In addition to legislative actions, the government is mobilizing private sector investment in smart agriculture under efforts to enhance agricultural productivity by utilizing modern and environmentally friendly technology.
The Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) and the Netherlands Development Finance Corporation (FMO) are providing €32 million to Africa Ren. The funding will be used to build a 16 MWp solar power plant with a storage system.
The €42 million Walo storage project facility located in Bokhol, Senegal will consist of a 10MW/20MWh BESS supplied by a 16MWp solar PV plant. The lithium-ion battery project will be incorporated into the solar PV plant, which will use a single axis tracker system.
German system integrator Asantis Systems GmbH has started deploying a series of solar mini-grid projects through the ASER300 project in Senegal. KfW IPEX-Bank, a subsidiary of Germany’s development bank KfW, has provided a €130 million ($138.8 million) financing package for the project.
The German company Gauff Engineering is commissioning more than 60 solar-powered mini-grids in the Kolda region in southern Senegal. These installations, which will allow the productive use of electricity, were recently inaugurated in the presence of officials from the Senegalese Rural Electrification Agency (ASER).
The project includes extending power to households and businesses that ultimately will see more than 350,000 people secure reliable electrictity. And it includes a renewable energy element with a solar grid to power 70 villages.
The absence of water and sewage networks in the village of Kenewal due to environmental and anthropic phenomena, causes contamination of the groundwater and traditional wells. A solar hydraulic infrastructure equipped with osmosis purification and UV sterilization systems shall solve this by providing free access to potable water.
Energy 4 Impact has embarked upon a 11-month project in eastern Senegal to demonstrate that designing off-grid renewable energy systems such as green mini-grids around productive uses of energy can be an effective approach for improving their commercial viability, whilst also fostering economic opportunities for the people they serve.
The French company Lagazel is inaugurating its third solar kit manufacturing unit in Thiès, Senegal. This locally manufactured equipment enables the electrification and productive use of solar photovoltaic energy in rural areas in Africa.