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The Togolese Agency for Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy (AT2ER) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from shortlisted companies for a solar power plant. The 50 MW solar project will be developed near Sokodé in Centrale Region.
Under the World Bank’s Scaling Solar Program, the Government of Togo launched the tender for this grid-connected solar plant in December 2019 which was estimated to have between 60 MWac to 80 MWac capacity and to be set up as two projects.
Nine applicants were selected, out of twenty that responded to the Request for Prequalification (RFQ), and they are now being asked for the submission of proposals. The selected applicants include three consortiums and nine individual companies.
EDF Renouvelables/Meridiam, Access/TSK Togo IPP, and ib Vogt/Elsewedy are the three selected consortiums whereas Engie Global Developments B.V., Globeleq Africa Holdings Ltd, Nareva Renouvelables, Scatec Solar ASA, Taqa Morocco, and Samsung C&T Corporation are among the individual companies that got shortlisted.
The solar project aims to assist numerous low-income, underserved, and conflict-affected regions in achieving energy security and long-term low-income growth. The last date for proposal submission of the solar plant is December 15, 2022.
The Scaling Solar initiative brings together various services under a single engagement aimed at developing solar power infrastructure in its client countries. The ‘one-stop-shop’ program funds grid-connected solar projects operational within two years.
The Togo government is seeking diversification of its electricity mix and becoming self-sufficient as it is heavily dependent on its neighboring countries to source electricity which comes at a high cost, and is not a reliable source. The West African country aims to achieve universal access by 2030 under the electrification strategy.