The East African country of Djibouti has announced plans for a new large-scale solar power project, to be developed by an international developer, as it aims to source 100% of its energy from renewable energy.
Switzerland’s Green Enesys will develop a 300 MW solar power plant in Djibouti, the government has recently announced. Once commissioned, the project will possibly be among the largest solar power projects in Africa. Green Enesys will invest an estimated €360 million to install the project.
Djibouti’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has stated that work on the project has already started. The project will be set up in six phases of 50 MW capacity each in Grand Bara desert. However, no timeline for the completion of the project has been put forward.
Djibouti plans to source 100% energy from renewable energy sources but is highly dependent on hydro power. The country does have substantial solar energy resource which it is only beginning to tap.
Last year, SkyPower Global had announced plans for 200 MW solar power projects in Djibouti. The company plans to set up the entire capacity in four phases over a period of four years. The total investment is expected to be around $440 million.
Djibouti has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from business-as-usual levels by 2030. In the renewable energy sector, the government aims to set up onshore wind energy projects and solar power projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For these and other mitigation projects an investment of more than $3.8 billion will be required. With an additional $1.6 billion, the country will be able to reduce emissions by a further 20%.