International fair for Energy and Water organized in Benin- December 15-18, 2016

International fair for Energy and Water organized in Benin- December 15-18, 2016

The Ministry of Energy, Water and Mines of Benin is organizing the first edition of the Energy and Water International Exhibition of Benin (SIEEB), that will be held from 15th to 18th of December 2016 at the Congress Palace in Cotonou. With more than 50 stands, 10 speakers and training workshops, this exhibition promisses in innovation and demonstration for a better management of water and energy in Africa. It brings together water and energy production companies, equipment suppliers companies, instalation and maintenance companies, utilities, academia, investment and financing institutions and more stakeholders.This event sets a precedent for the professionals working in the energy and water sector to connect with all different stakeholders and to get knowledge of all different activities and innovative solutions that exists in the sector.

Senegal inaugurates a 20 MW solar power plant

Senergy 2 (Picture's source: GreenWish Partners)

Senegal officially launched on the 22nd of October 2016, a 20MW solar power plant (Senergy 2) in Bokho in the country’s north. Senergy 2 is part of a two-plant project and is set to provide electricity to around 160,000 people. It is an important step for a nation which is actively working for the inclusion of renewables in the energy mix. Currently Senegal meets most of its energy needs by using imported fossil fuels. According to the ECOWREX data portal, the electrification rate in 2016 is 90% for urban areas whereas it is 30% for rural areas. With this grid-connected solar plant, the member state makes a movement to become an example for renewable energy development in West Africa, a region that still lags behind in its development and use of the technology.


30KWp / 77KVA PV-Diesel Hybrid System in Bilgo, Burkina Faso (source: 2iE)

Le 31 mars 2016 a été inauguré la centrale hybride photovoltaïque/ diésel de Bilgo, village situé dans la commune rurale de PABRE. Cette centrale va contribuer à l’accélération de la couverture électrique nationale en améliorant significativement le taux d’accès des populations à l’électricité. La centrale électrique, fonctionne avec les systèmes hybrides photovoltaïque/groupes électrogènes de 30 kWc/77kVA. L’installation de cette centrale a été possible grâce l’apport financier de l’Union Européenne dans le cadre du projet « Flexy Energy » à hauteur 2 377 654 Euros soit environ 70% du budget global et avec une participation de la SONABEL, sous l’initiative et la coordination de 2IE.

Clean Energy Solutions Center and SE4ALL: No-cost Expert Assistance for Governments

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The Solutions Center and SE4All have joined forces to provide Governments with rapid, on-demand expert assistance by implementing integrated country actions that strategically transform their energy systems. Through the Ask an Expert service, the Solutions Center provides NO-COST EXPERTISE through a network of more than 50 world-class multi-lingual policy and finance authorities from all regions of the world. These experts work directly with Governments to address country-specific needs as they develop country SE4All action agendas and investment prospectuses. Countries seeking assistance can submit a request for assistance through the Solutions Center website at or by email to

West Africa's largest solar power plant in Senegal planned for 2017

West Africa's largets solar power plant in Senegal (©GettyImages/acques LOIC)

In May 2016, an agreement of € 43 million was signed for the Senergy project in Senegal, West Africa's largest solar power plant. Located in Méouane in the region of Thies, this solar plant is expected to start production in early 2017. It is funded by the FONSIS, the sovereign Strategic Investment Fund of Senegal, Méridiam, an investment fund, and Proparco, a subsidiary of the French Development Agency dedicated to the private sector.


First Call of ElectriFI launched- Electrification Financing Initiative of the European Union

First round of ElectriFI open until 6th May 2016. An Electrification Financing Initiative of the European Union

The Electrification Financing Initiative of the European Union, ElectriFI opened its doors on 15 April 2016 and interested parties can submit their project proposals through until 6 May. ElectriFI is an innovative mechanism to unlock, accelerate and leverage investments providing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.