Construction on two major solar power plants in Senegal are due get underway thanks to the support of a World Bank initiative.

The ‘one stop shop’ services provided through the Scaling Solar programme will deliver ’60 MWac of clean and low-cost power’ at the Kael and Kahone plants, which got the go-ahead after the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, finalised financing on both. They will cut greenhouse gas emissions in the country by 89,000 tons of C02 equivalent annually, the same as taking 17,000 cars off the roads.

“Scaling Solar started in Zambia with the completion of the country’s first large-scale solar plant,” explained Philippe Le Houérou, CEO of IFC. “The programme is delivering tremendous results and continues to expand across Africa and into new regions. We are very pleased to see the two projects in Senegal reach financial close.”