Emerging Power (Gambia) Limited is set to build a 10 MW solar PV plant in The Gambia, PV magazine, an online monthly trade publication for the international photovoltaics (PV) community, reported yesterday.
The establishment of the 10, 000 KW solar power generation plant came as a result of a 25-year power purchase agreement struck between the National Water and Electricity Company and Emerging Power in the country earlier this month, the report added.
The special purpose vehicle, backed by French and United Arab Emirate investors, will begin construction of the project in May.
However, the media relations officer of the water and electricity company, Piere Gomez, said he had no knowledge of the project, adding that he is on a holiday.
“Well, I am on leave… Maybe you can go and ask officials at NAWEC,” he said.
Owned by Dubai-based Z-One Holding and French renewable power investment and development company Tryba Energy, Emerging Power has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Gambia’s National Water & Electricity Company (NAWEC).
Emerging Power aims to begin construction on the project in May.
Z-ONE Holding is active in the growing Middle Eastern and African PV markets.
It holds stakes in eight companies operating across the PV value chain, from equipment manufacturing and distribution to consultancy, EPC services and project development.
The company recently formed a joint venture with China Sunergy to market and sell the company’s solar PV products in the Middle East and Africa.
Normally, a 1 MW power plant produces 1000 kilowatts of power as long as it’s operating at full capacity, thus producing 1000 kilowatt-hours of power each hour it operates, or 24,000 kilowatt-hours per day, or 8,670,000 kilowatt-hours per year.
This quantity of power generation falls little below half of the power generating capacity of the Brikama Power Plant, 26MW, and Kotu Power Plant, 25.3MG at peak load.
This site could not though reach other officials from NAWEC for comment, however, the Government has recently revealed its intentions to transition the economy to clean energy dependant, partly because of the ravaging climate change impacts that affected productivity in the agricultural sector in recent years.
In late September, The Gambia has sent its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ahead of the UN universal climate change agreement held in Paris on 30 November.
The Gambia, responsible for only an emission rate of 0.01%, revealed in its INDC that “Energy, Water Resources, which are vital sectors for the Gambian economy will severely suffer if global and deep cut do not occur in a near future”.
The country has also indicated in its INDC that it is going to cut emission level in major sectors of the economy mainly energy, where the implementation of renewable energy sources will contribute to greenhouse gas emission reductions of 45.6 GgCO2e in 2020, 78.5 GgCO2e in 2025 and 104 GgCO2e in 2030.
The Gambia receives approximately 2,500 hours of sunshine yearly which, many experts said, place it on a better footing to explore renewable energy for energy production.