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
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 $20m will be invested by the project in wider socio-economic projects for Taiba N’Diaye.
The plant provides 158.7 megawatts of clean, reliable energy 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 is one of the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa. PETN will be one of the lowest cost producers of electricity in the country.
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, distribution of protective masks and gloves to local health facilities and support for vulnerable households including food provision.
PETN is a project owned by Lekela, which builds wind farms in other African communities. As well as providing clean electricity, each Lekela project invest in programs that create sustainable livelihoods for the communities. This include making improvements to local agriculture, providing vocational training and opportunities for young members of the community and improving local infrastructure.