November 21 (Renewables Now) - France-based Vinci Energies has secured a contract to build eight solar parks in Senegal with a combined capacity of 17 MW.
Vinci Energies, part of French construction and concessions group Vinci SA (EPA:DG), said on Monday its Omexom will build the plants for Senegal’s national utility Societe d'Electricite du Senegal (Senelec). Works are to be completed in July 2018.
The photovoltaic (PV) projects will require an investment of EUR 26.8 million (USD 31.4m), which will be provided by German development bank KfW and Senelec.
A total of 62,850 solar panels will be powering the PV parks in eastern and western Senegal, allowing the country to supply power to isolated locations and diversify its power generation mix. The largest facility, of 15 MW, will be installed in the western region of Thies and will be grid-connected. The other seven plants will have a combined capacity of 2 MW, using both diesel and PV technologies and will be equipped with storage capacity, as well.
Once operational, the eight plants in the Saloum Islands, Thies, Tambakounda and Kolda are expected to produce enough electricity to supply around 140,000 people and offset 18,919 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.173)