April 5 (Renewables Now) - An expression of interest (EoI) has been issued for two solar projects in Gambia totalling 10.5 MWp, with a deadline for participation set for April 23, 2019.
The tender was launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the latter announced on Tuesday. The particular projects will be implemented by a single independent power producer (IPP) on a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) basis.
The first project envisages the construction of a 7-MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) park at a site near Farafenni that will be integrated with battery storage capacity. The second one, of 3.5 MWp, will be set up at a site in proximity to the town of Basse. Once completed, both plants will supply their power to the grid under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Gambia’s National Water & Electricity Company (NAWEC).
Presently, less than half the population of Gambia has access to electricity and the country's current total generation capacity is only 98 MW. Last month, the European Union (EU) and the World Bank committed to provide EUR 142 million (USD 159.4m) in debt and grant financing for a 20-MW solar power generation and distribution project in the African nation.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.123)