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Contribute to energy access in rural areas of Senegal.

Project Name : Bokhol

Key Facts

27,000 T CO2 saved / year
160,000 beneficiaries
5% of revenues dedicated to CSR

Description

Project owner : Africa Ren

Bokhol 20 MW grid-connected solar PV project by Africa Ren is the first ever solar project activity in Senegal and the first large West African solar IPP.

Bokhol solar plant caters for access to power for 160 000 people of Senegal (ranked 170th in the Human Development Index, with 43% of the population without access to electricity). The project also saves USD 5 million per year on energy spending for the government, since the country runs on CO2-intensive and expensive fuel such as diesel, coal and gas. Greenwish Partners, the project sponsor and pioneer solar energy investor across West Africa, allocates of 2% of project revenues and all carbon credits to local communities. 40% of jobs created are offered to the local communities with priority given to women for jobs and revenue-generating activities, while 45% of the project company is held by Senegalese sovereign & private investors.

COVID 19 - During the pandemic, Africa REN donated food to support the population of the Bokhol Municipality. The central has put in place all the necessary measures to fight against covid while respecting the conditions and recommendations of the Ministry of Health.

Impact

Senelec (national electricity company) buys kWh of thermal power plants 40% more expensive than the kWh of photovoltaic power plants.

The project helps to reduce the electricity bill of Senegalese households.

Africa Ren used the local workforce to build the plant.

The project hired 150 local people for the construction phase and relies on 25 permanent technicians to ensure operation and maintenance.

Aorund 70% of Senegal’s energy production comes from fossil fuels.

The project helps to reduce the gap between fossil fuels and renewable energy.

The plant was build through advanced technology transfer from industrialized countries.

The project was the first to introduce sizable solar PV technology, and associated skills in Senegal

CSR Action

Africa REN constructed 2 schools and 5 classrooms electrified with solar energy They set up a solar energy training program for the local youths (45 trainees).

Part of the project’s revenues are allocated to local communities, notably for investments in health, education and agriculture.

Africa REN installed & maintenained independent solar kits and street lamps for the community (15 of each).

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