Power Africa in Chad

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Power Africa has supported the development of electricity generation projects in Chad. In addition, various firms have received U.S. Embassy support to move transactions forward. The page below gives an overview of the energy sector in Chad and explains Power Africa's involvement in the country.


Population: 15.48 million | GDP (1): $11.27 billion

Chad’s ability to achieve increased energy access and poverty reduction is constrained by significant challenges in the power sector. It currently only has about 314 MW of installed generation capacity to serve a population of over 15 million people. As a result, Chad’s government is working to expand its electricity supply and encourage investment in the energy sector to stimulate the economy.

Chad is endowed with the tenth-largest oil reserves in Africa, as well as solar and wind resource potential. The majority of its existing capacity comes from diesel, natural gas and heavy fuel oil generation.

Chad has a vertically integrated utility company: Societe Nationale d'Electricite, which requires ongoing financial support.

Power Africa support is advancing the first independent power producer (IPP) project in Chad, the 32 MW Djermaya Solar PV project, which represents approximately 10% of the country’s energy supply.


  • Total Installed Capacity (2): 314 MW

    • Gas: 120 MW
    • Wind: 1.1 MW
    • Solar: 0.07 MW
    • Termal: 2 MW
    • HFO: 30 MW
    • Diesel: 161 MW

Power Africa new MW to date at financial close: 0 MW


  • Current Access Rate (3): 9%
    • Urban: 38%
    • Rural: <5%
  • Power Africa new connections: 0



Partnering to Bring Solar Energy to the Sahel: The Djermaya Solar Project in Chad

In Chad, Power Africa transaction advisory and technical assistance helped secure a $20.6 million (€18 million) loan to bring the 42 MW Djermaya Solar project, one of the largest in the region, to financial close.

Once online in 2023, Djermaya is expected to power 60,000 households, reduce the cost of electricity generation, and improve access to cleaner energy. Power Africa’s guidance to African Development Bank on tariff approaches will enable the Djermaya plant to produce electricity at a cost that is 40 percent less than existing sources.

The Djermaya project will also partially replace heavy fuel thermal generation in Chad, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 38 million tons of CO2 equivalent per year. READ MORE on our blog


  1. https://data.worldbank.org/country/chad 
  2. https://www.africa-energy.com/database/datatool
  3. https://www.iea.org/reports/sdg7-data-and-projections/access-to-electricity

Last updated: January 26, 2022

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