Senegal unveils Largest Solar Park in West Africa


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The project follows through on a COP21 commitment by Senegal’s president, Macky Sall to cut greenhouse gases.

The 20 -megawatt Senergy 2 project, located close to the Mauritanian border, will serve 160,000 people with electricity and will contribute to Senegal’s target of serving 20 percent of its energy needs with renewables by the end of 2017.

A Paris-based investment company, greenwish focused on renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa developed and built the $28 million project.

In his address at the launch, Senegal’s president, Mack Sall said it was important to lower electricity prices and urged Senelec to think about the possibility of reducing electrical costs as early as January 2017.

Senegal is now fully entering the era of clean energy, helping to save the planet by reducing greenhouse gases. Therefore, from here in Bokhol, I call on all partners who want to support us in the development of alternative energy, he said.

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Franklyn Kanyako

Ph.D. Student Industrial Engineering, UMass Amherst, working on environmental decision-making, uncertainty in climate policies. Former International Renewable Energy Agency(IRENA) Scholar and United Nations Secretary General's Climate Change Support Team Intern.

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