AMEA Power, a prominent renewable energy firm based in Dubai, has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the government of Djibouti for a 25-megawatts solar energy project in the East African country.
The agreement was signed by AMEA Chairman Hussain Al Nowais and Mr. Djama Ali Guelleh, the CEO of Djibouti’s Electricité de Djibouti (EDD) which is the country’s state-owned power firm.
Besides the development of the solar plant, the project will also deliver battery storage facilities in the Grand Bara Area.
Chairman Al Nowais expressed his excitement about the achievement and underscored his commitment to supporting the country in its energy transition journey.
“East Africa is an important market for AMEA Power, as it is a region with immense potential for the development of clean, reliable, and affordable energy,” the AMEA Chairman stated.
AMEA will fully develop the solar project under a Build-Own-Operate and Transfer (BOOT) model and will generate 55 GWh of clean energy per year, enough to reach more than 66,500 people.
Once complete, AMEA will sell the power to Electricité de Djibouti as the appointed off-taker.
AMEA Power boosts Djibouti’s quest for Clean Energy
This Will Be The First Solar Independent Power Project (IPP) in Djibouti and a significant step in the country’s journey to providing reliable and sustainable energy for its citizens.
The government has set sights on reducing carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 as part of its strategic plan.
In addition to solar power, the Djibouti government has made steps in developing other forms of renewable energy including wind power through a project by Siemens Gamesa, a subsidiary of the German giant Siemens, on behalf of Djibouti Wind Company, a special purpose vehicle owned by Africa Finance Corporation (AFC).
Geothermal power has also been among the options available for Djibouti with the government keen to tap into the natural heat available in the country’s subsoil to generate energy.
On its part, AMEA- a fast-growing energy firm- has been keen on expanding its wings around the world prioritizing renewable energy investments in African countries and other emerging markets.
Besides solar power, AMEA has also invested in wind and green hydrogen power demonstrating its long-term commitment to the global energy transition.