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Senegal’s Scaling Solar initiative has commissioned two new plants

ENGIE, Meridiam and FONSIS (Senegal’s Sovereign Strategic Investment Fund) announce the commissioning of two solar PV power plants as part of the Scaling Solar programme with a total production capacity of 60MW.

The power plants Kahone Solaire SA (35MW) and Kael Solaire SA (25MW) are located respectively in the regions of Kaolack and Diourbel, in the centre of the country. These plants are part of the Scaling Solar initiative in Senegal, jointly led by the Senegalese authorities and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which aims to promote investment in solar energy.

The plants are the first electricity generation projects by private operators tendered in Senegal. They will contribute directly to the country’s ambitious goal of increasing the share of renewable energy in its energy mix to 30%.

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With Senergy and the Ten Merina plants, ENGIE, Meridiam and FONSIS now own and manage four solar plants in Senegal with a total production capacity of 120MW, representing more than 50% of the country’s solar capacity.

The project company managing the concession over a 25-year period is held by Meridiam (40%), ENGIE (40%) and FONSIS (20%), the Senegalese sovereign wealth fund.

The proposed tariff will be among the lowest in sub-Saharan Africa, at less than 4 euro cents/kWh (25 XOF). To reinforce the local communities, social-economic projects are being implemented, including the establishment of a credit cooperative in favour of the population impacted by the installation of the solar power plants.

Scaling Solar aligned with four SDGs

Director-General of FONSIS, Papa Demba Diallo, stated:”Scaling Solar is the realisation of the cooperation between FONSIS and several private sector actors including ENGIE, Meridiam, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Proparco and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

“We are delighted with this collaboration, which allows our country to achieve several objectives of the ‘Energy Component’ of the PES; in particular the diversification of the energy mix, the development of clean energy allowing a reduction of pollution, in line with the conclusions of the COP21, but also the reinforcement of universal access to sustainable and affordable energy.”

The Kahone and Kael solar power plants are expected to provide 540,000 people with affordable and renewable electricity, creating over 400 direct and indirect local jobs. The two plants will avoid 89,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year.

Kahone and Kael solar plants will therefore directly contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and especially:

  • SDG #7 (provide affordable and clean energy),
  • SDG #8 (Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth),
  • SDG #9 (build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation), and
  • SDG #13 (strive for climate action).

Mathieu Peller, COO of Meridiam Africa, commented: “After the Senergy and Ten Merina solar power plants, these projects are Meridiam’s 3rd and 4th developments in Senegal. They illustrate how committed we are to supporting Senegal’s transition to cleaner, cheaper energy while creating economic opportunities for local communities.”

Philippe Miquel, CEO North Africa at ENGIE, added: “The Senegalese government has set a target of 30% renewable energy in the electricity mix by 2025. We are pleased to be able to contribute, with the Kahone and Kael photovoltaic plants, to providing clean and sustainable energy to the population. We also welcome the excellent collaboration between the various parties involved.”

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
Nicolette is the Editor of ESI Africa print journal, ESI-Africa.com and the annual African Power & Energy Elites. She is passionate about placing African countries on the international stage and is driven by the motto "The only way to predict the future is to create it". Join her in creating a sustainable future through articles and multimedia content.