Closing date: 
Friday, 05 May 2017 - 10:30

His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, has directed Industrial Development Corporation Limited (IDC) to drive the urgent development and installation of at least 600 MW of solar power in order to redress the current power deficit in Zambia and resultant national crisis.

In 2016, IDC with the assistance of the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, acting through its Advisory Services division, as its lead transaction advisor (IFC Advisory), successfully awarded two utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects of up to 50 MW each to two different private sector developer partners for financing, construction and operation on an independent power producer (IPP) basis for 25 years using the World Bank Group’s ‘Scaling Solar’ initiative. 

IDC intends to invite private sector developers to compete for the right to develop, finance, construct, operate and maintain utility-scale solar photovoltaic PV IPP projects (each a Project) again using the ‘Scaling Solar’ initiative.  IDC has again mandated IFC Advisory as its lead transaction advisor in this regard.  

Scaling Solar is an open, competitive and transparent approach that facilitates the rapid development of privately-owned, utility-scale solar PV projects.  It is capable of immediate implementation and offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ package of advisory services, contracts, financing, guarantees and insurance.  These enable governments and utilities to procure solar power transparently and at the lowest possible cost.  For more information, visit

Following the issuance of a Request for Expressions of Interest on Friday, 24 February 2017, the next stage of the Scaling Solar process is a formal prequalification round, to prequalify those prospective bidders with the requisite experience, expertise and financial resources to deliver a substantial solar PV IPP project in an accelerated timeframe.  The final stage will involve a Request for Proposals (RFP) from prequalified bidders.

IDC now invites prospective bidders capable of meeting the qualification criteria set out in this Request for Prequalification document (RFQ) to submit sealed prequalification applications in accordance with the requirements of this RFQ.  However, to be eligible to participate, prospective bidders will be required to register with IDC and formally to purchase this RFQ for a non-refundable fee of One Thousand Kwacha (K1,000.00) or its equivalent in a freely convertible currency by telegraphic transfer or bank cheque.

Only prequalified bidders will be eligible to receive the RFP and to participate in the final stage of the selection process. Prequalified bidders will also be given access to a Virtual Data Room and may be invited to attend one or more organised site visits as part of their due diligence, prior to submission of final proposals.

IDC shall host a Pre-bid meeting to be held at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel on Tuesday, 11th April 2017 at 9:00 hours Zambian local time.

The Applications must be appropriately bound; sealed and clearly bold labeled “IDC/ORD/001/2017: Request for Pre-Qualification – Scaling Solar Zambia Project Round No. 2” and must be deposited in the Tender Box at the IDC Offices, situated at 61 Independence Avenue, Prospect Hill, Lusaka on or before Friday, 5th May 2017 at 10:30 hours local time. Late applications WILL NOT be accepted.

Applications will be opened immediately after closing in the IDC Block 1 Conference Room, 61 Independence Avenue, Prospect Hill, Lusaka in the presence of bidders or their representatives who chose to attend.