Street lighting through a solar-powered mini power grid in a village in Senegal

Core area “Climate and energy, just transition” A climate-friendly and reliable power supply

Energy scarcity is one of the major barriers to development in Senegal. Only around 40 per cent of the country's rural population has access to electricity. In order to foster stable economic development for the rural population in particular, Germany is helping to improve access to a safe, reliable and low-carbon energy supply.

Senegal greatly values German know-how in the renewable energy sector. Despite the discovery of oil and gas deposits, the Senegalese government remains committed to the goal of meeting 30 per cent of electricity demand from renewable sources.

Within the framework of Financial Cooperation, KfW Development Bank is supporting the construction of a photovoltaic power plant south of Dakar, which will provide energy to private households and to the Diass Special Economic Zone. Funding is also being provided for several rural micro-grids based on smaller photovoltaic or hybrid installations. Power distribution networks are being modernised and electricity meters installed in nine cities.

In order to promote sustainable urban development, KfW will finance a project which aims to establish an attractive, cost-effective and sustainable local public transport system in the Dakar area. Together with other donor organisations, KfW is thus supporting Senegal’s transition to low-carbon mobility through investment in a sustainable mobility infrastructure.

As at: 09/08/2022