EB Solaire will develop the 30 MW project, to be located close to Garoua International Airport, and will also act as EPC contractor.
According to Enerray, initial permissions for the project have been completed, and the Cameroon authorities have approved the 70-hectare site identified by the company for the PV array.
The project will be connected to Cameroon’s grid, to provide power to areas without any access to electricity, and to help reduce the occurrence of blackouts, which are a frequent problem during Cameroon’s dry season from February to July – as the country generates almost three quarters of its electricity from hydro.
Solar and other renewables currently account for less than 1% of Cameroon’s electricity generation, while just 48% of the population has access to electricity. Earlier in 2017, Cameroon agreed a loan with the Bank of China for $123 million to invest in rural electrification projects utilizing solar technology.