OPEC Funds Solar Plants in Niger

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  • Niger has secured US25 million from Opec Fund for International Development (OFID) for the implementation of the Niger Solar Power Plant Development and Electricity Access Improvement Project (RANAA).

“Our support will enable Niger to increase access to affordable, clean energy and improve the overall capacity of the power grid, which will make a real difference in people’s lives. The Opec Fund is committed to addressing the twin challenges of energy access and climate action, and ensuring that no one is left behind,” says Abdulhamid Alkhalifa, the fund’s managing director from the Organization of Petroleum Producing Countries (OPEC).

The RANAA project includes the construction of three solar PV plants. A 20 MW plant will be constructed in Maradi and a 10 MW plant will be built in Dosso. A smaller 488 kWp plant will be constructed in Diffa.

The solar power plants will be connected to the Nigerien Electricity company (NIGELEC) grid. The public company will then be able to connect 111,864 households and businesses with prepaid meters in 186 localities. This will give at least 750,000 people access to electricity in a country where 80% of the population still do not enjoy the benefits of this basic service.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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