The Gambia starts commissioning 23MW solar/battery hybrid plant

 

  • The Gambia has commissioned a 23 MW solar plant in Jambur, near the country’s west coast. 
  • The Gambia is a small West African country, bounded by Senegal, with a narrow Atlantic coastline. 

Construction on the plant, which includes 8 MWh of battery storage, started in February. Once completed, it is expected to increase the country’s energy supply by one-fifth, providing electricity to around 18,500 households.

According to Gambia’s National Water and Electricity Company, the project has created 1,250 direct jobs from the construction phase and a three-year operations and maintenance contract.

President Adama Barrow said the installation will help the nation to move toward generating 50% of its power supply from renewable energy sources by 2030.

“This is our national target, and the message is clear – as a responsible member of the international community, the Gambia is committed to the global energy transition,” said Barrow.

The Jambur plant is part of the GERMP, which is being supported by the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the European Union. Together they are providing $141 million to the $165 million project, as the country works toward achieving universal access to electricity by 2025.

Feyi Boroffice, resident representative of the World Bank to the Gambia, said the vision of universal access to energy is being supported through the development of medium- and low-voltage networks. He said the GERMP will provide electricity to more than 700 communities for the first time in the country’s history.

“These are significant historic milestones for The Gambia,” he added. “There are also plans underway to develop the country’s potential to become an electricity exporter to the sub-region through the development of a 150 MW solar park in Soma.”

Author: Patrick Jowett

This article was originally published in pv magazine and is republished with permission.

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