Lekela to study potential for 100-MW wind farm expansion in Senegal

The Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye wind farm in Senegal. Source: Lekela

December 15 (Renewables Now) - Africa-focused renewables developer Lekela Power has signed a grant funding agreement to finance a feasibility study related to a 100-MW expansion of its 158.7-MW Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye wind farm in Senegal.

The deal was struck with the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Lekela said on Wednesday. Under its terms, Lekela and DFC will jointly provide funds to explore the potential for installing additional wind turbines at a site located west of the existing plant.

The feasibility study will include a wind measurement campaign, a network and environmental impact studies and other on-site surveys. The process will take about 15 months.

Located in Senegal’s Taiba N’Diaye area, about 90 km northwest of the capital Dakar, Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye produced first power in December 2019. The wind farm’s 46 Vestas turbines are generating enough electricity to meet the demand of more than two million local people. Currently, it is the largest wind park in West Africa.

Lekela is a renewables platform owned 60% by Actis. The remaining shares are held by a consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power. Earlier this year, the company launched a feasibility study for a 40-MW/175-MWh battery system at Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye. The study was co-funded by the US Trade and Development Association (USTDA).

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