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With support from the NAMA Facility (jointly established by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)) UNDP has been working with its partners on the identificat

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Segou (Scatec Solar)

The project has been awarded economic support from Norad (The Norwegian Agency for Development Corporation), both related to project development and for grid infrastructure investments that will be transferred and operated by EDM after the project is completed.

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Expected year of commissioning: 2020

More info: ECOWREX news

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Bor (Gardete)

The project is promoted by SABER/ABREC and will be the biggest grid connected PV plant in Guinea Bissau. It has a capacity of 20 MW and consists of 16 units of 1,250 kW each. The plant in Bor will be financed by BOAD.

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Kahone (Engie-Meridiam)

ENGIE and its investment partner Meridiam were selected in April 2018 by the Regulatory Commission of Electricity Secto

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Touba-Kaël (Engie-Meridiam II)

Expected year of commissioning: 2019-2020

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Year of commissioning: February 2019


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Gomoa Onyaadze

Year of commissioning: September 2018

- 40,800 polycrystalline silicon panels

- 400 inverters

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Malbaza solar

Year of commissioning: November 2018

Project funded by the Government of India

More info: NIGELEC

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Ziga - centrale solaire photovoltaïque communautaire

Commissioned in May 2017.

Funded by China (100% grant)

- KWh produced in 2017 = 1,189,249.00 (Source: SONABEL 2017)

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Regional progress report on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access in the ECOWAS region - Monitoring year 2017

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Micro-Réseaux Photovoltaïques Hybrides: Guide de Conception et Calcul

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Rapport de Progrès Régionaux sur les Énergies Renouvelables, l'Efficacité Énergétique et l'Accès à l'Énergie dans la région de la CEDEAO

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The ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF) - GN-SEC Video Impact Story

The Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centers (GN-SEC) has produced a video that showcases some of the results and impacts of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF) for peri-urban and rural areas. The EREF is an interesting example showcasing the benefits of regional cooperation within the GN-SEC. In 2011 the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) created the Facility with technical assistance of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and financial support of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Mali solar rural electrification project will develop 50 solar minigrids in its first approved stage

The Green Climate Fund board approved the Mali solar rural electrification project at its 22nd meeting in February 2019. The project is expected to provide funding to solar-based mini-grids for rural electrification, with a total investment of EUR 46.2 million of which EUR 33.64 million in high concessional sovereign loan and EUR 2 million grant for technical assistance. GCF funding will additionally mobilise EUR 10.6 million from the West African Development Bank (BOAD). The first approved stage of the project will deliver access to clean energy to 50 localities in Mali, reaching 28,300 households.

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World Bank Provides Over $200 Million to Help Increase Access to Electricity in West Africa and the Sahel Region

The Board of the World Bank Group approved on April 17, 2019 a fund of $200 million to implement the Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP). The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) is the leading implementing agency of the project, which aims at increasing access to electricity in West Africa and Sahel Region. The Project will increase electricity access of households and businesses, using modern stand-alone solar systems through a harmonized regional approach.

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Mali signs a Power Purchase Agreement for the Sikasso PV plant

The Government of Mali awarded PowerPro to built Sikasso solar plant of 50 MW as part of a public-private partnership (PPP). PowerPro was selected to install the PV plant in a BOOT (Build, Own, Operate, Transfer). The government of the country committed to purchase the power produced by the plant, and signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with PowerPro. The national utility, Énergie du Mali (EDM), will purchase energy for 28 years.

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Solar Energy to Power 1,100 Schools and Health Centers in Gambia

Gambia could be the first country in the world to ensure all of its rural schools and health centers will benefit from a reliable energy supply using solar and battery technology. This will happen through a 20-MW solar energy and 400 km distribution project as well as installation of PV off-grid systems, to transform energy access and cut costs, brought to Gambia by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

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PV systems installed in all hospitals in Cabo Verde

Finalized in 2018, the project Distributed Solar Energy Systems, funded by the World Bank through the Small Island Develoing States (SIDS) fund, has installed solar energy production capacity in all regional and central hospitals in the country. The project will contribute to reduce the financial resources spend by the hospitals in electricity, thus contributing to improve the medical service provided to the users. The project also contributes to increase the sustanability of the energy sector in the country, as it reduces the energy demand in a country still dominated by the high dependency on fuel imports for energy production.

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Commissioning of Malbaza 7MW solar plant in Niger

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.

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