- The ‘Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Solar Power Plant’ will be expanded from 50 to 70-megawatts and a battery storage system will be added to meet electricity demand at night
- The groundbreaking marks the third phase of the solar plant’s development, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2023
- The project is benefitting from US$25 million of debt financing provided by the Abu Dhabi Exports Office
Dubai, United Arab Emirates; March 22, 2023: AMEA Power, one of the fastest growing renewable energy companies in the Middle East, announced today the official groundbreaking of phase 3 of the ‘Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Solar Power Plant’, which was held in the presence of H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President of the Togolese Republic. The expansion of the project in Togo is expected to be completed by the end 2023, making the solar plant the largest of its kind in West Africa.
Located in the village of Blitta, the solar plant will be extended from 50MW to 70MW and will include a Battery Energy Storage System to prolong the availability of clean energy to the electricity network at night. The project will power more than 222,000 households and is supporting Togo’s National Development Plan, which has set out a goal to provide universal access to electricity across the country by 2030.
Hussain Al Nowais, Chairman of AMEA Power, said: “The solar plant is providing a project blueprint that AMEA Power is using to deploy renewable energy across other parts of Africa. With the integration of battery storage, the plant can extend its power production to provide Togolese communities with clean energy at night.
“This project would not be possible without the ongoing support of the Togolese government, which continue to demonstrate their commitment to renewable energy and delivering energy access to the people of Togo.”
Phases 1 and 2 of the project were fully developed by AMEA Power during the Covid-19 pandemic, and took less than 18 months to complete from their initial inception. Both project phases became fully operational in June 2021, with AMEA Technical Services currently responsible for the operations and maintenance of the solar plant.
To finance the development of the third phase of the project, Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX) has provided the Togolese Ministry of Economy and Finance with a loan of US$25 million. The project will be constructed by AMEA Technical Services, a subsidiary of AMEA Power. ADEX also participated in the financing of the construction of the project’s second phase, with an envelope of US$10 million of debt.
To support the economic and social development of Togo, AMEA Power’s investment in the region has also involved a range of initiatives to support the local community. These initiatives have comprised of the construction and renovation of primary schools, and the construction of a medical clinic with maternity support facilities. AMEA Power has also established an internship programme for engineering students from various technical institutions across Togo to gain practical experience at the solar plant.
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About AMEA Power
Headquartered in Dubai, AMEA Power is a developer, owner and operator of renewable energy projects. As one of the fastest growing renewable energy companies in the region, the company is rapidly expanding its investments in wind, solar, energy storage and green hydrogen, demonstrating its long term commitment to the global energy transition. AMEA Power has assembled a world class team of industry experts to deliver projects across Africa, the Middle East and other emerging markets.
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