Total savings :131,000 tons of CO₂ per year (68.000t CO₂ + 63.000t CO₂)
Technology transfer :Generation of clean electricity through Solar-PV plants
Local environment :replacement of fossil fuels with solar power
Further advantages :reducing the dependency on heating oil and diesel imports, job creation for construction as well as for maintenance and operation of the Solar-PV plants
Project partners :Senergy PV SA, Ten Mérina Ndakhar SA, Kaél Solaire SA und Kahone Solaire SA

Step by step towards renewable energies

With an annual per capita income of around 1,550 US-Dollar in the year 2022, Senegal belongs to the group of the least developed countries in the world (LDC). The country lies on the edge of the Sahel region and is strongly affected by climate change. The Federal Foreign Office estimates the proportion of people living in poverty to be more than 40 percent. Particularly in rural areas in, the necessary infrastructure is scarcely available.

Senegal has been pursuing a modernization plan since 2014 and has the goal of becoming an emerging country with its national development strategy. The required structural conditions in business and politics should be established by 2035. The expansion of renewable energies and transport routes will play an important role in this. Thus, the import of heating oil and diesel, which generate 90% of the country’s electricity and emissions from energy generation will gradually be reduced.

The first large-scale Solar-PV plants in Senegal

This project consists of two pioneer photovoltaic systems. Both Solar-PV plants commissioned in 2017 and are connected to the national power grid. The project sites located near the village Méckhé in the west of the country. The excellent solar radiation conditions make it possible to expect an average annual electricity production of 50 GWh per Solar-PV plant. Hence, the two solar systems together lead to verified C02 reduction of 68,000 tons per year.

Follow-up projects in Kaél and Kahone

The follow-up projects are two solar PV plants in Senegal, which are also connected to the national power grid.

The grid-connected PV project in Kaél was commissioned on May 20, 2021 and comprises the construction and operation of a large-scale photovoltaic system with 35 MWDC in Kaél, Mbacké department, Diourbe region, Senegal. The solar power plant covers an area of around 30 hectares and is equipped with 102,960 modules, each with 340 WDC.

The 43.88 MWDC grid-connected PV project in Kahone is part of Senegal’s Scaling Solar initiative and was built on a 36-hectare site near the village of Kahone, a few kilometers east of the regional capital Kaolack. The commercial operation day was April 22, 2021.

Our partners

The Dakar-based operating companies Senergy PV SA as owner and operator of the 30 MWp solar-PV plant in Méouane, Ten Mérina Ndakhar SA as owner and operator of the 30 MWp Solar-PV plant in Mérina Dakhar, Kael Solaire SA as owner and operator of the 35 MWp solar plant in Kaél and Kahone Solaire SA as owner and operator of the 44 MWp solar plant in Kahone are our local contractual partners for the operation and maintenance of the solar-PV plants co-financed by atmosfair.

Your contact at atmosfair

Kevin Möller
Senior Project Developer
Commercial Lawyer, M.A. Philosophy
+49 (0) 30 120 84 80 – 64