The government of Sierra Leone has agreed a loan worth around US$9 million from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to build a 6MW solar park in the capital city, Freetown.

The state news agency of the United Arab Emirates reported that the director of the development bank, Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, signed a deal with Sierra Leone’s minister of finance and economic planning, Dr Kaifala Mara. ADFD will lend around AED33 million (US$9 million) for the project.

Roles in the creation of the Solar Park Freetown project, as it is known, will include both public and private companies. Minister Mara said that the project would provide power to areas in and around Freetown, leading to "improvements of the social and economic conditions for the people in the Freetown area”.

The intended construction of the plant, with modules to be supplied by Masdar PV, was originally reported by PV Tech at the beginning of this year.

The prospects for solar in West Africa will be explored at Solar & Off-Grid Renewables, a two-day conference hosted by PV Tech publisher Solar Media on 16-17 September in Accra, Ghana. Further information is available here.

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