Renewable power generation company Lekela has reached financial close on its 158.7MW Taiba N’Diaye wind power project in Senegal.
The company is engaged in delivering utility-scale projects across Africa, with Taiba N’Diaye being the first utility-scale wind farm in the country.
Set to operate under the name Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye, the wind project will feature 46 Vestas wind turbines, each able to produce 3.45MW of clean and reliable energy.
The Taiba N’Diaye project is located 70km north of Dakar in Senegal and construction works at the site are expected to begin shortly.
Once fully operational, the Taiba N’Diaye wind farm is expected to provide more than 450,000MWh of energy per year for more than two million people.
Lekela COO Chris Ford said: “This is a major milestone for Senegal, and for Lekela. As the first utility-scale wind power project in the country, Taiba N’Diaye forms a critical component of Senegal’s clean energy strategy.
“The project will create an impact that lasts for generations. We have many people to thank in getting to this point, not least the communities, partners and stakeholders who we’ve worked closely with in recent months.
“Taiba N’Diaye is just one of several Lekela projects currently in operation, construction or development. At present, the company’s pipeline consists of over 1,300MW across projects in Egypt, Ghana and South Africa, as well as Senegal.”
The project is expected to contribute up to $20m to the local community over the life of the wind farm and cut down more than 300,000t carbon emission per year.
In addition to clean energy, the project is expected to create 400 employment opportunities during the peak construction period.