On the Big Island, the energy companies Groupe Filatex and Dera Energy have joined forces to develop several solar power plants with a combined capacity of 170 MW. The objective is to participate in the diversification of the energy mix, decided by the government.

In Madagascar, Groupe Filatex has joined forces with Dera Energy to develop renewable energy projects. Filatex, which has been present in the Madagascan energy landscape for 12 years, has been focusing for the last two years on renewable energy solutions. The two partners plan to build three kinds of solar power plants, namely: hybrid power plants to support existing heavy fuel oil plants, fixed solar power plants and mobile power plants.

By the end of 2021, they aim to serve more than a million households thanks to this source of clean energy. Most of the plants will be connected to the national electricity grid and their production will be transferred to Jirama, the Malagasy electricity company. In rural areas not served by the national grid, developers will set up mini-grids for the distribution of the energy produced.

The ambition of the energy companies is to participate in the program to diversify the national energy mix undertaken by the government in order to reduce its dependence on hydrocarbons and hydropower for the production of its electricity. The localities planned to accommodate these various infrastructures are Tamatave, Tulear, Diego, Majenga, Nosy Be and Antananarivo.

In total, Groupe Filatex aims to set up 170 MW of clean energy plants in Madagascar and 110 MW on the rest of the continent.


Source: Agence Ecofin