Ivory Coast plans to generate 150 MW of solar energy by 2020

By 3 December 2018News

According to Sabati Cisse, director of energy of the Ministry of Oil and Energy of Ivory Coast, which is today the largest economy in Francophone West Africa, the country plans to generate 150 megawatts ( MW) of solar energy by 2020.


Indeed, Ivory Coast already produces most of its 2,200 MW of electricity from oil and gas, and plans to generate 4,000 MW by 2020 to meet growing demand. The country has not yet produced solar energy; but it forecasts an annual output of 150 MW of four power plants located in the north of the country according to Sabati Cisse, director of energy of the Ministry of Oil and Energy of Ivory Coast.

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The first 25 MW power plant, built by a Moroccan-based Nova Power subsidiary in the northern city of Korhogo, will be operational by the end of the year, he said. It is a solar energy project approved by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire as part of a strategy to develop the potential of solar energy and reduce the dependence of electricity generation on fuels fossils.

Ivory Coast has also received 27 million from the German bank KFW and 10 million from the European Union for the construction of a 37.5 MW solar power plant in Boundiali.

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Solar, if you doubt it, is a renewable energy that has many benefits, including:

  • Solar energy is inexhaustible and non-polluting
  • Energy is clean and does not release greenhouse gases
  • Solar thermal energy helps to meet some of the domestic hot water and heating needs. The installation of solar panels saves significant savings
  • The maintenance and operating costs of a thermal installation are relatively low
  • This is a totally silent source of electrical energy, which is not the case, for example wind turbines.
  • The energy efficiency is positive: it takes on average between 3 and 4 years for the panel to produce the energy needed for its manufacture and a solar panel produces on average between 9 to 14 times the energy it has consumed for its manufacture .
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