SENEGAL COMPLETES THE LARGEST WIND FARM IN WEST AFRICA

Posted by Matteo Maillard on, 08/01/2020 newspaper Le Monde

At the end of the road, huge white masts. This is Taïba Ndiaye, the largest wind farm in West Africa. Soon, its 46 wind turbines will be complete, ready to inject 15% additional energy into the Senegalese electricity grid. And, as of June 2020, this flagship project of 200 billion CFA francs (342 million euros) will provide 158 megawatts.

The country’s first industrial scale wind project, Taïba Ndiaye confirms Senegal’s ambition to position itself as a regional green energy platform. Since his election in 2012, President Macky Sall has already inaugurated four solar power plants, including the largest in the sub-region. Ultimately, renewable energies should make up 30% of the country’s energy mix, and Taïba Ndiaye will supply half of it.

« It changed our lives »

But “it took ten years to convince,” recalls Yassine Majdallah, director of the Taïba Ndiaye power plant. In 2007, a small team of Franco-Senegalese promoters discovered the potential of the coastal region of Thiès (86 km north of Dakar), swept by the harmattan and the Atlantic winds. Their speed, between 8 and 20 meters per second (m / s), is ideal for energy production. So, quickly, seven hectares of cassava, corn and peanut fields were negotiated with the populations in order to install the turbines. In 2016, Lekela, a company specializing in wind energy, which has already built similar parks in South Africa, Egypt and Ghana, signs a power purchase contract with the National Electricity Company of Senegal ( Senelec).

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