Energy Resources Senegal (ERS) and Climate Fund Managers (CFM) have entered into an agreement to jointly build a solar-plus-storage plant in Niakhar, a town located about 150km east of the Senegalese capital Dakar. ERS is an energy developer that has the state-owned utility of Senegal as one of its major shareholder. CFM is a global investment group that funds projects related to renewable energy and sanitation.
The solar-plus-storage plant in Niakhar will be the first of its kind in the country. This large-scale energy project will integrate 30MW of photovoltaics with 15MW/45MWh of battery storage.
ERS will assume the responsibilities of development, construction, ownership, and operation of the solar plus-storage plant. CFM will provide consultation on technical, environmental, and social issues.
Sebastian Surie, CFM’s regional head for Africa, said that CFM looks forward to working closely with ERS to build the first solar-plus-storage plant in Senegal. Surie also noted that ERS have many impressive projects that are under development and in line with CFM’s mission. Once up and running, the solar-plus-storage plant in Niakhar will provide clean and renewable electricity to more than 150,000 households in the surrounding region.
ERS currently aims to expand its portfolio of various energy projects to 500MW by 2025.
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