Senegal - Vinci Energies, a French energy project developer, has been contracted to build eight solar power plants with a combined capacity of 17 MW in Senegal.
The projects, worth €26.8 million, were awarded to the company by Senegal’s state-owned power utility Société d’Electricité du Sénégal (Senelec) and are expected to come online in July 2018.
Finance for the solar installations was provided by the German bank KFW and Senelec.
The new solar power plants, comprising of a total of 62,850 solar panels, will be spread over four regions: the Saloum Islands, Thiès, Tambakounda and Kolda.
The largest installation will be the Thiès plant, which will be directly connected to the grid and will have a capacity of 15 MW.
The other seven solar plants with a combined capacity of 2 MW will be off-grid installations and will have a hybrid (PV-diesel) design, some with battery storage. These hybrid solar power plants will supply power to remote areas while helping to diversify Senegal’s energy mix.
"We are proud to support Senegal in its drive to achieve its energy transition goals. Thanks to our teams on the spot we were able to put together the required resources and skills to build this project, which will be executed within a record 10-month timeframe," said Vinci Energies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Yves Meignié.
Vinci Energies has become a recognised partner in the construction of large-scale turnkey projects in Senegal. In January 2017 the company completed the installation of a 20 MW solar plant in Bokhol near the Mauritanian border and is currently carrying out electrical works for the 21 MW Kahone solar power plant.
In addition Vinci Energies has done other electrical projects in other parts of Africa including the Zagtouli solar power plant in Burkina Faso, West Africa's largest, and the refurbishment of the Mavusi and Chicamba hydroelectric plants in Mozambique.
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