Scaling Solar: Côte d'Ivoire announces prequalified bidders for 60 MW solar project
Post date: 24/11/2021 - 08:25
The Government of Côte d’Ivoire – through the Ministry of Mines, Oil and Energy and the utility Côte d’Ivoire Energies (CI-Energyies) – has announced the list of prequalified bidders for the design, financing, construction, and operation of two grid-connected solar PV plants on an IPP basis. Nine companies and consortia were pre-selected: Voltalia SA, Elsewedy Electric, Globeleq Africa Holdings Limited, Nareva Holding, Scatec ASA, Infinity Power Holding, Enel Green Power Spa, Green Yellow SAS and EDF Renouvelables / Meridiam.
In the next step the government will decide which companies will be commissioned to install the PV facilities with at least 60 MW. The two plants will be located in Laboa and Touba in the Bafing Region, in the western part of the country.
In October 2019, the government engaged the International Finance Corp (IFC) as lead transaction advisor for the project under the Scaling Solar program, part of the World Bank Group. In June 2021, the country has issued a »Request for Pre-Qualification.« 20 candidates have impressed their interest. Côte d’Ivoire targets to generate 42 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030.
»Scaling Solar« is developed in partnership with the governments of Denmark, Korea, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, furthermore with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Power Africa, and the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG). The initiative helps governments procure and develop privately funded, grid-connected utility-scale solar projects to produce electricity at competitive tariffs. Senegal and Zambia have successfully commissioned plants under the »Scaling Solar« program. Other countries in the pipeline are Afghanistan, Madagascar, Niger, Togo, and Uzbekistan.