Côte d'Ivoire Signs Solar Deals With UAE’s Masdar
The West African country is seeking to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.
Côte d’Ivoire has signed a deal with Masdar, a UAE-government-owned renewable energy company, to develop a series of solar power plants.
Masdar said in a statement, “Masdar and the Ivorian Ministry of Mining, Petroleum & Energy will explore the joint development of solar photovoltaic plants in Côte d’Ivoire, starting with a first 50-70MW plant.”
The West African country is looking to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 32% and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. It has set a goal of increasing its share of renewables in its power mix to 45% by 2030.
Masdar said the agreement forms part of the Etihad 7 initiative, a programme launched in 2022 by the UAE to fund renewable energy projects in Africa. The programme aims to deliver 20GW of renewables capacity by 2035, enough to support 100 million people across the continent.
Five projects have now been agreed under this initiative. Three were signed with Angola (for 2GW), Uganda (1GW), and Zambia (2GW) during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2023. And last year, Tanzania’s TANESCO signed an agreement with Masdar to develop 2GW of clean energy projects.
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