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Togo breaks ground on solar plant expansion

President Faure Gnassingbé at the groundbreaking ceremony. (Image source: AMEA Power)

AMEA Power, a fast-growing renewable energy company, has announced the official groundbreaking of Phase 3 of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Solar Power Plant, which was held in the presence of H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President of the Togolese Republic

The solar plant will be extended from 50MW to 70MW and will include a battery energy storage system. It is expected to be the largest of its kind in West Africa, and will power more than 222,000 households. The plant is projected to be completed by the end of 2023. 

Hussain Al Nowais, chairman of AMEA Power, commented, “The solar plant is providing a project blueprint that AMEA Power is using to deploy renewable energy across other parts of Africa. With the integration of battery storage, the plant can extend its power production to provide Togolese communities with clean energy at night.

“This project would not be possible without the ongoing support of the Togolese government, which continue to demonstrate their commitment to renewable energy and delivering energy access to the people of Togo.”

Phases 1 and 2 of the project were fully developed by AMEA Power during the Covid-19 pandemic, and took less than 18 months to complete from their initial inception. Both project phases became fully operational in June 2021.

To finance the development of the third phase of the project, Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX) has provided the Togolese Ministry of Economy and Finance with a loan of US$25mn. The project will be constructed by AMEA Technical Services, a subsidiary of AMEA Power. ADEX also participated in the financing of the construction of the project’s second phase.