As part of the deployment of the “Emerging Gabon Strategic Plan” and to promote the development of Gabon, the State wishes to meet the growing demand for electricity by using renewable energy sources to develop its natural resources and to have renewable energy at a lower cost, through the construction of several solar photovoltaic facilities. As part of the implementation of the Transformation Acceleration Plan (TAP), the objective is to increase energy production capacity by 250MW by 2023.
Aiming at fostering a sustainable industrialization process in Africa, this zone has been designed to project the lowest possible carbon impact. To further enhance sustainable industrial development, SOLEN has taken up the mission of solar panel deployment to provide reliable, low carbon, cost-competitive energy for industrial and commercial activities.
Statistically, less than 10% of the population of Chad has access to energy which is supplied on a non-regular basis at a high cost. The main energy resource of Chad is the fossil fuel which contributes to almost 90% of the energy production. Chad records, in the north, from 2,850 to 3,750 hours of sunshine per year with an overall intensity of radiation between 4.5 to 6.5kWh/m2 per day. Chad has huge potential for solar energy. We can reduce production costs and connect more people to electricity. The most feasible place for injecting solar energy into Chad is Ndjamena which hosts 80% of the generation and consumption of Chad.
Benin is reliant on biomass and imported petroleum products for 97% of its energy demand. Benin imports some of its electricity from Nigeria through the CEB-NEPA Power Interconnection, commissioned in 2007. Only 33% of Benin’s population has access to electric power, with approximately 1.1TWh of total annual consumption. There is an average of 2,304 hours of sunlight per year with an overall intensity of radiation between 3.9 to 6.2kWh/m2 per day. It is sunny 52.6% of daylight hours. The most feasible places for injecting solar energy in Benin are Cotonou and Porto Novo.