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Sierra Leone News : $12.6m solar park project to boost electricity supply
By Lahai Kpaka
May 9, 2017, 17:14
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The Ministry of Energy has signed on Friday 5th May 2017 at the Ministry’s Conference Hall in Freetown an implementing engineering procurement and construction of 6MW solar PV plantagreementwith Infinity –E Consortium with the aim ofboosting up power supply to Freetown and its municipality.


The project is jointly funded by the government of Sierra Leone and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) costing $12.6m.

 

An agreement to implement the 6MW solar park project would be stationed at Newton where there will be an added power supply to the 161 Bumbunapower line that is supplying the Freetown municipality.  

 

According to the Minister of Energy, Amb. Henry Macauley,electricity is fundamental to the sustainable development of Sierra Leone. Dilating on the daunting period faced with donor partners, he disclosed that he had gone through several battles with donor partners towards ensuring that electricity becomes visible to the people of Sierra Leone. He noted that “as electricity is the opposite of demand and supply, the more you give, the more people want”, he affirmed. 

 

He reaffirmed that the Infinity – E Consortium would install and complete the said project by December, 2017.

 

Before signing the agreement, the CEO of Infinity – E Consortium, Mr. Stephan Ostermann and team together with the Head of PIU, Dr. Patrick Tarawallie and team from the Ministry of Energy, EGTC and EPA made an inspection tour along the Bumbuna power line at Newton where the 6MW solar PV panels line will be connected on a 30 acre land. This piece of land was offered by the Newton Community people and has been set aside for the construction and installation of the 6MW solar PV panels. At the end of the inspection, the CEO of Infinity – E Consortium, and team together with the head of PIU, and team from the Ministry of Energy agreed that the Newton community should be considered for power supply after the completion of the project by proving them electricity.


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