Benin

Solar emerging as best bet for West Africa’s future energy mix

The Economic Community of West African States should prioritize the development of solar PV to meet surging energy demand over the next 30 years, according to a newly published study.

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Electricity access aims prompt fresh $120m in loans and grants for African off-grid solar

Benin has obtained a $21.1 million loan from the investment and development bank of the Economic Community of West African States and Burundi will benefit from a $160 million World Bank donation, $100 million of which will be dedicated to solar energy.

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Benin introduces VAT exemption on imports of PV panels

The exemption will be applied to the import of materials, equipment and installation accessories for the deployment of PV and solar thermal systems. The new measure is aimed at increasing access to electricity through more off-grid projects.

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Benin launches 50 MW solar tender

Bidding for pre-qualification to the tender is open to developers until August 19. The projects are being developed in the frame of the Millennium Challenge Account-Bénin II (MCA-Benin II) program.

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Benin approves four PV projects totaling 50 MW

Four projects, planned to be located across several regions, will be developed through private-public partnerships and a development program supported by the United States.

French Development Agency issues tender for Benin’s first solar park

The 25 MW project is being financially supported by the European Union and the AFD with €60 million.

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France and EU finance Benin’s first solar power plant

The 25 MW Defissol project will be built at a cost of approximately €60 million (US$70.45 million).

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