The First Ever Solar Power Plant in Madagascar
Ambatolampy solar plant was developed by Green Yellow Madagascar, a subsidiary of French retail group Casino. With an installed capacity of 20 MWp, this solar plant is the first one installed in the country and, at the date of completion, the largest in the Indian Ocean.
The Ambatolampy solar power plant is composed of 73,000 photovoltaic solar modules.connected to the national electricity grid, substituting Madagascar energy mix (mainly oil-fired power plants) with clean and renewable energy. Beyond the 100 local workers on-site during construction and 15 permanent jobs created for the operation & maintenance of the plant, the Project induce indirect employment by increasing the competitiveness of local industry from reducing the country’s dependency on fossil fuels.
This pioneering project introduces PV technology, methods and skills in the island to demonstrate its applicability and efficiency, thus widening its accessibility in Madagascar where less than one person out of five currently has access to electricity.