- The Mali Government has approved the first 29.6 MW phase of a 50 MW solar plant
- The project is in Sikasso in the southernmost part of the country.
- The project has been awarded to IPP Powerpro
The Malian Ministry of Energy and Water has awarded the temporary concession to PowerPro to develop and operate the project under a public-private partnership.
“The company was selected as a provisional beneficiary of the concession for an amount of approximately CFA 28.87 billion (US 49.7 million), excluding taxes and custom duties,” the government said in a statement.
The project will sell electricity to Mali’s power utility, Energie du Mali-SA. The operating time frame of the concession is 28 years.
The Malian cabinet said the project will strengthen the production capacity of the country’s interconnected grid network to reduce the average cost of electricity, while improving the quality of public electricity services.
The Sikasso plant is one of four large-scale solar projects currently under development in Mali. The other plants include:
- 50 MW project by Akuo Kita Solar SA. Read more
- 33 MW plant planned by Norway’s Scatec Solar
- 25 MW facility to be built in Koutiala by Access Power, Eren and Africa Invest.
Mali also boast the biggest off-grid solar hybrid project currently under development at the Siyama Gold Mine. Read more
The government of Mali aims to increase the share of renewable energy in the national electricity mix to 25% by 2033, alongside a 61% rural electrification target.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal