Gambia’s Biggest 23 MW Solar Plant Opens

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The newly completed 23 Megawatt Solar Plant and an eight Megawatt Battery Energy Storage System in Kombo Jambur

On Saturday, at a historic occasion in the Community of Kombo Jambur, President Barrow led the official inauguration ceremony of the now completed 23 Megawatt Solar Plant and an eight Megawatt Battery Energy Storage System.

On February 4, 2023, President Barrow laid the foundation stone to mark the start of work on this Jambur Solar Power Plant project, the country’s largest solar park.

President Barrow speaking at the opening ceremony.

This multimillion-dollar project is built under the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernisation Project (GERMP), jointly financed by the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the European Union.

The project’s ultimate goal is to provide additional reliable, affordable, sustainable, and green energy generation capacity to meet the increasing energy needs of the Gambian people.

On his return for the inauguration, after laying the foundation stone a year later, President Barrow is proud that his promise of providing universal access to an uninterrupted power supply to all Gambians by 2025 is on course. He expressed appreciation to the financiers and the contractor.

This project will inject clean energy into the electricity grid, thereby diversifying the country’s electricity generation sources to include renewable energies, reducing the country’s over-dependence on imported petroleum products.

Stoeva Svetla of the European Investment Bank, Feyi Boroffice, World Bank Resident Representative, and Corrado Pampaloni, European Union Ambassador, respectively, reiterated their determinations to accompany the country’s development aspirations.

The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project, one of the many energy projects currently being implemented by NAWEC, aims to improve electricity generation capacity and transmission system efficiency to increase access to electricity for socio-economic development.

Nani Juwara, managing director of NAWEC, said the project will ensure sustainable development.

Xiao Zhi, the President of Chinese Company TBEA International Engineering, the project’s contractor, is proud that the project was completed on time.

Haruna Bojang, alkali of Jambur, and West Coast Region Governor Ouman Bojang urged the community to take ownership of the project and ensure its sustenance.

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