The Gabonese Ministry of Energy and Water Resources led by the Minister in charge of Energy, Alain-Claude Bilie By Nze recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the managers of Total Eren, for the construction of a 50 MW solar power plant in Greater Libreville.
The signing of the MoU aims to establish the basis for the execution of this project, which will be connected to the national grid in order to supply the surroundings of the capital. The project complements the deployment of eight hybrid solar power plants with a total capacity of 2.2 MW.
A subsidiary of EREN Groupe (a french company dedicated to natural resources efficiency) Total Eren is an Independent Electricity Producer (“IPP”) that develops, finances, invests, builds, and operates renewable energy plants ( i.e. solar, wind, hydro) on an international basis.
Expectations for the project
“The conclusion of this project would participate in the implementation of the will of the highest authorities of this country to diversify the sources of energy production, by favoring the use of clean and renewable energies, so as to meet the demand of industries and households in electrical energy”, said Alain-Claude Bilie By Nze.
This 50 MW solar plant project in Greater Libreville is part of the central African country’s strategy to increase the share of renewable energies in its energy mix to at least 80%. Until now Gabon’s energy mix is mainly made up of fossil fuels.
The 50 MW Greater Libreville solar plant will help save more than 22 million liters of fuel per year, the equivalent of 59,092 tonnes of CO2 or it’s thereabout. This plant is one of the variables of the republics climate plan.