ENGIE joins forces with the national renewable energies agency in Senegal, ANER, in order to accelerate renewable developments in the country.The international energy company revealed the news on Wednesday, explaining that the first part of the partnership will involve the development of solar energy for individuals in multi-occupancy or individual housing.
The company elaborated that the aim of this collaboration is to study the initial deployment of these solutions to 11,000 households in the city of Dakar and its suburbs.
In achieving this, the focus will be on photovoltaic (PV) solar panels for the production of electricity and solar water-heaters for the production of hot water.
Through this partnership, both the companies will be looking into financing solutions for the equipment to facilitate a feasible deployment plan.
Market energy performance contracts
As part of the agreement, ENGIE has also committed to market energy performance contracts (EPC) to industrial operators and the tertiary sector in large urban communities in the country.
According to the company, the goal of this commitment is to reduce sites’ energy consumption and help to balance the Senegalese electrical system.
“In Senegal, ENGIE will adapt the concept of EPC that it has used in all its industrial client and large tertiary markets around the world for many years,” the energy firm stated.
The global energy company has further committed its participation in an industrial cluster to promote renewable energies, particularly by professional training actions and strengthening the local industrial network.
ENGIE CEO, Isabelle Kocher, commented: “ENGIE is aiming to use its technical experience and financial capacity to support Senegal’s energy policy, in close partnership with local stakeholders.
“The agreement we have signed today reflects our desire to be a major stakeholder in renewable energies and services in Africa and to solve the huge energy supply problems found on the continent.”
The group is also involved in the Senergy project, a 30MW photovoltaic power station in the town of Santiou Mekhé, scheduled for commissioning this year, the company said.