Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology stated that 61 businesses have expressed interest in implementing 11 megawatt solar PV systems in the country’s six most densely populated regions.
The government had open prequalification applications for the installation of solar PV systems in Addu City’s Hithadhoo and Meedhoo, Fuvahmulah City, Kulhudhuffushi City, G.Dh. Thinadhoo, B. Eydhafushi, and Lh. Hinnavaru.
The project is being carried out under the umbrella of the World Bank’s Accelerating Sustainable Private Investments in Renewable Energy (ASPIRE) initiative, which aims to assist Maldives in hastening its transition to renewable energy sources.
According to the environment ministry, 34 of the 61 companies that expressed interest have applied for prequalification, and 12 have been cleared for the bidding process.
Qualified businesses must submit proposals by October 15, and fieldwork for the projects is expected to begin early next year, according to the government.
As part of the initiative, the government also intends to build 40 megawatt-hour battery energy storage devices to store excess energy from solar PV installations.