The landmark 6MW Solar Park Freetown Project in Sierra Leone has been inaugurated by the country’s President, Dr Enest Bai Koroma. The construction of the solar installation cost $12.6 million.

The budget for the project was reduced considerably over the past year by the consortium responsible for the construction. The total cost included an upgrade of road and grid-power infrastructure, with a necessary extension of the 161KV grid power line, a distribution substation, and a MV/HV substation.

Solar plant inaugurated

The project won the first International Renewable Energy Agency and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (IRENA/ADFD) financing facility. The plant will provide access to clean renewable and sustainable electricity to both urban and western rural districts around the capital, Freetown, a first in the history of the country.

The Solar Park Freetown Project was specially designed to include a number of institutional and critical human resource arrangements for sustainable management and international best practices of the IRENA/ADFD project facility. It was specifically structured to ensure implementation of sustainable renewable energy combined with knowledge transfer specific to Sierra Leone’s geographic and socio-economic situation.

Funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the Government of Sierra Leone, the project is being managed by Advanced Science and Innovation Company (ASIC) LLC from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The EPC contractor is SMRT Projects and Energy Solutions from Sierra Leone.

ASIC and SMRT have already started works and are expected to make steady progress on the project. Monthly updates to the will be provided, as well as at each of the critical stages of the project, in order to show good governance, full transparency and community inclusion.

On completion, the plant will have a cumulative energy yield of more than 190,000,000.00 kWh over 25 years.

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