PV MAGAZINE - Gambia’s National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) has issued a tender to select companies to conduct feasibility studies to assess the country’s potential for solar and hybridized PV projects in mini-grids and close to existing power plants.

Gambia’s power utility National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) has launched a request for expressions of interest to select companies to provide assistance in conducting feasibility studies for the viability of three different types of solar project across the country: grid-connected PV projects; hybridized PV projects with existing power plants; and off-grid PV installations.

The assistance includes, among other things, analysis of the existing generation and demand, assessment of solar resources, risk analysis and mitigation plan

The feasibility studies will be financed by the World Bank, with additional funds coming from the Gambia Electricity Support Project, whose aim is to increase the availability and reliability of electricity supply for existing customers in the Great Banjul Area (GBA); Gambia’s westernmost region, suffering continuous shortages in the supply of water and electricity.

The project also intends to help NAWEC improve its generation capacity and efficiency at the existing Kotu and Brikama thermal power plants located in the GBA, and to modernize the local transmission and distribution network. The country’s electricity network consists mainly of mini-grids, which the government hopes to improve by making them into hybrid mini-grids integrated with renewable energy generation capacity.

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