- A power plant regarded as the largest in West Africa has been built in Senegal to provide alternative energy solutions
- The plant was reportedly built in 24 months by Lekela, a British renewable power company which also operates wind farms in Egypt and South Africa
- The plant is an important component of the country's energy sector as Senegal plans to become an economic powerhouse by 2025
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Senegal has launched what has been described as the largest wind power plant in West Africa.
This is in line with efforts to commit to renewable energy solutions.
The zero-emissions power plant is designed to provide up to 15% of energy production provided by Senelec, the country’s national electricity company.
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The plant, which has a capacity of 158 megawatts, is located at Taiba Ndiaye, which is about 86km from Dakar, the nation’s capital.
The power plant was reportedly built in 24 months and has been described as a new step in the energy market towards an emerging Senegal by the president, Macky Sall.
The power plant was built by Lekela, a British renewable power company, which also operates wind farms in Egypt and South Africa.
As per a plan designed by the government, the power sector would be a key component to make Senegal an economic powerhouse in the region by 2025.
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In other news, leading economies in Africa are turning towards wind energy in a bid to provide power to homes.
This forms part of a trend to take advantage of clean energy all over the continent.
The continent’s most advanced economy, South Africa, had paved the way in a bid to take advantage of policies and projects geared towards green energy.
It is therefore poised to lead the drive for wind power installations as it takes advantage of an additional 3.3 gigawatts added to its energy capacity by 2024.
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