Central African Republic: Construction to begin on 25MW solar-battery plant

01 Apr 2021

Construction will begin this month at the 25MWp Bangui solar PV plant, which includes a 25MWh battery system, in the Central African Republic, World Bank Group (WBG) spokesman Boris Ngouagouni told African Energy Live Data. The plant will be built by China’s Shanxi Construction Investment Group Co Ltd, which signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract in December, and commercial operations are expected in June 2022. Ngouagouni said that Covid-19 had not significantly delayed the project.

The project, which will be owned by national utility Énergie Centrafricaine, is being fully funded by the WBG’s International Development Association, which is providing a $65m grant for the project. It is expected to generate around 37GWh/yr and is situated on a 75ha site near the village of Danzi, 20km north of Bangui and about 3km from an existing 63kV transmission line linking the Boali hydropower system to Bangui (AE 395/10).

The plant is the first component of the WBG's Emergency Electricity Supply and Access Project, which also aims to strengthen the transmission and distribution networks and provide institutional support and capacity building. A second 15MW phase planned, potentially including some private ownership. According to the WBG, the government has committed to developing a 40MW solar PV project with battery storage as the least cost option to increase capacity in the short-term.


Image: Bangui solar PV and battery project. Source: African Energy Live Data

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