Commissioning of Malbaza 7MW solar plant in Niger

Commissioning of 7MW solar in Malbaza - Source of the image: NIGELEC

The ECOWAS member state commissioned in November 2018 its first solar PV plant in Malbaza, a rural community in the Tahoua region. The project, funded by the Indian Government, will provide electricity access to about 30,000 households in the departments of Madaoua, Malbaza and Konni. This commissioning sets a start point to the diversification of the energy mix in the country. The aim of the national utility is to have about 100MW of solar energy installed by 2021.

The 7 MW facility is the result of a project developed under the “Renaissance Program Act II”, which has received support from the Indian government. Moreover, the project is part of a plan to deploy 100 MW of solar by 2021, which includes three PPP plants in Dosso (10 MW), Maradi (20 MW) and Niamey-Gorou Banda (30 MW), and the Agadez hybrid diesel-solar project (18 MW). In addition, the 20MW solar of the Gorou-Banda project funded by the EU and the French Development Agency (AFD) will complete the target of 100MW solar in the country.


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