Offering abundant solar resources, the MSGBC basin is seeing a surge in project developments, demonstrating the importance of international partnerships and funding to achieve the common goal of reducing carbon emissions while increasing access to sustainable energy.
Kamsar and Boké Solar Power Plants: 82 MW
The Kamsar and Boké projects are two solar facilities in Guinea-Conakry developed by Clean Power Generation and financed by Frontier Investment Management.
Upon completion, the projects will have a total capacity of 82 MW. Spread over two sites in the cities of Kamsar and Boké, the projects are expected to provide electricity to up to 360,000 households.
Kahone and Kael: 60 MW
The Kahone and Kael solar plants officially entered into commercial operation in 2021 in Senegal. The two facilities have a combined capacity of 60 MW, providing electricity to more than 300,000 households. The projects were developed under the International Finance Corporation’s Scaling Solar Program, with a PPA signed with the national electricity company, Senelec.
Toujounine: 50 MW
The Toujounine solar project is a 50 MW facility that was completed in 2017. The $53 million project is currently operated by the national utility, Société Mauritanienne d’Electricité, and features 156,000 solar panels. The project removes an estimated 57,000 tons of carbon emissions annually while significantly reducing imports.
Khoumagueli Solar Project: 40 MW
The Khoumagueli Solar Power Station is a 40 MW solar power plant located in Guinea-Conakry. It is being developed by a consortium comprising InfraCo Africa, Aldwych Africa, Solvéo, and its subsidiaries. The power station will have a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Electricité de Guinée, the state-owned utility company, and is expected to be the largest privately funded solar power plant in the country. The project will be synchronized with the nearby Garafiri Hydroelectric Power Station, allowing for efficient power production.
Senergy I Plants: 30 MW
The Senergy I Solar Plant, located in Mékhé in the Thies area, represents one of the largest of its kind in West Africa. With a capacity of 30 MW, the project began commercial operation in June 2017. The project supplies approximately 226,500 households with electricity, with a 25-year PPA signed with Senelec.
Diass Solar Project: 23 MW
In 2022, the Government of Senegal inaugurated the Diass solar power station, a 23 MW facility constructed and operated by the national power utility, Senelec. Capable of supplying up to 33,000 households with electricity, the project was constructed at a cost of $21.4 million.
Jambur Solar Power Plant: 23 MW
In February 2023, The Gambian government launched the 23 MW Jambur Solar Power Plant. The project is being funded by the World Bank and the European Investment Bank and is the largest solar park in the country. Construction of the project has been entrusted to Chinese company TBEA, with commercial operation targeted for 2024.
Senergy II Plant: 20 MW
The Senergy II solar project, designed by GreenWish Partners, is a 20 MW facility located in Bokhol. The facility represents the first operating solar project by an independent power producer, and following a signed PPA with Senelec, provides clean electricity to the national grid.
Bissau Solar Project: 20 MW
The Bissau Solar Project is a 20 MW facility planned in Guinea-Bissau. Currently at the permitting stage, the project is set to be located in Bissau, with construction likely to commence in 2024 and commercial operation starting in 2025. The project is expected to cost up to $29 million.
Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Plant: 15 MW
The Sheikh Zayed Solar project is a 15 MW facility located in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The project represents the first utility scale solar project in the country, producing 25,409 MWh annually and offsetting approximately 21,225 tons of carbon emissions per year. Completed in April 2013, the project accounts for 10% of the country’s grid capacity.
All this and more will be further unpacked during the region’s premier energy event: the MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power conference and exhibition, which takes place from November 21-22 in Nouakchott. As the respective nations of the MSGBC region’s solar industries expand, the conference represents the platform where deals can be signed and investment secured that will kickstart the development of large-scale solar facilities. Find out more about the conference at www.msgbcoilgaspower.com.