The central question should deliver 10% of the electrical capacity of Mauritania. This project remains the first solar power plant on an industrial scale of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania is owned and managed by the Company Mauritanian electricity (SOMELEC).
The Mauritanian network with an installed capacity of 144 MW only fueled largely by diesel generators, could benefit from an untapped potential and are renewable. Indeed, the potential of wind energy in the country is equal to about 4 times its annual energy.
Moreover, “Mauritania has one of the highest rates of solar radiation in the world making it a great place for solar installations,” said Taleb Ould Abdivall, Mauritanian Minister of Petroleum, energy and mining.
The power project of 15 MW solar photovoltaic meet the needs of growing annual demand of the country is estimated to be 12% in 2012. It will also provide the energy needed to Mauritania, which is currently facing severe shortages of electricity, countries with low electrification rate of 60%.
Under construction near the University of Nouakchott, this project will also serve as a learning laboratory for the development of solar energy in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
“This project demonstrates that access to energy and commercially viable renewable energy can go hand in hand. Partnerships are at the center of Masdar’s business strategy and projects such as this underline the role plays important collaboration in the development of renewable energy, “said Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar.
“With the rapid growth in energy demand, especially in countries with developing, exploiting renewable energy is crucial. Integration of wind, solar and hydroelectric power helps to reduce the pressure on our natural resources and serve as a gateway to the energy security and economic development opportunities. investment in renewable energy conserves natural resources, contributes to energy security and water security and promoting sustainable development “has he also added.
Masdar said the company will invest in projects related to renewable energy around the world. It has several international projects that are either completed or under construction, such as:
► The “London Array” is supposed to be the largest offshore wind farm in the world that generates more that 1 GW of electricity in the UK.
► Gemasolar is a concentrating solar power plant in Spain producing 20 MW of electricity all day long thanks to the use of an innovative technology for energy storage.
► Valle 1 and Valle 2 are two solar power plants in Spain concentration in each producing 50 MW of electricity.
► The “Seychelles” is a wind farm of eight turbines and a capacity of 6 megawatts, which will provide 10 to 15 percent of the installed capacity of the island Mahe.
► Shams 1 is a central concentrating solar power capacity of 100 MW which is located in the Western Region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Once completed, the plant will be capable of producing enough electricity to power 20,000 homes.