Renewable energy: Senegal outdoors West Africa’s largest wind power plant

Renewable energy: Senegal outdoors West Africa’s largest wind power plant

- A power plant regarded as the largest in West Africa has been built in Senegal to provide alternative energy solutions

- The plant was reportedly built in 24 months by Lekela, a British renewable power company which also operates wind farms in Egypt and South Africa

- The plan would become an important component of the country's energy sector as Senegal plans to become an economic powerhouse by 2025

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Senegal has launched what has been described as the largest wind power plant in West Africa.

This, YEN.com.gh has learned, is in line with efforts to commit to renewable energy solutions.

The zero-emissions power plant is designed to provide up to 15% of energy production provided by Senelec, the country’s national electricity company.

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The plant, which has a capacity of 158 megawatts is located at Taiba Ndiaye, which is about 86km from Dakar, the nation’s capital.

Per a report by cnn.com, the power plant was reportedly built in 24 months and has been described as a new step in the energy market towards an emerging Senegal, by the president, Macky Sall.

The power plant was reportedly built by Lekela, a British renewable power company, which also operates wind farms in Egypt and South Africa.

Per a plan designed by the government, the power sector would be a key component of a plan to make the country an emerging economy by 2025.

In other news, leading economies in Africa are turning towards wind energy in a bid to provide power to homes, YEN.com.gh has learned.

Information available shows that this forms part of a trend to take advantage of clean energy all over the continent.

The continent’s most advanced economy, South Africa, had paved the way in a bid to take advantage of policies and projects geared towards energy.

It is therefore poised to lead the drive for wind power installations as it takes advantage of an additional 3.3 gigawatts added to its energy capacity by 2024.

Per a report by qz.com, this is an attempt to achieve two objectives; coping with the problems at its national power company, Eskom, and trying to slowly reduce its addiction to coal.

Another major leader in the energy industry, Kenya, opened the continent’s largest wind farm in 2019 and will soon be in the position to claim total renewable energy from various sources including geothermal and solar.

YEN.com.gh understands that investment in clean energy in sub-Saharan Africa increased to $7.4 billion in 2018 up from $2.3 billion in 2017.

In the year 2018, South Africa accounted for $4 billion of investment driven by a major onshore wind project.

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