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04/03/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/04/2024 02:26

The first solar power plant in Côte d'Ivoire supplies electricity for 35,000 households

The principle of just transition is strictly adhered to when implementing the project. Social hardship for the population is to be avoided. Landowners who owned plots of land and fields on the project site were compensated. This enabled some of the farmers to purchase agricultural equipment to better cultivate their remaining fields. A complaints office was set up for those who felt they had been treated unfairly - yet only four appeals were submitted, which were settled amicably. "We also endeavoured to create employment for the local population," emphasises KfW Project Manager Clara Winkler-Tomety. During the construction phase, 75% of the workers came from the region. The new solar power plant in Côte d'Ivoire is helping to achieve the goals of German development cooperation in the expansion of renewable energies. "The aim is to promote a climate-friendly electricity network in West Africa," explains Winkler-Tomety. The aim of the programme for the region is to help ensure that private households, public institutions and companies can obtain electricity at environmentally and climate-friendly, secure and cost-effective conditions. Cooperation with Côte d'Ivoire is to be further intensified within a climate and development partnership. The aim is to support energy transition towards more renewable energies in the West African country and to further expand its role as a net electricity exporter to enhance security of supply in West Africa.

In the international public tender organised by the Ivorian energy supplier for the construction of the power plant, a Franco-German consortium prevailed as the general contractor. In this way, Côte d'Ivoire is benefiting from European expertise, while the project is also helping to secure jobs in Germany and Europe.