Senegal recently began construction on one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest solar offering with the 20MW Senergy 2 project in Bokhol. GreenWish Partners developed the US$28 million project – a French renewable energy platform dedicated to exploits in Sub-Saharan Africa. Senergy 2 was also financially backed by the Senegalese state; with funding from the UK and Norway via their joint investment vehicle Green Africa Power.
The solar park will provide 160,000 people with clean electricity, and will be a booster in helping the country meet its goal for 20% renewables by the end of 2017 whilst entering into a “new, clean energy era,” according to Sengalese president Macky Sall, who spoke at the opening ceremony for the park. This new project comes, as Senegal is keen to establish itself as a front-runner in renewables inWest Africa, which lags behind other parts of the continent such as South Africa and Morocco, in terms of clean energy development.
Sengal recently made plans to install seven off-grid solar projects in collaboration with non-profit organisation Solar Village Project. The villages where the arrays were installed had no prior access to electricity. The systems are scheduled to be installed over a two-week period in early 2017.
A number of projects in South Africa exceed that of Senergy 2 with other countries also developing plans for large utility-scale solar projects including Kenya.