Two new solar power plants with a total capacity of 60MW have been launched in Western Senegal.
The Kahone Solaire and Kael Solaire plants will help bring clean electricity to nearly 540,000 people and help avoid 89,000 tons of carbon emissions per year.
While the proportion of Senegalese people with access to electricity has increased over the last 30 years, nearly a quarter of the population still lack access to power.
The power sector in Senegal has been historically reliant on costly fuel imports, with around 80% of its energy mix being oil-based.
Both projects, commissioned by French utility ENGIE, Meridiam and the Senegalese Sovereign Wealth Fund for Strategic Investments (FONSIS), were developed under the Scaling Solar programme led by the IFC, member of the World Bank Group.
Mathieu Peller, COO of Meridiam Afrique said: “The Kael and Kahone solar power plants exemplify our commitment to supporting Senegal’s transition to cleaner, more affordable energy, while creating business opportunities for local communities.
“These two projects are expected to provide the equivalent of 540,000 people with cheap, renewable electricity. This is a record in sub-Saharan Africa, which will support more than 400 direct and indirect local jobs.”