Chad to shine 120MW of solar power

The Government of Chad has signed an agreement with Amea Power for the construction of a 120 megawatt (MW) solar power plant.

The agreement was sealed on Thursday by Chad’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Mahamat Hamid Koua, and Hussein Al-Nowais, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Amea Power, a Dubai-United Arab Emirates based company.

Chad has one of the lowest rates of access to power worldwide, with approximatively 90 percent of citizens not connected to the grid. The solar power plant, scheduled to be delivered in 2020, should triple the country’s production capacity. Currently, Chad consumes around 200 million kilowatt-hour per year.

Additionally, the Ministry signed agreements for two other power production projects, with Almaden Emirates Fortune Power LLC, another Dubai-United Arab Emirates based company, to work with country officials towards the development of a solar park, boasting 200 MW of capacity.

A third project will bring together NewSolar Invest, Arborescence Capital and Monaco-based engineering company, CIEC Engineering, to build a 32 MW plant.

Following his visit to N’Djamena, Al-Nowais visited Freetown in Sierra Leone to meet President Julius Maada Bio. Like Chad, Sierra Leone features a low rate of access to power – around 15 percent – and is looking to increase electricity coverage through solar power generation, among others.