The Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Solar Power Plant in Togo is receiving an upgrade from Mid East based, AMEA Power, expanding the plant from 50MW to 70MW.
The project is part of Togo’s National Development Plan, intending to provide universal access to electricity by 2030.
The upgrade as announcement from AMEA Power, a globally reputed, renewable energy firm, has made the facility the largest solar PV plant in West Africa.
The project, located in the village of Blitta, will power more than 222,000 households and include a 4WMh Battery Energy Storage System. This will extend the availability of clean energy to the electricity network at night.
Under the terms of the financing agreement, the Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX) was established by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to provide the Togolese ministry of economy and finance with a loan of $25 million to finance the complex’s expansion and battery storage addition.
At a virtual ceremony, the agreement was signed by Sani Yaya, minister of economy & finance, Togo; Mohamed Saif Al Suwaidi, director general of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and chairman of the exports executive committee of ADEX.
“As the host of the next Conference of Parties (COP), the UAE is playing a critical role in supporting the world and in particular, emerging countries with mitigating the impact of climate change and increasing the adoption of clean energy,” said Hussain Al Nowais, chairman of AMEA Power.
Phases 1 and 2 of the project were fully developed during the COVID-19 pandemic and took less than 18 months to complete from their initial inception. Both project phases became fully operational in June 2021, with AMEA Technical Services currently responsible for the operations and maintenance of the solar plant.
To support the economic and social development of Togo, where nearly half of its population does not have access to electricity, these initiatives have comprised the construction and renovation of primary schools and the construction of a medical clinic with maternity support facilities.
AMEA Power has also established an internship programme for engineering students from various technical institutions across Togo to gain practical experience at the solar plant.
The project will be constructed by AMEA Technical Services, a subsidiary of AMEA Power.