Compagnie Ivoirienne d’Electricité (CIE), a utility in Ivory Coast, is ready to inaugurate its first photo voltaic plant – a €40 million ($42.6 million), 37.5 MW set up, supported by 10 MW Saft storage system.
The director of CIE, which is owned by the state of Ivory Coast, mentioned final week that the nation is ready to inaugurate its first photo voltaic plant, however he didn’t present particulars in regards to the launch date. The 37.5 MW set up in Boundiali, within the northern a part of the West African nation, will promote electrical energy to CIE.
“After experimenting with fossil fuels and hydroelectricity, [Ivory Coast]which is wealthy in renewable vitality potential, is about to fee its first solar energy plant, marking its intention to alter the vitality combine as a lot as doable,” mentioned Noumory Sidibé, the director common of CIE
The Growth Financial institution of Germany KfW financed the €40 million venture with €27 million by means of the German Federal Ministry for Financial Cooperation and Growth. The European Union added €9.7 million, and the federal government of the Ivory Coast contributed the remaining quantity.
In Could, Saft – a subsidiary of France’s TotalEnergies – was chosen to construct a ten MW storage system within the photo voltaic venture. It’ll set up six of its Intensium Max Excessive Vitality containers, which include lithium-ion batteries. The vitality storage system will present capability firming and PV smoothing providers to the photo voltaic venture, in keeping with Saft.
The Boundiali venture is a part of the “Compact with Africa” program, an initiative launched in March 2017 by the Group of 20 main financial international locations beneath the presidency of Germany. This system seeks to advertise non-public funding in renewable vitality growth in Africa.
In Could 2018, the Ivory Coast authorities mentioned a 25 MW photo voltaic venture within the city of Benguébougou was the nation’s first photo voltaic plant. Nonetheless, the Boundiali venture, which was introduced in October 2018, reached the commissioning stage first.
In accordance with the Worldwide Renewable Vitality Company (IRENA), Ivory Coast may have 13 MW of cumulative photo voltaic capability by 2021.
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