The Gambian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Neo Themis, a Morocco-based leading renewable energy project developer in sub-Saharan Africa to develop a 10.5 solar project in rural areas of the West African nation.

The project is in line with the government and the Ministry’s goal of universal energy access to all The Gambians by 2025.

The MoU was signed last week at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

The project is expected to connect over 22,600 people to the grid.

It also aims to mitigate approximately 39,600 metric tons per year of CO2 emissions, contributing significantly to global efforts in combating climate change.

Hon. Nani Juwara (middle) Minister for Petroleum and Energy (MoPE)

Speaking at the signing ceremony, attended by government officials and the management team of Themis, the Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Hon. Nani Juwara expressed his confidence in Neo Themis’ abilities to deliver, and emphasised the pivotal role of renewable energy in achieving The Gambian 2030 vision and ensuring universal clean and affordable energy access for all The Gambians.

Mrs Tas Anvaripour, CEO of Neo Themis, thanked the Minister and all teams involved for their continuous support in achieving this milestone in the country’s renewable energy journey.

“Neo Themis is honored to partner with The Gambian Government on this innovative and pioneer project for the country. The MoU is committing Neo Themis to bring its expertise and fast-track the project implementation to make it a visible success.

“This partnership underscores the confidence placed in Themis’ effectiveness in implementing strategic energy infrastructure solutions in Africa. Themis is proud to be at the forefront of sustainable development in The Gambia and looks forward to delivering tangible, lasting benefits to the country,” she said.