A comprehensive plan for 2GW of renewable projects
After the successful implementation of the concept in Southern and Eastern Africa, IRENA and ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) are launching the West African Clean Energy Corridor (WACEC). The project aims to accelerate deployment of 2GW of utility-scale renewable energy and promote cross-border trade of renewable power.
The corridor will feature 10 to 15 megawatt (MW) solar PV plants, wind energy and hydroelectric projects. Each country will contribute what they can (Nigeria is taking 1GW, other countries between 200 and 500MW).
A stakeholder consultation took taken place in 2015, priority actions have been identified and final plans will soon be presented for adoption by ECOWAS Ministers of Energy and endorsement by Summit of Heads of State and Government/AELG. Once agreed, all the associated project capacity will be tendered at once and auctioned under a common system.
Why the corridor?
The corridor is a response to West African challenges: supply deficit, growing demand, high perceived risks for investors. By facilitating new projects and integrating power systems of different countries, the corridor will increase the share of renewable electricity as well as create and expand regional energy markets.
Other regional corridors have demonstrated successful results that provide a great benchmark for WACEC: high potential cost effective renewable energy zones identified, enabling policy, regulatory, planning and financing frameworks strengthened to promote investments, and institutional and human capacities improved.
Why should you attend?
- Learn about the scale of the projects, planned sites and timelines
- Understand more about the tendering and auctioning common system to plan how you can win projects
- Meet and ask questions to ECREEE team responsible for implementing the WACEC corridor.
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