From Vision to Coordinated Action - Consolidation of SE4ALL Action Agendas, National Renewable Energy Action Plans, and National Energy Efficiency Action Plans of the ECOWAS region countries

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Effet des angles d’inclinaison et d’orientation des capteurs solaires sur leur production : cas des capitales des pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre

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Directives pour l'évaluation des impacts environnementaux et sociaux des installations de production et de transport d'énergie électrique en Afrique de l'Ouest

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Guidelines for Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of Electric Power Generation and Transmission Systems in West Africa

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Solar PV in Africa: Costs and Markets

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Senegal inaugurates its fourth Solar PV Plant

In January 2018 Senegal has inaugurated its fourth grid connected PV plant. The project is located in Mérina Ndakhar and has an installed capacity of 30MW. With the commissioning of this plant, the ECOWAS member state counts now with 104 MW of solar grid connected installed capacity, thus contributing to achieve the national target of producing the 30% of the electricity by using renewable energy resources by 2020. The energy produced by the solar plant will be bought by the national utility, Senelec.

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New solar mini-grid plants operational in Liberia

In June 2017, five remote communities in Lofa receive a solar power plant and mini-grids as part of the project Light Up Our Futures, funded by EU and implemented by PLAN International and VOSIEDA, with technical support of GIZ/EnDev.

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Inaugurated in Senegal the largest solar PV plant in West Africa

The Santhiou Mékhé solar PV plant in the community of Thies in Senegal was inagurated on 29th June 2017 being at the moment the largest solar PV plant in West Africa, with 30MW of installed capacity. After the inauguration of the Senergy 2 solar plant (20 MW) and the Malicounda PV plant (22 MW) in October and November 2016, this plant represents the third grid-connected PV plant commisioned in the ECOWAS member state in less than one year. With a cost of 41 millions of €, the plant is supposed to supply electricity to 200,000 households of the country and add a significant bit to guide Senegal to achieve 20% of electricity production through the use of renewable energies by end of 2017.

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Seven PV mini-grid plants inaugurated in Burkina Faso

SIAD (Service International d’Appui au Développement) and partners inaugurated in March 2017 seven PV mini-grid plants in the rural communities of Guiba and Bindé in Burkina Faso. The inauguration of these renewable energy plants marked one significant achievement for a project which started in 2012 and it set an important step forward to increase the rural electrification in Burkina Faso.

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Pioneer projects on Pay-As-You-Go Solar Systems increase rural energy access in Senegal

Pay-As-You-Go is increasingly being used as a mechanism for financing the purchase of small-scale RE technologies in West Africa, as well as facilitating payment for ongoing energy service by an energy producer or utility in ECOWAS developing countries. In Senegal, some pioneer projects have started offering consumers the ability to pre-pay for their energy, mitigating one of the main obstacles in providing solar technology to people from rural areas: their inability to meet stand-alone product costs, or to pay for service on an ongoing basis from either products or larger network-based solutions such as mini-grids.

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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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In March 2016, it was inaugurated a Hybrid PV-Diesel power plant in Bilgo, rural community situated in the region of Pabre. This power plant is contributing to improve the electricity access rate in the country. The hybrid power plant in Bilgo works with a photovoltaic-genset system of 30KWp / 77KVA. The project was financially supported by the European Union within the framework of the project “Flexy Energy” and also with the financial contribution from SONABEL under the initiative and coordination of 2iE.

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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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ESSAKANE solar power plant

It was done on a commercial basis between EREN RE, AEMP (developer) and the Canadian mining company IAMGOLD ESSAKANE SA. Both the producer and the consumer are private and independent.

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Construction started in February 2020.

Expected date of commissioning: 2021

PPP project - Urbasolar Group

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Dedougou 2

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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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Year of commissioning: November 2016

Developer: Solaria Kima

EPC Contractor: Techno Solaire

22MWp solar power plant connected to the grid:

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It was commissioned in April 2016.


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