Senegal bets on solar and wind power

Sentinel-1 CSAR IW acquired on 04 January 2020 at 19:18:24 UTC
Sentinel-1 CSAR IW acquired on 11 January 2020 at 19:10:23 UTC
Sentinel-2 MSI acquired on 13 January 2020 at 11:34:31 UTC
Author(s): Sentinel Vision team, VisioTerra, France -
Keyword(s): Land, coastal, windpower, renewable energy, green energies, climate change, global warming, sea level rise, infrastructure, solar power, Senegal
Fig. 1 - S2 (13.01.2020) - 4,3,2 natural colour - In 2016, Senergy 2, the largest sun power plant in West Africa opened in Bokhol, Senegal.
5 km from the Mauritanian border, these 75 000 polycristalline panels covering 12 ha should supply 20 MW to 160 000 Senegalese.
Fig. 2 - S1 (04.01.2020) - vv,vh,vv colour composite - Based around Thies, Taiba NDiaye windfarm is the largest in West Africa.
Senegal is very vulnerable to the sea level rise that results from the global warming. Under the pressure of NGOs, Senegal officially cancelled its controversial Bargny coal plant.
Fig. 3 - S2 (13.01.2020) - 8,4,3 colour composite - Wind turbines show in green. While vertical, they cast their dark shadows horizontally.
Powerered by harmattan and Atlantic winds, these 46 117 m high wind turbines should produce 158 MW, 15% of the Senegal capacities & enough for 2 million inhabitants.