Expansion planned for West Africa’s largest solar plant

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Middle Eastern renewable energy company AMEA Power has announced the expansion of the Mohammed Bin Zayed Solar Power Plant in Togo, from 50MW to 70MW.

The project is part of Togo’s National Development Plan aimed at providing universal access to electricity by 2030. The expansion will make this the largest solar PV plant in West Africa, according to AMEA Power.

Located in the village of Blitta, the project will power more than 222,000 households and will include a 4WMh Battery Energy Storage System to extend the availability of clean energy to the electricity network at night.

Under the terms of the financing agreement that was signed this week, the Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX), which was established by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), will provide the Togolese Ministry of Economy and Finance with a loan of US$25 million to finance the complex’s expansion and battery storage addition.

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The project will be constructed by AMEA Technical Services, a subsidiary of AMEA Power. ADEX also participated in the financing of the construction of the project’s second phase, with an envelope of US$10 million of debt.

Hussain Al Nowais, Chairman of AMEA Power, said: “This project would not be possible without the support of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Abu Dhabi Exports Office, and the Togolese government. Through their support, AMEA Power is able to become a global champion for the UAE and further demonstrate the country’s commitment to the global energy transition.

“As the host of the next Conference of Parties (COP), the UAE is playing a critical role in supporting the world and in particular, emerging countries with mitigating the impact of climate change and increasing the adoption of clean energy.”

Phases 1 and 2 of the project were fully developed by AMEA Power during the Covid-19 pandemic and took less than 18 months to complete from their initial inception. Both project phases became fully operational in June 2021, with AMEA Technical Services currently responsible for the operations and maintenance of the solar plant.

AMEA Power is rapidly scaling up its investments in wind, solar, energy storage and green hydrogen, with a clean energy pipeline of nearly 6GW across 15 countries.

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