The 7 MW solar facility will sell power to local state-owned utility Nigelec. The project was developed with the support of the Indian government.

Niger’s prime minister Brigi Rafini and the minister of energy Amina Moumouni have inaugurated the country’s first solar power plant, according to a statement released by local state-owned utility Nigelec. The 7 MW facility is located near Malbaza, a rural village in central Niger, and is the result of a project developed under the “Renaissance Program Act II”, which has received support from the Indian government.

The $24.7 million PV plant, according to the local government, will cover the electricity needs of around 30,000 households in the departments of Madaoua, Malbaza and Konni. The project is part of a plan to deploy 100 MW of solar by 2021, which includes a recently streamlined 20 MW project, and four more plants in Dosso (10 MW), Maradi (20 MW), Niamey-Gorou Banda (30 MW) and Malbaza (13 MW).

Source: PV Magazine