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Support energy transition and solar development in Senegal

Project Name : Méouane

Key Facts

92,000 solar panels installed
34,000 T CO2 saved / year
220,000 people supplied
UNFCCC ID 10327

Description

Project owner : Meridiam

Approximately 80% of Senegal energy demand is currently met with fossil fuel Méouane project directly contributes to diversify the energy mix and reduce the country dependence on fossil fuel. Because of the country reliance on fossil fuel, costs of production in Senegal, and price, have remained among the highest in the region.
This is enabling solar power to be more competitive than the current mix.
This large scale power plant is located on a 62-hectare site, and is  Strengthening the attractiveness of the country for companies in the photovoltaic sector.

Meridiam was founded in 2005. The firm is specialized in developing, financing and managing long-term public infrastructure projects. All of their projects share the same mission : delivering sustainable and resilient infrastructure that improves people’s quality of life over the long term. Their projects contribute concretely to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular : combating climate change, building resilient infrastructuren and ensuring access to clean and affordable energy for all.

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.

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

This project will strengthen the attractiveness of Senegal in the photovoltaic sector and contribute to the installation of a new source of employment.

Meridiam used the local workforce to build the plant.

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

Around 80% of Senegal’s energy production comes from fossil fuels.

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

CSR Action

Merdiam has launched a micro-credit program for women and young people. In a year 10 M CFA were granted.

Meridiam has helped the construction of a maternity hospital. They are currently in discussion to supply the equipment.

A reforestation program has been put in place and is being improved.
The reforested area allows some animal species to find refuge and to flourish again.

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