Engie signed a MoU with the government of Djibouti involving the construction of a photovoltaic solar power plant. The plant will have a 30 MW capacity and is to be located in the Grand Bara region. This will be the first large-scale power plant in the country.
The government of Djibouti will follow this project with others, aimed at rural electrification, said Yonis Ali Guedi, the Minister of Energy, in a statement.
Djibouti, which has an inadequate distribution network, currently imports 80% of its energy from Ethiopia.
While the country has set itself the goal of becoming independent in its energy production by 2020, so far has not deployed any solar power plants according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).