Madagascar’s Filatex to start work on Côte d’Ivoire solar production

By David Whitehouse
Posted on Friday, 12 February 2021 18:23

An average six hours of sunshine a day makes Côte d’Ivoire a fertile location for solar energy generation. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

Filatex of Madagascar will start work on a 66MW solar power project in Côte d’Ivoire in May after agreeing terms with lenders, CEO Hasnaine Yavarhoussen and COO George Condé tell The Africa Report.

The project is a “strong statement” from the Côte d’Ivoire government about its ambitions in solar power, Condé says from Antananarivo. First production is due around the end of the year, he adds.

Côte d’Ivoire has made rapid progress in electrification. According to the World Bank, almost 94% of the population was connected to the power grid in 2020, compared with 34% in 2011, and the country is able to export about 10% of its production to West African countries. Private operators account for 70% of energy production and all of the distribution, the World Bank says.

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