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WEST AFRICA’S LARGEST SOLAR PARK IS OPERATIONAL IN TOGO
Called Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Solar Power Plant named after the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, one of the largest power stations in West Africa, was inaugurated by the Head of State on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The plant was built by the builder AMEA Togo Solar, a subsidiary of the company AMEA Power, and the Togolese Rural Electrification and Renewable Energies Agency (AT2ER) was the delegated contracting authority for this large infrastructure.
The inauguration ceremony took place in the presence of eminent personalities such as the Prime Minister, the President of the National Assembly, members of the government and Mr. Hussain Al Nowais, President of AMEA Power.
It was in front of a jubilant population but with barrier measures that the ceremony took place. The various authorities of the prefecture of Blitta praised the size of this project and on behalf of the population, thanked the Head of State for this great infrastructure, one more in the progress towards energy autonomy of Togo.
Technically, with an installed capacity of 50 MW, the plant covers an area of 92 hectares and is equipped with nearly 127,344 solar panels fitted with trackers. With an annual production estimated at 90,255 MWh, the infrastructure will contribute to the reduction of the production costs of electric energy and the energy dependence of Togo; as well as the increase in the share of renewable energies in the energy mix. It will serve around 158,333 households with solar energy.
On the financial level, for the realization of this infrastructure, the works were co-financed in PPP (Public Private Partnership) to the tune of 60 million US dollars or 35 billion FCFA by the Togolese government, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the West African Development Bank (BOAD), ADEX (Abu Dhabi Exports) and AMEA Togo Solar.
In her speech, the Minister Delegate to the President of the Republic, in charge of Energy and Mines, Ms. Mila Ami Aziable indicated that this book perfectly illustrates the success of the public-private partnership in Africa with AMEA power, which has benefited a favorable investment climate in Togo, having encouraged it to pre-finance this large-scale project with its own funds.
The various partners also welcomed this partnership which according to them is based on the enrichment of cooperation links thus making Togo’s development policy dynamic and pragmatic. They reaffirmed their commitment to support Togo in its national strategy to promote renewable energies.
Recall that the installation of the first solar plate took place on February 03, 2020.