Egypt is planning to complete the implementation of solar power plants in 7 African countries as part of the development plan for the African continent in March next year.
According to government sources, the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI), will launch solar power plants in Uganda, Congo, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, with capacities ranging from 2 to 4 megawatts.
Mohamed El Khayat, the renewable energy authority head, reported that the stations are used in lighting and desalination through an Egyptian grant worth LE 200 million.
Benban Solar Power Plant
El Khayat explained that the Egypt's companies carry out the implementation and supply activities in cooperation with the Military Production Ministry and seven countries identified the priority areas for the implementation of these stations.
While the Egyptian companies decided to locate and design each station and carry out installation, construction and operation works.
Later, the first tranche of the 400MW Benban solar power plant project in Egypt – 65 MW – has been recently connected to the grid and officially entered commercial operations, media reports said.
Noteworthy, on April 2017, 50Africa entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) with Scatec Solar and Norfund, committing late-stage project development equity funding for six photovoltaic power plants totaling 400 MW.