Source: www.africanakua.com |Ngwenekome Priscilia Ahone, Cameroon
Cameroons energy company, ENEO has made a consortium with other electrical companies to build two solar photovoltaic plants in the Northern and Far-North regions, estimated at 14 billion FCFA.
ENEO in a statement last week 8 August, announced the signing of an agreement with the European Scatec Solar Company, Izuba energies and Sphinx Energy to build two solar plants in the Northern part of the country that will definitely produce an annual electricity of 49 Gigawatt hours, GWh.
These two plants that have been scheduled to commence operations next year will have a capacity of 25 Megawatt peak (MWp) in the above regions, with 15 MWp in the Northern regions and 10 MWp in the Far North region.
These photovoltaic plants, it should be noted will also improve the energy supply to other regions in the country. This agreement according to ENEO will help in finalizing the Power Purchase Agreement it signed with IED Invest Cameroon in 2016. It further stated the above energy companies were selected for this solar plant building project going by a bidding process that was launched in October, 2017.
The project, official sources say, is sure to be successful given the fact that it is endowed with three renowned energy companies being Scatec Solar specializing in the integration of photovoltaic systems, Izuba Energies focused in the environmental and energy optimization of buildings and Sphinx Energy focused on the development of thermal and solar plants in Africa.
With past and recent media reports, it is being noticed that projects are being signed in the country to build solar plants in the Northern and Far North regions of the country. In 2017, ENEO launched the installing of a solar plant in Ngaoundere, Adamawa capital, with a capacity of 10 MW.
Within the same year, it was learned that two other solar plants will be constructed in Maroua, capital of the Far North region and Guider in the North region. However, the high rate of sunlight in this part of Cameroon justifies the existence of these projects as the electricity sector in the Northern regions is the area most exposed to the sun.