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Support the first large-scale solar power plant in Mauritania

Project Name : Toujounine

Key Facts

57,000 T CO2 saved / year
87,000 MWh produced / year
156,000 solar panels installed
Verra VCS ID 1734

Description

Project owner : Somelec

Built in only 13 months, the Toujounine project is the largest solar PV plant in the country.
Mauritania wanted to achieve 20% of renewable energy in their energy mix by 2020, the Toujounine plant helped reach this goal. The project features 156,000 solar panels installed on ha uncoccupied land. It allows the country to reduce fossil fuel importation.
The plant has supplied 10% of the energy production in the country in 2019.

National Electricity Company of Mauritania (SOMELEC)’s Toujounine large-scale solar farm substitutes grid electricity by clean and renewable energy and cutting down GHG emissions from baseline fossil fuel intensive grid mix (mostly gasoil/fuel oil). It serves as a paving example of renewable energy development in Mauritania, hosting training of interns from ‘Ecole des Métiers’ as well as regular on-site visits for Nouakchott university’s renewable energy specialty students.

Somelec is the national electricity provider in Mauritania. They ensure the production, distribution and marketing of electrical energy on the national territory. Their mission is to develop the supply of green electrecity across the country. In 2020 they achieved a first milestone with 20% of their energy mix coming from green energy.

Impact

Mauritania grid is mainly powered by fossil fuel and imports.

The project develops green electricity and reinforce energy supply sovereignty.

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

The project allowed to install the first large scale solar project in the country

Somelec used the local workforce to build the plant.

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

Mauritania targeted 20% of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix from by the year 2020.

The project helped the country to reach its target by producing their own green electricity.

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