Author | Veselina Petrova — Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar on Thursday signed a deal with the government of Mauritania to build 12 MW of solar parks in the Islamic Republic.
The photovoltaic (PV) facilities will be installed at seven towns in Mauritania and are planned to be switched on by the first quarter of 2016.
Three of them will have capacities of 1 MW, another three will be of 2 MW, while the capacity of the last one will be 3 MW.
When up and running, the solar plants will help save more than 16,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year. Each of them will be able to meet about 30% of each town’s power needs, on the average.
Masdar will launch a tender for the project in the first quarter of 2015, it said. Last spring, the renewable energy firm put on stream a 15-MW solar park in Mauritania, which is experiencing power shortages due to its limited power generation capacity.