Sudan. Paradise for solar power.
Last updated: 29/11/2011 //
Sudan is a natural place for developing solar power. In a small solar plant assembly in Soba outside Khartoum around 2 MW solar panels are produced annually. The Minister of Science and Technology Eissa Bushra Mohamed says the potential is many fold in Sudan.
Meeting ambassador Jens-Petter Kjemprud last Friday the minister explained the ambitious plans of the government to develop solar power in Sudan. Electrification of villages, powering of government houses as well as in the transport sector is potential solar power driven in the near future. Deposits of silicon in Sudan could also enable production facilities here other than the current assembly plant based on imported elements.
The Minister and the ambassador discussed possibilities for research cooperation and the possible role of Norwegian companies in the solar scene in Sudan. The ambassador said some Norwegian companies had expressed interest during the Norwegian-African Business Summit held in Oslo late September. “If you work in the solar power industry, Sudan is a natural country to consider” said the ambassador and also said that the reduced income from the oil sector after South Sudan’s secession means Sudan should look for other sources of energy.