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Sierra Leone's first independent power project reaches commercialisation

The 5MW solar power plant is the first phase of a 25MW solar PV power project. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Serengeti Energy, a private company that is backed by shareholders KfW, Norfund, NDF, Proparco, Stoa and Swedfund, has announced that Baoma 1, Sierra Leone’s first Independent Power Project (IPP), has achieved commercialisation

The 5MW solar power project is owned by Serengeti Energy which also owns and operates renewable power plants in the Republic of South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi and Sierra Leone, and is focused on building its business by delivering new supplies of clean, affordable energy.

The 5MW solar power plant is the first phase of a 25MW solar PV power project in Yamandu, near Bo town in Sierra Leone. The project will add approximately 15% to Sierra Leone’s total electricity generation capacity, providing a significant contribution to the need for more electricity in the country. The company expects to commence building the second phase of the project in 2023. This will complete a total investment of US$35mn in the country’s power system.

Chris Bale, Serengeti Energy’s chief executive officer, remarked, “I am delighted to announce that the 5MW Baoma 1 solar PV plant in Sierra Leone has successfully reached commercial operations. This has been achieved through strong collaboration between EDSA and the entire Serengeti Energy team led by Sierra Leone country director, Sophie Johnson”. 

He went on to say, “The project will supply low-cost electricity to the local power grid for many years to come and will help to diversify the electricity mix in the country. We look forward to hosting the official launch event for the plant that will be held in early 2023 to celebrate the success of this achievement.”

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