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Support Senegal’s first utility-scale wind farm

Project Name : Taiba N'Diaye

Key Facts

46 wind turbines installed
2,000,000 people benefiting electricity from the project
158 MW installed capacity
90,000 T CO2 saved / year

Description

Project owner : Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN)

Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN) is Senegal’s first large scale wind energy project and a critical part of the government’s “Plan Senegal Emergent”. The wind farm is designed to generate electricity for at least 20 years through its 46 wind turbines. During that time, up to $20 million will be invested by the project in wider socio-economic projects for Taiba N’Diaye.
Conceived as an idea in 2007, it provides 158.7 megawatts of clean, reliable power to Senegal’s electricity grid. This is a 15% increase in electricity generation capacity for the country, providing green electricity for over 2 million people, it will also help to reduce the cost of electricity generation in Senegal, which has one of the highest generation costs in Sub-Saharan Africa. PETN will be one of the lowest cost producers of electricity in the country.

PETN is a project owned by Lekela, which also builds wind farms in other African communities including Ghana, South Africa and Egypt. As well as clean electricity, each Lekela project invests in a programme of activities to improve education, enterprise and the environment in the local community. These projects focus on creating sustainable livelihoods. They include making improvements to local agriculture, providing vocational training and opportunities for young members of the community and improving local infrastructure.

COVID-19 At Parc Éolien Taiba N’Diaye, measures have been set up to support local authorities in their response plan for COVID-19 and to strengthen community resilience. This includes awareness campaigns, distributing protective masks and gloves to local health facilities and support for vulnerable households including the provision of food.
As an emergency solution, the Parc Éolien Taiba N’Diaye team was able to procure sanitation posts which store water for hand washing and can be stocked with hand sanitiser. These have been distributed to key locations around the area – health posts, marketplaces, community centres, and places of worship.

Impact

Senelec (national electricity company) buys kWh of thermal power plants 40% more expensive than the kWh of windfarm 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 is the largest windfarm in West Africa.

PETN used the local workforce to build the plant.

The wind farm had created over 600 employment opportunities during the peak of its construction phase.

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

Following discussions with the Taiba N’Diaye Women’s Association, PETN started a project to rebuild the Mbayenne marketplace. It is now a clean, shaded space in which Taiba’s vendors can sell fresh and other produce. The improved working conditions ensure better wellbeing for vendors and customers alike.

PETN is building a brand new IT centre for schoolchildren at Le Lycée de Taiba Ndiaye. Once built, the 1,500 students at Le Lycée will have access to fast, modern computers, giving them the chance to learn and build their own digital futures.

PETN has built over 700 desks and benches for schools in the area. The desks have been manufactured with wood recycled from the shipment crates used to transport components to the wind farm during construction, preventing the materials from going to waste.

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