Harnessing the Saharan Sun
The Mauritania Solar Power project is a part of something big — expanding renewable energy access in Africa. It’s the largest solar plant in the region, stretching 600,000 square meters across the Sahara, and harvesting clean, renewable energy. It powers a full 15% of the nation’s energy, keeping fossil fuels in the ground where they belong.
The project in numbers
- 15%of country solar powered
- 110,000people access green energy
- 156,000panels installed
- 60,000tons of CO2e saved per year
Why did we choose this project?
Thousands are without power in Mauritania, and coal is usually a cheap and easy choice. Offsets level the playing field. Instead of expanding fossil fuel infrastructure, offsets made it possible for the local community to choose solar — displacing coal and wood and bringing power to over 100,000 people.
This project also plants the seeds for future renewable energy facilities. It has partnered with a local university to establish a solar power engineering course, passing on knowledge and hands-on experience to the next generation.
- Brings new green tech into the region
- Harnesses the power of the Saharan sun
- Displaces fossil fuel infrastructure immediately
- Is part of an ambitious plan to power 25% of the country through renewable sources
- Powers a full 15% of Mauritania's energy
- Over 100,000 people now have access to power
- Renewable power education programs
- Brings more opportunities for families across Mauritania