Masdar Unveil Africa’s Largest Solar PV Plant

22nd Apr 2013

Masdar, the Abu Dhabi renewable energy company has just unveiled Africa’s largest solar photovoltaic facility, the 15MW Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Plant.

Located in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, the $31.99 million power plant will provide the West African country with 10% of its energy needs. Energy demand is expected to grow by around 12 each year, and this new utility scale PV plant will help prevent any future shortages, providing electricity to power around 10,000 homes.

Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, the President of Mauritania, said that “this new solar power plant not only provides much needed grid capacity for our people, it also proves that renewable energy can play a major role in the development of our country.”

The Shaikh Zayed Solar Power Plant is just one of many renewable energy projects that Masdar has invested in in developing countries. Others include a 6MW wind farm in the Seychelles, a solar PV project in Afghanistan, and a 500kW PV plant on the island of Vava’u in Tonga.

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, chief executive of Masdar, said that, “renewable energy has the potential to be a major contributor to the energy mix in developing countries where access to conventional energy is limited. With energy demand expected to nearly double by 2030, renewable energy will play an increasingly important role, especially in countries where demand is rapidly outstripping supply.”

By. Ian Rush