Solar Market Outlook in Senegal
A partnership between the World Bank, IFC, the European Investment Bank and Proparco has worked together to finance two solar PV plants in Senegal. This solar project is projected to provide clean and sustainable power from solar sources for more than half a million Senegalese residents.
The two solar plants mentioned above were launched in May of 2021 with a total solar capacity of 60 MWac. The plants will generate energy with a tariff making it one of the cheapest electrical costs in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. But apart from the access to affordable and sustainable energy, it’s the ability to reduce carbon emissions by 89,000 annually that will be the biggest benefit of installing these new plants.
The two projects are a result of the auctions that were tendered by the Senegalese government through the Energy Regulatory Commission. Despite the growth in the number of residents in the country that now has access to power, there is still a significant amount of them that lacks access to electricity. But things are looking up with the affordability of solar power especially since the previous source – fuel imports – was too costly for the economy to sustain.
Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Senegal
The availability of local suppliers of solar power in Senegal is rather limited. However, there are plenty of local and online suppliers of solar power equipment to small- and large-scale installations.
Top 8 Major Seaports & Logistics in Senegal
Senegal benefits from its exceptional location that facilitates efficient and easy logistics and trade activity. It has many functioning ports used for commercial activity such as Dakar, Thies, and Ziguinchor.
What is a Building Integrated Photovoltaic or a BIPV?
Building Integrated Photovoltaics serves more than one purpose. BIPVs produce electricity by the piezoelectric effect and serve as protection for any structure.
BIPVs are installed to provide shed, block sunlight, and give a modern look to any building, all this while producing electricity from sunlight.
Where is a BIPV used?
A BIPV is integrated into a structure like conventional buildings. BIPVs replace glass windows with Solar windows, parking shed rooftops with solar roofs and solar shades in place of translucent covers. All these changes make the look of any structure modern while being extremely useful.
Types of Building Integrated Photovoltaics
Solar panels are silicon-based photovoltaic cells that produce electricity from sunlight. With micro adjustments according to the application, these cells transform into BIPVs. Based on various applications, there are broadly four types of BIPVs.
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- Solar-Facades: Solar Facades’ integration in building structures keeps the noise and air pollution out and gives any building a visual identity. This all while producing green energy.
- Solar-Window: Solar windows find their application both in residential and commercial properties. These windows look like any other windows but with solar modules.
- Solar-Roofs: Solar roofs like that of Tesla Energy in the USA are becoming popular. In conventional rooftops, these solar tiles replace asphalt tiles. Every tile acts as an individual cell and connects in series to generate electricity.
- PV-Sunshades: Parking lot sheds are the best example of PV-Sunshades. Additionally, these shades protect buildings from direct sunlight.
How does a BIPV work?
BIPVs use opaque or transparent solar cells connected in series to each other to give a substantial amount of current output. These photovoltaics are located in the portion of the building exposed to the sun the most.
What are big manufacturing brands of BIPVs?
Tesla Energy is one major brand in the USA backed by Elon Musk. They manufacture solar cell tiles for residential rooftops. Customers get a variety of tiles according to the required strength and size.
Some other contributors in this niche are:
- Mysolar USA
- Omnis Power USA Inc
- Redwood Renewables
- Skyco Skylights
- Sonali Solar USA