Solen Renewable has commenced the installation of a 120 MWp photovoltaic solar power plant, in Ayémé Plaine, located some thirty kilometres from Libreville, capital of Gabon.
The Dubai headquartered company will construct 60 MWp of the solar plant in the first phase, equipped with a 15-hour battery energy storage system.
The second phase of 60 MWp of solar photovoltaic panels, will also be equipped with a 15-hour battery energy storage system.
This will create a 120 MWp solar power plant, spread over a 251-hectare site in the locality of Ayémé Plaine.
The project’s primary objective is to enhance the electricity mix in the Estuaire region, the most populous of Gabon’s nine provinces. The project will also mitigate the problem of load shedding.
The construction of the Ayémé Plaine solar photovoltaic power plant commences almost six months after the signing of the related framework agreement (in March 2022) between Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze, the Gabonese Minister of Energy and Hydraulic Resources, and Praveen Pai, Solen’s Operations Manager.
Solen, which will finance, install and operate the plant, has until July 2023 to deliver the facility.
The company will sell its output to the Gabonese Water and Energy Company (SEEG) for 25 years under a power purchase agreement (PPA). In the long term, the Gabonese government aims to increase the share of renewable energy in its electricity mix to 80% by 2030.