German energy solutions provider GRIPS Energy is commissioning its first solar photovoltaic plant in Senegal. The 604 kWp facility was built in the northern town of Diama in partnership with the Société des cultures légumières (SCL) to power its 2,000 hectare agricultural farm a few kilometres from the city of Saint-Louis.
“It will allow a major transition towards the use of green energy and the reduction of our electricity bills,” explains Hamedine Ba, the technical manager of the SCL. In the event of load shedding, this solar park will contribute to better conservation of crops for local consumption and for export, particularly to the UK. This environmentally responsible project comes a few weeks after the launch of Large-Scale Solar Applications for Agriculture (LSSAA).
This is a joint initiative of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote solar irrigation in nine African countries, including Senegal, by 2025. In this West African country, which benefits from about 3 000 hours of sunshine per year, the SSAAU should help secure the livelihoods of rural populations threatened by drought.