By Ousman A Marong
The Minster of Energy and Petroleum, Honourable Fafa Sanyang, said The Gambia has signed a treaty with The international alliance (Isa) to solve the country’s energy sector with a solar energy.
“We have actually signed and ratified a treaty with The international alliance (Isa) last year when the Indian President came here and the issuance was delivered to President Adama Barrow,” Minister Fafa Sanyang said.
According to the Energy and Petroleum Minister, Solar Energy is very important as it is a solution to affordable and clean energy not only for climate change but it is cheaper for the Gambia and other CAF countries within the tropical areas were solar energy is abundant.
“We are right now 100 percent depending on fuel energy. It is very expensive and you can see that the tariff is very high and the only way to reduce that is to expand a power production,” the energy minister said.
Minister Sanyang said Africa is not currently enjoying the solar technology as expected. He revealed that the solar allowance is the solution.
The Honourable Minister of Energy has made these revelations on Tuesday, during a first World Solar Technology Summit (WSTS) ,which is being virtually organized by International Solar Alliance (ISA) held at the Ministry of Energy in Brusubi.
“We have seen that the solar power is now going to agriculture and irrigation rather than using solar pumps for irritation that is very important to the economy as energy is an enabler for social and economic growth,” he remarked.
He adduced that energy is expected to provide at least provide 40 percent of the country’s GDP by 2025. He stressed the importance of solar energy and the purpose of the conference as well.
The Energy Minister said the country has a national energy policy which actually emphasis on renewable energy. He noted that the strategic road map plan is targeting 40 percent renewable energy by 2025.
“These are actually policy directives that we are trying to reach; of course we want to get at least 50-60 percent by 2030 to get international access not only for climate purposes but also for affordability,” he asserted.
Minister Sanyang said presently the ministry is working on the grid and they would be also working off grid project (mini-grid) to areas that could not be reach by grid. He said even the areas with grid would still need to solarise. He added that 1,100 schools, hospitals and health centres are already under the European Union (EU).
“At the moment we are working with India and we have already sent some activities and have also sent some proposals villages to be electrified,” he said.
He revealed that the level of solar which is contributing to the country’s energy is less than 2 percent, saying this is the reason why his ministry has this ambitious plan in making the Gambia a renewable solar energy country.
Meanwhile, the objective of the World Solar Technology Summit (WSTS) is to bring the spotlight on state-of-the-art technologies as well as next generation technologies which would provide impetus to the growth and propagation of solar energy globally. The Summit would provide a global platform for stakeholders to engage on innovations in technology that would catapult the world towards a high solar growth trajectory.
The Summit was addressed by a galaxy of speakers including Mr Fafa Sanyang, Honourable Minister of Petroleum and Energy of The Gambia, Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, Nobel Laureates, Chief Executives of Global Corporations, and Heads of leading global institutions.