UAE-based AMEA Power has commissioned a 50MW photovoltaic (PV) solar plant in Togo, one of the largest independent power producer (IPP) projects in West Africa.
The 50-megawatt (MW) project in Blitta, Togo will supply reliable, clean electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the country to receive a sustainable supply of clean energy.
The plant will help advance the Togolese national clean energy strategy and its aspiration to increase its renewable energy share by 50% by 2025 and 100% by 2030 while reducing CO2 emissions in the country by more than one million tons. The project created 700 jobs during construction, out of which 80% were Togolese.
ADFD, the economic development arm of the UAE Government, provided US$15million (AED55million) to finance the project in the form of a concessionary loan.
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD, said “We are proud to have this state-of-the-art facility carry the name Mohamed Bin Zayed Solar Complex. This solar park truly reflects the level of sustainable impact we can achieve through the ADFD and IRENA renewable energy development program. This new solar plant will greatly advance the Togolese commitment to combat climate change through a shift to clean energy while creating new jobs, supporting the local business community and expanding community access to social services.”
With the new solar plant now feeding power to the grid, Togo expects to significantly cut fossil energy consumption as well as energy imports.