Senegal Is Second African Country to Join
‘Scaling Solar’ to Quickly Develop Clean Energy
Dakar, February 9, 2016 – IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, signed
an agreement on Tuesday with the government of Senegal to develop up to
200 megawatts of solar power under Scaling Solar, a World Bank Group initiative
helping African countries procure renewable energy quickly and affordably.
The planned utility-scale solar photovoltaic project underscores the government’s
commitment to integrate renewable energy resources in the West African
country’s energy mix.
The World Bank Group’s Scaling Solar program has gained momentum across
sub-Saharan Africa with this new agreement with Senegal to develop large-scale
solar power through private investment quickly and affordably with competitive
and transparent tendering. It follows an agreement with Zambia in 2015
that has already generated significant market interest.
“This innovative partnership with Senegal is important for creating a
new market for solar power investment in the region,” said Vera Songwe,
IFC Director for West and Central Africa. “Scaling Solar is an excellent
example of how World Bank Group expertise can help governments in the region
meet their most pressing needs.”
Scaling Solar offers a “one-stop shop” package of advice, project documents,
risk management products, finance and insurance that gives even small countries
the purchasing power of larger markets and helps attract leading private
sector developers to new geographies. IFC will help the Government of Senegal
conduct due diligence and tender the solar project, and IFC, the World
Bank and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency are expected to support
its bidding phase.
“Access to electricity is fundamental for Senegal’s economic development,”
said Louise Cord, World Bank Director for Senegal. “Scaling Solar will
help the Government of Senegal to draw on an abundant renewable energy
source to deliver energy quickly and efficiently, helping to meet the objectives
of the Plan Senegal Emergent.”
An agreement with Zambia, signed in August 2015, has already led to major
advances toward the first large-scale solar facility in the southern African
country. Zambia’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has announced
that 48 companies sought to prequalify for their two initial 50 megawatt
solar projects under Scaling Solar.
According to World Bank data, just over half the population of Senegal
currently has access to electricity. With energy accounting for an estimated
2.5 percent of Senegal’s gross national product annually, the World Bank
Group has doubled its efforts in the sector.
About the World Bank Group
The World Bank Group plays a key role in the global effort to end extreme
poverty and boost shared prosperity. It consists of five institutions:
the World Bank, including the International Bank for Reconstruction and
Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA);
the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment
Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of
Investment Disputes (ICSID). Working together in more than 100 countries,
these institutions provide financing, advice, and other solutions that
enable countries to address the most urgent challenges of development.
For more information, please visit www.worldbank.org,
About Scaling Solar
Scaling Solar is a World Bank Group solution that facilitates the rapid
development of privately owned large-scale solar projects in sub-Saharan
Africa. It offers a one-stop-shop package of advisory services, guarantees,
financing and contracts that help governments procure solar power transparently,
competitively and with the lowest possible tariffs. For more information,