- Senegal‘s Rural Electrification Agency (ASER) tender for the construction of 133 mini solar power plants aimed at powering 177 rural villages located mostly in the eastern part of the country.
- The projects are being financed by the Islamic Development Bank(IDB) and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD).
- The tender was issued in Q1 2020 and close on 19th January 2021.
While almost all of Senegal’s urban areas have access to electricity, about 58 percent of people in rural areas do not. For basic energy needs, these households mainly rely on fuelwood for cooking, and kerosene lamps for lighting. This is expensive and causes health and environmental hazards.
The Senegalese government is targeting to reach universal access to electricity by 2025. This is expected to be achieved by expanding the existing power grid and adding around 180 MW of off-grid generation capacity.
In order to accelerate the programme, the Senegalese government introduced a VAT exemption for PV products applicable to off-grid projects in September 2020. Read more
Link to tender documents HERE (in French)
Author: Bryan Groenendaal