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Renewable energy company Engie, together with its investment partner Meridiam, have announced that they have been selected by Senegal’s Electricity Sector Regulation Commission (CRSE) as preferred bidder in a tender launched in October 2017 for two solar photovoltaic projects totalling 60 MW in that country. These two projects are part of the Scaling Solar initiative, conducted jointly by the Senegalese authorities and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.

Engie wins Senegal solar tenderThe projects will be located in Kahone, in the Kaolack region, and in Touba-Kaël, in the Diourbel region. The construction and the operation of the plants will be managed and executed by Engie, while Engie and Meridiam will hold a 40% shareholding in the project company. Fonsis, the Senegalese sovereign fund, will also be a shareholder with a 20% equity stake.

“Our consortium delivered a highly competitive offer by leveraging our experience of developing and operating renewable energy projects in Africa – in particular in Senegal. This success demonstrates the merit of our integrated model for solar whereby Engie is acting as investor, operator and EPC contractor through Engie Solar (formerly known as Solairedirect),” says Yoven Moorooven, CEO of Engie Africa.

“The CRSE and the IFC set out a clear, sound investment framework, which favored the presence of long-term investors like Engie. Our focus will now be on finalising the projects to deliver the most competitive solar photovoltaic plants, to serve the country’s ambition of developing universal electricity access in a sustainable manner. Congratulations to the teams on this achievement.”

Mathieu Peller, COO of Meridiam Africa, says that the company will continue to deploy the fund in Africa, choosing projects aimed at supporting sustainable economic development. “Thanks to the reduced costs of solar equipment, this particular project will have a high developmental impact by expanding Senegal's capacity to generate clean energy at a very competitive price. Increasing power generation is critical for the government's objective to raise Senegal to the level of an emerging market by 2035. The project aligns with the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goal Seven, which calls for increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix,” he adds.

In Senegal, Engie is already involved in the Senergy project, a 30 MW solar photovoltaic plant in the town of Santhiou Mekhé and in Ten Merina, a 29.5 MW solar photovoltaic plant in the region of Thiès, near Dakar. Both projects are currently in operation.

In 2017, Engie signed a partnership with ANER, Senegal’s National Renewable Energy Agency which focuses on accelerating the development of renewable energy in the country. The company is currently engaged in implementing solar energy solutions for rural households in Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon.

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