With the building of several very creative renewable energy projects which are supplying electricity into the power grid, Senegal has positioned itself as a pioneer in both the MSGBC area and West Africa.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) energy is one of Senegal’s most dynamic industries in the renewable energy sector. The country is endowed with plenty of sunshine, which is not only beneficial to the thriving tourism industry but also to solar power installations. The Business Council of Renewable Energies (COPERES) in Senegal is the most prominent organization in charge of supporting the growth of solar power facilities in Senegal, as well as other renewables such as wind and hydro.
It is impossible to stress the importance of taking advantage of Senegal’s enormous solar power potential. In Senegal, about a quarter of the population lives without access to power regularly, with rural areas suffering the most. H.E. President Macky Sall’s administration has designated renewable energy part of the core priorities of his Emerging Senegal Plan (PSE) to tackle this long-term economic growth dilemma. In order to attain solar and wind energy independence, several commercial PV solar power facilities have been commissioned and incorporated into the interconnected grid.
Two additional photovoltaic solar facilities in Kael and Kahone, both in Western Senegal, began operations in May 2021. The plants will generate low-cost electricity for 540,000 households. Kael and Kahone are two small communities in Senegal that rely mostly on agriculture, as do many other rural places. In rural places like Kael and Kahone, the rate of lack of electrical access is higher than in urban areas. Senegal’s new solar facilities will create jobs, improve working and living conditions, and lower electricity prices.
The addition of solar power plants, such as the ones described, is part of the World Bank Group’s Scaling Solar Program, which is supported by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the European Investment Bank, and Proparco. Senegal’s reliance on imported oil for solar power plants and electricity provide a more stable, sustainable, and cost-effective green energy source. Electricity is essential for the economy and businesses, and it improves people’s lives in a variety of ways.
Senegalese officials have outlined even more ambitious ambitions and a long-term strategy to maintain the importance of renewable energy as a cornerstone of the country’s economic development strategy.
This includes increasing renewable energy production in interconnected networks while minimizing intermittency risks, as well as developing biomass for electricity production in isolated systems, and facilitating the development of renewable energies by establishing incentives to make renewable energy equipment more affordable.