Senegal’s Niakhar Solar Power Plant Project Receives US $23M Boost

The Niakhar solar power plant will be located south of the commune of Niakhar, in the Fatik region of western Senegal. Teranga Niakhar Storage, a subsidiary of Energy Resources Senegal, has a 59-hectare plot of land allocated for the project by a resolution of the Niakhar municipal council.

The plant will have a capacity of 30 MWp and will be equipped with a 15 MW/45 MWh electricity storage system. This will help to store excess energy generated during the day for use during periods of low sunlight or high demand. The plant will be built by Omexom, a subsidiary of the French group Vinci, known for its expertise in energy infrastructure projects.

The electricity generated by the plant will be sold to Senegal’s state-owned utility, SENELEC. The Niakhar solar power plant is expected to improve the coverage of electricity demand in Senegal and contribute to the country’s electricity supply security. The project is expected to meet the energy needs of approximately 150,000 Senegalese households, making a significant contribution to the country’s energy access goals.

Energy Resources Senegal has a larger plan to deploy 500 MW of installed solar capacity in West Africa by 2025. The Niakhar solar power plant project is part of that broader initiative.

Senegal currently has a diversified energy mix that includes gas, wind, solar, and biomass. As of 2023, the country has an installed capacity of 1,555 MW from these sources, with solar playing a growing role. The Niakhar solar power plant is expected to be completed in 2024. The project is financed by a consortium of lenders, including the West African Development Bank (BOAD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The Niakhar solar power plant is expected to create jobs and boost the local economy.

Benefits of the Niakhar Solar Power Plant Project;  Increased electricity generation capacity,  Improved electricity supply security, Reduced greenhouse gas emissions, Job creation and Economic boost

The Niakhar solar power plant project is a significant investment in Senegal’s renewable energy sector. The project is expected to improve the country’s electricity supply security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs. The project is also part of a larger initiative by Energy Resources Senegal to deploy 500 MW of installed solar capacity in West Africa by 2025.

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