Flagship Akuo Group project in Africa
Located some 180 km west of Bamako, in Mali’s Kayes Region, this 50 MWp solar plant injected its first kilowatt-hours into the Malian power grid in March 2020.
Another step towards Mali’s energy transition
The Kita solar plant is actively participating in the increase in the country’s electrification rate, an essential parameter for economic and social development. This major project thus strengthens the commitment of this country, a signatory of the Kyoto Protocol in 1995, to fighting climate change and allows it to move closer to its 2030 national renewable energy targets.
Furthermore, this plant is helping reduce the country’s reliance on hydroelectricity, currently jeopardized by climate change, imported fossil fuel and wood from the country’s natural forests.
A prominent agricultural and social dimension
As well as its ecological and energy aspects, and in line with the Akuo Group’s intrinsic approach of enhancing positive impacts for local inhabitants, the Kita plant also has an agricultural and social dimension. The development of a 5-ha plot of land adjacent to the plant has provided an area for growing crops for those who live near the site. Training in techniques to improve organic farming is being continuously provided by the Akuo Foundation teams. Having created up to 350 local jobs during the construction phase, 120 – a figure that will gradually rise to almost 200 – long-term jobs for women have thus been created.
The project team
Patience and dialogue with stakeholders on the ground made it possible to successfully complete the development of this project that has proven technological relevance, ecological added value and societal benefits.