Senegal begins work on mini-solar plants to power 300 additional villages
London, Nov. 4, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Senegal has launched a major project to electrify 300 villages through mini-photovoltaic power plants.
In all, 20,000 households projected to be home to about 180,000 people will have access to electricity in 7 regions of the country.
Construction work on these mini-power plants is expected to last 48 months. They will be led by the German company GAUFF & Co.
The project is funded through the financial support of the German Development Bank KfW which is injecting $132 million.
According to Abdoulaye Dia, the chief of staff of the Senegalese Minister of Oil and Energy, the project is an additional opportunity to reduce social inequalities in different parts of the country.
Abdoulaye Dia said the project reflects the will of the authorities “to improve the living conditions of citizens in the villages so that everyone can aspire to a quality and affordable energy”
Recall that Senegal currently has a rural electrification rate of 48% and intends to achieve universal access to energy by 2025.