The Spanish subsidiary of solar panel manufacturer, Yingli Green, is to build a 2MW solar power plant in Senegal.
Under a contract with Senegal’s state-owned utility, Societe Nationale d' Electricite de Senegal (Senelec), Yingli Green Energy Spain will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the solar power plant.
Yingli is to co-develop the 2.5 hectare project which will begin construction this month and is scheduled for completion by this November. Once complete the 2MW solar power plant will power the international conference center Diamniadio, in Dakar.
Yingli will also supply its multicrystalline solar modules for the project, which together are expected to generate an estimated 3.7MWh a year.
The project is an opportunity for Yingli to build in West Africa, and for Senegal to begin contructing renewables, said Papa Dieng, general manager of Senelec. “I hope this example of cooperation between Senelec and Yingli will be enlarged,” said Dieng.
Dieng also added that the project is part of president Macky Sall’s vision to include more renewables in the Senegal’s energy mix.
Liansheng Miao, chairman and CEO of Yingli said the company is committed to expanding the promotion of clean energy in West Africa.
Read more on Senegal at sister site, Solar Business Focus, with an interview with the country’s former renewable energy minister, Louis Seck, here. The challenges and opportunities for solar in West AFrica will be under the microscope at Solar & Off-Grid Renewables West Africa on 16-17. This event, hosted by PV Tech publisher, Solar Media, will be hosted in Accra, Ghana.