Information and data on renewable energy resource and market potential in Côte d’Ivoire are limited. The remaining large hydropower potential has been roughly estimated in the past. Solar irradiation levels indicate good potential for PV installations and biomass power potential is thought to be considerable. According to existing data, wind and geothermal energy have a comparably low potential for electricity production.
Côte d’Ivoire receives abundant solar energy. The solar potential in the country ranges from 2.0-6.0 kWh/m2/day, with an average of six hours of sunshine a day, indicating moderate potential for this form of energy. The solar energy resource is generally greater in the north of the country. The annual potential for photovoltaic installations is 10,325 TWh. In terms of solar projects, a 20 MW solar power plant in Korhogo and a 50 MW power plant in the Poro region are due to be commissioned in 2017. In addition, public lighting projects using solar street-lamps are ongoing. The Strategic Action Plan for the Electricity Sector by 2030 has plans to retrofit existing rural diesel grids with PV. Furthermore, household applications and isolated PV grids will play a major role in rural electrification. The Plan foresees the completion of at least 12 pilot projects in rural areas.
Source: GeoModel Solar s.r.o