October 18 (Renewables Now) - Senegal’s Electricity Sector Regulatory Commission (CRSE) has released a Request for Proposals (RfP) targeting 100 MW of fresh solar power capacity at three regions in the country.
The RfP was published last week and is the second part of a competitive tender process that began in August 2016. The initiative is in line with the World Bank Group's Scaling Solar programme, which aims to make renewables in developing countries energy more accessible through competitive tenders in the respective countries.
The planned photovoltaic (PV) capacity will be situated in the regions of Diourbel, Kaolack and Fatick.
According to the press release, the initial tender attracted 28 applications, of which 13 bidders were pre-qualified to receive the RfP and bid for the project. CRSE will await proposals in this round by February 5, 2018.
Successful bidders will be responsible for the design, financing, construction, commissioning and operation of the PV plants. They will be awarded power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Senegal’s national utility Senelec, while production licenses will be issued by the Ministry of Energy.
Under the World Bank initiative, Senegal is working on the addition of 200 MW of utility-scale solar power projects. World Bank data shows that just over half the population of Senegal currently has access to electricity, which is considered to be “fundamental” for the country’s economic development, Louise Cord, World Bank director for Senegal, said previously.