West African country Togo has appointed India’s state-owned power generator NTPC as project management consultant (PMC) for about 300 MW of solar power projects in the nation.
The letter of engagement of NTPC as the PMC for development of about 300 MW solar power projects by Togo was handed over by Kondi Mani, Charge d’Affaire, Embassy of Togo, to Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC, in the presence of Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R.K. Singh and International Solar Alliance (ISA) Director General (ISA) Upendra Tripathy.
Speaking on the occasion Singh said: “This (renewable) resource must be harnessed by ISA member countries as RE makes it possible to supply electricity to people living in far flung areas through distributed power supply model”.
He underlined the importance of independent regulators, saying that under recently evolving model, prepaid smart metering helps in smooth billing and collection and the governments need not invest in the projects that developers take care.
Togo is a country in West Africa and member of the ISA. The nation has set an ambitious plan to achieve universal electricity access by 2030 with focus on capacity addition in solar power generation.
It has taken various initiatives to achieve these targets. The country has been requesting assistance of ISA for development of solar capacity.
ISA has been taking various initiatives to assist the member countries to develop solar projects.
Presently, there are six programmes of the ISA to develop solar capacities in member countries, which include agricultural pumps, mini grids, rooftop solar, large-scale grid connected projects, etc.
Implementation of ISA Programmes are member driven and ISA Secretariat facilitates the implementation.
Engagement of NTPC by Togo is based on endorsement of the ISA. NTPC had submitted a proposal to ISA requesting endorsement to member countries to give project management consultancy for implementation of solar projects.
As per the NTPC proposal, ISA member countries where solar projects are implemented through competitive bidding, NTPC may act as a project management consultant.
NTPC will carry out various activities for selection of solar project developers on competitive basis for setting up projects on ownership basis and enter into power purchase agreement with government-designated entities.
The PMC charges of NTPC will be recovered from the selected solar project developers. NTPC based on the feasibility, may also develop solar projects by putting own equity in countries where Feed in Tariff is in force.
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