With numerous investors and clean energy developers having stressed how more renewables-friendly regulations could unlock Africa’s clean power potential, the developer of Togo‘s first private utility scale solar park has praised the policies brought in by the government.
Emirati energy company AMEA Power yesterday held an inauguration ceremony for its 50 MW Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed solar park at Blitta, in the center of the West African nation, and chairman Hussain Al Nowais, quoted in a press release issued by the company, said: “Togo was an obvious choice for AMEA Power’s first operational power plant in Africa, with it being an important trade hub in West Africa, along with the government’s progressive regulatory framework for renewable energy projects, which was key in ensuring the completion of the project in a fast, efficient, and responsible manner.”
AMEA, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi-based conglomerate AlNowais Investments, pointed to Togo’s $8 billion, 2018-22 National Development Plan as a key factor in financing the project, with the solar park pre-funded and then refinanced, enabling work to proceed at pace on a renewables plant the developer said was completed in “record time,” without giving a context for any records broken.
The emirati developer said construction, by an 80% Togolese workforce, was completed within 18 months of national electric company Compagnie Energie Electrique du Togo signing a 25-year power purchase agreement to buy the electricity generated at the site. The tariff to be paid for the solar power generated was not specified.
The plant is 267km from the Togolese capital, Lomé, and is expected to generate more than 90 GWh of electricity per year. AMEA said 9% of the energy production will feed the local distribution network of Blitta.