Clean energy corridors with a combined capacity of 2GW are being planned for the West African region under plans put forward by ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE).
Mahamma Kappiah, executive director of ECREEE, says the corridor will involve connecting many 10-15MW solar PV plants, as well as many other technologies such as wind and hydro. “In the 2GW, we have different contributions from each country. Nigeria wants to take 1GW of it and the rest is shared among other countries, some with 200MW and some with 500MW.”
The concept of the corridors is expected to be cleared by the end of this year, having drawn on technical assistance funded by the European Union (EU). “By the end of this year, we will have gotten a clear picture of whose projects we are talking about, in which areas, how much each one of them costs and how they are linking with the transmission infrastructure,” says Kappiah.