Photovoltaic Power Plants Grid-Connected

Power Plant

Centre International de Conferences Abdou Diouf (CICAD)

Developer: Government of Senegal

Contractor / EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction): Yingli Green Energy Spain; Subsidiary of Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited, China

Operator: Senelec

Year of commissioning: 2014

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Malicounda

Year of commissioning: November 2016

Developer: Solaria Kima

EPC Contractor: Techno Solaire

22MWp solar power plant connected to the grid:

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Oyandze

It was commissioned in April 2016.

Information:

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Emerging Power Solar PV

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Garaku AfriNigeria

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Ganjuwa LGA

The Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) on July 2016 inked power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the developers of 12 solar projects in Nigeria totalling 975 MW, local media reported.

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Katsina Solar

Pan Africa Solar and the Federal Government of Nigeria have jointly signed Nigeria's first Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

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Bokhol (Senergy II)

Year of Commissioning: October 2016

Developer: Senergy 2

EPC Contractor: Omexom (Vinci)

Centrale solaire de 20 mégawatts (MW) dans la région de Saint-Louis.

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Santhiou Mekhe Solar Power Plant (SENERGY)

Year of commissioning: June 2017

Developer: Senergy PV

EPC Contractor: Solairedirect (Engie)

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Santiago Solar PV plant

The Santiago Solar PV Project was one of the very first utility-scale solar PV projects in West Africa that demonstrated the feasibility of the technology in Cabo Verde and the region.

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Centrale Tambacounda

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News

Senegal inaugurates a 20 MW solar power plant

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.

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

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.

 

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Gambia signs solar PPA for 10 MW

Emerging Power (Gambia) Ltd., has signed a 10-MW PV Solar Power Project Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for 25 years with  the National Water & Electricity Company (NAWEC) in Banjul, The Gambia. Emerging Power (Gambia) Ltd. is the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed in The Gambia for the implementation of the project, which is planned on starting construction in May 2016.

 

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The Community Energy Service of Bambadinca starts the testing phase

The project aims at providing the village of Bambadinca (region of Bafata, Guinea-Bissau) with a modern, reliable and accessible electricity service from renewable energy sources. In Bambadinca, NGO TESE sem fronteiras, is implementing this innovative project; "Bambadinca Sta Claro", where 6500 persons will receive energy from a large solar PV system, covering 15,000 m2, that will be producing 270 kW electric power. The electricity benefits both women and children, households, schools and local businesses. About 120 pilot customers started testing on15th November 2014 the Community Energy Service of Bambadinca (SCEB).

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Texas utility secures rock-bottom price for solar

Austin Energy in Texas is set to sign a deal expected to result in one of the lowest-priced solar power arrangements in the world. Under the unprecedented agreement between Austin Energy and SunEdison, the utility will buy solar power for less than $0.05 per kilowatt hour.

The Austin American-Statesman, the utility. owned by the city of Austin, has approved an agreement with SunEdison to buy electricity from two solar farms in West Texas at a price of just below $0.05 per kilowatt hour – considerably lower than the standard price for solar energy and less than a third of the price Austin Energy agreed to pay in 2009 for electricity from a smaller solar installation east of the city.

The Austin American-Statesman cited Jurgen Weiss, an energy economist with the Brattle Group, who added, "It is certainly at the very low end of the prices I have seen. As many had predicted, we’re entering a time in which, with some caveats, solar presents quite an attractive alternative to conventional sources."

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Sierra Leone Embarks on One of West Africa’s Largest Solar Parks

Sierra Leone is getting plans underway to have one of the largest solar parks in the region. The country awarded UAE conglomerate Mulk OGI-Oasis Gulf Investment, FZC (subsidiary of Mulk Holdings) an $18-million solar park project to be located in Freetown.

Oasis Gulf Investment, FZC, has been selected for the construction of a 6 MW PV plant in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in the frame of IRENA/ADFD Project Facility Program. According to Business Ghana, the IRENA/ADFD initiative will provide $9 million in financing for the project, that will require a global investment of $18 million. The thin-film PV modules for the project will be provided by the UAE renewable energy company Masdar, a business unit of Mubadala Development Co. The IRENA/ADFD Project Facility Program is an initiative led by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to provide financing of up to $350 million for renewable energy projects in developing countries. Sierra Leone aims to cover 25% of the country's electricity generation from renewable source by 2015.

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Solar PV in Africa: Costs and Markets

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VALDAS & COMPANY LTD

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Nova POWER

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