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IRENA welcomes launch of Africa's largest solar PV plant

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) earlier today welcomed word that the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Africa has been inaugurated by the government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and Masdar, the renewable energy company of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.
IRENA welcomes launch of Africa

The new facility, located in the capital city of Nouakchott, is the largest solar PV plant in Africa at 15 MW. It will account for 10 percent of Mauritania’s energy capacity, displace approximately 21,225 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year, and supply energy to nearly 10,000 homes in Nouakchott.

“Globally renewable energy has tremendous potential to meet our growing energy needs, and with the business case for renewables improving rapidly, the time has never been better for renewables,” said Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of IRENA. “We are encouraged to see one of our early Members, Mauritania beginning their transition to an affordable secure and sustainable energy system.”

To date Mauritania’s electricity grid, like many in Africa and around the world, has been reliant on expensive diesel generators and exposed to price volatility, energy security and sustainability issues. Further to this the nation’s demand for energy grew by an estimated 12 percent in 2012, compounding the pressure on their 144-megawatts of installed capacity and resulting in severe energy shortages.

“Energy access is a pathway to economic and social opportunity,” said Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz during the inauguration of the solar plant. “Electrification, through sustainable sources of energy, is critical in ensuring our people have access to basic services and is a step toward improving our infrastructure and long-term economic development.”

With strong solar and wind energy resources, Mauritania has the potential to derive a significant portion of its electricity capacity from clean, secure, and sustainable sources of energy. Its wind energy potential alone is almost four times its annual energy demand.

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

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