Africa50, Amea Power to Collaboratively Develop Solar Farms in Five African Nations
By Faridat Salifu
Following the just conclusion of COP28 in Dubai, the Africa50 investment platform has recently forged a promising agreement with Emirati independent power producer (IPP) Amea Power, signaling a collaborative push to develop solar photovoltaic power plants across several African countries.
Africa50, known for its significant investments in Africa’s energy sector and founded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and African governments, as well as Amea Power, a distinguished IPP based in Dubai, have pledged a joint effort in co-developing solar photovoltaic power plants in Senegal, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Togo, and Chad. The goal is to provide substantial support for the energy transition objectives set forth by the African continent.
With a noteworthy track record, Africa50 has previously participated in the construction of the impressive 1,650 MWp Benban solar complex in Egypt, illustrating its commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions across the continent.
Simultaneously, Amea Power, under the leadership of Hussain Alnowais, has already ventured into various significant projects across Africa, signalling a growing presence in the region.
Notably, the IPP is currently overseeing the operations of a 50 MWp solar power plant in Blitta, Togo’s Centre region, and has ambitious plans to extend its capacity to 70 MW. Amea has also secured concessions for the construction of solar farms, including a substantial 120 MWp project in Kairouan, Tunisia, and the ongoing development of the 26.6 MWp Zina solar power plant in Burkina Faso.
In addition to the countries covered by its partnership with Africa50, Amea is actively pursuing concessions in a range of other African nations, including Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Egypt, Morocco, Uganda, and South Africa.
Their collective commitment, as highlighted during COP28, underlines their dedication to significantly contributing to the objective of tripling installed renewable energy production capacity globally, particularly within Africa.