The new equipment is being deployed to support the decarbonization efforts of the country, which covers 40% of a forecourt’s energy needs.
Oryx Energies Senegal currently operates a service station with solar panels covering a significant part of its energy needs. The PAI service station in Dakar has a canopy made of transparent solar panels manufactured by the German producer Sonnenstromfabrik, a quality leader in solar modules.
The decision to build a forecourt equipped with solar functionality supports the country’s decarbonization efforts. As one of the pioneers of the energy transition in sub-Saharan Africa, the country started a policy to popularize solar equipment for homes and communities since the early 1980s.
“This installation, the first for our group, is part of our ESG and solar energy strategy for our industrial, commercial and administrative areas. This strategy covers the next three years. We have a budget of US $ 4 million to achieve the expected production capacity of almost 4 GWh/year,” explained Stephen Paris, Chief Financial Officer & Chairman of the ESG Committee of Oryx Energies.
Chosen to provide robust performance combined with a stylish look and feel, the purpose-built canopy has a panel output of 24 MWh/year. This covers 40% of the service station’s energy requirements and represents a capital investment of US$ 40,000.
Oryx Energies plans to expand the number of its service stations in Senegal that benefit from solar power similar to ongoing projects in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Mali. In addition, the company has initiatives formulated for The Gambia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania, covering a total of 150 service stations by 2025.