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GreenYellow Installs Solar PV System at Nouakchott Airport

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GreenYellow Installs Solar PV System at Nouakchott Airport

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The French solar panel manufacturer GreenYellow has installed a solar photovoltaic system with storage at the Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport in Mauritania. The airport located near Nouakchott city now operates partly on solar energy. 

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GreenYellow, the subsidiary of the Casino Group, has installed solar panels capable of delivering 1.5 MWp of renewable energy. The solar photovoltaic system is also equipped with a 616-kWh electricity storage system.

According to GreenYellow, the new solar PV facility will provide about 50% of the electricity required for the operation of the airport. The battery storage system will enable the facility to continue providing electricity even after the sun goes down

The successful commissioning of this project is the result of a partnership between GreenYellow and the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA), the pan-African air traffic control agency that provides air navigation services, including the organization of Africa’s airspace and air routes. The implementation of the project also stems from the aim of airport authorities to save money on electricity bills at the airport.

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The solar PV system is anticipated to reduce the carbon footprint of the international airport, which has the capacity to handle 2 million passengers per year. Among the African airports that have chosen solar energy for running their operation is Douala Airport in Cameroon, with a 1.2 MWp solar installation. Similarly. Kotoka airport in Ghana will soon be equipped with a 6 MWp solar photovoltaic system.

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