Mauritania signs a deal for seven solar power projects

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Mauritanian government has signed a deal with Masdar for the production of more solar power from seven photovoltaic projects. The solar power projects will generate a total capacity of 12 Megawatts and are set to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, with each plant expected to produce 30% electricity demand of its host town.

The partnership is between Mauritanian ministry of petroleum, Energy and mines and the United Arab Emirates Company.

According to Masdrar, the solar power project will provide clean and reliable energy to most towns in the country and save the country of 6 million liters of diesel consumed per year and 16,134 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Once complete, the solar power project will provide sustainable energy solutions, job opportunities and economic growth in Mauritania. It will also reduce the cost of operating diesel generators as a way of generating electricity for local consumption.

“Projects like these unlock significant economic and social benefits by providing more reliable and efficient local sources of electricity,” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and chairman of Masdar.

Masdar will work closely with local supplies, contractors and Mauritania Electricity Company (Somelec) during the planning and delivery of its second power plant project in the country. The first was the installation of a large power plant in the capital city Nouakchott two years ago, which helps meet 10% electricity needs of the country.

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