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Construction work begins on Djibouti’s first solar power plant

Plans for the construction of a solar power plant in Grand Bara in southern Djibouti are now underway.

The solar power project will be built in six stages, each one adding 50 megawatts of power, towards a final capacity of 300 megawatts. The development of this solar plant is the result of a recent partnership between the Republic of Djibouti and Green Enesys. In total the project is valued at around US$390 million, financed through a Programme Partnership Arrangement.  

Between 150 and 200 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the construction phase. When operational, the solar power plant will employ 60 people on a full-time basis. 

The new solar project is part of the government’s strategy to cut the cost of energy and also supports the target to supply all of Djibouti ‘s energy requirements from renewable sources by the next decade. 

 Energy demand is expected to rise significantly in Djibouti over the coming years as it undertakes a major investment programme in core infrastructure projects to support its position as a maritime and regional logistics hub. 

Currently, 65% of the energy used in the Republic of Djibouti comes from the hydropower interconnection with Ethiopia. Projects to develop wind, geothermal, solar, and wave energy capabilities are all underway in Djibouti. The geothermal electricity generation programme is a priority for the government and its potential is acknowledged as one of the highest in the world, according to the company.

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