Meridiam y Engie inauguran un parque solar de 30 MW en Senegal


This solar farm, the second to be inaugurated in Senegal in less than a year, is currently one of the most important in West Africa.

Carried by the investor dedicated to infrastructure Meridiam, the solar power plant built to Santhiou-Mekhe, in the region of Thiès, brings an additional capacity of 30 megawatts to the electrical grid of Senelec, the public operator. This public-private partnership includes Meridiam to Solairedirect (a subsidiary of Engie) − which is responsible for the construction of the project and will be responsible for its maintenance, as well as the Fonsis, the sovereign wealth fund of senegal, and Proparco, a subsidiary dedicated to the private sector of the French development Agency (AFD). Proparco has financed this project through a loan of 22 billion CFA francs, while the total cost of the project has been estimated at 27 billion CFA francs (41,16 million euros).

Two plants were inaugurated in nine months

Last October, the president Macky Sall was inaugurated first solar plant of 20 MW capacity at Bokhol, funded and operated by the French platform GreenWish Partners.

And then, when his vows of 31 December, the President was committed to reducing by 10% the rate of electricity for households in 2017, and this thanks to the solar projects in which the purchase price is competitive compared to energy sources, the country’s historic (oil in particular).

In Burkina Faso, Sonabel, the electrician, has recently inaugurated a solar power plant of 33 mw to Zagtouli, near Ouagadougou.

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