03 questions from the press to JNK: "the hybrid solution generates savings..."
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Why did you go for hybrid generation instead of just solar?
Each solution has its advantages and disadvantages. Solar is suitable when there is sun. In case of no sunshine, you have problems. Hydro is very good when there is water, but if the dry season is severe and you have no water, that's a problem.
Hybrid solutions allow you to take advantage of both sources and to be able to modulate your power. That is, when you have power peaks at peak times, you can have extra power that comes from the thermal. In the same way, when you do not have enough sunshine, you cannot have solar energy and in such a case the thermal is a good backup.
We also believe that this solution helps us to save money and ensure safe power supply. That is why we think this option is the best.
We are talking about seven sites where studies have been conducted to test these types of power plants. Can we have an idea of what it costs in terms of investment?
These 7 sites were rather the most favourable for the construction of hybrid plants and not for experimentation. It is Djoum that is our experimentation site; it is from this pilot site that we will learn everything: should the panels be oriented to the North, South, or East to West? Is the proper inclination 10 ° or 15 °? What types of modulators should I use? How long does it take to clean the panels every week; every month or every year?
This is the information we are getting today and we will also calculate what the benefits of such information. We will go beyond the identified sites and we will see all the remote localities that need electricity, and we will propose solutions.
But it must be said that electricity belongs to us all. All those who can contribute to improving the well-being of the population are welcome. So we encourage private investors, public entities, and all Cameroonians to take an interest in solar energy. And, if they need our support, we will be ready to put hands on deck with them.
You announced 25 MW in the Grand North about a year ago; can we already have the timeline of these projects?
The timeline has been announced in the Grand North and it will be more than 25 MW eventually. Since my last visit to the Grand North, we made the commitment to build a power plant in the Adamawa. The call for tenders is in progress and their opening is scheduled for 15 February 2018. The time frames for the works are in principle 12 months. Therefore, we believe that these plants will be commissioned between March and April 2019.