SENEGAL – Solar energy provider CrossBoundary Energy has signed an agreement with Grande Côte Operations (GCO) to install a 13 MW hybrid solar power plant with storage for the company’s operations in Diogo, north-western Senegal.
GCO, a subsidiary of the French mining and metallurgical group Eramet, mines mineral sands in this locality, which is located more than 100 km from the Senegalese capital Dakar. This activity requires a significant amount of energy.
The Nairobi, Kenya-based company will finance, build and operate a 13MW hybrid solar power plant, which will be connected to a battery storage system capable of storing 8MW of electricity to meet the quarry’s needs after sunset or during bad weather.
On site, the solar panels and batteries will be installed by juwi Renewable Energies, a subsidiary of juwi AG. Under the agreement signed between the two companies, GCO will purchase the electricity generated by the CrossBoundary solar power plant for a period of 15 years.
“The environmental value of the raw materials, titanium and zircon that GCO produces will be positively impacted. This concrete commitment to low-carbon energy reflects the values and ambition of GCO and Eramet’s teams to provide solutions to the climate challenge and to the well-being of all.”