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New solar projects to be built in Niger

Savannah Energy Niger Solar and the government of Niger are to develop two solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants with a combined capacity of up to 200 MW.
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The plants are set to be located within 20 km of Maradi and Zinder in southern Niger, with an installed capacity of between 50 MW and 100 MW, for a total potential installed capacity of up to 200 MW.


The projects are expected to increase the country’s grid-connected power generation by over 20%, and are set to reduce annual CO2 emissions by about 260,000 tonnes.


The projects will be linked to the South-Central area of Niger’s electricity grid, with plans to interconnect it with the Western grid zone by 2026 to serve Niamey, through a project funded by the World Bank.


Approval is expected in 2024, with first power generation targeted between 2025 and 2026.