France's Engie inks grassroots renewables package in Senegal

French utility Engie has sealed a partnership deal with ANER, Senegal's national renewables agency, to accelerate development of the west African country's clean-energy sector.

The multi-stage agreement will lead off with the planned installation of 11,000 residential rooftop PV packages in the capital city of Dakar, before stepping up with deployment of market energy performance contracts for industrial operators as part of a push to balance the Senegalese electrical system.

The final phase of the agreement will see Engie joining an industrial cluster to promote renewable energy plant development. 

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“Engie is aiming to use its technical experience and financial capacity to support Senegal’s energy policy, in close partnership with local stakeholders," states Engie chief executive Isabelle Kocher.

"The agreement we have signed today reflects our desire to be a major stakeholder in renewable energies and services in Africa and to solve the huge energy supply problems found on the continent.”

Engie is already involved in Senegalese renewables via the Senergy project, a 30MW PV farm slated for commissioning in 2017 in the town of Santiou Mekhé.​