kW of new installed solar capacity.

The panels will be supplied by Apex-BP Solar, a subsidiary of BP France, which has been awarded a contract through its distributor Electrical Maintenance Lusaka Limited (EML) by Zambia Social Investment Fund. Apex-BP Solar will supply, the solar panels, EML will deliver and install the panels and also train their users in various schools and health centers in Zambia. Zambia Social Investment Fund, a unit of the Ministry of Finance and National Planning, is managing a development credit agreement signed with the International Development Association (IDA). “I have been fully committed to development especially of rural areas for the last 40 years I have lived in Zambia and I look forward to continuing this process with Apex-BP Solar,” George Narder, EML Chairman said. “Our success lies on quality both of equipment and workmanship. The Clinics and Schools need the most reliable installation being so isolated and far away from the main cities.” Apex-BP Solar, which is based in Montpellier, in the southern part of France, is a subsidiary of BP France since 1999. It specializes in the design and construction of solar panel systems and in incorporating BP Solar modules in installations designed to customers’ specifications. The company has a network of establishments in France and the French overseas territories. “This project is another example of the part solar energy is called on to play in sustainable development in Africa,” Arnaud Mine, CEO of Apex-BP Solar said. “It combines environmental, economic and social considerations, while obviating the need to set up capital-intensive infrastructure in the regions concerned. The same technology is already available in Europe for more specific applications.” EML, which is based in Lusaka began its activities in 1964 and focused on electrical contracting services and maintenance. It has expanded over the years and employed at its peak a total staff of 600 employees active in various fields including the manufacture of electrical light fittings, domestic and security lighting, distribution boards and motor control centers. EML has succeeded in the last few years to become one of the major players in the solar industry in Zambia.
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