Djibouti president Ismail Omar Guellehheld at a ceremony to mark the launch of the country's 300MW PV project. Image: MERN.
Work is set to begin shortly on the first phase of what is expected to be a 300MW PV project in Djibouti.
The tiny East African country is aiming to become 100% powered by renewable energy by 2020, and last week its president Ismail Omar Guelleh held a ceremony to mark the first stage of the project.
According to a statement from Djibouti’s energy ministry, the project will be built in the south of the country, in the Grand Bara area.
Swiss company Green Enesys is developing the €360 million project and is expecting to execute it in six 50MW phases.
According to comments from the country’s energy minister separately reported by Reuters, electricity from the plant will be sold to national utility Électricité de Djibouti under a power purchase agreement.
PV Tech has contacted Green Enesys for further details on the project.
Djibouti’s renewable energy ambitions are largely predicated on its geothermal potential, which is estimated at 1GW, according to the ministry. However, solar and wind are also expected to form part of its plans.
Last year, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said in a report that renewable energy was the only “viable” route for Djibouti to meet growing demand for power and to move away from its current dependency on expensive imported fossil fuels and power generated in neighbouring Ethiopia.
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