Total Eren to build 50-MWp solar park in Gabon

Solar power plant at the Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso. Source: Total Eren

July 22 (Renewables Now) - Independent power producer Total Eren intends to construct a 50-MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) park near the capital of Gabon, Libreville.

The French company has recently signed a preliminary agreement on the implementation of the project with Gabonese authorities, it was announced this week. The pact was signed by Alain-Claude Bilie By Nze, Gabon’s minister of energy and water resources.

Once completed, the solar park will be feeding its output to the power grid of domestic water and power utility Societe d’energie et de l’eau du Gabon (SEEG). According to initial estimates, it is expected to mitigate roughly 59,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions a year.

The scheme will be realised in line with Gabon’s ambitions to diversify its power generation sources. Currently, the Central African country has 750 MW of total installed power generation capacity, of which more than half comes from thermal fossil fuels, shows data by the International Energy Agency (IEA) from November 2020. Around 44% of the total is hydropower.

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