As part of efforts to attain energy security, the Central African Republic (CAR) has launched a 25 MW solar power generation facility, inaugurated by President Faustin-Archange Touadéra last week.
Developed under the country’s Emergency Electricity Supply and Access Project, the World Bank-funded Danzi Solar Plant is said to be the largest solar facility in Central Africa. Comprising 47,000 solar panels, the project will be critical in helping CAR meet its energy demand and could replace up to 90% of energy currently produced by diesel fuel in the country.
According to President Touadéra, the inauguration of the solar facility marks a significant milestone in the country’s efforts to diversify its energy mix and unlock its renewable energy potential through the development of solar, biomass and hydroelectric power.
Since 2016, CAR has increased its electricity production fourfold, from 25 MW to 100 MW.