SolarWorld signs 20 MW module supply agreement for Senegal solar plant

More than 77,000 SolarWorld PV modules will be shipped to Senegal’s Kahone region by March next year to build a 20 MW solar PV plant in the country.

Austrian SolarWorld partner Energie Merl acquired a supply contract for the project, which will be located some 100 kilometers from Senegal’s capital Dakar. Senelec, a local power company, has tendered the project, which when completed will be one of the largest in the country.

Senegal has been beset by energy problems for many years, exacerbated by frequent droughts in many regions that have led to a rural exodus, thus piling demand on to already-overstretched city grids.

For Senegal and many other nations in West Africa, solar PV energy offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly means of meeting these challenges, creating much-needed jobs in the meantime.

"With this project, we are once again documenting that PV represents a safe, clean and affordable solution for millions of people," said SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck. "It is a wise decision that the customer has bet on sustainability with durable products."

In the summer it was revealed that 20 MW of grid-connected solar PV was under construction in Senegal as part of an investment by global private equity firm Denham Capital and African renewable energy investment company GreenWish. The project is located close to the Mauritanian border in Bokhol.

Off-grid solar has also been penetrating in the country, with seven village soon to benefit from off-grid installations being fitted by non-profit organization Solar Village Project.