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Gambian President to Inaugurate 23MW Solar Project Saturday

President Adama Barrow of Gambia, along with top officials of the country, and diplomatic mission heads, will inaugurate the country’s 23MW peak solar project in Jambur, Kombo South District, West Coast Region on Saturday, March 9, 2024.

Funded by the World Bank, European Investment Bank, and the European Union, the project aims to enhance electricity access, generate employment opportunities, and stimulate economic growth for the Gambian population.

President Barrow expressed his anticipation for the project, emphasizing its significance in paving the way for a cleaner and brighter future for The Gambia.

The collaboration among the European Union Investment Bank (EIB), European Union, World Bank, and National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) under GERMP underscores a pivotal step towards diversifying The Gambia’s energy sources and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

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Nani Juwara, Managing Director of NAWEC, highlighted the project’s novelty as the first of its kind in The Gambia and its connection to the national grid. Additionally, the Gambian Government is collaborating with the West Africa Power Pool to develop a 150MW solar plant project, with the first phase targeting 50MW.

Juwara mentioned that studies and tender documents have been completed, with procurement expected to conclude by the end of the year, potentially launching the project before 2024 ends.

Regarding electricity access, Juwara acknowledged that approximately 60% of the Gambian population currently has access to power, with rural areas still facing challenges in this regard.

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