July 22 (SeeNews) - Solairedirect, the solar unit of French utility Engie (EPA:ENGI), has hired Optimum Tracker to build a 30-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) park in Senegal, the latter said on Wednesday.
Optimum Tracker will manufacture and install the mounting systems for the project. All in all, it will install 92,000 modules and 11,250 piles in a semi-desert area at Santhiou-Mekhe. Construction is expected to start this autumn.
The company noted that this would be the country’s largest solar power plant. It falls within the Emerging Senegal Plan (ESP), which envisages deploying 350 MW of solar capacity in the country. Upon completion, the facility will be injecting its output into the national grid under a contract with the Senegal National Electricity Company (SENELEC).
The project was originated by a public-private partnership between the Strategic Investment Sovereign Fund (FONSIS), Proparco (AFD) and Meridiem.