Renewable energy projects
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Renewable energy, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV), is fast becoming the preferred choice for speeding up access to energy in Senegal.

State-owned power company Société d’Electricité du Sénégal (Senelec) has awarded Omexom a contract to build eight PV power plants with a combined capacity of 17MW.

The plants will be developed within a period of 10 months with handover scheduled for July 2018.

The new plants, made up of a total of 62,850 solar panels, will be spread over four large regions: the Saloum Islands, the Thiès region in the western part of the country, the Tambakounda and Kolda regions in the east.

The power developer, Omexom is a subsidy of multinational power solutions company, VINCI Energies.

The Thiès plant, which will be directly connected to the grid, will have an installed capacity of 15MW. The other seven plants, which have a hybrid (PV-diesel) design, some with battery storage, will have a total combined capacity of 2MW. Read more…

These renewable plants will enable Senegal to supply power for isolated sites and to diversify its energy mix.

Eight PV power plants

The full set of PV plants will generate enough power to cover the annual needs of 140,000 people and will avoid atmospheric CO2 emissions amounting to 18,919 tonnes per year.

The combined power generation and battery storage system will overcome intermittent production and ensure continuous supply.

The company’s chairman and chief executive officer Yves Meignié, said: “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 the record 10-month timeframe.”

 

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