This July in Mali, an historic agreement was signed between the Malian Ministry of Energy and Water and Electricité du Mali, the local electricity utility. The agreement opens the door for the construction of the first large scale PV plant in West Africa. A 33 MW PV plant is to be located near the city of Segou in the South East part of the Country.
3E is proud to have been involved in the phases leading up to this agreement, notably the electric substation inspection and substation upgrade proposal as well as the PPA review.
Slowly but certainly, solar development in West and Central Africa is accelerating. Characteristic for these large developments in countries with low electrification levels are the significant uncertainties with regard to grid integration. The system-wide impact of PV plants raises concerns with regard grid stability, congestion and availability.
From the office in South Africa, 3E is on top of the latest developments. 3E offers grid studies answering all of these technical concerns as a key service for investors. Recently 3E got contracted for the grid integration study of a 7.5 MWp PV plant in Burundi, including the creation of a full national grid model and electric simulation services.
Contact us for more information on these developments in Africa, and our service brochure.