Inauguration of the largest solar power plant in West Africa

Togo put into operation a 50 megawatt solar power plant to promote the development of renewable energy.

West Africa’s largest solar power plant comes into operation. Video: AFP .

The facility, named Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, was built by AMEA Power Corporation in the town of Blitta in central Togo, 267 kilometers north of the capital Lome. It is equipped with 127,344 solar panels, capable of producing 90,255 megawatt hours of clean electricity per year, enough to meet the consumption needs of 158,000 households.

“This project is the fruit of an ambition to provide clean and renewable energy for all. I am delighted that it was completed in a record time (18 months),” said Togo President Faure Gnassingbé. on June 22 said in a post named Twitter.

With a capacity of 50 megawatts, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed is the largest solar power plant in West Africa today. Togo can operate the plant for 25 years, helping the country cut more than a million tons of CO2 emissions.

Togo annually imports more than half of its energy from Nigeria and Ghana. This small coastal nation wants to rely on solar energy to increase access to electricity for its 8 million people. The goal is that by 2030, renewable energy will account for 50% of all electricity.

Doan Duong (According to AFP/Togo First