Benin Gets 1st Large Scale Solar Plant

Funded by EU Entities, Benin’s Recently Commissioned First PV Power Plant To Double To 50 MW By 2024

Benin Gets 1st Large Scale Solar Plant

Benin’s maiden solar power plant with 25 MW capacity has been generating power from July 19,2022 in Illoulofin. Plans are to expand it to 50 MW by 2024. (Photo Credit: Presidence du benin)

  • A 25 MW solar power plant has come online in Benin’s Illoulofin region as the country’s 1st large scale solar PV facility
  • It is equipped with 47,212 solar modules and 185 Huawei inverters and was built by France’s RMT Eiffage
  • Funded with support from France’s AFD and the European Union, the project is planned to be expanded to 50 MW by 2024

Africa’s Benin is celebrating the commissioning of its 1st large scale solar power plant with 25 MW capacity that’s funded by the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) and European Union (EU), and is set to be expanded to 50 MW by 2024.

The DEFISSOL Solar Power Plant was inaugurated on July 19, 2022 in Illoulofin in the municipality of Pobe and the ceremony was attended by the President of the National Assembly of Benin Louis Vlavonou, the Minister of Energy Dona Jean-Claude Houssou and other stakeholders.

Built by RMT Eiffage of France, the project cost an investment worth FCFA 39.7 billion and is equipped with 47,212 modules and 185 Huawei inverters.

As per a European Commission (EC) statement from 2020, only 41.5% of Benin’s population had access to electricity and in rural areas the share was 18.3%. The solar project will generate 35 GWh of clean energy annually, covering the energy consumption needs of around 180,000 people.

Benin aims to increase the share of renewable energy in its national energy mix to 30% by 2026 and expand it 40% by 2030. The DEFISSOL project contributes to this mix.

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