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.

West Africa's first grid-­connected biogas plant in Burkina Faso

The containerized 275 kW gas engine and hot water distribution system

FasoBiogaz SARL has successfully started electricity production in West Africa's first grid-connected biogas plant, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The power-plant has an installed capacity of 275 KW. Electricity is being distributed by SONABEL, the country's utility. FasoBiogaz is supported by the Dutch government.

7,6 MW of three RE Projects in Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde and Senegal

7,6 MW of three RE Projects in Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde and Senegal
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) announced on January, 2016, USD 46 million in concessional loans for four renewable energy projects in the three ECOWAS Member States and Antigua and Barbuda. The loans will fund a solar project in Burkina Faso, a solar and wind project in Cabo Verde and a solar project in Senegal. The three projects will result in 7,6 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity and represent a mix of renewable energy sources, are all innovative, potentially replicable or scalable, and will improve energy access.


Cabo Verde wins SEFA grant to develop wave-powered desalination system

Cape Verde wins SEFA grant to build wave-powered desalination system

Cabo Verde was awarded a US $930,000 grant by the African Development Bank-hosted Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) on December 21, 2015 to develop the world’s first wave-driven desalination system. The project was selected in the framework of the 1st round of the West Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (WAFCEF). Wave2O™, to be located in Praia Grande, São Vicente- Cabo Verde, will operate completely “off-grid” and supply more than 48,000 people with clean fresh water at a competitive cost. The system is expected to have a capacity of 4,000 m3/day of water.