Togo inaugurates Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed solar plant in Blitta

Wednesday, 23 June 2021 14:30
Togo inaugurates Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed solar plant in Blitta

(Togo First) - President Faure Gnassigbé inaugurated Tuesday the Blitta solar plant. The Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed solar plant, as it has been named, was built by AMEA Togo Solar, a subsidiary of AMEA Power. 

The plant has a capacity of 50 MWp and is equipped with more than 5,000 solar panels. According to the Togolese authorities, it should generate around 90,255 MWh per year,  and supply electricity to about 158,333 households in Togo. Additionally, the power produced should meet 9% of the central region’s demand. 

The West African Development Bank (BOAD) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) backed the project with CFA21 billion. “Its concretization”, says Aziable Mila, minister of energy and mines, perfectly “illustrates the success of the public-private partnership in Africa with AMEA power, which benefited from a favorable investment climate in Togo that enabled it to pre-finance this large-scale project with its own funds.” 

AMEA Power, the project developer, is controlled by the UAE-based Al Nowais Investments. The former will exploit the plant for 25 years and has committed to contributing to the saving of one million tons of CO2 emissions expected from the platform throughout its lifetime.

The solar plant project aligns with Togo’s national electrification strategy. Under the latter, the country should achieve universal access to electricity by 2030, with 50% of its mix being renewables.

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