Masdar solar plants in Mauritania 50% complete
When complete, the network of eight solar power plants will almost double the UAE’s contribution to Mauritania’s renewable energy capacity to a total of 31.6 MW
Abu Dhabi-based Masdar has passed the halfway mark in its project to construct a 16.6 MW solar power plant network in Mauritania.
When complete, the network of eight solar power plants will almost double the UAE’s contribution to Mauritania’s renewable energy capacity to a total of 31.6 MW.
The plants will supply 30% of the electricity demand to the remote communities of Boutilimit, Aleg, Aioune, Akjoujt, Atar, El Chami, Boulenour and Bani Chab, reducing their dependency on diesel-fuelled generators, decreasing annual fuel costs and lowering carbon dioxide emissions.
None of these communities are currently connected to the national grid.
Commenting on the project, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, said: “Masdar operates across the whole clean energy chain, from developing utility-scale projects to deploying off-grid solutions. In Mauritania, we are executing a project, furthering the UAE’s historic role as a supporter of clean energy access around the globe.
"Delivery of this innovative network will bring electricity to thousands of families for the first time, changing their lives for the better and further enabling socio-economic development.”
Mauritanian national electricity provider Société Mauritanienne d’electricité (SOMELEC) selected Masdar as the preferred partner for the project based on the successful delivery of the 15 MW Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Plant in the capital city of Nouakchott.